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How to Apply

Milton Academy welcomes boarding applications for admission to Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students in the Greater Boston area may apply for day student status in Grades 9 and 10. Once admitted as a boarding or day student, a student may not change status except in special circumstances.

During the first phase of the selection process, admission officers read each application in a "need blind" review that does not consider a candidate's ability to pay as a factor in their evaluations. However, the final phase of the selection process is "need aware," as the admission committee weighs its decisions against available financial aid funds. Milton Academy strives to meet 100 percent of the demonstrated need of each candidate offered admission. Please see the Financial Aid portion of our Web site for more information.

Getting Started

To begin your conversation with Milton Academy, complete and submit the Request Information form.

Campus Visit

A visit to Milton's 125-acre campus in suburban Boston is an essential part of the application process. The Office of Admission, located in Warren Hall, is open year-round and welcomes visits from interested families from June through early January. During the fall semester, you may schedule visits on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Please call 617-898-2227 to schedule your campus visit.

The Office of Admission is closed Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, and from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.

The campus visit includes:

Campus Tour
Each visit to Milton includes a personal, 45-minute campus tour with a student guide.

Personal Interview*
We require all candidates for admission to schedule a personal interview with a member of the admission committee. Both informative and evaluative, the interview is a lively, relaxed conversation between visiting families and the admission officer conducting the interview. Each student meets one-on-one with an interviewer, and a parent interview follows. The interview is an opportunity for the applicant to discuss special interests and accomplishments, and for an interviewer to determine whether Milton is a good match for the applicant. Students are evaluated on their academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, maturity, personality, character, confidence, citizenship, and commitment to or leadership in extracurricular activities. Interviewers also consider a student's "fit" for the rigorous college preparatory program Milton offers and, for boarders, its residential program.

Special Interest
During your time at Milton you might also consider meeting with a faculty member who directs a special program that interests you. Department chairs, coaches and program directors (e.g., a financial aid officer or a college counselor for Grade 11 applicants) are often available to meet with you during your visit. If you are interested in such a meeting, please inform the Office of Admission when scheduling your campus visit.

Please allow two hours for the tour and interview. The interview must be completed by January 15 to ensure a March 10 decision.

If unable to schedule a campus visit, you may be able to schedule an interview in your hometown with an admission officer. In rare instances in which neither a campus nor an off-campus interview can be arranged, an applicant may request a phone or Skype interview. Please call 617-898-2227 to arrange an interview. Please note, an application will not be reviewed until the interview is completed.

Online Application

To begin, families will be directed to create an online account to manage all aspects of the application process:

  • Access Milton's application
  • Initiate requests for recommendations
  • Download PDFs
  • Track the status of an application
Milton also accepts the Gateway to Prep Schools application as well as the SSAT Standard application.

The completed application is due by January 15 and consists of the following:

To be completed by the applicant:
Parts 1-2: Application for Admission
Part 3: Essays and Student Questionnaire

To be completed by the parent(s) or guardian:
Part 4: Parent Statement

Application Fee*
A non-refundable application fee of $50 for domestic applicants and $100 USD for international applicants must be submitted online, along with your application, using Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Fee waivers are available if the fee represents a financial hardship for the applicant or his/her family. Please contact the Office of Admission for details.

To be submitted by the school administrator:
Final or mid-semester grades for the current fall term and a transcript with grades for the past two years
(Download, sign and distribute the Record Release Form to authorize.)

Recommendations: Submitted online (preferred method)
Forms are available for download if necessary.

To be submitted by the principal, head of school or guidance/placement counselor:
Part 5: School Administrator Recommendation*

To be submitted by current teachers, instructors and/or coaches:
Part 6a: English Teacher Recommendation*
Part 6b: Mathematics Teacher Recommendation*
Part 6c: Teacher Recommendation (optional)
Part 7a: Special Interest Recommendation-Arts (optional)
Part 7b: Special Interest Recommendation-Athletics (optional)

Online Application

Standardized Testing*

Standardized testing is an important supporting element of an applicant's academic record, and all candidates for admission are required to submit the results of the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Applicants should register for and take the SSAT before the January 15 deadline. Scores should be sent directly to Milton Academy. The SSAT school code for Milton Academy is 5098. Applicants for Grade 11 may substitute the results of either the PSAT or SAT-I Reasoning Test for the SSAT. For students for whom English is not the first language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required. The TOEFL school code for Milton Academy is 8125. The TOEFL does not take the place of the SSAT.


Interviews   Ongoing; interview deadline is January 15, 2015
Standardized Testing   Schedule and take before January 2015
Application Deadline   January 15, 2015
Financial Aid Deadline   January 31, 2015
Admission Decisions Mailed   March 10, 2015
Deposit Deadline   April 10, 2015

* Required components of an application

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