• Dewar Union, Hartwick College
  • Hartwick students walking outside of the Johnstone Science Center
  • Yager Hall, Hartwick College
  • Yager Bell Tower, Hartwick College

Criteria & Other Essential Information

Your curriculum and academic performance in secondary school are the primary criteria in the selection process. We recommend the following secondary school coursework:

  • four years of English
  • three years of Foreign Language
  • three years of Mathematics
  • three years of Science
  • three years of History/Social Studies

The College will recognize those students who have taken advanced work in these areas. We will also take into account the variety and substance of additional courses, such as fine arts courses.

GPA Information

Students need to have a  minimum of a "B" average to be considered for admission to Hartwick College.  Students with a gpa less than a B average could be considered for admission and a decision will be made by committee review.

The SAT I/ACT Option

SAT I and ACT scores are optional for admission to Hartwick. If you choose to submit those scores, we will consider them when reviewing your application. Please note that first year nursing applicants must submit their SAT or ACT scores to be considered for the Nursing Program.

In following this policy, Hartwick is among the ranks of a growing number of colleges for whom SATs are also optional.

Grades, strength of curriculum, and rank in class have always been the most important elements of our admission criteria. By making the SAT or ACT optional, Hartwick highlights your coursework and your academic achievement. Also, the admissions process and the educational experience at Hartwick have always been highly personal. Making SATs optional is one way of letting you know that.

Advanced Placement, CLEP, & IB Credit

Hartwick College offers advanced placement and credit for scores of 3 or better on many of the advanced placement (AP) tests of the College Board. Exceptions include music and several languages. AP scores should be submitted to the College so that credit and/or placement may be awarded. Advancement placement and/or credit is also offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) under specified conditions for non-traditional students who have acquired mastery of a subject through experience or other avenues outside the traditional classroom setting.

Hartwick also recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma for purposes of admission. Course credit will be granted for higher-level subjects with grades of 4 or better. Standard-level subjects will be evaluated on an individual basis. A-levels are also considered for Hartwick College credit. Other coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis.

*Complete overview of AP, CLEP and IB policy

Home Schooled Students

In addition to meeting all stated applications requirements, home schooled students must submit the following:

  • SAT I or ACT test (students are strongly encouraged to take at least three SAT II subject tests)
  • Transcripts that are accompanied by course descriptions and/or syllabi
  • At least one recommendation from an outside instructor or employer

We strongly recommend that those applying for federal financial aid have a GED.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Any student requiring need-based financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Hartwick also provides merit-based scholarships for qualified students ranging from $10,000 to $26,000.

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