The Application

Submitting Materials

The Deerfield Admission Office is Greener than ever this year as we have moved to an entirely online application process. Now completely paperless, our portal initiative will streamline the application process for prospective students and their families. We strongly encourage all application materials to be submitted through Gateway. Materials unable to be submitted through Gateway should be sent to our admission email account ( in PDF format. Please be sure that each application piece is in a separate PDF file. Thank you for your cooperation and partnership as we Go (Big) Green!

Application Part I: Candidate Profile

The Candidate Profile is the first part of the Gateway application. Your Candidate Profile should be submitted well in advance of the January 15 application deadline with the appropriate application fee:

  • For students living in the United States or Canada, the fee is $60.
  • For students living outside the United States, the fee is $125.
  • Fee waivers are available. Click here for more information.

Application Part II: Short Answer and Essays

Part II is comprised of three essay requirements. It is also part of the Gateway application, but this section of our application is unique to Deerfield. Applicants are required to submit:

  • Short Answer Essay
  • Personal Essay
  • Graded Essay

For your Short Answer and Personal Essay, choose questions that are most interesting to you from the prompts we’ve provided. We would like you to share your perspective, voice, and hopes for the future. Be straightforward or creative – we appreciate either approach! Your Graded Essay should include teacher comments and be a product of one of your current academic courses.

Application Part III: Transcripts and Recommendations

Three Teacher Recommendations: Deerfield requires a Math, English, and third Academic teacher recommendation. All teacher recommendation forms need to be completed by current teachers. You can find these forms through Gateway or via the links below:

Transcript Form: Your School Counselor, School Placement Director, or Head of School/Principal should fill out the transcript form. Current and previous transcripts requirements are as follows:

  • Ninth grade applicants: Please attach an official transcript that includes your current Fall Term grades as well as last year’s grades.
  • Tenth grade – PG applicants: Please submit your current Fall Term grades as well as all previous high school grades.

Principal/Counselor Recommendation: Deerfield requires a Principal/Counselor Recommendation in addition to the transcript form. Schools vary in structure, and in some schools, it is appropriate for both the Transcript and Principal/Counselor forms to be completed by the same person.

Deerfield accepts students for September enrollment only. All three parts of your Gateway application should be submitted on or before January 15, 2021. If you are not able to submit your application by January 15, we will make every effort to consider late applications, but we cannot guarantee a March 10 notification. If you do not meet the January 15 priority application deadline, please follow our late applicant guidelines.