December 1 - Early Action
February 15 - Application Deadline
After February 15 - Rolling Admissions
Applications will be considered after February 15, pending space availability.
- Cornish Application for Admission
- Application Fee
- High School Transcript or GED Score Report
- College transcripts, if applicable
- Artist Statement/Personal Essay
- Letter of Recommendation
- Audition or Portfolio Review
- SAT/ACT - optional
Applicants who have completed high school and have earned the equivalent of at least 15-semester credits are considered transfer applicants. Transfer applicants complete the same process as first-year students. Transfer applicants should send official copies of transcripts from all colleges attended.
Transfer credit is based upon the review of college transcripts, plus the audition or portfolio review.
Cornish College of the Arts awards transfer credit for these traditional and non-traditional learning experiences:
- Advanced Placement exams
- College-level Examination Program
- College-level (non-remedial) courses
- Credit by exam
- International Baccalaureate exams
- Prior learning experience
- "College in the high school” programs (example, Running Start)
Cornish policies for the award and evaluation of transfer and nontraditional credit are fully described under Academic Policies.
Returning Student Admission
Students who have withdrawn from the College or do not elect to return from a Leave of Absence must apply for readmission by submitting an Application to the Office of Admission. If students have taken courses for credit at another college during their absence from Cornish, they must submit transcripts from those institutions. Returning students should apply for admission and financial aid simultaneously. Cornish may require the student to schedule an audition or portfolio review.
Students interested in taking classes without pursuing a degree from Cornish may take classes through our non-matriculated program. Registration for classes is through Registration & Records. No financial assistance is available for non-matriculated coursework.
Veterans Education Benefits/Yellow Ribbon
Eligible students should apply for their VA educational benefits through the VA at the same time they apply to the College. Cornish will need a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility prior to the start of the first term in order to initiate benefits. New students should be prepared to accommodate a possible delay of at least two months between the start of the term and receipt of benefits. Families with Post-9/11 VA educational benefits may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program and should contact the Registration & Records Office for more information. Yellow Ribbon benefits may affect other types of financial aid or prior offers of aid. Total Cornish and Veterans Yellow Ribbon contributions cannot exceed unmet tuition and mandatory fees for the year.
College Credits Earned During High School
Students who have participated in Running Start (or similar in high school programs) should apply to the College as incoming freshmen. To receive credit for college-level work, students must submit transcripts from the college or university where they completed the courses.