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Admission Requirements

We are excited that you are ready to learn more about the SU application process. Admission to Stevenson is selective and reserved for students who are prepared to meet the rigors of college-level work. The Admissions Committee reads each application thoroughly and releases decisions on a rolling basis.

  • High School Students

    High School Students

    Before we can review your application for admission, it must be complete. A complete SU application includes the following:

    1. the application itself
    2. your official high school transcript
    3. at least one set of SAT or ACT scores
    4. an essay
    5. one letter of recommendation

    We are also happy to consider additional letters of recommendation and personal résumés. The descriptions below will give you a better idea of what is required for your application to be considered.

    Freshman Admissions Deadlines
    1. February 1
      Final Scholarship Consideration Deadline
    2. February 15
      Priority Deadline for Free Application for Federal Student Aid: Student should submit the FAFSA by this deadline even if you have not yet received your admission decision. SU's federal school code is 002107. For more information, please see Financial Aid.
    3. March 1
      Deadline for Freshman Application Materials: Applications submitted after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
    4. May 1
      Deposit Deadline: To reserve your space in the freshman class, the enrollment deposit is $300 and is non-refundable after May 1, 2014.
    5. November 1
      Presidential Fellowship Deadline
    6. December 1
      Priority Scholarship Consideration

    Required Information

    Application

    You can submit the Stevenson Online Application, the Common Application, or a paper application. A $40 non-refundable application processing fee is only required if you submit the paper application. All methods of application are equally valid. No preference is given to applicants based on which application they choose.

    If you apply using the Common Application, you must submit our brief writing supplement. You will submit the supplement electronically from the Common Application.

    High School Transcript

    You must submit an official copy of your current high school transcript. Official transcripts come sealed from your high school. We can accept electronic transcript submissions if your high school chooses to submit electronically. Our Counselors page has more information. Follow your school's policies for requesting your transcript. Our Secondary School Report and Transcript Request Form is included in our paper application and is available for download. The Common Application has its own Secondary School Report form, which we are happy to accept if you apply using the Common Application.

    Your transcript is the most important piece of your application and your grades in the five core academic subjects carry the most weight in our review process. At a minimum, we expect to see the following coursework:

    • English: 4 years
    • Mathematics: 3 years, including Algebra I, Algebra II, & Geometry
    • Science: 3 years, including 2 lab sciences (Biology & Chemistry preferred)
    • Social Sciences: 3 years
    • World Language: 2 years in the same language (American Sign Language is acceptable)

    Official SAT or ACT Scores

    You are encouraged to submit official score reports from the testing agency for all tests you have taken; however, scores included on your high school transcript are also acceptable.

    We will evaluate your Critical Reading, Math, and Writing scores on the SAT. If you are taking the ACT, we recommend, but do not require, that you complete the optional essay portion. When reviewing your application we will use your highest Critical Reading, Math, and Writing scores for the SAT regardless of test date or your highest composite ACT score. If you have taken both the SAT and the ACT, we use the ACT and College Board's approved concordance table to choose the test score that puts your application in the best light.

    SAT subject tests are not required, nor will they be reviewed if received.

    The SU test codes are:
    SAT: 5856
    ACT: 1753

    Essay

    The essay gives the Admissions Committee a chance to know you beyond your grades and test scores. You must submit a response to a single essay question. We use the Common Application essay questions on all versions of our application. Please note that we request your essay be approximately 500 words/2 typed pages, even though the Common Application says responses can be as short as 250 words.

    Letter(s) of Recommendation

    One letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor is required. Up to three letters of recommendation will be reviewed as part of your application. A downloadable recommendation form is available here. The recommendation form itself is not required, but is provided if you need a form to request the letter.

    Copy of Resident Alien Card

    If you are a United States Permanent Resident you must submit a copy of the front and back of your Resident Alien card before your application can be considered. Contact your admissions counselor if you are unsure if this applies to you.

    Supplemental Information

    The Supplemental Information Form is required if your application is incomplete.

    Student Family Profile Form

    Optional Information

    Interview

    An admission interview is available by appointment. It is best to either schedule this interview shortly after submitting the application or to bring application materials with you. An interview is much more beneficial if your counselor has your application materials or at least an unofficial transcript when meeting with you.

    Résumé

    You are welcome to submit a personal résumé detailing your extracurricular involvements and/or awards or honors you have received.

    Other Items

    Every year we have applicants who submit DVDs, CDs, portfolios, research projects, photographs, and/or other items showcasing their talents and interests. We are happy to accept such information, but these types of materials rarely carry much weight in the decision process. While we enjoy getting to know you better through these media, your academic record is still of primary importance. Specialty materials like those listed cannot be returned, so please do not send your only copy.

