10 Steps to Enrollment

The following 10 steps will help you on your way to becoming a Garrett College student. This list may not include everything you will need to do to complete the enrollment process, but it should help you understand the basic steps involved in the application and registration process.

Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov—ideally before March 1. Investigate other financial aid opportunities and visit the Garrett College Financial Aid website.
  1. Apply for admission to Garrett College and submit official high school and college transcripts (if applicable). If you hold a GED diploma, please have the issuing state send official GED scores directly to the Office of Admissions at Garrett College. There is no fee to apply for admission to Garrett College. ACT and SAT scores, if available, also should be sent to the College but are not required for admission.
  2. Accept the offer of admission and commit to attending Garrett College. Please respond to phone calls and emails from College offices in a timely manner so that we may help you throughout the enrollment process. Please note that the STUDENT should take responsibility for this communication.
  3. Take the ACCUPLACER test at GC or at another approved placement site. Information about placement options will be mailed to all accepted students. There is no fee for taking ACCUPLACER at Garrett College, but you will likely pay a nominal fee to test at other colleges.  Prepare for placement. Scores on the reading, writing, and math portions of the ACCUPLACER will determine if you are ready for college-level courses.  Taking developmental (pre-college) courses will cost you time and money.
  4. If you would like to live on campus, apply and pay the $25 application fee. The housing application is available and will be mailed to all applicants who indicate an interest in campus housing. The application fee covers a background check.
  5. If approved for campus housing, please return your completed housing contract as soon as possible with the required $200 damage deposit. Your housing assignment will be made only after you register for classes.
  6. Attend an advising session and register for classes after completing steps 1-6. Get registered for an advising session no less than one week after you complete testing. An advisor will help you select appropriate courses. Register early to get the best selection of classes!
  7. Pay your bill. Your tuition and fees (and room and board, if applicable) are due by August 9, 2014, for the fall semester. You may contact the Garrett College Business Office at 301-387-3061 to discuss a payment plan and other payment options.
  8. Attend New Student Welcome Day. New students should attend New Student Welcome Day for the fall semester, usually the day before classes begin. Details about the program will be provided by the Office of Student Life.
  9. Show up for your first day of classes.  For fall, classes begin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.  Attendance is critical to success, and most instructors have an attendance policy.
  10. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Garrett College Office of Admissions for help throughout the enrollment process by calling toll-free 866-554-2773 or 301-387-3044.  Our email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We look forward to helping you become a Garrett College student!