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At Bryn Athyn College, we take a holistic approach to evaluating applications. Of course, we take grades and test scores into account, but our Admissions Committee also carefully considers essays, recommendations, and personal interviews when determining whether an applicant will be a good fit for Bryn Athyn College.

Candidates for admission to Bryn Athyn College should have solid academic backgrounds and should also be interested in contributing positively to the moral and spiritual life of the College. The Admissions Committee selects candidates who demonstrate that they are well suited for personal and academic success at Bryn Athyn College.

Undergraduate

Deadlines:

Bryn Athyn College operates on a trimester basis.  Undergraduate applicants may apply to start in the Fall, Winter, or Spring term.  We admit students on a rolling basis, with priority consideration for students who meet the following deadlines:

Early Action (Fall 2024 Start) November 15, 2023

Early action is non-binding, but assures you first consideration for the fall term. Students who file the FAFSA by November 1 and are admitted through Early Action will also be the first to receive their financial aid awards.

Regular Decision  – Students applying by the following deadlines are promised full consideration for admission, academic scholarships, and financial aid:
Winter 2023-2024
November 1, 2023
Spring 2024
February 1, 2024
Fall 2024
March 1st, 2024

 

We will continue to review applications completed after these deadlines as space allows.

Required Documents for Admission

Required from all:

Test Optional

We are test optional for admission. When you complete either the Bryn Athyn application or the Common Application, you will be asked if you are applying test optional.

  • If you select that you would not like us to consider your test scores, we will review your application for admission and scholarship awards based on your high school transcript, essay, recommendation, and other supporting documents without consideration of your standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores.
  • Students accepted through test-optional admission are strongly encouraged to send their SAT or ACT scores (if available) after they have decided to enroll and deposited. These scores will not have an effect on your admission or your scholarship, but will assist us with your course placement.
  • We will review SAT or ACT scores from students who believe that their scores are a good measure of their academic ability. Simply answer “No” to the test-optional question on the application, and we will consider your test scores when making a decision.
  • If you do plan to send us test scores, please use our school code: 002338.

Whether you apply test optional or not, Bryn Athyn College makes admission and scholarship decisions based on a comprehensive review of all credentials submitted in support of the application, with the greatest emphasis placed upon the high school academic record.

Transfer Students only

  • College Transcript(s)

If you will have fewer than 30 credits completed prior to your anticipated enrollment at Bryn Athyn College, you should submit a secondary school/high school transcript as well.

Bryn Athyn College will evaluate and award credit for successfully completed college coursework from postsecondary institutions holding accreditation from any one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States.  Our policy generally awards credit at the same level as credit was granted at the originating institution (e.g., a first-year course will transfer in as 100-level, a second-year course as 200-level); there may of course be some exceptions to this.  The college does not award credit for courses clearly intended to be a review of secondary school material;  such as “remedial,” “learning support,” or “developmental.” Included in this category are selected orientation and study skills courses, speed reading and note taking courses. For the same reasons, English as a Second Language courses are not eligible for evaluation or the awarding of transfer credit. Vocational courses are generally not eligible for evaluation.

The college will accept courses that are completed with a grade of “C-” (1.70) or higher. The college will not award transfer credit for courses that have not been completed (recorded as “I” or “In Progress”), nor for coursework from which the student has withdrawn (“W”, “WP”, “WF” etc.). The college does not award transfer credit for courses that were audited or given pass/fail grades (e.g. grades of “P”, “S”, “U”, or “CR”).

There is no limit on the number of transfer credits but there are a minimum number of Bryn Athyn College credits that must be earned before a degree is granted (62 for a Bachelor’s; 31 for an Associate’s).  Courses accepted from institutions operating on a quarter system are transferred at 2/3 (or .667) value.

All international transcripts must be evaluated, course by course, by an approved third-party evaluation service. The student is responsible for paying any fees associated with this service.  Recommended: World Education Services.

