Apply - PAL

The Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) is designed for students who have a primary diagnosis of a language-based learning disability, executive functioning weaknesses, and/or AD/HD, and who have at least average to superior intellectual ability. Space is limited; therefore, each application is evaluated carefully to identify students whose needs best match the nature of support offered in PAL. All applicants must submit diagnostic materials that describe and support the above PAL admissions criteria.  Applicants may also submit the optional PAL Supplementary Questionnaire.  First-Year applicants must apply to the College and the PAL program by following the instructions below, and by completing the Application for Undergraduate Admission at


*Please submit (by email, fax, or mail) directly to the PAL Learning Center:

1.      Diagnostic testing (read below)
2.      Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or its equivalent, if available
3.      PAL Supplementary Questionnaire (optional)  - complete online form here: PAL Supplementary Questionnaire

Note: SAT, SAT 1, or ACT scores are NOT required of PAL applicants, unless applying for the Nursing program.

The PAL Learning Center
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186 

Fax: 617-333-2018
Tel: 617-333-2250

When sending documents by email attachment please include the student's name in the subject line so the information gets to the correct office.
We will notify you if there is anything missing from your testing materials.


Diagnostic testing typically must be administered within three years of application and include:

A. Cognitive testing
    Results from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV), or other comprehensive cognitive tests, such as the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Ability.     Test results must be accompanied by a narrative report and subtest scores.

Please note that the WASI (Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence) or other abbreviated tests are not accepted.

B. Achievement testing
     Results from an individually administered achievement test (e.g., Woodcock-Johnson, WIAT) indicating current levels in:

  • Reading (word recognition and reading comprehension)*
  • Written Language (spelling and written expression)*
  •  Math (computation and math reasoning ability)*

*Required achievement subtests

Diagnostic Testing Services

Contact Linda Camp, Educational Diagnostic Center at 617-333-2036 or e-mail at with questions about diagnostic testing services available through the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC).


An interview with PAL is strongly recommended and may be required in some cases. Please contact the PAL Learning Center at 617-333-2250 or email to schedule your appointment. Most interviews are held Mon. - Fri. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Students may also wish to interview with an admission counselor or tour the campus while visiting.

For more details, please contact the Admission Office at 617-333-2210 or visit to learn more.


Please complete the optional online PAL Supplementary Questionnaire here: PAL Supplementary Questionnaire


PAL will be offering a daily Group Information Session for prospective students and families at 11:30 am from September 2015 through May 2016.

Summer Group Information Sessions are offered; please contact the PAL Office for available dates.

Please call Pam Haines at 617-333-2250 or email  to reserve a space in one of our upcoming sessions.

In case of inclement weather, please check the Curry web page for school closing notifications If Curry College is closed, PAL will not be conducting interviews or group information sessions.


PAL Admission Coordinator, Dr. Nancy Winbury or (617) 333-2314

PAL Admission Assistant Coordinator, Tish Pieper - (617) 333-2079

For information on your application to the College, please contact Michelle Bracken, Assistant Director of Admission, at or 617-333-2210.  

Please note: The PAL office will retain matriculated PAL student admission records, including psycho-educational evaluations and other supporting admission documents, for seven (7) years after degree completion or withdrawal from Curry College.

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