For Counselors

This page is for high school counselors that are assisting soon to be first-year university students in their search and application processes. Castleton defines first-year as students that have not completed college credit after high school graduation. Students who have received college credit before graduating from high school are still considered first-year.

If you are assisting a student that has completed credit post graduation, please view this information.


Welcome! Castleton is a special place. Like many universities, we have outstanding academic programs, state of the art facilities, and a beautiful campus. It is the people of Castleton who set us apart from the others. Our students, faculty and staff together create a vibrant community where every person can make a difference. I invite you to come experience it for yourself by setting up a visit with us in the near future.

As a counselor who assists students with their search, you can appreciate just how stressful it can be for some individuals. Our goal is to alleviate as much of that stress as possible. Your input is extremely valuable to us as we review each applicant for admission. The information we learn from you is significant and often times not evident from just looking at the "numbers". Please contact us at anytime throughout the process. We can work  together in the best interest of the student. On behalf of the entire Admissions Office, we look forward to working with you and your students.

Maurice Ouimet 
Dean of Enrollment


The Castleton Admissions Office reviews each applicant holistically; all application materials submitted are taken into consideration for acceptance. Our counselors conduct the initial read on applications from the territory for which they  travel, allowing every opportunity to get to know applicants personally through all facets of their search process. After each counselor conducts the initial read, applicants are presented to our Admissions Committee for final decision based on students’ academic and personal achievements.

General Requirements

Students must submit all required materials to be considered for admission. See a list of required materials for first-year students here. Incoming student averages are shared here as a guideline, yet we welcome and admit a  broad range of students. Some who fall below our averages are sometimes admitted with condition in order to ensure their success. Additionally, we often work with students who are denied admission to plan a path for their future enrollment. We encourage personalized contact in order for us to best assist each student.

Please note: Averages listed here are the minimum requirements to be considered for our Nursing Dept.

  • GPA: ‘B’ average (85% or 3.0) student on a 4.0 unweighted academic scale.
    Applicant GPA is recalculated by Castleton Admissions using using completed academic courses only on a 4.0 scale. In addition to the required academic core, recalculated coursework includes the arts, theology, and courses completed at technical centers. The majority of courses are considered unweighted in recalculation, yet completed college-level coursework, such as AP and IB courses, are weighted. The strength of overall course selection and in-progress coursework is recognized and considered in review.  While not included in recalculation, in-progress coursework is considered in review.
  • SAT/ACT scores: Approximate average SAT = 500 in each section (1000 EBRW +M or 1500 CR+M+W), ACT =  21 Composite.
    Castleton has no preference in tests taken; all test scores are evaluated, with the best used for review. While ranges are accepted, we prefer applicants have 450+ in each section of the SAT and/or 18+ in each section of the ACT. While tests provide additional information to support an applicant’s academic profile, greater emphasis is placed on transcript coursework.
  • Letters of recommendation and the essay allow us to gain a greater understanding of each student’s opportunity for success at Castleton. Your school counselor letter is greatly appreciated, plays a predominate role in review, and is taken into careful consideration before reaching our decision.
  • Decisions: Rolling.
    Our application review begins in November for admission into the next fall semester and decisions are mailed on a rolling basis. Once an application file is complete, a student can expect to receive a decision in 7-10 business days.
    Please note: Some applications may require additional information beyond the general application. These instances include audition for Music review and portfolio for Art review. Nursing applicants may also require additional faculty review time.

Incoming Class of 2020 Overview:

The statistics currently provided are the class of 2020, for 482 new first-year students who enrolled at Castleton in the fall 2016 term. Class of 2021 figures will be available in the fall of 2017.

  • Average GPA = 85 (84.6). GPA is recalculated, academic un-weighted on a 100 point scale.
  • Average SAT Scores = around 500 in each section (CR478/M486/W460), equivalent ACT is around 21 composite (actual 20).
  • Average Class Ranking = Top 46% of class. Class rank is unreported by many prospective applicant institutions.
  • 15 States represented. Students enrolled from all across the country—as far away as California and Florida.
  • International Students enrolled from: Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Nepal and Sweden. In recent years, Castleton has welcomed students from 40 countries around the globe.

School Codes and Document Submission:

College Board: CEEB code #3765
ACT: code #4314
FAFSA: code #003683

Electronic submissions are accepted via:

  • Common Application
  • Naviance / Docufied
  • E Script / Script Safe
  • Direct Email (official .pdf documents)

Other documents can be mailed directly to:

Office of Admissions
Castleton University
86 Seminary St
Castleton, VT 05735


Fax: (802) 468-1476
Toll Free: (800) 639-8521

Please contact us if you have any questions at all!