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Webb Institute is a unique school with a unique admissions process. 

This process allows you, the applicant, the opportunity to learn more about us while we learn more about you!


APPLICATION: 

Deadlines:

Early Decision – October 15
Regular Decision – February 1

Each year, Webb’s goal is to fill the incoming class with 28 intellectually curious, tenacious, and service-oriented students who are passionate about what we do and who will contribute to our dynamic learning environment. To apply to Webb, students are required to submit the Common Application, including the Webb-specific member questions, and all admissions requirements. The Common Application becomes available on August 1 and must be submitted by the Early Decision or Regular Decision deadlines by 11:59 pm in the applicant’s local time zone on that date.

Webb Application Process

Early Decision (October 15th)

We offer an Early Decision option for those of you who have decided that Webb is your first-choice school. If accepted to Webb under our Early Decision plan, you must withdraw all applications from other colleges and universities. If you are seeking financial aid for Room and Board, you do not need to withdraw your other applications until after you have received notification from Webb regarding your financial aid package.

In order to be considered for Early Decision, you must complete your application by October 15th. Incomplete applications will be rolled over into the Regular Decision pool. Throughout the month of November, finalists will be selected and invited to spend the night on campus, during which they will be interviewed by our President and a faculty member. Finalists will also be asked to take a short math assessment and respond to a writing prompt. Final admissions decisions for all Early Decision candidates will be released by mid-December, and include acceptances, deferrals, and denials.

Please also note that Webb uses the First Year Common Application for both First Year and Transfer applicants, and the application follows the same deadlines for Early Decision and Regular Decision. In the Webb-specific member question, applicants will be asked to identify themselves as a First Year or Transfer applicant.

Regular Decision (February 1)

In order to be considered for Regular Decision to Webb Institute, you must complete your admissions application by February 1st. Throughout the month of March, finalists will be selected and invited to spend the night on campus, during which they will be interviewed by the Webb Institute President and a Webb faculty member and be asked to take a short math assessment and respond to a writing prompt. Final decisions for all candidates will be released by early April.

Please also note that Webb uses the First Year Common Application for both First Year and Transfer applicants, and the application follows the same deadlines for Early Decision and Regular Decision. In the Webb-specific member question, applicants will be asked to identify themselves as a First Year or Transfer applicant.

Transfer Students:

If as of today you have already earned your high school diploma or GED AND have taken courses at a college or university as a full-time or part-time student, you are considered to be a transfer applicant. Please note that all students who are accepted to Webb, however, regardless of educational background, number of college credits, AP scores, etc. begin their Webb experience as first-semester freshmen. 

The admissions requirements for transfer applicants are the same as the admissions requirements for all applicants, with the exception of needing to submit both their high school and college transcripts. Please also note that an applicant’s SAT or ACT scores must be no more than two years old.

Please also note that Webb uses the First Year Common Application for both First Year and Transfer applicants, and the application follows the same deadlines for Early Decision and Regular Decision. In the Webb-specific member question, applicants will be asked to identify themselves as a First Year or Transfer applicant.

Non-US Citizens

Only US Citizens and Permanent Residents are currently eligible for Webb’s full-tuition scholarship and for Financial Aid.

Admissions Requirements:
The admissions requirements for non-US citizens are the same as the admissions requirements for all applicants, with the exception of required testing.  Non-US citizens who have completed their studies outside of the United States, must also submit two SAT Subject Tests–one in Math 1 or Math 2, and one in Physics or Chemistry, which can provide the Admissions Committee with further insight into their background in these areas.  Furthermore, if your first language is not English, you must certify proficiency in English when you apply to Webb.  To do so, please submit your scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Homeschool Applicants

The admissions requirements for homeschooled applicants are the same as the admissions requirements for all applicants, with two exceptions:

  • We ask that all homeschooled applicants submit a supplement to the application that provides the Admissions Committee with a better picture of your homeschool environment and curriculum.
  • For homeschooled applicants that did not take math or a lab science at a school or college, they are also required to submit two SAT Subject Tests for admission to Webb–one in Math 1 or Math 2, and one in Physics or Chemistry, which can provide the Admissions Committee with further insight into their background in these areas (AP exams can be submitted in place of or in addition to these SAT Subject Tests).
Please note that Webb Institute evaluates every applicant on a case-by-case basis.  

