How to Apply

Visit the Campus and Arrange an Interview

Campus tours are available throughout the fall and into January. Visits and interviews are optional when applying, but recommended. Please note: there are no tours or interviews during our Thanksgiving or Winter Breaks.

Before you visit, please follow the below steps:

1.  Complete an Admission Inquiry Form

2.  Schedule a Campus Visit

Take a Standardized Test

We strongly recommend that applicants complete required testing in the fall, preferably in November or December. Because test dates and locations are posted well in advance, we advise applicants to arrange for testing early in the process.

Applicants who take January exams will still be considered during the regular admission cycle, but only once test scores are received.

information on requirements and tests

Complete the Application

Your Hotchkiss application helps us get to know you and evaluate how you might fit with the School. Hotchkiss uses “Gateway to Prep Schools," an online common application that consists of these main sections:

  • Candidate Profile (basic information about where you live, family)
  • Candidate Project (formal application, essay questions, activities)
  • Parent Statement
  • School Record
  • Teacher Recommendations

The application fee, payable online, is $70 for each applicant. To request an application fee waiver, contact our office at 860-435-3102 or

Gateway Online Application

Optional: Supplemental Materials for Arts and Sports Interests

Supplemental materials help us understand your interests and abilities, especially in the arts and sports. For dance, photography, film, music, theatre, and visual arts submissions, please upload portfolio materials here:

For sports submissions, please send your video file to

Learn About Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Learn about the tuition and fees, payment options, and our substantial financial aid program.

Tuition & Fees

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Tell Us About You: Complete an Admission Inquiry Form

We would like to get to know you!
Please complete the form BEFORE you visit, tour, interview, or apply.

Complete an Admission inquiry form

If you're interested in playing a sport at Hotchkiss or in studying the visual or performing arts, we invite you to fill out the optional forms provided below.


Tell us about A special sports interest


Application deadline


January 15, 2018


Financial Aid Application deadline


January 15, 2018


Admission decisions available online and mailed March 10, 2018


Revisit day for newly admitted students and families


March 29, April 3 and 5, 2018
Student reply deadline


April 10, 2018


Other Dates to Know

  • Tours and interviews are available from September through January.

    Please note: there are no tours or interviews during our Thanksgiving or Winter Breaks.

Applicant Checklist (Deadline - Jan. 15)

Required Materials and Tasks

  • Online Application “Gateway to Prep Schools” Candidate Profile (Please submit as soon as possible, preferably before your interview.)
  • Online application fee is $70.
  • To request an application fee waiver, contact our office at 860-435-3102 or
  • Candidate Project
  • Parent Statement
  • Standardized Testing (SSAT, ISEE, SAT, ACT, TOEFL)
  • Principal/Counselor Recommendation Form
    (sent directly by your school)
  • Transcript Report Form (official transcript)/report card copies (must contain current and past grades and be sent directly by your school)*
  • English and Math Recommendation Forms (to be sent directly by your teachers)
  • Personal Recommendation Form (written by an adult who knows you well)
  • The Graded Writing Sample (only required for those applying for entry grades 11, 12 and Postgraduate)*
  • A printable PDF of the recommendation forms and application is available for download here.

*Please know that when submitting graded writing samples and/or transcripts via Gateway, the upload file must be under 1 MB. Also, the system will only take one file upload per form. If your recommenders are having issues with uploads, please have them fax the documents to: 860-435-0042, or scan/email the documents to

Optional Materials and Tasks

Not Required, but Recommended
  • Personal Interview (interviews are available on-campus or by Skype through mid-January)
  • Special Interest Recommendation Form (can be submitted in lieu of the Personal Recommendation Form)
  • Art Portfolio/Music Recording/Athletic Video Submissions (if applicable). For Arts/Music submissions, please use SlideRoom, our online submission tool: For Athletic video submissions, please send your video file to

Contact Us

Office of Admission
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039-2141
(860) 435-3102
Fax: (860) 435-0042

For questions about Financial Aid, contact:

H. Jackson Marvel
Director of Financial Aid
Senior Associate Director of Admission