St. Mary's College of Maryland admits students with records of high academic achievement, personal abilities, and accomplishments of superior quality. High school or college grades, the quality of course selection, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation provide evidence of academic accomplishment and potential. These measures are supplemented by the required application essay and a résumé of co-curricular activities. Individual involvement outside the classroom and in the community is also given attention. Activities that have resulted in honors and awards, or other recognition of special talents, should be listed on the application.


A campus visit is an excellent way for prospective students to become acquainted with St. Mary's College. Students and their families are encouraged to schedule an informational interview and tour. These appointments are available Monday through Friday and should be scheduled at least one week in advance by contacting the Office of Admissions (1-800-492-7181, Admissions open house programs are scheduled on certain Saturdays throughout the year. Open houses provide an opportunity to learn about the College and talk with faculty members and students. Applicants and their families can make reservations to attend an open house online ( or by contacting the Office of Admissions.


In addition to the usual application process (in which candidates submit their applications and supporting documents by January 1 and are notified of a decision by April 1), St. Mary’s offers two Early Decision programs for those who know St. Mary’s is their first choice. Candidates for the Early Decision I program complete the application process by November 1 and are notified by December 1. Applicants for the Early Decision II program complete the process by December 1 and are notified by January 1. Individuals seeking Early Decision agree to withdraw all their other college applications if accepted by St. Mary’s. All candidates, regardless of their admission option, are required to make a non-refundable deposit of $500 (resident students) or $300 (commuting students) to confirm the acceptance of an admission offer.

Notice Dates
First-Year Students
Early Decision I:
November 1
December 1
Early Decision II:
December 1
Notice: January 1
Regular Admission:
January 1
April 1
Spring Admission:
November 1
December 1
Transfer Students
Fall Admission:
Priority Housing*
February 1
May 1
Spring Admission:
Priority Housing*
November 1
December 1

*Housing priority does not guarantee that housing will be provided for all admissible transfer students. However, transfer students who apply by the priority deadline will receive preference if housing is available.


  1. Superior grades in high school, especially in college preparatory courses (for example, honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate courses).
  2. Above-average SAT I or ACT scores. (St. Mary’s first-year students generally have SAT I/ACT scores well above the Maryland and national averages.)
  3. Completion of the following high school units: English, four; social studies, three; mathematics, three; science, three; other electives, seven.
  4. Possession of an earned high school diploma or a satisfactory score on the General Educational Development (GED) examination administered by the State Department of Education.


  1. Applications: Submit the completed application, including the required essay, résumé, and the $50 application fee, by the application deadline. Application may be made on-line at
  2. Transcripts: Have high schools send official transcript(s) directly to the Office of Admissions, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary’s College of Maryland 20686-3001.
  3. Standardized Test Scores: Have SAT I scores and/or American College Test (ACT) scores sent directly to the College. Standardized test scores that appear on the official high school transcript are acceptable. Standardized test scores are required only for individuals who have graduated from high school within the past three years.


  1. Above-average grades (recommended minimum GPA of 2.75) in all college courses. Transfer admission is competitive, based on space availability.
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least 12 credit hours of college credit.
  3. Possession of an earned high school diploma or a satisfactory score on the General Educational Development (GED) examination administered by the State Department of Education.


  1. Applications: Submit the completed application, including the required essay, résumé, and $50 application fee, by the application deadline.
  2. Transcripts: Have each college send an official transcript directly to the Office of Admissions, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 credit hours of college credit must provide an official high school transcript and SAT I scores or ACT score as well.


First-year applicants who do not request consideration under the Early Decision program will be notified of an admission decision by April 1. Individuals offered admission will have until May 1 to accept the offer and make the required non-refundable advance payment of $500 (resident student) or $300 (commuting student). Transfer students for fall admission will be notified in early May. Acceptance will continue until the class is filled. Spring transfer students will be notified in early December.


For further information, see “Transfer of credit from other institutions” in the “Academic Policies” section.


Superior students who show exceptional maturity may seek admission to St. Mary’s after the completion of the junior year of high school. Candidates for early matriculation must have the agreement of the high school that a high school diploma will be awarded after the completion of specified courses at St. Mary’s. Candidates for early matriculation must provide a letter from their high school principal certifying the high school’s agreement to the above condition and a letter of recommendation from the high school guidance counselor. Candidates for early matriculation must arrange a campus interview with the director of admissions.


Students who enroll for course work at St. Mary's College of Maryland are classified as either degree-seeking students or non-degree-seeking students. Degree-seeking students are those seeking a degree from St. Mary's College and have been accepted by the Office of Admissions. A degree-seeking student may enroll for course work (full or part-time) for each consecutive semester as long as he or she remains in good academic standing at the College. A program of 12 credit hours or more constitutes a full-time load; fewer than 12 credit hours constitutes a part-time load. Non-degree-seeking students are those not currently seeking a degree from St. Mary's College. They must consult with the staff of the Office of Academic Services.

Non-degree-seeking students are permitted to enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours. There is no limit to the number of credit hours that a non-degree-seeking student may accumulate, and a non-degree-seeking student may enroll for as many terms as desired for the purpose of enrichment or transferring credits to another institution.

