How and when to apply for the Disney College Program: A complete guide

Interested in applying for the Disney College Program but not really sure where to start? Following these four steps will make your application process as seamless as can be!

Step 1: Do your research
It always pays to be prepared, and you’ll feel more confident beginning the Disney College Program application process armed with as much information as possible. Fortunately, there are a huge number of tools at your disposal to do so, and many of them are just a click away! Start with the Disney College Program homepage, where you can find an overview of the program as well as information on living, learning and earning at both Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort. For a look at what some of our current participants are doing around the parks, visit Instagram, YouTubeand Facebook. Do you have a question you can’t find the answer to? Visit the Disney Internships & Programs help page to read a comprehensive list of FAQs or submit your own question.

In addition to learning about the Disney College Program itself, do some research on what the program can do for your education. Visit an academic advisor to find out what kind of credit your school offers for completing the Disney College Program, and ask if they require you to fulfill any criteria to participate such as a minimum GPA. You can also take this opportunity to consider which Disney educational opportunities will best suit your degree and prepare you for your future career. It’s important to work with your school to ensure you get the very most out of your program!

Step 2: Check your eligibility
If you are 18 years old or older, have unrestricted work authorization, and are either currently enrolled in an accredited institution or have graduated within the last 12 months, we have some great news – you’re eligible to apply for the Disney College Program! Please note that you must complete a minimum of one semester before your program begins, and don’t forget to double-check that you meet any eligibility requirements mandated by your school. For detailed information about application requirements, click here.

Step 3: Know when to apply
A variety of different program sessions are available at both Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort. Read the below guide to determine which program session is best for you and when you should plan on submitting your application. Keep in mind that the dates listed serve only as a general timeline and are subject to change.

Walt Disney World® Resort
As a first time Disney College Program participant, you have the opportunity to select from four different program sessions: Spring, Spring Advantage, Late Spring, Fall, and Fall Advantage.  Decisions for each program are made throughout the entire recruitment season.

  • Spring
    • When it takes place: January-May
    • When to apply: Late August-late October
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late November
  • Spring Advantage
    • When it takes place: January-August
    • When to apply: Late August-late October
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late November
  • Late Spring
    • When it takes place: March-August
    • When to apply: Late August-late October
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late November
  • Fall Advantage
    • When it takes place: May-January
    • When to apply: Late January or early February to late March
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late April
  • Fall
    • When it takes place: August-January
    • When to apply: Late January or early February to late March
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late April

Disneyland® Resort
At Disneyland® Resort, you can apply for Spring or Fall program sessions. Decisions for each program are made throughout the entire recruitment season.

  • Spring
    • When it takes place: January-August
    • When to apply: Late August-late October
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late November
  • Fall Advantage*
    • When it takes place: May-January
    • When to apply: Late January or early February to late March
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late April
    • *Applicants for the session spanning May-January must be able to provide their own housing accommodations, as this session does not offer housing
  • Fall**
    • When it takes place: August-January
    • When to apply: Late January or early February to late March
    • Deadline for final decision status: Mid to late April
    • **Applicants for the session spanning August-January must reside in company sponsored housing

Once you are accepted for a program, you will be asked to choose between a few arrival date options. Arrival dates for each session all fall within a span of several weeks.To be alerted right away when applications for your preferred session open, make sure you subscribe to email updates by clicking here!

Step 4: Submit your application
As soon as applications open for your preferred program session, you’ll be all set to submit yours! You can check the status of your application at any time on your dashboard. Once you’ve applied, you can start gearing up for your web-based and phone interviews. Nervous? Don’t worry! We have some great interview tips right here on our blog! Get started with this postand this one, too.

Next steps
If you receive an offer, plan ahead and be prepared to pay the program participation feeat the time of your acceptance. Don’t forget to share your good news on social media using the hashtags #DisneyCP and #DisneyPrograms! You can also add some pixie dust to your Instagram Story with our new collection of Disney Internships and Programs stickers. Simply search Disney College Program on Instagram stickers or gifs to find these fun additions to your Story.

Remember – you’ve got this! Congratulations on taking the first steps toward your Disney College Program journey.

 

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