How to Apply to Cushing

Thank you for your interest in Cushing Academy! If you have additional questions or need assistance during the application process, please contact us at 978-827-7300 or e-mail We hope to see you on campus soon!

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  • Admissions Timeline

    Here are the key milestones for Cushing’s Admissions process.

    Open House EventsFall/Winter
    January application deadlineNovember 15
    January decisions releasedEarly December
    September application deadlineFebruary 1
    Financial Aid application deadlineFebruary 1
    September application decisions released      March 10
    Revisit Days for Accepted Students and FamiliesEarly April
  • Submit the Inquiry Form

    To begin the process, please submit the required basic information on our inquiry form at

  • Arrange a Campus Visit and Interview

    An interview and a school visit are a required element of a completed application. On the day of the visit, prospective students and families will tour campus with a student tour guide, and separate interviews will take place for parents and the applicant. Families should plan to spend about two hours for the campus visit and interview. 
    To schedule your appointment, please contact us or call 978-827-7300. And please let us know if you have any special requests for your visit!

    In some cases, an interview via Skype is available for international students who are unable to come to campus.

    Applicants from China, please click here.

Already visited? Here are your next steps!

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  • Sign up for an interview if you have not already had one

    You can sign up for an interview with a member of the admission team by emailing or calling 978-827-7300. If you’re nervous about your interview, we can help with the Interview Tips on this page.
  • Choose an application method

    Cushing Academy accepts three forms of application for admission, outlined below. Choose the most convenient one for you, but please select only one application methodSubmitting multiple applications will delay the processing of your application.
    1. SSAT Standard Online Application (SAO) or The Gateway to Prep Schools Application: Through these applications, you will be able to request recommendations and your transcript and submit essays. Search for Cushing Academy within either of these application systems, complete the application, and your information will be sent to the Academy.

    2. Use the Cushing Academy admissions application here: This application also includes submitting recommendations and essays.
  • Register for standardized testing

    Cushing requires standardized testing for all applicants. Ninth and 10th grade applicants should submit Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) scores. Please include Cushing’s School Code (2698) when you register for the test, as Cushing will only accept scores directly from SSAT.

    Eleventh grade and post-graduate applicants should instruct your school to submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores directly to Cushing or email in PDF format along with your transcript.

    International students are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) as well as the standardized testing listed by grade above . Please include Cushing’s School code (9176) when you register for the test, as Cushing will only accept scores directly from ETS (Educational Testing Service). Click here to register for your required TOEFL iBT.

    Any applicant with a WISC or with an evaluation of a learning style difference and who would like to be considered for the Academic Support program must submit that testing in addition to the above via email in PDF format when applying through the SAO.

    In some instances, we will waive standardized testing. If you have questions about standardized testing requirements, please email Catherine Pollock, Associate Head of School for Enrollment, at
  • Ask your English and Math teachers for a recommendation

    Each applicant must submit recommendations from their English and Math teachers. Our experience is that the earlier you tell your teachers that you will need a recommendation, the more positive those recommendations are! Talk to your teachers soon!
  • Ask one other adult for a recommendation

    Cushing Academy welcomes an additional recommendation from one other adult; that person can be a teacher, a neighbor, a boss, a should ask that person to write a recommendation for you very soon! 
  • Send your transcript

    Request your grades and transcript from your school by using the form provided on the SAO. Remember, the folks in the administrative offices are very busy! Give them plenty of time to send your transcript to Cushing Academy by the February 1 deadline.
  • Begin writing your essays

    In the SAO application, you will find three essay prompts. The earlier you begin to draft those essays, the more time you will have to revise and rewrite them. Get started!
  • Click submit

    Be sure to send in your application by February 1, 2020! We will be reviewing applications and sending out our decisions on March 10. 
  • Applying for need-based financial aid?

    Cushing Academy has a robust need-based financial aid budget. Families seeking need-based financial aid must complete the application for need-based financial aid by February 1, 2020. More information about how to apply for need-based financial aid is here.
  • Attend an open house for one of our signature programs

    We have more open houses in January aimed at specific interests and programs, and you are welcome to join us for any of our 2021 events.

    • Saturday, January 11: Visual and Performing Arts Open House
    • Saturday, January 18: Athletics Open House, with a reception in Iorio Arena on Friday evening, January 17, for those interested in watching hockey and meeting our coaches and players
    • Saturday, January 25: Academic Support Program Open House
  • Ask questions

    If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out and ask by emailing us at or calling 978-827-7300. There is more information on the application on this page, as well.
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Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.