First Year Students

We're now accepting applications for Fall 2018! You’ve worked hard in the classroom preparing to apply to college. Now our goal is to make applying easy – although it’s still going to take a bit of elbow grease.

We have two application deadlines for first year freshman:

Early Action: November 15, 2017

Regular Decision: January 15, 2018

Take a look at our application process, due dates and requirements. Visit the Common Application, ask your teachers for letters of recommendation, and have your SAT or ACT scores sent to Saint Mary’s. It’s daunting at first glance, but you’ll quickly find that it’s easier than you think. 

Application Checklist

  • Common Application 

  • Official high school transcripts

  • Official SAT or ACT scores 

    • The SAT school code for Saint Mary’s is 004675 and for the ACT it is 0386
  • Letter of Recommendation 

    • One letter of recommendation is required from your counselor or a teacher with whom you have taken one of the required core classes. We advise giving your counselor or teacher ample time to submit the letter of recommendation by the postmark deadline. The letter may be written on a separate piece of paper or directly on the evaluation form provided by the Common Application.   

Evaluating your application

The chief qualities sought in a candidate are intellectual preparation, seriousness of purpose and moral integrity. The school record is considered the most reliable measure of potential college ability. However, extra-curricular accomplishments may strengthen an application insofar as they indicate special talents, perseverance and maturity.

Applications for admission are reviewed on an individual basis, and minor deficiencies in preparation may be waived if justified by superior marks, test scores and recommendation.

All successful applicants are expected to complete at least 16 units of secondary school course work that will include the following:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Mathematics (algebra, advanced algebra or the equivalent, and geometry)*
  • 2 years of the same foreign language
  • 2 years of science (at least one laboratory) *
  • 2 years of social studies (at least 1 year of U.S. history)

*Students who plan to major in a science or mathematics are expected to show particular strength in their scientific and mathematical preparation.

Check your application status

Students who have applied to Saint Mary's can check the status of their application by logging in to your student portal. This portal is a secure webpage available to all prospective students.

Your portal allows you to track the progress of your application, and much more. Because you have already applied, a portal username and password have already been created for you. 

log into your portal