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May 11, 2020

Which Colleges Have Curfews?

Question: How can you find out which colleges have curfews?

The majority of colleges don't impose curfews anymore although some still do. Curfews are most typically found at military academies (e.g., West Point, Annapolis) and at religious schools (e.g., Oral Roberts University, Clearwater Christian College).


More common are related restrictions that don't fully qualify as "curfews." For instance, at some schools, dormitory residents may not be allowed to host members of the opposite sex after a designated time. And many dorms lock the doors at night (typically at 11 or 12) so that only residents with a key or pass card are allowed to enter.

The best way to find out if a college has a curfew (and what it is) is to contact the school directly. Although this isn't officially an "admissions" issue, the admissions office receptionist is usually fairly easy to reach and should have the correct answer for you.

I'm going to post this on College Confidential so that perhaps other CC members can provide names of specific schools with curfews.

Happy Hunting!

(posted 2/6/2013)

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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