NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices
The New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC) includes eleven of the finest liberal arts colleges
and universities in the United States. The conference enjoys a long
tradition of success both in meeting high standards of athletic
performance and in helping every student realize his or her full
capabilities. NESCAC is committed first and foremost to academic
excellence, and has established common practices to keep athletics
strong and in proportion to the academic mission of the member
institutions. Admissions offices work closely with athletic departments
to ensure that students on all intercollegiate NESCAC teams are
representative of each institution’s student body and are admitted with
the expectation of their full participation in the life of the college.
Student-athletes applying to NESCAC
institutions should be aware that, although each college has its own
distinct admissions process and requirements, the following guidelines
have been agreed to by all eleven members regarding all candidates for
- All admissions decisions are rendered
and delivered in writing by the admissions office only. Any
communication regarding the status of admissions decisions conveyed by
non-admissions personnel should be considered preliminary, unofficial,
and subject to change.
- No admissions decision, including
an Early Decision, will be made until the candidate’s application is
complete and all necessary supporting documentation has been received.
- By NCAA and conference policy,
there are no athletic scholarships awarded at NESCAC institutions.
Financial aid awards are offered in writing only by the institution’s
financial aid office and not before the student has been admitted.
Institutions may not provide written or oral financial aid evaluations
to prospective students prior to being admitted.
- All NESCAC institutions have an
Early Decision Round One option with a mid-December notification date.
All NESCAC institutions except Amherst and Williams have an Early
Decision Round Two option with a notification period between February 1
and February 15. All NESCAC institutions have a late March-early April
Regular Decision notification period.
Member institutions include Amherst
College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut
College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts
University, Wesleyan University and Williams College.