Admission

Application Process

We're so Excited that You are Interested in Becoming a Woodberry Forest School Student

The application process is designed to help us get to know you better, and at the same time to help you learn more about Woodberry. Our boys’ boarding school in Virginia is committed to offering students an incredible education and residential experience in a community where they are known, challenged, and loved.

Woodberry Forest School uses our own application form and the Standard Application Online (SAO). To learn more about using the SAO and begin your SAO application click here.

Below on this page you will find a guide to help you through each step. 

We are delighted by your interest and are here to help you complete the application process.  Please phone 540-672-6023 for assistance at any point.

Guided Application Steps and Deadlines

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  • Request Information

    Fill out a short information request form. This will allow a member of our team to contact you to find out more about your son, and guide you throughout the application process. You’ll also receive additional information about Woodberry in your mailbox, and online.
  • Start Your Application

    Our application for the 2023-2024 school year will be live on September 1, 2022. If you haven't already submitted an inquiry form, do so here, so that you can stay up to date on all that is happening with admission at Woodberry Forest.

    Remember to schedule a campus visit and interview.

     
  • Schedule Your Interview

    Admission candidates must participate in an interview either in-person or virtually. We encourage you to schedule an interview as soon as possible, especially if you’d like to come to campus.

    Click here to schedule an in-person visit to campus.

    PLAN FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
    This is a chance for the admission team to get
    to know you better, and for you to ask questions
    about the school. Just relax and be yourself.

    ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU
    We suggest that you wear a coat and tie for your interview. Classroom attire — a collared shirt, trousers, a belt, and socks — is necessary during academic hours and when entering the dining room. The school provides all necessary linens for an overnight visit, so there is no need to bring a sleeping bag or towel.
  • Reach Out to Your Son’s School

    We require transcripts and recommendations from your son’s current school and teachers. We encourage you to reach out to them as soon as possible to ensure they have time to submit the required materials before any application deadlines. Further instruction can be found in our application page.
  • Apply for Tuition Assistance

    Tuition assistance at Woodberry Forest is need-based, and every family is encouraged to apply. To read more about our approach to tuition assistance, required materials, and important dates and deadlines, view our tuition assistance page.
  • Decide How You'll Fulfill Our Testing Requirement

    Woodberry Forest remains test-optional. Woodberry is committed to a holistic review of each student’s application to the boarding school.  Therefore, we will request additional information from applicants who choose not to submit a standardized test score.  The additional information will include a recently graded writing assignment and math assessment.  These additional pieces will ensure our ability to get to know each student and his potential as best we can.

    Applicants may still choose to submit scores from any of the following tests: the ISEE, SSAT, PSAT, SAT, PreACT, or ACT. 

    Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to submit a standardized English proficiency assessment.  Woodberry currently accepts scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Duolingo English Test (DET), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Choose When to Apply

    Our application for the 2023-2024 school year will be live on September 1, 2022. If you haven't already submitted an inquiry form, do so here, so that you can stay up to date on all that is happening with admission at Woodberry Forest.

    Woodberry Forest has three application timelines. The structure of the application and the required materials (recommendations, transcripts, etc.,) are the same regardless of when you choose to submit your application. Tuition assistance is available for each application type. If you have questions about which timeline is best for you, contact the admission office.

    December Decision
      • December Decision is an early application timeline that is designed to assist families who need or want to make their enrollment decisions in December and January. It is open to all applicants (including international students), but is recommended for those who feel that Woodberry is their first-choice school. 
      • Deadlines
        • Application materials and tuition assistance information are due by November 15
        • Admission decisions are released on December 15
        • Enrollment contracts are due on January 15 
    First-Round 
      • First-Round applications are great for families who are exploring multiple options for high school. This also gives you more time to complete our application.
      • Deadlines:
        • Application materials and tuition assistance information are due by January 15 
        • Admission decisions are released on March 10 
        • Enrollment contracts are due April 10 
    Second-Round 
      • Applications submitted after March 10 are evaluated on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit their application as soon as possible and decisions are released as space is available
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school–administered programs.



Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.