Admissions Timeline:

August 1, 2019 The Common Application is available for students applying to the Class of 2024 (college entry in August of 2020)
October 15, 2019 Early Decision Deadline for submitting the Common Application along with the Webb-specific questions, application fee, and supporting materials. The October 27 ACT and/or the November 7 SAT test scores may be used in the Early Decision process if they arrive before admissions decisions are made.
November 2019 Early Decision finalists are invited to campus for a required overnight visit, during which they are interviewed by the President and a faculty member and are asked to take a short math assessment and respond to a writing prompt.
Mid-December, 2019 Decision letters are mailed to all Early Decision candidates.
February 1, 2020 Regular Decision Deadline for submitting the Common Application along with the Webb-specific questions, application fee, and supporting materials. The February 9 ACT scores may be used in the Regular Decision process if they arrive before admissions decisions are made.
February 15, 2020 The FAFSA is due for students requesting Financial Aid above and beyond Webb’s full-tuition scholarship.
March 2019 Regular Decision finalists are invited to campus for a required overnight visit, during which they are interviewed by the President and a faculty member and are asked to take a short math assessment and respond to a writing prompt.
April 1, 2019 Decision letters are mailed to all Regular Decision candidates.
April 10, 2019 Estimated Financial Aid Award Letters are mailed to all admitted students.

Application Requirements & Finalist Visit

Application Requirements:

Regular emails will be sent to you at the email address provided on your application regarding missing application requirements.  Please note that the application must be submitted by 11:59 pm your local time on the deadline. Furthermore all application requirements must be submitted within two weeks of the admissions deadline for your application to be reviewed.

Common Application with the Webb-specific member questions

  • Extracurricular Activities: In addition to evaluating an academic fit, the Admissions Committee looks for ways a student may contribute to the community as a whole. The will assess the type and level of involvement, how the student may have contributed to the activity, served as a leader for the activity or contributed to the broader community, etc. The Common Application allows students to list up to ten different activities, but please note that you do not need to fill every space.  Some of the most successful applicants are deeply engaged in just a few activities. You also have the opportunity to upload a resume, which can include further detail regarding the activities you are involved in.
  • Additional Information Section: The Common Application has an Additional Information Section. If you’d like us to know more about you, please use this space to tell us.

$60 Application Fee or Fee Waiver (by request)

If the nonrefundable $60 application fee creates a hardship for you or your family, you may request a fee waiver by taking one of the following steps:

  • Submit your SAT or ACT fee waiver form with your application or email a copy to Webb at admissions@webb.edu.
  • Complete and submit the fee waiver form provided by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).
  • Request that your school counselor verify that the application fee creates a financial hardship on you and your family through the Common Application or by sending an email to Webb at admissions@webb.edu.

High School Transcript including Senior Grades and College Transcript (if applicable)

All applicants are required to send their High School and College (if applicable) transcript(s) to Webb. These transcripts must come directly from the high school or college through the Common Application website or mailed to Webb Institute (Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542).  Students applying Early Decision are required to send their first quarter or trimester grades no later than the last week of November.  Students applying Regular Decision should submit their first semester or trimester grades by mid-February.  All applicants will be required to send their senior grades as part of their application when they become available.

Transfer applicants must send both their high school and college transcripts.

Secondary School Report Form

This document is sent to Webb from your high school college counselor, and provides context about your school that helps the Admissions Committee evaluate your application holistically.

