First-Year Application Checklist
High School seniors and those with less than 12 college credits should apply as first-year students. If you have not completed high school, you must earn a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) for admissions consideration.
The checklist below shows the items necessary for admissions consideration. You may submit them together, or separately as they become available.
- Completed application
- Official High School transcripts
- SAT or ACT optional
- Portfolio of 8-12 pieces of original artwork. Learn more about preparing your portfolio.
At least one letter of recommendation from your high school art teacher or guidance counselor is suggested.
Proof of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language (view International Applicants for details)
We encourage you to show your portfolio during an individual interview. To arrange an appointment, contact your admissions counselor directly or call the Admissions Office at 215.965.4015 or 1.800.523.2025 .
EARLY ACTIONFirst-year students who submit all required application materials, including their completed FAFSA, and are admitted by December 5 are eligible for Early Action. The benefits of Early Action include a $1,000 one-time scholarship for your first year at Moore, as well as priority financial aid.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) CREDIT
- Moore College of Art & Design may award a maximum of 3.0 studio elective IB credits and a maximum of 9.0 liberal art IB credits.
- Regarding studio credits, the College may award 3.0 credits if a student receives a score of 7 on the Standard Level examination, or 3.0 credits for a score of 4 or better on the Higher Level examination.
- Regarding liberal art credits, the College may award 3.0 credits per applicable exam if a student receives a score of 4 or better on a Higher Level examination.
- No Standard Level examinations will be considered for liberal arts transfer.
This is an accelerated option for either first-year students or transfers that need to begin with the Basics program. It allows students to start in January (spring semester), and complete the two Basics semesters by the end of July.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CREDIT
- Moore College of Art & Design may award a maximum of six (6) credits towards the liberal arts electives for any CEEB Advanced Placement Examination with a score of four (4) or better in subjects including: Art History, History, English, Science, Math, etc.
- Students who place out of WRIT101 and/or WRIT102 may use AP test scores of four (4) or higher on English Comp or English Lit exams to replace the credits from the Moore First-Year Writing Courses. This credit can be additional to the six (6) credits in liberal arts electives.
- Additional AP credit will not be transferred into liberal arts requirements but may be considered in determining placement into required courses.
- Students who place into the Accelerated Foundation Drawing Program may use AP studio work with a score of four (4) or better in their foundation requirements, to replace FN111: Foundation Drawing I.
- A maximum of six (6) credits from AP studio work with a score of four (4) or better may be transferred into the College as studio electives.
- A maximum of six (6) credits from additional AP exams with a score of four (4) or better may be transferred into the College as open electives.
- An official report of scores must be submitted to Moore directly from the College Board, Advanced Placement Program, Princeton, NJ. Students are notified of AP credits awarded prior to registration. Students who do not secure AP scores and have them reviewed prior to matriculation may not be eligible to transfer them in.
ADMISSION WITHOUT HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION
If you have not completed high school, you must earn a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) for admissions consideration.