Applying to PreCollege



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Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
Phone: (941) 955-8866
Fax: (941) 955-8801



PreCollege 2020 application is now closed.

Application for PreCollege 2021 will open November 1, 2020


Applying to PreCollege is easy. 

Step 1: Review the PreCollege Immersions for 2021

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.

Immersion Descriptions and Course Goals (pdf to download)

Step 2: Complete the Online Application Form

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 2020.


We do NOT require a portfolio to apply for PreCollege.

Step 3: Get a Recommendation (Optional)

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 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.

Teacher Recommendation

What Happens Next

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 be full, you will be placed on the waiting list for that immersion and placed in the next ranked immersion. Should a seat become available in the higher ranked immersion, you will be contacted to confirm your interest in switching immersions.

We will hold your seat in the immersions while your acceptance notification is emailed. Upon receipt of acceptance, you must submit the $500 tuition deposit to retain your immersion placements. The remaining balance of tuition and fees will be due by May 31, 2021.

You will be notified that a complete Welcome Packet of registration forms are available online. These required registration forms must be signed where noted and returned to the PreCollege office by May 31, 2021. No student may begin classes until all forms are received and all tuition and fees are paid in full.

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