Standardized Test Scores

SAT or ACT:

  • All students are required to submit an SAT or ACT for evaluation, which must be sent from CollegeBoard or on a transcript from the students’ high school.  It is recommended that students take the SAT Essay or ACT Writing exam sections of the exam. This standardized test must be no more than two years old.
    • Superscoring Policy: We strongly recommend that you report all of your available standardized test scores because the Admissions Committee will be certain to review the strongest score in each category, across all of the exam(s) you’ve taken.
    • Our College Board SAT code is 2970. Our ACT code is 2987.

SAT Subject Tests, AP Test, or IB Tests (Optional): 

  • Standardized test beyond the SAT or ACT are not required for admission to Webb; however, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams, or IB Exams, particularly those in math and the sciences (especially Physics and Chemistry) can demonstrate a student’s strengths in those areas to the Admission Committee.  In those cases, we recommend that students submit these scores as part of the application process.  The most popular tend to be the Math 1, Math 2, Physics and Chemistry SAT Subject Tests, as well as AP AB or BC Calculus Exam.
    • Please note that a Subject Test in Math (Math 1 or Math 2) and Physics or Chemistry is required for all Homeschooled and International applicants.

Letters of Recommendation (2)

Webb requires two letters from teachers in  junior or senior year major academic courses (math, natural science, social science, English or a foreign language), and one letter from a school counselor from all applicant. Additional letters may be submitted if the student feels it can add a new perspective o his or her application.  These additional letters can come from employers, coaches, club advisors, etc. These letters must come directly from the recommender through the Common Application website or mailed to Webb Institute (Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542). 

A copy of your birth certificate, valid US passport, or US Permanent Resident Card

To qualify for Webb’s full-tuition scholarship, students’ must submit a copy of their birth certificate, valid US Passport or US Permanent Resident Card during their overnight finalist visit to Webb.

Required Overnight Visit:

If you are selected as a finalist, you are also required to take part in an overnight experience, during which you will be interviewed by our president and a faculty member, and be asked to take a short math assessment and respond to a writing prompt.  This overnight visit will allow us to get to know you better, while also allowing you to get to know the Webb Community better!

Academic Preparation Requirements

To qualify for admission to Webb, you must have either completed the following courses or be enrolled in them at the time of your application.  Students who have not completed these courses will not be properly prepared for Webb’s curriculum.

  • 4 years of math (including calculus)
  • 3 years of lab sciences, including at least 1 year of physics and chemistry
  • 4 years of English

It is also recommended that students take advanced coursework (APs, IBs, etc.) wherever possible, but especially in math and the science, and/or coursework in mechanical drawing, engineering, or CAD if available.

Please note that Webb does not grant credit for AP, IB, or college courses taken prior to enrollment. Regardless of educational coursework, all students begin their college experience as first semester freshmen. To strengthen the foundational skills necessary to be successful at Webb, students are also required to take part in a Summer Learning Program completed online in both math and grammar.

Physical Requirements

All students must be physically and mentally capable of performing all work required in the academic courses and in the annual practical winter work terms. All students will be issued a United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential with Student Observer classification. To meet the document’s requirement, an applicant must have the agility, strength, and flexibility to climb steep or vertical ladders; maintain balance on a moving deck; pull heavy objects, up to 50 lbs. in weight, distances of up to 400 feet; rapidly don an exposure suit; step over doorsills of 24 inches in height and open or close watertight doors that may weigh up to 56 pounds. Any condition that poses an inordinate risk of sudden incapacitation or debilitating complication, and any condition requiring medication that impairs judgment or reaction time are potentially disqualifying.

Students with disabilities should contact the Office of Admissions to determine if they can complete the academic and practical aspects of the program with reasonable accommodation. Webb reserves the right to exclude from continued class attendance or enrollment any student who, in the judgment of the administration, is not physically or mentally qualified to follow the regular curricular program.

