Steps to Enrollment

At Garrett College, we believe enrolling in college should not be complicated. We want to help you enter the classroom as quickly as possible and feel you should not be intimidated in getting there. Your success is our success!  

The following 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 enrolling at Garrett College.

Steps to Enrolling Checklist (Printable PDF)

1. Apply for admission to Garrett College and submit your 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.

2. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students are eligible to submit their FAFSA as early as October 1st prior to their year of attendance.  Investigate other financial aid opportunities and visit the Garrett College Financial Aid website to learn about Garrett College Foundation scholarships. (School Code: 010014)

3. Schedule a campus visit.  We would love to show you around our beautiful campus.  To schedule a visit, call the Office of Admissions toll-free 1-866-554-2773 or 301-387-3044.  You may also reach us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

4. Accept the offer of admission and commit to attending Garrett College. Please respond to phone calls and emails from College staff in a timely manner.  We want to help you throughout the enrollment process. If your contact information or your plans change, please let us know

5. Take the ACCUPLACER test at Garrett 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. Take time to prepare for the placement test by studying ahead of time. 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.

6. Students interested in living on campus must complete the housing application. The housing application is available online. There is a housing application fee of $225 which 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.

7.  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!

8.  Pay your bill. Your tuition and fees (and room and board, if applicable) are due by the deadline established each semester by the Garrett College Business Office. This date will be printed on your bill and must be met to avoid being dropped from your courses. Please contact the Business Office at 301-387-3061 to discuss a payment plan and other payment options.

9.  Purchase your books.  College students are responsible for purchasing their course books before the first day of classes.  Books are available for sale in the Garrett College bookstore.  A book list is posted to the College website each semester. 

10. Attend Mandatory New Student Orientation. You should take advantage of this event to acquaint yourself with our campus, faculty, staff, and other Garrett College students. This program will take place the day before classes begin. Details will be provided closer to the start of the semester by the Office of Student Development.

11. Show up for your first day of classes. For spring, classes begin the last week in January. Fall semester classes normally start the first week in September. Attendance is critical to your success, and most instructors have an attendance policy.

Please contact the Garrett College Office of Admissions for help throughout the enrollment process. Call toll-free 1-866-554-2773 or 301-387-3044.  You may also reach us via email at 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!

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