Specific Equivalent Courses

The College will award specific equivalent credit when an acceptable course matches one of the following Bryn Athyn College courses or when consultation with a department chair regarding specific cases suggests specific equivalence is appropriate. Some courses also satisfy specific Core skill requirements. See the full list of specific equivalent courses.

International Students Only

In addition to the credentials described above, international applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

Bryn Athyn College values the diversity and richness of cultural experience that international students bring to campus. Currently students from 15 countries attend Bryn Athyn.

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Completed Online Application (or PDF)
  • High school diploma, certificate, or record of examinations
  • Higher Education/Post-Secondary Transcript(s)
    • If you studied at a higher education institution that was outside the United States, we require that you submit a course-by-course evaluation of your credits by any credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a list of these services, visit  http://www.naces.org/members
  • SAT and/or ACT
  • Recommendation (PDF)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores
  • Proof of available funds: If you will be enrolling on a student (F-1) visa, you will need to demonstrate the availability of adequate funding to cover the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and personal expenses for each year of enrollment. For the 2024-2025 academic year, required funding is $44,000 (US Dollars).  Documentation will include:
  • Interview may be required

It is recommended that you apply for admission six to eight months prior to your intended start date, allowing ample time for visa processing in your country.  International students typically enter at the beginning of the academic year in the Fall term (late August). Exceptions may be made for applicants who are native speakers or whose TOEFL scores reflect they are near-native speakers of English.

English Proficiency Testing

If English is not your native language, you should take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test at least one month prior to the application deadline. Have the test results sent to Bryn Athyn College. Our school code is 2002.

  • Minimum TOEFL score: 520 (paper), 190 (computer-based), 70 (internet-based)
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6
  • Minimum Duolingo score: 105

TOFEL/IELTS/Duolingo can be waived for a student who has studied for four years in an English-medium school where English is the primary language of instruction.

Home-Schooled Students

Bryn Athyn College values home-schooled applicants. Their diverse backgrounds and individualized approach to learning is a perfect fit for Bryn Athyn. Application requirements for home-schooled applicants:

We encourage all of our applicants to visit campus. We may ask you to join us for an interview after you complete your application.

Personal Interviews

A personal interview is not required, but it can be an excellent way for us—and you—to determine if Bryn Athyn College is a good fit for you and your goals.  Best of all, it’s a great way for you to get acquainted with your admissions counselor. Interviews can be scheduled in conjunction with a campus tour, online or in person.  or contact your admissions counselor directly at 267-502-6000 or admissions@decmoon.com.

How do we review first-year applications?

Bryn Athyn College seeks students who are inquisitive and engaged learners. Students offered admission to Bryn Athyn College will have demonstrated preparedness through strong performance in a college preparatory program. We consider the quality of academic course selection, trend in grade performance, and senior course selection.  We look for a minimum of 16 academic units in high school, including the following:

  • English: 4 years (including Composition and Literature)
  • Mathematics: 3 years (including Algebra I & II and Geometry)
  • History/Social Science: 3 years
  • Natural Science: 3 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years (in one language)

GPA’s are recalculated to a standard 4.00 scale, with weighting of 0.5 point for each honors course and one point for each AP course completed.

In addition to having strong academic preparation, applicants should also demonstrate an interest in contributing to the life of the College and the betterment of the world. We are a religious College based on strong spiritual principles, and students with integrity, self-motivation, and strong personal values in addition to academic drive make excellent candidates for admission.

Notification: Once we have received all required credentials, we typically are able to render an admission and scholarship decision within one week.

Advanced Standing and Credit

Bryn Athyn College awards advanced standing and academic credit to students whose scores on Advanced Placement (AP) tests meet our criteria or who have participated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Program. | Test Credit Details

College Courses Taken in High School: Bryn Athyn College will consider for credit courses completed at an accredited college provided that an official transcript is sent to us directly from the college originally awarding the credit.  Courses most likely to transfer are those that academic in nature.

