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Join the Girard Family

The College is currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year.

Please review the information on this page regarding eligibility for our program and first steps in the application process.

We invite you to explore our Get to Know Us page and Frequently Asked Questions to give you a taste of life at Girard.

The best way to reach us is via email at, or you may call 215-787-2621. Thank you for your interest in Girard College. Hail Girard!

Tin Luu
Director of Admissions


All accepted students receive full scholarships that are renewed yearly. Our unique program has very specific criteria.

To be eligible for admission, candidates must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Student must currently reside in a household headed by a single biological parent or guardian.
  • Student must be at least five years old, enrolled in a kindergarten program, and/or applying for grades 1-11.
  • Student must demonstrate excellent academic achievement
  • Student must have a GPA at or above 2.5 or C
  • Student must demonstrate a commitment to our core values: respect, responsibility, courage, compassion, integrity
  • Student must not have any negative disciplinary reports
  • Student must be able to live on campus 5 days a week, from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need. Please see Financial Eligibility below.

Financial Eligibility

Girard College serves families with limited financial means to lessen their financial burden while they strive to improve their socioeconomic situation. With this goal in mind, families are financially eligible to apply to Girard College if parent/guardian annual income does not exceed the provided household size thresholds listed below:

Household / Family Size  :  2021 Annual Income

2  :  $43,550
3  :  $54,900
4  :  $66,250
5  :  $77,600
6  :  $88,950

If you meet all the eligibility requirements above, then we invite you to visit us and apply!

Checklist for New Applicants

At this time, all new applications will be considered for the 2022-23 school year. Acceptance to Girard is competitive process and available seats are limited. Parents and guardians are expected to be active participants in the admissions process. Active enrollment for the upcoming school year will cease once capacity is met. Any application received after May 31, 2022, may not be considered for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Please review and confirm that you meet all of our Eligibility Requirements (listed above)
  • Complete an Inquiry Form (link below)
    • Complete an Inquiry Form only if you want to learn more about Girard College. For families familiar with us, this step is not necessary. Please begin our application.
  • Follow the instructions from your inquiry confirmation email to Begin the Application
    • We understand that it may be difficult to obtain transcripts, teacher recommendations and test scores. However, these documents are critical to our application process. If you are having trouble obtaining the necessary information to complete your application, please email us.
  • Once the application is complete and documents have been received, students who are determined to be a good fit will be contacted to schedule academic assessments and interviews

If you have any questions regarding Girard College or the Admissions process, please email us at or call 215-787-2621.

The Girard Difference

At Girard College, we offer a supportive atmosphere of encouragement paired with high expectations. Girard College has the distinction of being the only full scholarship, private 5-day boarding school in the city of Philadelphia.

Selecting the right learning environment for your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you can make. Our challenging academic curriculum and character-building residential program helps to develop well-informed, well-prepared and thoughtful students. Our 100% college acceptance rate is a testament to the achievements of our students and faculty.

When you can, we encourage you to visit Girard College in session. Experience our 43-acre urban oasis, the sound of students laughing in the hallways, the hustle of teammates on our athletic fields, the harmony in our music classrooms…the family that is Girard College.

We look forward to meeting you!