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Linden Hall: How to apply to a boarding school with rolling admission

When choosing to apply to a boarding school, these two words are important: rolling admission.

While many boarding schools set a hard deadline for students to submit their applications and evaluate all applications together at a set time, there are some that implement rolling admission. This means each application is evaluated as it is submitted, on a “rolling” basis, and students can qualify for admission throughout the year.

Rolling or continuous admission is a tremendous benefit to families for several reasons.  Firstly, it offers families the ability to stagger their applications, which can decrease stress around the application process. Secondly, rolling admission schools review applications as they are submitted. Therefore, they can often notify families far more quickly than schools which employ a traditional admission process, where students might wait several months for a result and are notified en masse. Thirdly, if one applies early in the admission cycle, there are more spaces available for students, which increases the likelihood of admission.

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A school with rolling admission does not set a hard deadline for applications, offering flexibility to families to submit their best application when they are ready. Source: Linden Hall

Fourthly, with flexible submission dates, families can carefully complete their application materials, thoughtfully explore the nuances of each school, and ensure their final choice is the best fit for their student. Finally, students can visit a school multiple times, either in person or virtually, which allows for several opportunities to connect with faculty and peers. The fluidity of the application process is an important consideration for families considering matriculation at an independent school.

For families to take advantage of rolling admission, it is crucial that they carefully consider the characteristics of a school that will best fit their child. Areas of consideration include the school’s academic programmes, campus life, university counselling and placement, extracurricular activities, and the availability of financial aid and/or merit scholarships. One of the best ways to gather this information is to visit campus in person. Parents will have time to meet with faculty and administration to learn more about the school’s operations, goals, and signature programmes. Moreover, prospective students will be able to spend time with current students, who will be able to talk with them about their personal experiences. If a student cannot visit in person, the next-best option is to arrange a virtual visit, where applicants can still glean important insights about the school.

By the end of their research journey, families will have amassed a great deal of information about each school. To compare options easily, it is helpful to create a spreadsheet which allows students to track their progress in the admission process as well as displays key attributes of each school. For example, is financial aid available to international citizens? What is the average class size? Does the school offer advanced coursework, and if so, in how many subjects?

The next step is to narrow one’s list of schools to those that are the best fit. To save time, applicants should check to see if a particular school accepts the Standard Application Online (SAO), which allows students to complete one application and send it to multiple schools. Applicants should be sure to tailor their other materials to reflect each school’s mission as well as highlight those strengths and accomplishments which align with the school’s values. They should be sure to use online checklists for each school to track progress and follow up with the admission office with any questions or concerns.

The application cycle typically opens in August or September — an ideal time to apply. It allows students to complete the bulk of their work prior to the start of the year’s academic, athletic, and extra-curricular activities. Applicants should also keep in mind that the earlier they apply, the higher their chances of acceptance become if they are applying to rolling admission schools.

Where girls thrive and where admission is rolling

Linden Hall is located in Lititz, Pennsylvania, one of the safest and most welcoming towns in the US. For over 275 years, this premier school has been empowering girls to excel and develop into talented, compassionate, and accomplished young women armed with leadership skills, critical and independent thinking, and a love of learning.

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Linden Hall is home to empowered young women who do as well in classes as they do on the fields and courts. Source: Linden Hall

Established in 1746, Linden Hall is one of the oldest boarding schools in America — older than the United States itself. Although the school was built hundreds of years ago, there is nothing old about its educational approach, expansive programmes, 21st-century facilities, and transformative thinking which set it apart from other schools.

A Linden Hall education has allowed alumnae to receive offers from some of the top colleges and universities in the world, including Yale University, New York University, University of California — Berkeley, Amherst College, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, University of Toronto, and The University of Edinburgh. The 26 students of the Class of 2022 earned US$1.7 million in scholarships and grants.

Applying to Linden Hall is easy, with prospective students receiving the guidance of the school’s dedicated admission team every step of the way. To begin, applicants can choose one of two convenient application options: the Ravenna application or the Standard Application Online (SAO) — both of which may be used to apply to multiple schools. Linden Hall is test-flexible and does not require an application fee. For more information, click here.

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