Renewal of Attendance       

If you have attempted credits at Bryn Athyn College previously as a degree-seeking student and wish to resume pursuit of your undergraduate degree with us, please complete the Renewal of Attendance form. Bryn Athyn offers a unique opportunity to delve into a liberal arts education while placing strong value on spiritual inquiry. We’re glad you’re thinking of renewing your attendance here.

Please note:

  • If you have received credits from another institution since you attended Bryn Athyn College, you will need to provide an official transcript from each college you’ve attended.
  • You need only complete the Renewal of Attendance form. Please do not complete the regular undergraduate application if you’ve previously been enrolled at Bryn Athyn College.
  • If you’ve only completed Bryn Athyn courses through an Early College or Dual Enrollment programs while in high school, please complete the regular undergraduate application.

Graduate Application

Bryn Athyn College offers certifications and Masters graduate programs in the fields of special education and religious studies. Application requirements are specific to each program.

Graduate Requirements

  • Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework
  • BA or BS degree in Education or related field, from an accredited college or university
  • Personal Statement:
    • Highlighting their professional endeavors, motivations for pursuing their graduate degree in special education, and how they will utilize their degree to enhance their teaching practice upon program completion.
  • GPA 3.0
  • Three Letters of Recommendation:
    • One must be from the candidate’s building administrator demonstrating support for graduate student or if not currently employed in a school district, a school administrator from their previous field placement.
    • One must be from a faculty member from the candidate’s undergraduate program.
  • Resume
  • Additional Documents:
    • Required Pennsylvania Clearances
    • Optional: GRE Scores & Current teaching certifications if applicable

View more information about the Master of Science in Special Education, Literacy Concentration Program

If your first or native language is not English, you must submit scores from either TOEFL or the IELTS. Moreover, in response to the temporary closing of testing centers in countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bryn Athyn College will accept Duolingo English Test examination results for the 2022-23 application cycle as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS scores. Only Duolingo English Test scores with subscores will be accepted. The following are the minimum scores accepted:

  • TOEFL score(s): 550 (paper), 80 (internet-based)
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 105

How to submit: An official copy of your score report must be sent. Our institution code is 2002 for TOEFL (ETS). IELTS can be delivered to Bryn Athyn College Admissions Office.

  • Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework
  • BA or BS degree ​in Education or related field, from an accredited college or university
  • Personal Statement
  • GPA 3.0
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Additional Documents:
    • Optional GRE scores & Current Teaching Certifications if applicable

View more information about the Graduate Certificate in Language-Based Learning Disability & Interventions Studies (LBLD&IS)

If your first or native language is not English, you must submit scores from either TOEFL or the IELTS. Moreover, in response to the temporary closing of testing centers in countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bryn Athyn College will accept Duolingo English Test examination results for the 2022-23 application cycle as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS scores. Only Duolingo English Test scores with subscores will be accepted. The following are the minimum scores accepted:

  • TOEFL score(s): 550 (paper), 80 (internet-based)
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • Duolingo English Test: 105

How to submit: An official copy of your score report must be sent. Our institution code is 2002 for TOEFL (ETS). IELTS can be delivered to Bryn Athyn College Admissions Office.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent
  • Transcript of all courses and grades from each college or university attended
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4. If the GPA is below 2.5, a Graduate Record Exam score may be accepted instead.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should not be from close family members.
  • Statement of intent and purpose
  • Optional but recommended: Interview with program head

View more information about the Master of Arts in Religious Studies

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent
  • Transcript of all courses and grades from each college or university attended
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a scale of 4. If the GPA is below 2.5, a Graduate Record Exam score may be accepted instead.
  • A letter of recommendation. Recommendations should not be from close family members.
  • Statement of intent and purpose
  • Optional but recommended: Interview with program head

View more information about the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Growth Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Interpretation