Admission Process

We realize deciding which university you will attend is a defining life event and may possibly be a new experience for you and your family. We hope to make this process a little smoother for you by letting you know what you should expect.

Application Submission

Students possessing the aptitude and motivation to succeed at St. Mary’s are encouraged to apply for admission. We encourage you to apply by January 15 to be considered for academic scholarships.

The academic scholarship program was designed to recognize the achievements of our applicants. All qualified freshman applicants will be considered for an award. Students must be admitted to St. Mary’s before an official award may be offered. Awards are made on the basis of high school academic performance and SAT or ACT scores.

Only complete applications will be considered for admission review. That includes a submitted application, official SAT and/or ACT test scores, an official high school transcript, an essay and a recommendation. Once your application is complete and submitted, you will be considered for admission review.

Admission Decision

Balanced consideration is given to all aspects of your high school performance, including selection of college-preparatory courses, grade point average and grade pattern throughout high school, class rank, standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), and record of leadership and service. In recent years, nearly 90 percent of entering students graduated in the top half of their high school class.

St. Mary’s starts sending out admission decision letters during the month of October. If you apply after October, it typically takes about 2 weeks for your completed application to be reviewed and an admission decision will be sent to you.

Financial Assistance

We ask that you complete your FAFSA by the end of February. That will enable the Office of Financial Assistance to identify financial aid opportunities available to you in addition to scholarship consideration. You are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete and submit it as soon as possible after January 1. Financial aid award packets are typically made available in March if we have received your FAFSA information.

Confirmation of Enrollment

We typically allow you to confirm your enrollment in March. You are asked about your plans to live on campus and which meal plan you will choose, and reminded of other important things you need to do before you join us on campus. You will also be asked to submit your enrollment and housing deposits, if applicable.

How can you prepare for college admission?

  • Follow the recommended high school course selection outlined below.
  • Take your ACT or SAT as many times as you can.
  • Update your resume.
  • Complete and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.

Course Selection in Preparation for College

You’ll be aided in your transition to college studies by taking college-preparatory classes during high school. St. Mary’s recommends the following course units:

  • 4 units English
  • 3 units mathematics
  • 3 units social science
  • 3 units natural science
  • 2 units foreign language
  • 1 additional academic unit

Applicants who intend to study science and engineering are expected to complete:

  • 4 units mathematics
  • 3 units laboratory science (one of which must be physics or chemistry)