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Admission Policies & Deadlines

Undergraduate Application and Admissions Policy

All first-year student offers of admission and merit scholarships are based on a holistic, personalized review utilizing a weighted GPA calculated through junior year of high school, supporting application materials, and demonstrated interest in attending. Required items are: official high school transcript*, at least one (1) academic letter of recommendation*. Optional items are: Personal essay, additional letters of recommendation, resume, standardized test scores. Please see below for Mount St. Mary’s full Test Optional Policy.

*Due the closing of many schools for COVID-19, we are temporarily waiving the requirement for an academic letter of recommendation and accepting student-submitted high school transcripts in place of official copies.

All offers of acceptance are conditional, and are subject to review. An offer may be rescinded based on conduct or academic achievement inconsistent with the original application. A criminal history is not disqualifying for admissions to the university.

All students, regardless of the type of application used, will receive the same consideration for admission.

Before enrolling in classes at Mount St. Mary’s University as a degree seeking student, a student must provide their final official transcripts (including proof of high school graduation for first-year students).

Test Optional Policy

In Fall 2019, and effective for the incoming Freshman Class of Fall 2020, Mount St. Mary’s has adopted a test optional policy. This decision was made in order to align admissions practice with the university’s mission and history as a liberal arts institution, as well as to remove barriers to access and promote equity. The university wishes to attract students who flourish in conversation with each other and the global community, and seek to become ethical leaders living lives of significance. We believe that standardized test scores do not accurately represent many students, especially those from historically underserved and underrepresented populations, and do not accurately predict success in the student-centric and collaborative academic experience central to the Mount.

All freshman applicants (except for homeschool and international applicants) are eligible for admissions and scholarships without submitting their scores, but may do so if they believe their scores add to their overall academic story. International students who are in a non-English language based high school curriculum must submit either SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS scores. Homeschool students must submit either SAT, ACT, CLT scores or a transcript from an accredited college showing at least 12 completed credits.

Division I athletes will still be required to submit their test scores to the NCAA to determine eligibility, but these scores are not required to receive an admissions decision or merit scholarship.

Application Deadlines

  • First-Year Student Early Action – November 1
  • First-Year Student Rolling Admissions – March 1
  • First-Year Student Spring Admission – December 1
  • Transfer Student Rolling Admissions – June 1
  • Transfer Student Spring Admission – December 1
  • Accelerated Adult Undergraduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis