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Freshman Applicants

We would love to consider you for admission to Keystone College as one of our first-time freshman applicants. This is an exciting time in your college search process and we will be here to help you every step of the way.

Who should apply as a freshman?

You will apply to Keystone College as a freshman applicant if you:

  • are currently in your last year of high school or have completed high school
  • are a GED recipient or have completed a high school equivalency exam
  • have taken college classes without enrolling in a degree program or have attempted fewer than 12 non-developmental college credits

Freshman Application Requirements

All of the admissions requirements can be mailed, submitted electronically, or submitted in person.

Instant Decision
Instant decisions are available upon request during any campus visit. There is no commitment to receive an instant decision; just the benefit of knowing of your acceptance sooner. To expedite the instant decision process, complete an application prior to your visit.

Accepted Students

We’ve got a few checklist items to ensure your first year at Keystone is unbelievable.

1. Application

Two different ways to apply:
  1. Applying to multiple colleges?
    Students who plan to apply to multiple schools that accept the Common App, should submit the Common App.
  2. Applying to just a few colleges?
    Students who plan to apply only to a few schools should choose the Keystone College Online Application or download, print and submit a paper application.

2. File Your FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you’d like to be considered for federal and state financial aid. The FAFSA can be filed after October 1st.  If you are a Pennsylvania resident you MUST file by May 1st to be considered for the state grant.

3. High School Transcripts

Request an official high school transcript from your high school guidance counselor, or send official GED test scores (if applicable).

Your guidance office can send via a secure electronic transcript service, or they can mail to:

Office of Admissions
One College Green
PO Box 50
La Plume, PA 18440

4. Test Scores (Optional)

If received, test scores will be considered. Admissions may request test scores in some cases. Test scores can be submitted by requesting a report from collegeboard.org or can be included on your transcripts sent from your high school’s guidance office. Read more about our test-optional policy.

5. Letter of Recommendation or Personal Statement

A letter of recommendation, teacher evaluation, and/or personal statement about why you should be considered for admission are not required, but highly recommended.

  • Still in high school? Have your teacher complete a Teacher Evaluation Form
  • Already graduated? You may have someone, other than a friend or relative, write a letter of recommendation in place of a teacher evaluation.

Email to admissions@keystone.edu or send by mail to:
Office of Admissions
One College Green
PO Box 50
La Plume, PA 18440

Special Considerations for Learning and/or Physical Disabilities

Keystone College complies with policy and federal law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability.

In order to request services and/or accommodations for students with learning or other disabilities, Keystone College requires a current evaluation by an appropriate professional attesting to the nature of the disability and specifying any limitations and special accommodations relevant to a college learning environment.

While information may be contained in an Individualized Education Plan, 504 Plan or Transitional Plan, Keystone College reserves the right to request additional information or assessment, such as recent psychological testing, to ensure proper guidance and assistance to the disabled student as needed throughout their tenure. Appropriate documentation should be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than four weeks prior to the start of class, to ensure adequate time for review.

Learn more about Keystone's Disability Services.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
570-945-8111 or
Location: Sabiston Hall
Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Important Codes: SAT code: 2351 | ACT code: 3602 | FAFSA: 003280

Homeschooled students find Keystone to be a great fit.

Our experience has shown that homeschooled students are well-rounded, high achieving individuals with a solid academic foundation and mind for learning. Home-schooled students find Keystone to be a good fit, because of our low student to faculty ratio, safe and quaint campus atmosphere, and liberal arts curriculum that creates an academic environment built for your success. Here, on one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s most beautiful campuses, you can choose from more than 50 academic programs and learn in small classes, taught by an outstanding and committed faculty. From undergraduate research and career development to leadership studies and student engagement, we’ll help you become your best self at Keystone College.