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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 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.

PAL Fees (per semester) for 2021 - 2022 Academic Year:

PAL 1190 and PAL 1200

$3,782 per semester

PAL 1210

$3,695 per semester

PAL 1220

$1,990 per semester


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.


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 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 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.

Group Information Sessions

PAL will be offering a daily Group Information Session for prospective students and families Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m., from September 2018 through May 2019. (sessions not offered on Saturdays or holidays)

Summer Group Information Sessions are also offered.

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

In case of inclement weather, please note school closing notifications on the Curry website. If Curry College is closed, PAL will not be conducting interviews or group information sessions.

PAL Admission Coordinator, Kathy Wilmot or (617) 333-2017

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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We're excited you're considering our internationally recognized Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.