Applying to PreCollege



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Ringling College of Art and Design
PreCollege 2020
2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
Phone: (941) 955-8866
Fax: (941) 955-8801



PreCollege 2020 is currently accepting applications.

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Applying to PreCollege is easy. 

Step 1: Review the PreCollege Immersions for 2020

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.

PreCollege Online Application

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

Step 3: Get a 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 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

It can take up to 4 weeks to process 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 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 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, 2020. In February, you will be notified that a complete Welcome Packet of registration forms and the PreCollege Student Handbook are available online. These required registration forms must be signed where noted and returned to the PreCollege office by May 29, 2020. No student may take up residence or begin classes until all forms are received and all tuition and fees are paid in full.

Applying for Financial Assistance from Ringling College of Art and Design

Each year, 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 2020 Grant Application Form (downloadable pdf) is DUE to the PreCollege office by February 28, 2020. 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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