2023-2024 College Catalog


Hartwick seeks to admit those students who have demonstrated promise and, through past achievements, their desire to develop intellectually and personally. A prospective student’s curriculum and academic performance in high school are primary criteria in the selection process.

The distribution of recommended high school courses for applicants includes:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of Foreign Language
  • Three years of Mathematics
  • Three years of Science
  • Three years of History/Social Studies

GPA Information

Hartwick College bases admissions decisions on a multiple of factors including academic grade point average (GPA), academic level being studied (AP, honors, college preparatory, etc.), extracurricular participation, personal motivation and leadership. In general, terms the College seeks students who have a minimum GPA of a B average though gives consideration based on individual circumstances and situations. Because of the holistic approach to admissions decisions, a campus visit and interview are highly encouraged.

The SAT I/ACT Option

SAT I and ACT scores are optional for admission to Hartwick. If you choose to submit those scores, we will consider them when reviewing your application. Please note that first year nursing applicants must submit their SAT or ACT scores to be considered for the Nursing Program.

Grades, strength of curriculum, and rank in class have always been the most important elements of our admission criteria. By making the SAT or ACT optional, Hartwick highlights your coursework and your academic achievement. Also, the admissions process and the educational experience at Hartwick have always been highly personal. Making SATs optional is one way of letting you know that.

Home-schooled Students

In addition to meeting all stated applications requirements, home-schooled students must submit the following:

  • Transcripts that are accompanied by course descriptions and/or syllabi
  • At least one recommendation from an outside instructor or employer
  • SAT I or ACT test (students are strongly recommended to take at least three SAT II subject tests)
    • Submit SAT scores to Hartwick using institution code: 2288
    • Submit ACT scores to Hartwick using institution code: 2756

Early Decision

Applicants who have carefully considered their educational expectations for college and have decided that Hartwick College is their first choice may choose to apply under the Early Decision plan. Early Decision applicants are expected to enroll within two weeks of receiving their acceptance to the college. A candidate should complete and submit the Early Decision form, which is part of the application. The Early Decision deadline is November 1.

Regular Decision

Hartwick College offers rolling admissions for regular decision and applicants will be notified of their admissions decision within two weeks of file completion. Students will be contacted if any parts of the application or supporting documents are missing.