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Admissions Criteria and Application Process

John Witherspoon seeks students who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and who desire to make every academic subject and every area of their lives captive to Christ.  As a classics-based Christian college, we look for students who are eager to immerse themselves in theology, philosophy, history, classical languages, rhetoric, science, literature, music, and the arts.

The Admissions Committee reviews and evaluates each application as a whole.  We seek well-rounded applicants who have a healthy balance of academic ability, personal maturity, spiritual discipline, social skills, work ethic, a teachable spirit, and, we hope, a sense of humor.  Academic qualifications are obviously important, but they constitute only one factor in student success.  We therefore admit students whose academic record may be marginal, if they demonstrate a passion for the Witherspoon vision of classical education and a commitment to working hard.

Because John Witherspoon is a community of Christian scholars committed to cultivating truth, beauty, and goodness in our lives, our Admissions Committee looks for students who will be good colleagues.  We seek students who desire to learn wisdom with all humility and who want to live as responsible, mature members of a close-knit community.

General Admissions Policies

Age. An applicant must be at least 16 years of age unless approval is granted in writing by the Admissions Committee.

Character. An applicant is expected to be of good character. An applicant previously charged, arrested, or convicted of any crime will be required to have a personal interview with the Director of Admissions and/or the Admissions Committee prior to any decision regarding admission.  Any student admitted by giving false information or by withholding needed information may be dismissed or subject to other disciplinary action. The College reserves the right to refuse admission/readmission to any student or applicant based upon a determination by the Director of Admissions and/or the Admissions Committee that admission of the applicant would not be consistent with the purpose of the College.

Acceptance. After the applicant has met the entrance requirements, the Director of Admissions will issue a formal letter regarding acceptance to the College. All admissions documents submitted become the property of John Witherspoon College.

Home School Admission and Enrollment Philosophy. John Witherspoon College actively seeks to admit and enroll students with a home school background. Graduating students may be admitted to John Witherspoon College as freshmen if they meet the same requirements as students from private and/or public high schools as listed below under Freshmen Admission Requirements. If a class rank is unavailable, home school students may be admitted without conditions provided they meet minimum ACT/SAT score and GPA requirements.


Academic Requirements. Students qualifying for Unconditional Admission to John Witherspoon College must meet two of the following academic criteria:

  1. 22 ACT or 1020 SAT or CLT 72 (combined critical reading and math scores)
  2. 2.5 Core GPA
  3. Top 50% of Graduating Class

Students who qualify for Unconditional Admission must have a minimum of 18 ACT or 860 SAT or CLT 60 (combined critical reading and math scores) and a 2.0 Core GPA regardless of whether or not either of these criteria were utilized to qualify for admission. These two criteria serve as a “floor” for Unconditional Admission.

Core GPA is a GPA computed by John Witherspoon College based on each student’s performance in a preselected track of high school college preparatory coursework. This required set of courses is as follows: four units of English, three units of math, three units of social science, three units of natural science, two units of either foreign language or fine arts (may choose one of each). This Core GPA will be computed with the official grading scale utilized by the high school where the course credit was awarded.

ACT Code for JWC: 1413
SAT Code for JWC: 6863
CLT (Classic Learning Test)

(Note: Students who do not qualify for Unconditional Admission may be admitted on a Conditional basis. Students will be admitted conditionally upon consideration of ACT/SAT, Core GPA, class rank, personal recommendations, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership.)

Personal Requirements. In addition to the College’s academic requirements, prospective students should provide both a Pastoral and an Academic Evaluation. Application and Evaluation Forms are available online. Each applicant should also submit a 750-1000 word Personal Essay, answering one of the following questions:
  1. What was your favorite class or area of study in high school? Why?
  2. What are your favorite books, movies, and music? Why?
  3. When and how did you accept Christ as your Savior?
  4. What does it mean to you to be a Christian?
  5. What do you imagine yourself doing 10 years from now?
  6. Why do you want to attend John Witherspoon College?

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