Preparing for the college application process can be daunting. We want to reduce that load for you. Below you will find four helpful steps to prepare yourself for the college application process.
Most students don’t start seriously looking at colleges until their senior year. This means that they are searching for colleges, applying for scholarships, and finishing high school coursework while trying to spend time with friends before graduation.
If you start your search during your sophomore or junior year, even if you don’t have a major in mind and are just browsing, it alleviates a lot of stress. So start early: it helps.
As much as possible, visit colleges that interest you. When you visit, be sure to ask the important questions: “Do you feel safe there?” “Can you call it home for four years?” “Is it a place where you will be able to grow, mature, and learn?” Visiting tells you far more than a website or brochure.
As important as researching colleges is, don’t forget: they will ask for your high school transcript as well. Study hard, pay attention in class, and finish strong. Your admissions counselor will thank you.
Some colleges require you to “lock in” to attend their school if you apply early, so watch for that (this is usually referred to as an “Early Decision” deadline). But if they allow you to apply early without locking you into attending, applying earlier usually gives you a better shot at scholarships. And if you are denied admission by your first choice, you have time to apply to other colleges. So apply early.
To see what PHC’s application process looks like, check out our “Applying to College” page next!
We are committed to working with students to help make one of the nation's finest classical Christian liberal arts educations affordable. Whether you're interested in finding out more about merit-based scholarships or need-based scholarships, the Financial Aid Office can help you determine your eligibility and guide you through the application process. Bill Kellaris, the Director of Financial Aid, works with prospective and current students and their families to provide counsel concerning the financial aid process.
The best way to get to know PHC is to see it for yourself! We invite you to visit our campus and see what it’s like to join a community that will challenge your mind, sharpen your faith, and clarify and develop your passions.
The first option is a Personal Visit, where you can attend chapel and classes, eat in the dining commons, tour the campus, and speak at length with admissions and financial aid counselors.
The second option is our full-day Open House events, held several times a year, where prospective students can experience the added opportunity of breakout sessions with staff, students, and PHC’s president on student life, educational philosophy, and major programs. Students may also to stay overnight and experience dorm life first-hand.
Register for a visit here!
Applying to PHC will require time and energy (all good things in life do), with each piece showcasing your strengths as an applicant. So to help best present your application to the Review Committee, we will be looking for two short essays, two references, a reading list and activity list, and the standard requirements of test scores and transcripts.
Each piece will take only minutes to complete, and our counselors are standing by to help answer your questions as you go through the process.
We get it: there are lots of places that you could attend for college, and a host of factors that will play a role in the decision you make.
How far will you be from home? How much will it cost when all is said and done? What job opportunities will you have after school? Will you be challenged to grow by your peers and instructors? These are important questions that you should be asking.
At PHC we have been blessed to see God doing amazing things. Our students compete for and win the most competitive internship programs in the country. Our students win full-ride scholarships to the best law schools and grad schools in the country. Graduates are hired straight out of college over competing students from other universities who have masters degrees.
And we have received letters and words of appreciation from pastors in the area thanking us for how our students serve in their local church. We hear back from parents how their daughters and sons have matured so much over their four years in college. Truly, the hand of God is here and hard at work—just like our students.
If this is what you are looking for, you should seriously consider Patrick Henry. We may not be the cheapest school in your search, we may not have the highest name recognition, and we will almost certainly not be the largest school on your list. But this I know: the Lord is present here, and those that He calls to this place flourish, both in school and after they graduate. And we’d love to give you a shot at that opportunity—the opportunity of a lifetime.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Patrick Henry College sits on the edge of Purcellville, a small town in Western Loudoun County. Five minutes from campus is the W&OD biking/hiking trail, grocery stores, coffee shops, churches, restaurants, and farms, fields, and streams. Half-an-hour out, explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, Civil War sites like Harper’s Ferry, and Leesburg—a large town boasting many department stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. Prefer the city to Purcellville’s small-town atmosphere? Adventure out another hour or two to spend the day in the Nation’s capital seeing museums, memorials, the Capitol, the White House, the Kennedy Center, or NFL and NBA games.
Find out more about both the rural and the metropolitan offerings of this beautiful area and check out the PHC Pinterest page!
Observe first-hand the teaching of world-class faculty and attend U.S. History with Dr. Spinney, or Western Literature with Dr. Grewell, or Freedom’s Foundations with Dr. Mitchell, or Comparative Politics, Theology of the Bible, Journalism, and others.
Experience PHC’s vibrant community through corporate worship. Chapel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is a devotional time. Hear Scriptural messages given by a variety of faculty, staff, local ministers, and other guests. Students share their testimonies in their senior year.
The Worship Guild is comprised of students who plan and lead worship.
We have your day planned! While you're with us we have a schedule that is designed to help you learn if this is where God is leading you to study.
Speak at length with your admissions counselor and the Director of Financial Aid. Spend time with students, meet members of our faculty and administration to learn about life at PHC. You are our guest and your visit ought to suit your interests.
Stay overnight in the dorms with current students and experience life at PHC for yourself.
Hear from the College’s leadership, including the President, and pose questions to current Resident Assistants about PHC’s student life.
Get to know faculty members in your major and get questions answered in person about your potential course of study.
Patrick Henry College's Admissions Team is comprised of alumni and seasoned professionals committed to helping your transition to campus life be as easy as possible. We're happy to answer questions you may have! Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (888.338.1776).