Application Process

Applying to Holderness is very straightforward. There is a lot of fine print, but it’s hard to go wrong. Just follow the instructions below—taking special note of the important deadlines to help you plan—and complete each step as thoroughly as possible. If you have any questions, give us a call at (603) 536–1747 or send us an email at We look forward to helping you along the way and to reading your application when you’re finished.

Steps to Apply

List of 5 items.

  • Step 1: Inquire

    Interested in learning more about Holderness? Please inquire Our admissions team is here to answer any questions you have about the campus, life as a day- or boarding-student, and what makes Holderness unique.
  • Step 2: Schedule a Virtual Visit

    In accordance with public health best practices, Holderness School is currently operating on a distance learning model.  While classes are not being held on the Holderness School campus, the Admission Office remains open and available to show you our campus and answer your questions.
    We have several virtual visit options available to help you learn more about Holderness or feel free to contact our Admission Office at 603-779-5262 or
  • Step 3: Apply

    After you have filled out our online inquiry form, the next step is to visit the online site of the SSAT application, which allows families to complete just one online application that will pre-fill to multiple private/independent schools' applications.
  • Step 4: Required Testing

    • Applicants for the ninth or tenth grade must take the SSAT. A WISC–V or WISC IV, taken within the past two years, will be accepted in place of the SSAT.

    • Eleventh grade, twelfth grade, and post graduate applicants have the option of taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT.

    • The TOEFL is required for non–native speakers of English.
  • Step 5: Payment for Application

    • An application fee of $50 is required for all domestic students. If you are an international student, the fee is $125. U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank or international money order are required.

    • If you are filling out the Holderness School online application, you will be automatically prompted to pay the fee on the last page.

    • If you are downloading the PDF version of the Holderness School application, you will need to submit your fee through the Holderness School E-payment Portal. Please include the printed confirmation sheet with your mailed, scanned, or faxed application.

Important Dates

  • December 10: Preferred SSAT sitting; Register at
  • January 6: Last Day for SSAT 
    • Applicants for the ninth or tenth grade must take the SSAT. The WISC V is also an acceptable alternative.
    • Eleventh grade, twelfth grade, and postgraduate applicants have the option of taking the PSAT, SAT, or ACT.
  • February 1: Application and Financial Aid Deadline
  • February 15: Financial Aid Supporting Documentation Deadline
    • If you are seeking financial aid, please file the Parent Financial Statement at by February 1, and upload the required tax statements by February 15.
  • March 10: Notification of Admission Committee Decisions
  • April 4: Second Visit Day
  • April 6: Second Visit Day
  • April 8: Second Visit Day
  • April 10: Parents Notify Holderness of Decision

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Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257