Admission Timeline

July 1 – September
We highly encourage families to take advantage of our on-campus visit offerings. Please see Step 4: Meet With Us for more information on scheduling your visit.
Submit your Application Part I: Candidate Profile. Gateway to Prep Schools application available July 1.
October 1 – November
Submit your Application Part II: Essays
Schedule your interview and tour (schedule early as interview space is limited in January).
Send out Gateway to Prep School recommendations and Previous Grade requests.
Log into your Deerfield Admission Portal to complete additional in-Portal items.
December – January
Complete outstanding application requirements.
Send out Gateway to Prep Schools Current Academic Year Grades request.
January 15
Priority Application Deadline: Submit your completed application by this date.
Financial Aid Application Deadline: Submit the Parent Financial Statement and all required supporting documentation to by this date.
Our School Code is 2770.
March 10
Admission and financial aid decisions available to applicant.
April 10 
Enrollment contracts due for newly admitted students.

Get in touch with your Deerfield admission representative.

Tuition and Financial Aid

“Deerfield’s commitment to affordability and access in the form of need-based financial aid is historic, deep, and central to its educational mission. It is founded on the idea—beautifully articulated over a century ago when Frank L. Boyden asked families to ‘pay what you can’—that the Deerfield Experience should be accessible to all young people of promise, regardless of means.”

—Head of School Dr. John P.N. Austin

Partnering With You

For more than 40 percent of prospective families, applying to Deerfield Academy also means applying for financial aid. Our Financial Aid Office works with families throughout the entire application process—and for those who enroll, throughout their Deerfield Experience. While the application process may initially intimidate some families, they soon learn that applying for financial aid is simple, streamlined, and completely confidential.

Tuition and fees cover the cost of academic instruction, room and board, athletics and arts programs, on-campus student activities, Macbook use and support, and the use of our campus health center.


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Frequently Asked Questions

An interview is an important part of Deerfield’s holistic application process. As space becomes limited in December and January, we highly recommend that you book your interview appointment early.

Deerfield’s financial aid program is a need-based program that supports 100% of demonstrated need. Currently, our program provides funding for 37% of our student body.  The program is comprehensive and may cover up to 100% of the total cost of tuition and fees.  We also support additional expenses such as travel and health insurance for a portion of our community.

Deerfield offers a test–optional application process. The Academy’s Admission Office will continue to evaluate each application using a holistic approach that considers each student’s achievements and successes in relation to their individual opportunities and challenges. For those students choosing to submit standardized testing, we have created the following testing guidelines:

Ninth and Tenth Grade Applicants:
We will accept an SSAT, PSAT, or ISEE test taken after September 1, 2021. 
Eleventh, Twelfth, and PG Applicants:
We will accept any SAT, ACT, PSAT, or SSAT that you have taken after September 1, 2021.  
International Students: 
For international students, if English has not been your primary language of instruction for at least three years or English is not your primary language spoken at home, you must submit the IELTS, TOEFL iBT, or Duolingo English Test.

In GPS systems, you can use: 7 Old Main Street, 1 Albany Road, or 1 Academy Lane.

Deerfield accepts students for September enrollment only. Our priority application deadline for September enrollment is January 15We will make every effort to give full consideration to completed applications (including testing) received after January 15, however we cannot guarantee a March 10 notification.

Admission opportunities for late candidates, who do not receive a March 10 notification, is limited by the number of spaces available after April 10. The Admission Committee meets periodically throughout the spring to make decisions on this group of candidates.

You should make the recommendation request through Gateway to Prep Schools with your English or Math teacher from last year and inform our office of your situation.

Contact Admission Office
Fax 413-772-1129

Main School Building
Mon-Fri, 8:00am4:30pm

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 65
Deerfield, MA 01342