The steps of our application process are listed below. Please take note of any important deadlines!
Although we've tried to make this process as streamlined and straightforward as possible, we know that every applicant and every situation is different. If you need to follow a different process due to the requirements of scholarships, state funding, veteran's affairs, or retraining programs, please email or call us at 413-527-6103 as soon as possible.
1. Read the description of the program and the frequently asked questions to see if architectural woodworking and this program are a good fit for you and your goals. Call us if you have questions about the program. Please note that our students do not qualify for federal financial aid, although we do have a school-sponsored payment program.
2. Download, complete, and mail the application form, taking care to thoroughly complete all the sections. If you are a recent high school graduate and don't have a lot of work experience, you may list school activities and references. Please note that a completed application form is not a commitment to attend the school; it's just the first step to getting to know you before the official interview.
The application deadline is April 15. Final acceptance decisions will be made by May 1, although you may request an early admissions decision. We also reserve the right to make any early admissions decisions at our own discretion. Applications received after April 15 will be reviewed for acceptance as they arrive.
**You may find it helpful to know that by April 1, 2012, we'd received 18 applications for this year's class and continued to receive them over the next several months, even though the class was full.**
Once the class is full, we do maintain a waiting list in case of withdrawals.
3. Arrange a visit to the school for an interview. You can find directions here. Although a school visit is not an admissions requirement, it is highly recommended. We will be interviewing you, but we also expect you to interview us. We want this to be a good fit for everyone, so we encourage you to visit during school hours so that you can see our current students in action and ask them questions as well. We find that a visit is particularly helpful if you live out of state, as it gives you a chance to see the Pioneer Valley before making a commitment to move here. If you are unable to arrange a visit, we can certainly conduct the interview by phone.
4. If you are accepted, you will receive an acceptance packet by mail. You will then need to complete the enrollment agreement that arrives in your acceptance packet and return it with your $1,000 deposit no more than 30 days from the date of the acceptance letter. Please note that even if you have been accepted, we do not consider you officially enrolled until your signed agreement and deposit have been received.
6. Once all the paperwork is complete and before school actually starts, you'll hear from us periodically about tool requirements, CAD electives, special tool discounts, and our Back to School reception.