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Thinking about what to do with your life? Is Menlo College right for you? We’re the small school for business that gets the big picture. Get started on a personalized education in just three steps!

1. Tell us you are interested

2. Schedule a visit

The best way to experience Menlo is to visit campus. You are welcome to schedule a personalized campus visit online. We offer live virtual and in-person campus tours. We also have engaging virtual and in-person events throughout the semester. Let us know when you want to attend!

3. Apply

It’s never too early to apply for admission. Apply to Menlo early in your senior year. Please be sure to visit our First Year Requirements section for details on what documents are required for admission.

See what New Student Orientation looks like:

Admission Requirements for First-Year Students

Congratulations on your decision to apply to Menlo College! Please review the requirements below to complete your first-year application.

Early Action or Regular Decision?

First, you’ll want to choose an application track: Early Action (non-binding) or Regular Decision. Please review our key deadlines to determine which works best for you.

Admissions Application

Next, you’ll submit your application for admission. Candidates are encouraged to complete the Menlo College First-Year Application to fast track your admissions decision. You are also welcome to apply using the Common Application. In addition to the Application itself, we require the following materials:

Personal Essay

Please submit a personal essay of at least 250 words addressing your reasons for seeking a college education, expectations of a college education and reasons for applying to Menlo College.

Recommendation Letter

Please submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher or a counselor. The letter may be submitted electronically via email to admissions@menlo.edu or sent by mail.

Official Transcript(s)

First-year applicants must submit a high school transcript. Transcripts may be submitted electronically via email to admissions@menlo.edu or sent by mail.

If you have taken any college courses while in high school, please submit your college transcript(s) as well so we can determine transferability of any credits.

We welcome unofficial transcripts for preliminary assessment, but will require official copies if admitted.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $40 may be paid online at the time of application, or the fee may be mailed in. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Menlo College.

Test Scores (Optional)

We offer a “test optional” policy for all domestic first-year applicants. Scores on the SAT or ACT are not required for students applying to Menlo College nor will they be disadvantaged for doing so in the admission process. For those who wish to submit scores for consideration, unofficial test scores may be emailed to admissions@menlo.edu, or, self-reported if the student is filling out the Common Application.

AP, IB and A-Level Credits

Menlo College offers college credit for AP, International Baccalaureate and A-Level Exams.
Please see the course equivalency guides for specific information:


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