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, but it should help you understand the basic steps involved in the application and registration processes.

  1. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at —ideally before March 1. Investigate other financial aid opportunities and visit the Garrett College Financial Aid website.

  2. Apply for admission to Garrett College and submit official high school and college transcripts (if applicable). If you hold a GED, 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.

  3. 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. If your contact information or your plans change, please let us know. We realize that your parents are eager to help, but YOU should take responsibility for communicating with us.

  4. 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 fees generally apply 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.

  5. If you would like to live on campus, apply and pay the housing application and deposit of $225. The housing application is available online and will be mailed to all applicants who indicate an interest in campus housing. The application fee covers a background check. If approved for campus housing, you will receive a housing assignment from the Office of Residence Life with additional instructions.  You must register for classes to secure your place in either residence hall.

  6. Attend an advising session and register for classes after completing steps 1-6. 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 the deadline established each semester by the GC Business Office.  This date will be printed on your bill.  Please contact the Business Office at 301-387-3061 to discuss a payment plan and other payment options.

  8. Attend New Student Welcome Day. You should take advantage of this event to acquaint yourself with our campus, faculty, staff, and other GC students. This program will take place the first week of classes. Details will be provided by the Office of Student Life.

  9. Show up for your first day of classes.  For spring, classes begin on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.  For fall, the first day of classes is Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  Attendance is critical to your success, and most instructors have an attendance policy. 

  10. Please contact the Garrett College Office of Admissions for help throughout the enrollment process. Call 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!