  • Transfer Students

    Transfer Students

    The Admissions Committee at Stevenson University considers all submitted information when reviewing applications. Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Recommended Application Deadlines
    Fall Semester
    1. February 15
      For Nursing applicants
    2. February 16
      For Medical Technology applicants
    3. May 1
      If seeking merit scholarship and/or SU housing
    4. July 1
      For all other applicants
    Spring Semester
    1. November 1
      If seeking merit scholarship and/or SU housing
    2. December 1
      For all other applicants

    *Applicants who miss the above dates will still be considered for admission if space and/or funds are available.

    Recommended Financial Aid Deadline
    1. February 15
      Priority Deadline for Free Application for Federal Student Aid: Student should submit the FAFSA by this deadline even if you have not yet received your admission decision. SU's federal school code is 002107. For more information, please see Financial Aid.

    Required Information

    Application

    Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission, online, paper, or Common Application. A $40 non-refundable processing fee (fee is waived for applicants using Stevenson's online application).

    Official Transcripts

    Official transcript from each college attended. A final transcript must be sent upon completion of any coursework currently in progress.

    Official high school transcript or GED is required for applicants who have not completed 30 college-level academic credits at the time of application.

    International Transfer Students

    If you are currently attending or have previously attended a post-secondary or post-high school college or university, please follow the international student admission requirements for Transfer Students.

    Supplemental Information

    The Supplemental Information Form is required if your application is incomplete.

    Student Family Profile Form

    Optional Information

    The following items are optional:

    • standardized test scores
    • interview
    • résumé
    • letters of recommendation
    • essay discussing academic history and career goals

    Admissions Decisions

    Recommended cumulative GPA: 2.5 (lower GPAs may be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    Applicants who have earned an Associate's degree will be given priority consideration.

    Acceptance to the University does not guarantee acceptance into a specific degree program, such as Nursing or Medical Technology. Please refer to Academic Programs for more information about deadlines for submission of all application materials.

    Admissions decision letters are mailed on a rolling basis, starting in January for the fall semester and October for the spring semester.

  • International Students

    International Students

    If you are currently attending or have previously attended a post-secondary or post-high school college or university, please follow the international student admission requirements for Transfer Students. International students applying as incoming freshmen with no post-secondary school education must submit the following:

    Required Information

    Application

    Please apply online.

    Official Transcripts

    All applicants who have (or will) complete secondary school outside the United States must submit official transcripts for evaluation directly to World Education Services. Students attending a U.S.-accredited high school outside the United States are not required to provide an evaluation but must submit an official high school transcript.

    Official SAT or ACT Scores

    Official SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly from the College Board.

    Essay

    You must submit a response to a single essay question. Essay topics are provided on each version of the application. Please note that we request you submit a 500-word essay, even though the Common Application says responses can be as short as 250 words.

    Letter(s) of Recommendation

    Submit at least one recommendation from a teacher and/or counselor. Please use the recommendation form.

    Required Documents

    International students currently attending a high school in the United States must submit a copy of his or her current I-94, U.S. visa, and passport ID page. International students currently holding an F-1 student visa must also submit a copy of his/her Certificate of Eligibility (I-20).

    Financial Resource Statement

    All applicants holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must also complete the International Student Declaration of Finances and the Relative/Sponsor Statement of Financial Support forms.

    Proof of English Proficiency

    International students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. Any student whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The following TOEFL scores are required for admission: 213 or higher (computer-based); 80 or higher (Internet-based); or 550 or higher (paper-based). Students who have taken the Internet-based TOEFL test should have no individual section score lower than 20. Students who have taken the IELTS should have a minimum overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score lower than 6.0. Students whose native language is English and who have earned a score of 520 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading Test may possibly be exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

    Official Bank Statement

    All applicants holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must submit a current bank official statement in English verifying the student's financial resources in U.S. dollars for the entire cost of attendance for one year. The cost of attendance for international students can be found on the Tuition & Fees page.

  • Returning Students

    Returning Students

    If you have not taken any classes at SU for more than two consecutive semesters, you must reapply for admission. If your absence has only consisted of one or two consecutive semesters, please contact the Academic Advising Office or the Registrar's Office about registration.

    If you are a current SU student and your intention is to change majors, you do not need to reapply through Admissions. Please contact the Academic Advising Office or the Registrar's Office for more information on changing majors.

    Required Information

    Application

    Please download, complete, and submit the Readmission/Reinstatement Application to the Admissions Office, Stevenson University, 100 Campus Circle, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

    Important: if you were placed on academic probation, academically dismissed, or suspended at the end of the last semester in which you were enrolled at SU, please follow the instructions for reinstatement included on this application. Contact the Registrar's Office if you are not sure whether you were dismissed from SU.

    For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-468-6852, or the Academic Advising Office.

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