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Admission Requirements

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If all admissions materials are received by December 1 of the student's senior year, then the Admissions Committee will evaluate the application and inform the student of an early action, non-binding admissions decision no later than Christmas Day.

The Admissions Committee uses the following criteria in making admission decisions:

  1. Academic record (includes strength of applicant's high school curriculum and academic achievement over the four years of high school)
  2. Test scores from the SAT and/or the ACT (See our Redesign SAT Information and FAQ)
  3. Recommendation letter or recommendation form from a teacher or counselor
  4. Extracurricular activities (quality, leadership and distinctive participation)
  5. Personal statement or essay (optional)

Early Action Freshman Admission

Students who have identified Mount St. Mary's as one of their top choices may choose to apply for Early Action admission. These students must submit all the application materials, including the high school transcript through the junior year and SAT/ACT results, by December 1. The Admissions Committee will evaluate the application and inform the student of its decision no later than December 25.

Note that this early notification process is nonbinding and, for those offered admission, does not require a response before the National Deposit Deadline of May 1. Since we are typically reviewing Early Action candidates without the grades or SAT results of the senior year, this program is recommended for candidates with stronger academic credentials. Those not offered admission through Early Action may receive full consideration later in the regular admission notification period.

Students who possess strong academic credentials may be considered for entry into the Freshman Honors Program.

Regular Freshman Admission

Students seeking regular freshman admission should submit their completed application to the university as early as possible in the senior year, but no later than March 1. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Completed applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis. Students who possess strong academic credentials may be considered for entry into the Freshman Honors Program.

Who Gets In?

The typical accepted Mount student has a GPA ranging from 3.0 to 3.5 or a B/B+ average. We strongly consider involvement in extracurricular activities, particularly leadership roles.

2016 SAT Redesign and FAQ

In March of 2016, The College Board launched a redesigned SAT. Mount St. Mary's University is dedicated to keeping our admissions process transparent and accurate. We are aware of the changes and are prepared to utilize the new scores in our admission process.

Below is information about the redesign, as well as some frequently asked questions about the new SAT. As always, should you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact our office. We can be reached by email at

What is new about the test?
The redesigned SAT has two 800-point sections (instead of three). Math will still be Math, but components of the Critical Reading section and Writing section will be used to create the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. Also, the essay portion will now become optional and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. (To see how your old scores will look compared to new ones, check out this tool from The College Board.) We recommend all families view The College Board's website to better understand the details.

How does the Mount calculate new SAT scores?
Mount St. Mary's University uses the concordance tables provided by The College Board to convert all redesigned scores to old scores, and vice versa. For the 2017 incoming class, all old scores will be converted to the redesigned scores. Scores will be adjusted based upon the 1600-point scale.

Does the Mount have a preference for which test I take?
No. The Mount does not have a preference for which test you take. We accept scores from the ACT and will accept scores from both the old SAT and new SAT. We strongly encourage all applicants to send us scores from all of the tests they have taken.

Will the Mount superscore between old and new test scores?
No. We will continue to superscore among pre-March 2016 sittings and will also begin superscoring among new SAT (March 2016 and after) sittings. However, we do not plan to superscore between new and old versions of the test because the scores will not be constructed the same way. (Note: We do not superscore the ACT - only the SAT.)

Do I need to submit the Optional Essay?
No. The Optional Essay of the redesigned SAT is not required for our application. The Mount also does not require the Writing section of the ACT.

Will the redesigned SAT be evaluated differently in the admission process?
No. Although the redesigned and old SAT tests are different assessments, we will consult with concordance tables provided by The College Board to maintain continuity in our evaluation.

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