Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit
Advanced Placement credit may be awarded on the basis of the College Board Advanced Placement exams taken prior to enrollment at Cornish. Official copies of the test results must be submitted to the Office of Admission as a part of the admission process. Score reports may be no more than five years old at the time of application to a degree program. No more than six semester credits of non-studio coursework can be satisfied through the AP and/or CLEP exams. AP exam scores of 5, 4, and 3 are accepted for college credit by Cornish College for most available AP exams. Please review the Cornish College Catalog for a chart of eligible exams. Studio Art examinations are not accepted for college credit in the major at Cornish.
Home School Students
Home-schooled applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants should supply as much information as possible about their home-school experience. At minimum, transcripts, descriptions of all courses, and reading lists should be submitted to the Office of Admission. If courses have been taken at a local high school or college, transcripts must be submitted. Whereas Cornish does not require SAT, ACT, or other standardized tests as part of the admission process for home-schooled students, these tests are particularly valuable for determining whether a student will be successful in the Cornish program. Therefore, we strongly recommend students submit test scores.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit
Cornish may award credit on the basis of International Baccalaureate exams taken prior to enrollment at Cornish. Official copies of the exam results must be submitted to the Office of Admission before enrollment. Score reports may be no more than five years old at the time of application to a degree program. Up to six semester credits of non-studio coursework can be satisfied through the IB exams. IB exam scores of 5, 6 or 7 are accepted for college credit by Cornish College for most all available IB exams. Please review the Cornish College Catalog for a chart of eligible exams. Studio Art examinations are not accepted for college credit in the major at Cornish.
International students must submit all application requirements listed to be considered for admission to Cornish College of the Arts and for an F-1 student visa. Apply early, as obtaining student visas and getting documentation from outside of the U.S. can be time-consuming. Essays are to be written in English. Transcripts must be translated into English and notarized by the translator. In addition, international students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet version of the TOEFL test. The Cornish College of the Arts school code for the TOEFL test is 4801.
The application fee must be in U.S. funds, sent as a bank draft or international money order. International student applicants are required to provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover expenses during the expected period of study. Applicants must complete the International Student Financial Statement and submit a letter of financial guarantee (no more than three months old) from parents’ or a sponsor’s bank, certifying the amount of U.S. currency available for the student’s education in the U.S. Federal and state financial aid is not available for international students attending the college. International students are not eligible for a tuition payment plan; tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration.
Professional or Prior Learning Experience
After having completed one successful semester in residence at Cornish, students may receive credit for Prior Learning Experience (PLE). Prior Learning Experience is documented professional quality experience gained prior to enrollment in a degree program at Cornish. There is a $30/per credit charge for PLE awards. Contact the Registration and Records Office at 1.800.726.ARTS for more information.
Running Start Students
Washington State students who have taken Running Start classes apply to the College as freshmen. This also applies to students from other states with similar dual-enrollment or “college in the high school” programs. To receive credit for college level work, students must submit transcripts from the college or university where they completed the courses.
A maximum of 70 semester credits of Humanities and Science coursework and Studio coursework (determined at the time of the portfolio review or audition) may be granted and applied towards a student’s degree. College level, non-remedial course work graded “C” or better from regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer at the time of application for admission. Applicants will receive formal notification of transfer credit granted when admitted to the College.
For detailed class descriptions, refer to the department specific information on this website and to the model programs in our catalog.
Cornish College of the Arts cooperates with the Veterans Administration in carrying out the provisions of the public laws established to give educational benefits to veterans and qualifying dependents of veterans whose death or permanent and total disability is service connected.
Selected academic programs of study at Cornish College of the Arts are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code.