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Application Requirements


1. Application for Admission and Application Fee:

You may choose to submit either an on-line or a paper application. For online submissions, please print a copy for your records. For paper applications, the Office of Admissions recommends photocopying all application materials. 

Very important, though: be sure to complete the Certification and the Statement of Faith at the end of the application, because we need that piece completed to work with your application.

2.  Application Fee

Please submit the $20 application fee for the regular deadline or the $40 application fee for the final deadline. The application fee is waived for students who apply by our Early Action deadline of November 1st. Include your check or money order payable to Patrick Henry College with your application. Online applicants must pay by Visa or MasterCard.

3.  Official High School Transcripts

Please provide official, unopened transcripts from all high schools attended.  It is preferred that transcripts be sent directly from the high school to PHC after starting your senior year, and should include the student's name, grades, courses taken, and the signature of a school administrator.

The College requires that a minimum of 18 high school level courses be completed. The following courses should be completed prior to admission to Patrick Henry College:

  • English: Minimum of four courses. Examples: Grammar, Literature, Composition, Speech, and Debate. Please note: Competitive speech and debate may count for one English course.
  • Mathematics: Minimum of three college preparatory courses, which must include: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Examples: Algebra (I & II), Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.
  • Science: Minimum of two different college preparatory courses (preference is three). Examples: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  • History: Minimum of two courses, which must include at least one comprehensive course in U. S. history and one comprehensive course in world history.
  • Government: Minimum of one course. The course should cover material on local, state, and federal government.
  • Foreign Language: Minimum of one course (two is preferred). Examples: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Latin, or Greek.
  • Electives: Minimum of 5 courses. Examples include Bible, Fine Arts, Logic, Rhetoric, Music, Economics, Geography, and Computer courses.

Final High School Transcript: After all high school work is complete and prior to enrollment, PHC must receive the student’s final, official high school transcript containing the date (month, day, and year) of graduation, all final grades, and signature of the school administrator.

Note to Homeschool Applicants: Homeschool students may submit a transcript of high school course work that has been produced by their parents. It should list subjects studied, broken down by unit, and should indicate the year in which each course was completed. PHC prefers that the transcript also list a grade for each course. If grades are not assigned, please use some other means to indicate the mastery that the student achieved in each course.

As an alternative, homeschooling families may provide a narrative description of the applicant’s college preparatory work, including a description of subjects studied and an overall evaluation of the quality of work. In order to thoroughly evaluate applicants, the College needs to know what subjects applicants have studied as well as when and to what extent they studied them.

In order to be considered official, homeschool transcripts must be hand-signed in ink by the parent, acting as the school administrator, and submitted in a sealed envelope.

4.  Official College Transcripts
If you are enrolled in or have taken college-level courses at another educational institution(s), please ask the institution(s) to send an official transcript to us in Admissions. Please note: If courses are in progress, please have the college submit an in-progress transcript.

5.  Standardized Test Scores
You are required to submit scores from the SAT, CLT, and/or ACT. Your test results should be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency. PHC’s institutional code numbers are 2804 for the SAT,  and 4383 for the ACT.

6.  Admissions Essays
Faith essay: We want to get to know you! In 1-2 pages tell us how you came to know the Lord, how He has transformed your life (relationship with others, habits, etc.), and how faith informs your thinking. The essay can be informal (you may use first person, but we recommend avoiding slang).

Writing Sample: We want to know how well you write! Send us one of the essays you've written in high school or for a college class. It should be about 5-7 pages, double-spaced (or 3-4 pages single-spaced). The essay should show us how well you can reason and analyze, so research papers tend to work best (as much as we love fiction, poetry, speech transcripts, or electronic media, they tend to score lower).

7. Additional Resources
We may request additional items (references, an activities list, etc.) if we think it would be helpful in highlighting your talents, so keep an eye out for contact from your admissions counselor! But for now, no worries: we'll let you know if we need those items.

Apply To PHC

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