Admissions Review Process

Each year, Webb’s goal is to fill the incoming class with 28 intellectually curious, tenacious, and service-oriented students who are passionate about what we do and who will contribute to our dynamic learning environment. All applications for Admission to Webb Institute are reviewed initially by the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs and then again by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee consists of:

  • President Keith Michel
  • Director of Admissions, Lauren Carballo
  • Dean Matthew Werner
  • Professor Elena Goloubeva
  • Professor Richard Harris
  • Professor Adrian Onas
  • Professor Ben Scott

The Admissions Committee comprehensively review of all information—academic, extracurricular, and personal—presented in the application to determine who may be the best fits for Webb’s unique experience. Approximately 60 finalists are selected and invited to campus for an overnight visit, during which they are interviewed by President Keith Michel and a faculty member of the Admissions Committee and asked to take a math assessment and respond to a writing prompt. This experience also allows the finalists to get a better sense of the Webb experience, as they are given the opportunity to meet current students, sit in on classes and at times, club meetings and athletic practices, and eat meals with the Webb community. The interviews and assessments then assist the Admissions Committee in selecting the final members of the incoming class. All students are notified of their admissions decision by April 1.

Other Admissions Policies

Deferred Applicants

Due to the strength of Webb’s Early Decision pool as well as Webb’s small size, not all qualified candidates can be accepted in the Early Decision round. Typically, Webb admits approximately one third of the class in Early Decision. Candidates who the Admissions Committee believes will not be a good fit for Webb’s incoming class are denied in the Early Decision Round. Those who are still being considered, are deferred. Between three and seven of those deferred from Early Decision will be accepted in Webb’s Regular Decision round. If you are deferred, you can always send additional information to the admissions office.  This can include updated grades, updated test scores, accomplishments since submitting the application, an additional letter of recommendation, etc.

For Waitlisted Applicants

Due to Webb’s small size and high yield rate, very few students above and beyond the targeted number of incoming students (28) are accepted to Webb.  Because of this, Webb typically plans on using the waitlist to complete the class.  In the past three years, between zero and four candidates have been admitted off the waitlist.  If you are waitlisted, you can always send additional information to the admissions office.  This can include updated grades, updated test scores, accomplishments since submitting the application, an additional letter of recommendation, etc. However, please note that the Admissions Committee reserves the right to make final decisions on waitlisted applications prior to receiving additional information. Materials received after a final decision will not affect that decision.

Change of Contact Information

The Admissions Committee communicates with applicants primarily through email, and at times by the preferred phone number listed on the Common Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to update Webb immediately with a new email address if needed. Failure to check or update your email may result in you missing key information, which could jeopardize your admission and/or place in the class. Please note that Webb is not responsible for any technological issues (including email filters, etc.) that prevent applicants from receiving our communications.

Deferred Admission/Leave of Absence

Webb may grant admission deferrals for those who wish to take a Gap Year or Leave of Absence. Please note that these requests must be submitted by April 15.

Enrollment Deposit

After admission, a non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in Webb’s incoming class.  Enrollment deposits will not be refunded for any reason.

Final Decisions

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to release a decision at any time during the application process. Students may choose to appeal the process if new information was received after.

Mandatory Orientation 

Successful completion of Webb’s orientation is a prerequisite for enrollment at Webb. Orientation is scheduled the week before the start of classes.

Transfer Credits, AP Scores, IB Scores, etc.

Webb does not accept any transfer credits and does not provide credits for any AP or IB exams.  All students begin their experience at Webb as first semester Freshmen.

Notice of Right to Change Information at Any Time

The policies, requirements, course offerings, schedules, activities, tuition, fees and calendar of the School and its departments and programs set forth on this website are subject to change without notice at any time at the sole discretion of the administration. Such changes may be of any nature, including, but not limited to, the elimination of the School, programs, program options, locations, classes or activities; the relocation or modification of the content of any of the aforementioned; and the cancellation of scheduled classes or other academic activities. Payment towards the student bill shall constitute a student’s acceptance of the administration’s rights set forth in this paragraph.

Policy Statement

Webb is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its faculty, students and staff members without regard to age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.