Enrollment and Admissions Policies

Approximately 650 boys are enrolled at Collegiate each year. Normally, new students are admitted to the school in Kindergarten and Grades 5, 6, 7, and 9. When openings in enrollment occur in other Lower, Middle, or Upper School grades, they become opportunities for new applicants. Through the eighth grade, the boys are divided into heterogeneously grouped homerooms. In Grades 5-12, teaching sections vary in size according to the subject being taught.
Collegiate seeks to enroll boys of sound character and educational promise. Much of the strength of Collegiate comes from the diverse backgrounds of its students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other legally protected class. A generous financial aid program enables the school to welcome families of various financial resources.
Interviews, tests, school records, and recommendations are used to select students. None of these sources of information is given arbitrary weight by the Admissions Committee. Collegiate looks for students who will profit from its enriched program and who will be able to contribute their own special talents, abilities, imagination, and curiosity to the school community.
The information in the admissions material does not create any contractual obligation and may be changed at any time at the sole discretion of the school. Collegiate reserves the right to make changes affecting admissions policies and procedures, tuition, fees, courses of instruction, programs of study, faculty listing, academic grading policies, and general regulations.

List of 7 items.

  • Step 1: Application

    A request for admission for the 2020-2021 school year can be made by submitting a completed application form and an application fee ($75) to the Admissions Office. Financial aid applicants are not required to submit the application fee. The application fee is not refundable.

    Families are advised to file their applications by December 2 in order to receive consideration for placement the following September. Information concerning the possibility for new enrollment in a grade that is not annually an entry grade is available from the Admissions Office. Applications from those who wish to re-apply are not automatically carried forward from year-to-year, but may be reactivated upon request.
  • Step 2: Testing

    Applicants for Grades 5-12 must submit ERB (ISEE) or SSAT test results. For registration and additional information, please visit erblearn.org or ssat.org. Arrangements for testing should be made at the time of application and the results should be sent to Collegiate School.

    Please note: waivers for the testing fee are available for families submitting a financial aid application.

    Please call the Admissions Office if you have any questions (212) 812-8552.
  • Step 3: School Records and Recommendations

    At the time the application for admission is made, the school at which the applicant is enrolled should be asked to send the applicant’s school report/transcript to the Admissions Office. In addition to the official school report/transcript, two current recommendations, one from an English teacher and one from a math teacher, are required of applicants for admission to Grades 5-12.
  • Step 4: Personal Letters of Recommendation

    Personal letters of recommendation are not required. If letters are submitted, two 
    are sufficient.
  • Step 5: Essays

    Applicants for Grades 6-12 should submit a copy of a composition, term paper, or other written assignment which includes feedback or has been graded by one of their current teachers.  Applicants are encouraged to submit an example of work that they consider their best or most  interesting. The grade the work has received is not important. The work should be at least two paragraphs long.
  • Step 6: Campus Tour

    Parents of applicants and prospective applicants to Kindergarten – Grade 8 for the 2020-2021 academic year are invited to schedule a tour of the school by completing and submitting our Tour Request form. The Admissions Office will contact you to schedule your tour. These tours may be scheduled in advance of submission of an application. Grade 9 tours are scheduled after an application has been received.
  • Step 7: Applicant Interview

    For grades that are open for new enrollment (Kindergarten and Grades 5,6,7,9), the Admissions Office will contact the applicant’s family to schedule the required appointments after an application is on file. Please note: while applications will be accepted until the December 2 deadline, appointments for applicant visits to the school and interviews may be subject to an appointment waitlist after the available appointments have been filled.

Important Dates

Campus Tours: September - January

Application Deadline: December 2

Complete Applicant File: January 6

Admissions Office Contact Info:

Siblings and Alumni Children

Collegiate enjoys the confidence and loyalty expressed by the sibling and alumni families  enrolled in the school. All applicants to the school are evaluated according to the same  criteria of individual qualifications and the effort to constitute an interesting, dynamic class.

Siblings and alumni children are advised to complete application procedures as early as possible. Specifically, applicants to kindergarten or first grade who wish to be considered for admission according to ISAAGNY “early legacy notification” are requested to contact the Admissions Office no later than November 1.

Announcements of Decisions

As a charter member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), Collegiate subscribes to the association's school-notification and parent-reply dates. Decisions for openings are usually completed during the weeks following January 6, provided all the required information concerning the applicant has been received by the school. 

A place at Collegiate is offered only upon receipt by the applicant of a signed acceptance from the headmaster or director of admissions and it is confirmed by the parents when they return to the school two signed copies of the contract with the registration deposit. For families receiving financial aid, the deposit due is adjusted.

Collegiate School typically maintains a waitlist for each class in which there is potential for new enrollment. Applicants who have been waitlisted and applicants on file for grades  that have no openings are invited to re-activate their application for the subsequent year by calling the Admissions Office. Applicants who have completed the process for a particular grade and have not been offered a place on a waitlist are advised to consult with the Admissions Office before reactivating an application for the subsequent year.