Students who fail to meet the criteria for good academic standing outlined above will be sent a letter of warning and placed on academic probation. Non-degree-seeking students receive advising and help with the registration process from the Office of Academic Services.

A non-degree-seeking student may become a degree student by applying for and being granted formal admission through the Office of Admissions. Application must be made prior to the student's enrollment in the last 30 credit hours for a degree at St. Mary's College. In addition, 30 of the student's last 36 credit hours must be completed at St. Mary's. For admission as a degree student, a non-degree-seeking student must meet the same criteria as a transfer student. The terms by which the student may graduate will be determined by the policies laid out in the catalog current at the date of his or her admission as a degree student. A student must maintain continuous enrollment in the College in order to be graduated under that catalog.


Students who have previously attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland as degree-seeking students, and who have not been academically dismissed, may apply for re-admission through the Office of Admissions. If the student returns within five years, he or she will remain under the catalog year at the time of original admission to St. Mary's. If the student is absent for five or more years, he or she must graduate under the catalog requirements of the year of re-admission.

Students who have been academically dismissed from St. Mary’s may apply for re-admission after one year by writing to the Academic Policy Committee no sooner than the end of the second semester after their dismissal (see Academic Dismissal). Students whose application for re-admission is approved will be given the same status as transfer students regarding housing. Any student who has been re-admitted after an academic dismissal and whose record following re-admission leads to a second dismissal will be ineligible for further re-admission. See re-admission for further information.


Part-time students are those individuals enrolled for 11 or fewer credit hours during the fall and spring semester or 12 or fewer during the summer semester. They may be either degree or non-degree-seeking students. Degree students make regular application to the College through the Office of Admissions. Non-degree-seeking students complete an application form available through the Office of Academic Services. (A more complete definition of degree and non-degree-seeking status is given in the preceding section, “Degree and Non-degree-seeking Students.”) All part-time students are considered part of the student body of the College. They choose from the same courses as full-time students and must meet the same academic standards. College activities, clubs, and organizations are open to part-time students except those governed by special rules of eligibility, such as intercollegiate athletic teams.

Part-time degree students are entitled to pre-register for courses at the same time as full-time students. Non-degree-seeking students register at the time designated by the registrar before each semester.

All policies and fees regarding late registration and drop and add procedures apply to part-time students. Campus rules as stated in the To the Point handbook also apply.


St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an institutional member of the Service Members Opportunity College (SOC), a group of more than 400 colleges and universities providing post-secondary education to active duty members of the military services. As an SOC member, St. Mary’s College of Maryland recognizes the demands of the military service and is committed to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and awarding credit from appropriate military education and occupation programs. For further information, contact the Office of the Registrar.


Students are admitted to St. Mary’s College based on their potential for academic success, irrespective of physical or learning disabilities. Administrative staff and faculty work cooperatively to assist students with disabilities in their educational endeavors and adjustments to the College community. The Office of Academic Services works to ensure that educational programs are accessible to all qualified students. Students with physical or learning disabilities should contact the Office of Academic Services for specific information and assistance regarding potential special needs.

Students with disabilities who seek accommodations in their academic programs or in their housing assignments must submit documentation of their disabilities to the Office of Academic Services before receiving accommodations. Because housing assignments for the fall semester are made early in the summer, requests for accommodations in housing should be made as soon as is practicable, preferably by June 1, to ensure the availability of special housing assignments. Students seeking academic accommodations should make an appointment with the academic support and disabilities services as soon as possible after arrival on campus.


Students who are natives of countries other than the United States must follow the same application procedures specified elsewhere in this section.

In addition to these requirements, international students must submit the following:

  1. Scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Any student whose native language is not English must take this examination before the application for admission can be considered. TOEFL scores of 550 or higher (90 or higher on the iBT version)are generally required for admission. It is recommended that students also submit scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test or American College Test. Further information can be obtained from the Office of Admissions.
  2. Transcripts and certificates of all previous academic work. These records must be originals or certified copies and must be accompanied by English translations if necessary.
  3. Financial Resource Statement. An official statement from the international student’s bank verifying the student’s financial resources for a year of college study must be submitted, along with a literal English translation if necessary.
  4. Health Examination Report. This form must be completed and mailed to the Health Center after the student is accepted for admission. The director of International Education is available to assist international students.

In-State and Out-of-State Students

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland to recognize the categories of resident (in-state) and non-resident (out-of-state) students for the purposes of admission and tuition classification. These categories are determined by a student’s financial dependency and permanent place of abode. A full-time active member of the Armed Forces, the spouse of, or the financially dependent child of such a person shall be granted in-state residency provided his or her home of residency is Maryland or that he or she resides in, or is stationed in, Maryland. This in-state residency status begins on the date the military assignment is effective.

The dean of admissions and financial aid determines the residency status for the prospective student while the registrar is responsible for determining the residency status of the enrolled student. A student requesting a change in status must submit to the registrar a petition form (available from the Office of Admissions or the Office of the Registrar or online and all appropriate documentation no later than the last day of late registration of the semester in which the change in status is requested. A student must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing within fifteen (15) days of any change that may alter his or her residency status. For further information or the policy on student residency classification, contact the Office of Admissions, the Office of the Registrar or online