Admissions Requirements & Application

An Application for Admission is available from the Gutenberg office or as a PDF at

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 references: an academic recommendation and a character recommendation
  • SAT 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 in the form of a check or money order for $40.00 ($60.00 for late applications), payable to Gutenberg College.


Gutenberg College requires applicants to submit two references forms, one from someone who knows that the applicant’s academic capabilities are commensurate with Gutenberg’s demanding curriculum and one 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. Reference writers should mail the forms to this address: Admissions, Gutenberg College; 1883 University Street; Eugene, OR 97403.

An Academic Recommendation form is available from the Gutenberg office or as a PDF at

A Character Recommendation form is available from the Gutenberg office or as a PDF at

SAT Scores

All applicants must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Homeschooled students and students without a traditional high school diploma or a GED certificate will be required to achieve a score of 470 or better on the reading section of the SAT or a combined score of 900 or better on the reading and math sections of the SAT in order to be eligible for admission. Scores should be sent to Gutenberg College. Students who do not have access to this test may request a waiver.

Gutenberg College’s SAT code is 2605.

For further information about the SAT or to register, go to

Application Deadlines

Admission: March 1

Applications for admission should be received at Gutenberg College by March 1 preceding the fall quarter the applicant anticipates beginning classes. Late applications may be considered.* Class size is limited.

*Late application fee is $60.00.

Student Housing: March 1

Students who want to live at Gutenberg College should apply to the Residence Program by March 1. 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. See Housing/Residence Program under Student Life & Housing for more information about living at Gutenberg College.

An Application for Residence is available from the Gutenberg office or as a PDF at (The $20 application fee is waived for students also applying to Gutenberg’s undergraduate program.)

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application

For more information about financial aid and financial aid deadlines, see Financial Aid in the Business Affairs section.

Communicating 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 letter to ability-to-benefit students 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

After new students have returned their Letter of Intent, the Gutenberg College registrar will send (usually in August) a New Student Packet that contains the following:

  1. A letter from the registrar;
  2. An academic calendar;
  3. A Student Code of Conduct Agreement;
  4. A Health History form;
  5. A Certification of Measles Immunization form (with religious or medical exemption options);
  6. Information from Community Life Services.

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. Separate from, but included with, the Letter of Intent will be a statement of Gutenberg’s policies on tuition-and-fees refunds. 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 Week. (See Student Conduct in the Student Life & Housing section.)
  4. Submit health information.
    By the first day of Freshman Orientation Week, 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 Week 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. Students must complete and return the form to the office by the first day of Freshman Orientation Week.