Finding the Right Fit
Finding the right mix of adult students for admission to New College at St. Edward's involves a careful process of evaluation.
We consider your work and life experience, your grade point average and the strength of your personal essay, which describes why you want to attend New College. We don’t use formulas or quotas to determine whom to accept.
We attract dedicated, motivated adult learners, focused on career readiness. In ongoing annual surveys, 94% of New College graduates say St. Edward’s prepared them well for their jobs.
Still, grades and experience alone do not confirm a good fit. From that starting point, our Admission team begins to learn about you.
Some key questions we ask:
- Do you fit at a university that emphasizes academic challenge, engaged learning, collaboration and teamwork with fellow adults?
- Are you interested in a well-rounded education combining professional skills — critical thinking, writing, research, speaking and presentations — with a global perspective to prepare you for lifelong success?
- Does diversity — of every kind — bring out the best in you?
- How eager are you to embark on a journey of self-discovery, to change your world — and to be changed — when you complete your degree?
All New College students have either graduated from high school or earned a GED, and they usually have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. These students typically have a minimum of four years of full-time work experience or are at least 24 years old, and they may have attended some college.