Admissions Department



Admissions Department Statement of Purpose


Cliff College believes in the importance of every new member of the College (and is convinced that the best and brightest are the most likely to establish foundations which will support Cliff in perpetuity), so the Board of Trustees supports the tradition of limiting selection to the most intellectually capable and academically committed college-bound students in the nation. The College selects students for its entering classes who represent a RICH cross-section of backgrounds, talents, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to the creation of a lively and stimulating educational environment that will prepare graduates for a successful and, should they choose to pursue it, an affluent life in a changing world.

In its sincere and vigorous effort to develop a student body, RICH in talent and broad in its diversities, the College provides the financial assistance necessary to make possible a review of candidates without regard to their own economic circumstances. However, Cliff has, after long and hard debate, decided that, regardless of race, creed, color or financial status, applicants who have either been convicted of, or copped a plea to killing either parent shall be eligible only for probationary status pending proof that she/he is no longer a threat to anyone.

Each application is considered thoroughly by members of the Admissions Committee. Applicants should submit the full compliment of materials that will provide the most complete picture of her/himself-- transcripts, standardized testing, essays, extracurricular activities, and special talents are all evaluated. Also, quality of thought in essays and recommendations from the school are of great significance in determining admission of each student. And, of course, a personal recommendation from a generous alumnus/a will count big points in anyone's favor.


Admissions Testing

Applicants should submit the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I: Reasoning Test) of the College Board or the admissions tests of the American College Testing (ACT) Program. Cliff recommends three SAT II: Subject Tests.

Tests should be taken during the junior year or early in the senior year; however, results from tests taken at other times will be accepted. It is further recommended that students refrain from partying too hearty the night before taking any standarized tests since our studies have determined that, for all but those few we all hate because neither drugs nor booze nor lack of sleep can stand between them and their high achievement, a good night's sleep and solid breakfast can add an average of 35 points to your Verbal score and 28 points to your Math score.


If you're still interested, you can now apply for admission to Cliff College online.

You can also apply for an honorary degree to a previous class, a substantial status symbol that entitles you to contribute to the Alumni Notes.