Applying to PreCollege

PreCollege 2019 is currently full.

We are now accepting WAIT LIST applications only, at no charge. Please complete the online application and should a seat become available, we will contact you with an acceptance including placement in the immersions. Applicable fees will be due upon enrollment.


Applying to PreCollege is easy. 

Step 1: Review the PreCollege Immersions for 2019 

Immersion Descriptions and Course Goals (pdf to download)
You’ll be asked to rank your preferences for your TWO immersions on the PreCollege Application. REMEMBER: many immersions will apply to more than one major and could spark your curiosity and develop a new skill.  This is a time to explore and take a few risks. Some immersions are primarily digital and are taught in a computer lab, while others are strictly studio based.

Step 2: Complete the Online Application Form

PreCollege Online Application
Students must include a 250-word minimum personal statement on the application. Tell us about yourself, your interest and growth as an artist, and why you want to come to PreCollege. Submit the application form along with payment of the $50 Application Fee. Only complete applications can be reviewed for admission.

We do NOT require a portfolio to apply for PreCollege 2019.

Step 3: Get a Recommendation

Teacher Recommendation
Have your teacher (art teacher preferred) or guidance counselor submit a letter of recommendation – either using the online form below, or by submitting an email or letter to  This isn’t required, but is strongly preferred as it helps us get to know you better and helps us with placement into PreCollege Immersions. Please note: if you will be applying for financial assistance through our grants, this letter is required along with two additional recommendations from other teachers and/or members of the community.

What Happens Next
It can up to 4 weeks to proess your application for PreCollege. Students will receive notification of acceptance by email once the application is complete and has been reviewed. Your acceptance will include the two immersions you’ve been placed in, based on your interests, statement and ranking of preferences. Should a highly ranked immersion is full, you will be placed on the waiting list for that immersion and placed in another immersion. Should a seat become available in a preferred immersion, you will be contact to confirm you interest in switching immersions. We will hold you seat in the immersions until January 15, or four weeks after your acceptance notification is emailed, whichever is later, after which you must submit the $500 tuition deposit to continue to hold your immersion placement. The remaining balance of tuition and fees will be due by May 31, 2019.

In February, you will be sent a complete Welcome Packet of registration forms and the PreCollege Student Handbook. These required registration forms must be signed where noted and returned to the PreCollege office by May 31, 2019. No student may take up residence or begin classes until all forms are received and all tution and fees are paid in full.

Applying for Financial Assistance from Ringling College of Art and Design
Each year, the Ringling College of Art and Design is able to provide a limited number of partial need-based grants. We weigh your application statement and teacher recommendations heavily when reviewing applications for assistance. Grants generally range from $500 up to $3500, and are rarely available to cover the full cost of the program. We encourage students and their families to seek additional, alternative sources for scholarships, including your local community foundations, arts councils or museums, and other philanthropic organizations.

The PreCollege 2019 Grant Application Form (downloadable pdf) is DUE to the PreCollege office by February 26, 2019. Only complete applications can be considered. Applications will be reviewed as a group in the spring, and notifications of partial grants will be made at the end of March.

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