Freshman Admission Procedures to the Associate or Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Applicant files for admission will be evaluated when the following documents have been received. Please note: the priority date for freshman admission for the Fall semester is February 15, or November 1 for Spring admission.

  1. Applications and all supporting documents should be received in the Admission Office by the priority date. Applicants completing files after the priority date will be considered if space in the class remains. A completed and signed Mount Saint Mary’s University application and/or Common Application and $50 application fee or fee waiver (from the high school counselor) is required. The application fee is not refundable, and may not be applied toward tuition.
  2. Official transcripts of high school work should be sent directly to the Admission Office from the high school, as well as any colleges attended. Transcripts should show coursework through the junior year in high school. Senior year grades may be required of some candidates. Transcripts become the property of Mount Saint Mary’s University and cannot be returned to the applicant or sent to another institution. A final high school transcript showing evidence of high school graduation is required of enrolling first year students by July 15. A student may replace the high school transcript with an official record of the GED or High School Proficiency Exam.
  3. Scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) are required. These may be sent directly from the testing service or may be included on the official transcript from the high school.
  4. A complete essay of 250 words or more responding to one of the three questions listed in the application for admission is required.
  5. An academic reference from a high school teacher, counselor, principal or school head is required. This may be sent from the recommender to the Admission Office on the form provided with the application, or it may be sent on school letterhead.
  6. A personal statement describing a special situation may be included with the application if the statement includes information supporting the applicant that would help the Admission Committee reach a decision.
  7. If using the Common Application, a Supplement is required.
  8. The record of a personal interview will be included in the application file. Applicants are encouraged to schedule an interview with an admission counselor to discuss goals, the high school record, and other matters that will assist the Admission Committee.

Once all documents have been received, the applicant file will be evaluated and a decision will be made by the Admission Committee. Applicants will be notified within a month of the Committee's decision. The following admission decisions may be made:

  1. The student is admitted, and if she/he is applying for financial aid, the Office of Student Financing is notified.
  2. The student applies for admission to the traditional undergraduate program at Chalon, but the Committee believes that the academic record shows need for further preparation. In this case, the student may be granted admission to begin studies at the Doheny Campus. By beginning studies at Doheny, the student receives more individualized attention from faculty advisors and staff to enhance their academic background in preparation for an inter-program change to the Chalon campus – in most cases, in as few as one to two academic years.
  3. The student may be denied and directed to MSM Online or another College to fulfill requirements before reapplying for admission to Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Admitted students will be required to submit a $200 tuition deposit to hold their space in the entering class. For students entering in the Fall semester, the tuition deposit is due by May 1.  For Spring semester, this deposit is due in early December. The tuition deposit is not refundable under any circumstances and will be credited directly to the student's account in the Business Office. Students can also choose to deposit Priority by the March 10th deadline.  A priority deposit entitles students to early advisement, housing, registration and priority financial aid consideration (and is refundable until May 1.)