Process and Policies

Application and Fees

Applications to the College should be accompanied by a non-refundable $50 application fee. Application fees can be submitted by money order, check, or credit card. Please note that additional processing fees may apply if credit card funds are coming from outside the U S.  Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts recognizes the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form. Please include the applicant’s full name on all money orders.


The College requires the submission of official transcripts from all previously-attended high schools, colleges, and credit granting programs. Official transcripts can be obtained by requesting them online or in writing from each school previously attended. Transcripts should be official and arrive in signed and sealed envelopes. Students must either submit evidence of a High School Diploma or its equivalent in order to gain admission to our degree-granting programs. International transcripts should arrive translated and certified, with grade equivalencies calculated if at all possible. If a General Equivalency Diploma was completed, please submit this certification. Home-schooled applicants are encouraged to apply and will be considered by the College with submission of proper documentation.  Please inquire directly with the Office of Admissions regarding home-schooling documentation requirements. High school transcripts are required of all applicants who do not yet hold a bachelor’s degree.

Personal Statement:

Your statement will help the Admission Office to understand you better as an applicant and as an artist. The (minimum 350-word) statement should discuss your personal motivations to pursue a fine arts education and your choice of our school.  The Office of Admissions is interested in learning more about you and any special circumstances that might make you a unique candidate for admission to the College.

Personal Interview:

Personal Interviews are recommended but not required. An Admission Representative will be happy to schedule a phone interview with you if you’re not able to visit in person. Otherwise, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

Test Scores:

ACT or SAT scores are required for applicants, with the exception of transfer and international applicants. Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts considers each applicant’s highest test score. The Office of Admissions will super score, which means that we will select your best scores and recalculate your new total/composite score. Send Official SAT and/or ACT scores directly to the College. For the SAT, use school code #001397 and for the ACT, use code #3993.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required if you have not attended an English-speaking school for more than two years and/or lived in an English-speaking country for more than four years.  There are no minimum score requirements but English proficiency should be strong as the College does not offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.

Letters of Recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation are recommended, though not required and should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.  The College will accept sealed recommendation letters sent directly from the applicant but the seal should been signed by the recommender. Letters can be requested from teachers, counselors, employers, and community mentors.  It’s a good idea to request one letter from an art teacher if at all possible. International applicants must ensure that all letters of recommendation are in English and certified if translated.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission and financial aid, and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or disability. Direct inquiries to the Office of the Dean, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Image Identification Sheet

The Image Identification Sheet helps the reviewer evaluate the artwork in the applicant’s portfolio. Simply list all pieces in the portfolio by the title, medium and date of completion. You may submit a hard or electronic copy of this document.