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You’ve got your eye on the prize, and we want to help you get there.

We are excited, and humbled, that you are considering continuing your degree at St. Mary’s.

First things first. If you haven’t already, please submit this form to begin a relationship with St. Mary’s and we’ll be sure to share information with you about our academic programs and community that you haven’t even thought to ask.

Frequently Asked Questions

St. Mary’s University has a rolling admission policy. However, priority is given to students who complete the application procedures in a timely manner. Apply early and remember these dates.

  • Fall Semester

    • June 1: Application and scholarship priority deadline. Submit the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship by this day to receive priority consideration for St. Mary’s transfer scholarships.
    • July 1: Application deadline. We recommend applying by this date in order to complete the application process in time to enroll for the fall term.
  • Spring and Summer Semesters

    You may prefer to begin your studies in the spring or summer term. We strongly recommend that you submit your application by the following dates:

    • December 1: for students who wish to begin course work in the spring semester
    • May 1: for students who wish to begin course work in the summer term
When should I begin the transfer process?
  1. Explore our Transfer Academic Merit Scholarships for the upcoming academic year
  2. Send your official college or university transcripts

If you have less than 30 transferable hours and/or less than 3 hours of English composition, you will also need to send:

  • Your official high school transcript (showing your graduation date)

Since we run on a rolling admission platform, we accept applications until a few weeks before the academic term begins each semester. Apply by June 1 for priority consideration for admission and transfer scholarship opportunities if you intend to enroll for the fall semester. And review important dates for the application and enrollment process to ensure you optimize your opportunities for admission and scholarships.

How do I apply?

We review each application individually, looking at grades, coursework, test scores, and the applicant’s record of service and leadership. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, in all of the academic work attempted, is a good starting point for admissions. Students with GPAs between 2.0 and 2.49 (on a 4.0 scale) may be considered for probationary admission. (Developmental or technical course work is not considered in the evaluation of the academic GPA.)

What are the minimum GPA requirements for admission as a transfer student?

The Office of Admission works in conjunction with the Registrar’s office to make sure you know which credits will transfer and how they will support your degree plan at St. Mary’s University. Transcript articulations are completed after the student is accepted to St. Mary’s University and can be reviewed by accepted students in Gateway, the portal for St. Mary’s University.

Until then, the University is pleased to offer the St. Mary’s University Transfer Equivalency Self-Service tool to prospective students to view how academic coursework earned at other institutions can be used at St. Mary’s.

Please note that the Transfer Equivalency Tool is currently undergoing routine maintenance and will be available soon. If you have any immediate questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@stmarytx.edu.

How many of my credits will transfer to St. Mary’s University?

Yes, St. Mary’s offers scholarships for transfer students.

Does St. Mary’s offer scholarships for transfer students?

The Office of Financial Assistance is here to help you through the financial aid process. All incoming students are considered for a merit scholarship in the Admission process. In addition, we encourage you to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for additional federal, state and institutional funding. Select your student type below for details on steps to follow to apply for financial aid.

How can I prepare financially for my transfer to St. Mary’s?

Our admission counselors are committed to helping you narrow down the right school for you. We invite you to visit campus where you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about St. Mary’s and meet with an admission counselor to discuss your transfer options.

How will I know if St. Mary’s University will be a good fit?


We know that each college or university has a unique process for applying and evaluating transfer credit. We have a talented team of counselors to answer any questions you may have about or many academic and co-curricular offerings and how your academic preparation elsewhere will lead to a successful career at St. Mary’s.

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