In recent years, the number of college-aged legacy students, that is, students who have at least one parent who matriculated for a minimum of one semester at Christendom College, has greatly increased. The College very much enjoys receiving applications from legacy students and would like to be able to accept as many qualified legacy students to its undergraduate program as possible. However, the College’s Admissions Committee has certain standards which must be met by all applicants, legacy or otherwise, and it is important to understand these standards as you learn more about applying to and attending Christendom College. Additionally, with more legacy students applying and an increase in general in Christendom’s authentically Catholic education, in recent years the application process has become even more competitive and we have had to implement waiting lists. So it is important to be aware of admissions deadlines as well as standards, to ensure your student has the best chance to be admitted.
All applicants to Christendom College undergo the same highly competitive review process. If the Admissions Office finds an application compelling, the alumni connection could represent an additional point of interest about the candidate. The alumni affiliation, however, cannot serve to counterbalance weaknesses or shortcomings in an application. Admitted children or grandchildren of alumni have the same level of academic and extracurricular achievement as other admitted students. If there is any “advantage” in having an alumni connection, it is the opportunity that the student has had over his or her lifetime to hear firsthand what makes Christendom such a unique educational institution. Anecdotes and advice offered by alumni in the family, along with the information available in print and online, may help a student to more clearly articulate his or her personal fit with Christendom.
Things you can do to help your son/daughter prepare to possibly attend Christendom:
- During Sophomore Year of high school, sign your son/daughter up with the Admissions Office so that they will receive mailings/emails from the Admissions Office.
- At the beginning or midway through Junior Year, have your son/daughter take the SAT, ACT, or CLT for the first time. Christendom awards academic scholarships to incoming students based on the results of these standardized tests. The higher score a student receives, the better chance they have of receiving more scholarship money. Additionally, we super-score, so students are strongly encouraged to select a standardized test and take that one multiple times to qualify for the most scholarship money possible.
- Schedule a visit to campus during Junior Year. Much has changed over the years and it is important for your son/daughter to see the campus for his/herself and to make it their own.
- Have your son/daughter apply to attend our Best Week Ever Summer Program during the summer following their Junior year. During these programs, students get a first-hand experience of the vibrant academic, cultural, and spiritual life on campus which, in turn, gets them excited to join the Christendom family following graduation from high school. The application for the Best Week Ever opens each year on December 1 and spots fill up very quickly. Some years, a waiting list is implemented as early as January. So mark your calendar and have them apply promptly!
- During the first semester of Senior Year, have your son/daughter retake the SAT, ACT, or CLT to increase scores to achieve the highest possible scores for an academic scholarship.
- Schedule an overnight or day visit for your son/daughter in the fall of Senior Year.
- At the beginning of Senior Year, have your student complete our application. We have a December 1 Early Action Deadline and for those that attend the Best Week Ever there is a special October 1 Application Deadline.