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First-Year Student Process

Applying to Monmouth College is a straightforward and easy process. We practice holistic admission and review completed admission files on a rolling basis once they are complete in advance of each publicized deadline.

All applicants must submit:

  1. An application for admission using one of the following two options. Either application is accepted and you only need to submit one OR the other: Already started?  Finish your Common Application or Finish your Monmouth College Application.
  2. Official high school transcripts

    Monmouth College is now test optional! While we welcome the submission of standardized test scores, students are no longer required to submit them to complete their application. For students who do choose to submit standardized tests, we accept either official or unofficial SAT or ACT scores. Scores may be submitted directly from the testing center, as a part of the high school transcript, or directly to the Admission Office via mail, fax, email or text. 


  Deadline Receive Admission Decision By
Early Action Deadline November 15, 2019 No later than December 15, 2019
Priority Scholarship Deadline January 15, 2020 No later than February 15, 2020
Must be admitted by this deadline to qualify for top academic scholarships
Regular Decision Deadline April 15, 2020 On a rolling basis, starting in early January

For all decision plans, financial aid awards are sent on a rolling basis beginning in early December for admitted students with a FAFSA on file.

Additional Information

If you choose to apply with standardized test scores, we will use your best ACT Composite score or your best individual Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math SAT scores. Our ACT school code is 1084 and our SAT school code is 1484. For students who enroll at Monmouth College as first-year students and do not apply test optional, official test scores will eventually be required to confirm unofficial scores.

Please note that test scores will no longer be required for students interested in competing for full-tuition scholarships at our Fellows & Scholars Scholarship Competition event on February 1, 2020. To be elgible for the Fellows & Scholars competition, students who apply with test scores must have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA and a 24 ACT composite score or an 1160 SAT composite score. Students who apply without test scores must have at least a 3.6 cumulative high school GPA to be eligible. 

For any materials not being submitted electronically via The Common Application, The Monmouth College Application or your school's counseling office, you can mail or email them to us at:

Office of Admission
700 East Broadway
Monmouth, IL 61462

Scholarships and Financial Aid

When we review your admission application, we also review your file for academic scholarships. Nothing more is required in order to receive an academic'll find out the amount you're receiving if you are admitted to the College.

Additionally, we offer competitive scholarships in a variety of disciplines (fine arts, sustainability, Latin, bagpipes, speech and debate, and Presbyterian Scholars). Interested in one of these? Let us know on your admission application or email your counselor.

For need-based financial aid, you can complete a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2019. Our FAFSA code is 001725.

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