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Student who applied to the Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) meet with their professor in a group setting

The Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) is designed for students who have diagnosed learning differences, 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.

PAL Fees for the 2023 - 2024 Academic Year:




PAL 1190 and PAL 1200



PAL 1210



PAL 1220




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

  1. Diagnostic testing (see section below)
  2. Individual Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, or its equivalent, if available
  3. PAL Supplementary Questionnaire (optional)

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

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

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 WISC-V), 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 with questions about Educational Diagnostic Services and related fees.

PAL interviews and information sessions are generally scheduled Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with some Saturday/holiday availability.

A PAL interview is not typically required as part of the application process, yet strongly recommended.

Schedule a PAL interview or PAL Information Session
Please note: You may book a PAL interview slot as either an interview or information session meeting.

Please contact the PAL Office at 617-333-2250 or email if you have any questions.

PAL Admission Coordinator, Dr. Nicole Parsons or (617) 333-2309

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

For information on your application to the College, please contact Michelle Bracken, Assistant Vice President 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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