St. Mary's College of Maryland

When to Apply

When to apply

Many students from Asia apply during the summer before their last year of high school.  St. Mary’s accepts students as early as August 1.  A “certificate of acceptance” can be sent to high schools that require proof that the student will be studying in America.

The application deadline is November 1 to be considered for an academic scholarship.  All applications are due by January 1.  Although we accept applications from international students after this deadline, we recommend early application because of the time it takes to receive official documents and to secure a student visa.  Ideally, you should begin the application process in the summer or early autumn of your last year of high school to enroll at St. Mary’s in August of the next year.

  •  Grade 10 or 11:  Contact Prof. Jordan by email; Learn about St. Mary’s from the website (
  • Summer between Grade 11 and 12:  Apply to St. Mary’s (see below)
    • Learn about St. Mary’s from the web site and Professor Jordan.
  • Grade 12 Year
    • Sept.: Submit application and interview with Prof. Jordan in person or by Skype.
    • Oct. – Nov: Receive acceptance letter and certificate from St. Mary’s
    • Dec. – Feb.: Decide to attend St. Mary’s; pay $500 deposit
    • April: Receive student visa materials from St. Mary’s
    • May:  Apply for student visa at U.S. Consulate
  • July:  Participate in the summer English language program at St. Mary’s
  • August:  Begin your studies at St. Mary’s

How to Apply

Follow these instructions to applying to St. Mary’s College of Maryland:

  1. Contact Professor Jordan ( to learn more about St. Mary’s. He will help you with your application.

  2. Complete the Common Application, available online
    The $50 application fee is not required for international students from Asia. On the payment tab of the Common Application, select the "Other Fee Waiver Request."

  3. Submit official copies of all academic work, including transcripts and certificates. All copies must be translated into English by the institution or by a certified translator. Have the transcripts sent to the address below or use Naviance or other electronic service.

    Office of Admissions
    St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    18952 E. Fisher Road
    St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

  4. Have two letter of reference sent to the Office of Admissions

  5. Citizen Documents: Non-US citizens MUST provide a copy of their passport and immigration status (green card, visa) and in international address before your application is considered complete.

  6. Success at St. Mary’s requires a strong command of the English language.  Students will be asked to submit samples of their writing in English and will be interviewed by Dr. Wesley Jordan, faculty director of international admissions in person or by video conference (Skype).  An English proficiency test will be given electronically by St. Mary’s.  We strongly recommend you take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), but the TOEFL exam is not required for admission.  Contact Dr. Jordan for details ( 

  7. Obtain a financial resource statement, which is an official statement from your bank indicating your financial responsibility for a year of college expenses ($42,000 U.S.).

  8. We strongly recommend, but do not require the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I) for students from Asia.  Your ability to succeed at St. Mary’s will be measured by your application, letters of reference, personal interview with Professor Jordan, and the St. Mary’s English exam. 

International students live on campus.  Dormitory space is limited, please meet all relevant deadlines.  When you are accepted and have paid a deposit of $500, U.S. Immigration Form I-20 will be sent to you.  This form is necessary to obtain a student visa to study in the United States.

A limited number of scholarships are available for outstanding international students.  These are very competitive awards.  Students must apply to St. Mary’s by the November 1 priority application deadline.  Because many types of financial aid can be offered only to United States citizens or persons with a permanent visa, international students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to search for outside sources of support. 

Professor Jordan will personally review your application and supporting information. 

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact him at

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St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001