Application Guidelines For First-Year Students

Consistent with the principles of our founding, the King's College admission process is need-blind and based on a holistic approach to student assessment that considers academic performance, standardized exams *, and strength of schedule. This approach goes beyond the typical assessment of academic qualifications to include other measures, such as leadership characteristics, personal interviews and letter(s) of recommendation, all of which play a critical role in allowing the College to find students who will benefit most from a King''s education.

We will consider your SAT/ACT scores if you choose to submit them, but they are not required. * If you are not submitting SAT/ACT scores, you must select Test Optional on the application.

A completed application includes:

  • A completed King's College application or Common Application for admission
  • $30 fee for paper applications
    • Note: Online applications do not have an application fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • *SAT/ACT scores
  • Guidance counselor recommendation (Secondary School report)

Admission Plans

King’s offers the following three admission plans:

Early Action (Deadline: December 1) – Early action is for students who want to be among the first to know their admission status.  Early action is non-binding, and early action applicants can apply to as many colleges as early action candidates as they choose.

Early Decision (Deadline: December 1) – Early decision, a binding agreement between the applicant and King’s College, is for candidates who are sure that King’s is right for them. Early Decision plans work very similarly to Early Action, in that students will submit their applications before the Regular Decision deadline and receive their admissions decisions shortly thereafter.  The most important difference between these two plans is that Early Decision is binding, which means that any student who applies and is admitted to a school through Early Decision is expected to enroll.  Early Decision applications typically require some type of signed form (such as the Early Decision Agreement on the Common Application) that indicates this intention to enroll upon admission.  If a student is admitted Early Decision, he or she is expected to withdraw all other applications and submit the enrollment deposit by January 15.

Note: Engineering, Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for early decision or early action.

Regular Admission (Priority Deadline: February 1) – Regular admission is the option most students choose. With regular admission, there are no restrictions on the number of colleges you can apply to, and you are not obligated to attend a specific college. Regular admission gives students more time to optimize their applications by including additional grades or improved SAT results. Regular admission applicants are notified about their admission status later than those who apply early decision or early action; the tradeoff is having extra time to weigh all of your college options.

Review of Applications

Although applications may be submitted as early as August 1, committee review does not begin until October 1. Students applying for either early action or early decision will be the first to receive admission notification. Regular admission decisions will be rolled out after early action and early decision students have been notified.

Application Guidelines For Transfer Students

A completed application includes:

  • A completed King's College application or Common Application for admission
  • $30 fee for paper applications
    • Note: Online applications do not have an application fee
  • Official final high school transcript and SAT/ACT information
  • Official college or university transcript(s) for credit evaluation

Once we have reviewed your application, we will notify you within one to four weeks depending upon early action or rolling admission choice.

Application Guidelines For International Students

A completed application includes:

  • Application using the Common Application for admission
  • King's College International application on-line or by mail ($50 fee if submitting a King's College application)
  • Official high school transcripts (sent directly from your secondary school)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS or SAT scores (sent directly from ETS or College Board)

March 1 is the preferred application deadline for first-year students so that I-20 (F1 Visa) process may be completed in a timely manner. Applications may be submitted after September 15 and are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.

King’s College is committed to equal opportunity in the admission of students, in administration of its educational program and activities, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or disability, in its programs, activities, or employment practices, as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. Questions should be directed to the Equal Opportunities Officer, 133 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711, or by calling (570) 208-5925.