Admissions Requirements & Application

Applicants may complete the Application for Admission online.


Applicants may also complete the application off-line by requesting a copy from the Gutenberg office or downloading a PDF and mailing the completed application to Gutenberg.

Admission Application PDF

Completing the Application

Admission decisions rely heavily on the student’s written application, essays, and interview. The prospective student should take great care in writing the required essays; they should represent the student’s best effort.

A complete application will include the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission form
  • Two written essays
  • Two completed recommendation forms: an academic recommendation form and a character recommendation form
  • SAT, ACT, or CLT test scores (see below)
  • High school transcript
  • Copy of high-school diploma or G.E.D. certificate and written description of course of study
  • College transcripts (if pertinent)
  • A nonrefundable application fee: $25.00 (Early Decision); $40.00 (Regular Decision); $60.00 (Late Decision). When completing the Application for Admission online, applicants will be asked to pay the fee online. Applicants applying by mail or in person should include a check or money order payable to Gutenberg College with the application.


Gutenberg College requires that two recommendation forms be completed: one recommendation form from someone who knows that the applicant’s academic capabilities are commensurate with Gutenberg’s demanding curriculum and another recommendation form from someone who can attest to the applicant’s maturity/readiness to tackle the personal issues raised and discussed throughout Gutenberg’s Great Books program.

Applicants should download each recommendation form (a fillable PDF), complete Section A of each form, and then email the form to the persons who will complete the recommendations.

Academic Reference

Character Reference

Completed recommendation forms can be uploaded here or mailed to the address below.

Upload Recommendation

Gutenberg College
Attn: Admissions
1883 University Street
Eugene, OR 97403

SAT, ACT, or CLT Test Score

All applicants must take one of three tests: the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the American College Test (ACT), or the Classical Learning Test (CLT). Homeschooled students and students without a traditional high school diploma or a GED certificate will be required to achieve one the following test scores to be eligible for admission:

  • SAT: 530 or better on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section or a combined score of 980 or better on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section
  • ACT: 19
  • CLT: 58

Scores should be sent to Gutenberg College. Gutenberg College’s SAT code is 2605. Gutenberg College’s ACT code is 5024.

For further information about these tests or to register, go to the following websites:

Application Deadlines


Early Decision: January 1
Application and additional materials are due by January 1.
Application fee (submitted with application): $25.00.

Regular Decision: March 1
Application and additional materials are due by March 1.
Application fee (submitted with application): $40.00.

Late Decision: August 15
Application and additional materials are due by August 15.
Application fee (submitted with application): $60.00.

Applicants to Gutenberg College will receive an admissions decision within three weeks of completing their applications. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to delay an admission decision if additional materials or grades are deemed necessary.

Student Housing: March 1

Students who want to live at Gutenberg College should apply to the Residence Program by March 1. (The $20 application fee is waived for students also applying to Gutenberg’s undergraduate program.) Housing is limited, and interested applicants are urged to apply early. Late applications will be accepted, but if no room is available, late applicants will be placed on a waiting list. For more information about living at Gutenberg College and to complete an application, see Housing/Residence Program under Student Life & Housing.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid, financial aid deadlines, and completing the financial aid application, see Financial Aid.

Correspondence to New Students

Acceptance Notification

When a student is accepted for admission into Gutenberg College, the Admissions Office will send him an acceptance letter and a Letter of Intent to complete and return to Gutenberg. (See “Matriculation Requirements” below.)

The Admissions director will send a note to ability-to-benefit students with their acceptance letter informing them of their status and what special assistance is available to them. An ability-to-benefit student is one who may not meet all of Gutenberg’s regular admissions criteria but is admitted on a provisional basis and provided the opportunity and assistance to succeed. Homeschooled students and others without a traditional high school diploma or a GED certificate may be considered ability-to-benefit students.

New Student Packet 1

After an applicant has returned his Letter of Intent, the Admissions director will send the student the following:

  1. A new-student enrollment letter;
  2. A tuition and fees schedule;
  3. Gutenberg’s refund policy.

New Student Packet 2

In September, Gutenberg College will send new students the following:

  1. A welcome letter that includes a list of four returning students that new students may contact with questions;
  2. A Student Code of Conduct Agreement;
  3. A Health History form;
  4. A Certification of Measles Immunization form (with religious or medical exemption options);
  5. An academic calendar.

New students must complete the forms and return them to Gutenberg College by the first day of Freshman Orientation. (See “Matriculation Requirements” below.)

Matriculation Requirements

When a student is accepted for admission into Gutenberg College, he will be asked to fulfill the following requirements before matriculating:

  1. Return Letter of Intent.
    The Letter of Intent includes a statement of the matriculation fee due, a statement to the fact that in signing the Letter of Intent the student will make arrangements for a final official copy of his high school transcript to be sent to Gutenberg College and will also send Gutenberg a photocopy of his high school diploma, and a “Notice of Intent” signature line. Students must sign and return the Letter of Intent indicating their intention to begin the program the fall after they are accepted into the program.
  2. Pay matriculation fee.
    Students must include payment for a $450 non-refundable matriculation fee when they return their Letter of Intent. One-hundred percent of this fee will be credited toward the fall books-and-fees charge due on the first day of classes. (See Tuition & Fees in the Business Affairs section.)
  3. Sign Code of Conduct Agreement.
    The Student Code of Conduct Agreement states the Code of Conduct by which all Gutenberg students must abide. All students must indicate their agreement to the Code of Student Conduct by signing the Agreement and returning it to the college office by the first day of Freshman Orientation. (See Student Conduct in the Student Life & Housing section.)
  4. Submit health information.
    By the first day of Freshman Orientation, students must complete and return a Health History form. And in order to comply with Oregon State law that requires all college students in the state of Oregon either to be immunized for measles or to sign a religious or medical exemption, students must also complete and return by the first day of Freshman Orientation a Certification of Measles Immunization form or sign the religious or medical exemption included on the form.
  5. Complete registration form.
    The Gutenberg College Student Registration form lists the courses in which students are enrolled for the fall quarter. The form also includes space to provide the following: (1) student contact information that the college will use to publish an institutional directory and to bill students; (2) parent contact information; and (3) emergency contact information. New students complete the registration form during Freshman Orientation.