Walnut Hill School for the Arts


Admission Frequently Asked Questions

Is Walnut Hill only for students who want to become professional artists?

No! This is the biggest misconception about Walnut Hill. We believe that the training you receive in the arts will set you up for a lifetime of success. Our graduates represent a wide range of professions–from professional artists to doctors and lawyers. The path you choose is entirely up to you.

What does Walnut Hill look for in a student?

We look for students who have a strong commitment to their academics, their art, and their personal growth. You should be prepared to grow and be challenged during your time at Walnut Hill. You will work hard and also have fun!

Can students double major?

No. The day is intentionally designed so that you can dive deeply into your chosen major. We have recently launched a new program called Art360 that allows you to explore another art form in a weekly class.

How many students are offered admission each year?

We accept less than 50% of our applicant pool each year.

Are standardized tests are required?

For most students, the answer is no. If you are an international student or are homeschooled, we do ask that you provide us with some testing as part of the application process.

When is the application deadline?

The priority application deadline is January 15. After that date, we accept applications on a rolling basis.

When am I notified of a decision?

For those who apply by January 15, you will receive an admission decision by March 10. If you have applied after March 10, you should expect a decision approximately two weeks after your application is complete.

When should we begin the admission process?

We encourage you to begin the process the Fall prior to the one you want to enroll keeping in mind our priority deadline of January 15. A member of the Admission Office is happy to help guide you through the process.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Almost 40% of our students receive need-based financial aid. More information can be found here.

Where do Walnuts go after they graduate?

Our College Counseling Office will work closely with you and your family through the college/conservatory admissions process. Our graduates continue their studies at some of the most prestigious and selective colleges, universities, conservatories, and companies around the world. To see where our students matriculate, please visit our College Counseling page.

Am I ready to be a Walnut?

We believe you are! Give us a call in the Admission Office at 508-650-5020 or email schedule a campus visit.