Apply to Newbury

The application process at Newbury College is highly personalized, and we take the time to get to know you as an individual. Our admissions staff is committed to developing a clear understanding of your accomplishments and achievements inside and outside of the classroom. If you have any questions, please contact us.

All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships.

Required Application Materials:

  1. Your Application: You can apply through either the Common Application or one of the Newbury Online Applications. If you will be a first year student, use the Newbury College Freshman Application. If you are a transfer, use the Newbury College Transfer Application. Newbury College gives equal consideration to both options.
  2. Official Transcripts: All applicants must submit their high school transcripts, and transfer students must submit all college transcripts as well. All transcripts must be official copies.
  3. A Writing Sample (recommended, but not required)
  4. A Letter of Recommendation (recommended, but not required)
  5. Official SAT/ACT scores (optional): Students may submit scores if they believe the results present a fuller picture of their achievements and potential. Students who do not submit scores will not be at any disadvantage in the admission process, unless they wish to qualify for our Presidential or Trustee Scholarships.

Documents may be mailed to:

Newbury College
Office of Admissions
129 Fisher Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445

Documents may be faxed to: 617-731-9618 or emailed

International students must also submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. A minimum TOEFL score of 71 (internet-based exam), 197 (computer-based exam). or a 527-530 (paper-based exam) is required. A minimum IETLS band score of 5.5 is required.

If an international student is accepted and chooses to enroll at Newbury College, (s)he must also submit several other forms. Please see our section on Enrolling as an International Student for more information.

To make the application process as easy as possible for our prospective students, the Adult & Professional Studies application can be submitted in one of two ways:

The APS Application Process

To make the application process as easy as possible for our prospective students, the Adult & Professional Studies application can be submitted in one of two ways:

  1. You may complete our online application
  2. You may download the Adult & Professional Studies paper application. If you choose to download the application, you can print it out and mail it to Newbury College, Office of Adult & Professional Studies, 129 Fisher Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445

No matter which application you choose, a copy of your high school diploma, high school transcript with graduation date, college transcripts, or GED must accompany your application. You may send us your application and mail in or drop off the other materials at a later date.

Transfer Credit & Life Experience

Newbury College will accept up to 75 transfer credits towards a bachelor degree and 30 credits towards an associate degree. All students must complete a minimum of 45 credits at Newbury College to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Please note that not all courses accepted for transfer can be applied to every degree program. The College will accept transfer credit from:

  • regionally accredited, post-secondary institutions/li>
  • the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • the United States Armed Forces Institute
  • the Advancement Placement Examination Program (AP) of the College Entrance Examination Board
  • the International Baccalaureate Examination Program (IB higher level)
  • articulation agreements with local secondary schools
  • the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Straighterline courses

Credit for Prior Learning

At Newbury College, we recognize that adults have many experiences that lead to the acquisition of knowledge. Depending on the experience, the learning may be at the college level. Our Credit for Prior Learning Program is designed to evaluate the knowledge adults may have gained as a result of work, volunteering, personal interests, or professional development.

In order to receive credit, the student's work and other credits for prior learning must be formally documented and assessed by faculty to ensure that the skills and overall knowledge obtained are equivalent to college-level work. Prior Learning Credit can allow you to save both time and money in your path to a degree.

If you have been working in your field of study for at least one year and believe that you can demonstrate knowledge and competency related to Newbury course content, then Credit for Prior Learning is a viable option for you!

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility for Prior Learning Credit is based on the following criteria:

  1. Students must have worked in their field of study for at least one year
  2. Students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits at Newbury College and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0

How Do I Apply?

Please download the Prior Learning Application HERE

The course descriptions section of the Newbury College Course Catalog can help you identify potential courses that match your background and experience. Find the Catalog here!

Students who choose to seek credit for an Internship through Prior Learning should download additional materials HERE

If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Laurie Gordy, Dean of Academic Affairs, at or 617-730-7258.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the academic year. Please submit your application and supporting materials to Laurie Gordy, Dean of Faculty, Newbury College, 129 Fisher Ave., Brookline, MA 02445, or by email.

For How Many Courses Can I Receive Prior Learning Credit?

Prior Learning Credit may be applied to a maximum of 50% of the courses in the major field of study. In some cases, academic departments may designate specific courses as not eligible for Prior Learning credit.

Students may earn up to 30 credits (10 courses) through Prior Learning, although a 10-course request is very unusual. Most students typically request Prior Learning Credit for between 2 and 4 courses, including the Internship. That said, students with significant work experience are encouraged to apply for as many courses (up to 10) as they deem appropriate to their background.

Are There Deadlines for Submission?

Applications may be submitted at any time. However, students should keep in mind that applications submitted in April or May will most likely not be reviewed until the following fall semester due to limited faculty availability during the summer.


For students planning to graduate in May of a given year, all evaluation of Credit for Prior Learning must be completed by April 1. Seniors are therefore advised to submit Prior Learning applications in the fall semester preceding the May graduation date, to allow for unforeseen circumstances.

How Does the Process Work?

The Dean of Faculty will forward your application to a faculty advisor for review.

The evaluation process has several components:
1.  The advisor will guide the student in developing a portfolio that documents the learning experience. The advisor may ask the student to provide items such as those listed below, if not already included with the initial submission.

a) a resume, job descriptions, and/or letters from supervisors,
b) certificates from training or professional development courses,
c) policy manuals or other work products the student has developed,
d) competency statements pertaining to the subject area,
e) other appropriate documentation.

2.  The advisor may request additional assessments that allow the student to demonstrate competency in the subject area. These may include:

a) readings for the student to discuss with the advisor,
b) written or oral responses to case studies,
c) student presentations in appropriate formats.

3. In most cases, the advisor will ask to meet with the student in person at least once.
4.The advisor may choose to contact the student’s employer for additional information.

The decision to award credit is at the sole discretion of the faculty advisor.

When credit is awarded, the student will receive a Credit Award Notification form, the credits will be posted to the student’s transcript, and the student will receive a bill for the credits.

How Long Does This Take?

The time for evaluation of Prior Learning credit will vary based on the number of courses applied for, the completeness of the documentation, timeliness of student responses to advisor requests, etc. In general, for 1 – 3 courses, if all is in order, the evaluation could take about a month. More courses would typically take longer to evaluate.

What is the Cost?

Application Fee:

$50 (regardless of the number of credits applied for)

Value starts here. With one of the lowest per credit hour charges in New England at $275 per credit hour, we believe in keeping a college education affordable for working adults. If Newbury is the right fit for you academically, we will work hard to make sure that it also works financially. Together, we can make it happen!

Tuition: $275 per credit hour
Tuition Summer Day/Internships: $475 per credit hour
Lab Fee (Culinary Students only): $125 per credit hour
Life Experience: $200 per credit hour
Audit: $200 per credit hour
Graduation Fee: $100

Note: Financial Aid cannot be applied to credits earned through Prior Learning.

Credit Allowances for Transfer and Prior Learning:

For an associate degree, Newbury College may accept up to 30 transfer credits. This includes sources described above, as well as Credit for Prior Learning. For a bachelor degree, Newbury College may accept up to a total of 75 credits from sources listed above, including a maximum of 30 credits for Prior Learning. All bachelor degree students must complete a minimum of 45 credits through coursework taken at Newbury College.

To learn more about transferable credits, we invite you to review the College Catalog and our full Transfer Policy.

Newbury College operates under the purview of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. If a complaint or issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint about Newbury College with your State by referring to the following list of State agencies.

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