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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.

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    Freshman Admissions Deadlines
    1. November 1
      Presidential Fellowship Deadline
    2. December 1
      Priority Scholarship Consideration
    3. February 1
      Final Scholarship Consideration Deadline
    4. 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.
    5. March 1
      Deadline for Freshman Application Materials: Applications submitted after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
    6. May 1
      Deposit Deadline: To reserve your space in the freshman class, the enrollment deposit is $300 and is non-refundable after May 1.

    High School Students

    Before we can review your application for admission, it must be complete.

    1. Application 
      You can submit the Common Application, the Stevenson Online 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.
       
    2. High School Transcript
      You must submit an official copy of your current high school transcript. Official transcripts come sealed from your high school.

      We accept electronic transcript submissions if your high school chooses to submit electronically.

      The Common Application has its own Secondary School Report form, which we are happy to accept if you apply using the Common Application. Our Secondary School Report and Transcript Request Form is included in our paper application and is available for download.

      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 accepted)
         
    3. SAT or ACT Scores
      Stevenson requires at least one SAT or ACT score for all freshman applicants. We now allow applicants to self-report scores for admission and scholarship consideration and hope this change makes it simpler and less stressful to apply. Students who chose to enroll at Stevenson must send official scores to verify self-reported scores by July 15.

      Please see our Admissions Testing Guidelines for full information on how we use testing when evaluating applications and how to submit your scores.

      The SU test codes
      SAT: 5856
      ACT: 1753

    4. 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.

      If you use the Common Application, you’ll upload your essay at commonapp.org. If you’re using the Stevenson online application, follow these instructions on uploading your essay.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    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, 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.

    Visual Arts & Design Portfolios
    The School of Design allows students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Graphic Design to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships. Portfolio submissions are used for scholarship consideration and will not negatively impact a student’s acceptance to Stevenson University or the art and design programs within. Please see the School of Design’s portfolio page for tips, guidelines, and FAQs on putting together an art and design portfolio.

  • Transfer
    Absolute Deadline
    Recommended Application Dates
    Spring Semester
    • December 1
      If seeking merit scholarship and/or SU housing

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

    Recommended Financial Aid Deadline
    • 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.

    Transfer Students

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

    Please submit all documents to: Stevenson University, Undergraduate Admissions Office, Garrison Hall, 100 Campus Circle, Owings Mills MD 21117.

    1. Application
      Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission, onlinepaper, or Common Application.
       
    2. Official Transcripts
      Official transcript from each college attended. A final transcript must be sent upon completion of any coursework currently in progress.

      If fewer than 28 college academic credits have been completed at the time of application, submit an official high school transcript or GED and SAT/ACT scores.
       
    3. International Transfer Students
      International students should also follow the admission requirements for International Transfer Students.

    Optional Information

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

    Visual Arts & Design Portfolios
    The School of Design encourages students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Visual Communication Design to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships. Portfolio submissions are used for scholarship consideration and will not negatively impact a student’s acceptance to Stevenson University or the art and design programs within. Please see the School of Design’s portfolio page for tips, guidelines, and FAQs on putting together an art and design portfolio.

    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 Laboratory Science. 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 Freshman Applicants

    Freshman Application Completion Deadlines:
    Fall semester – February 1
    Spring semester – October 1

    All international students, except documented U.S. permanent residents and other eligible non-U.S. citizens, should submit all application requirements, including the required international student documents, by February 1 for admission for the fall semester and October 1 for admission for the spring semester.* Decisions are released on a rolling basis. Applications completed after the deadline may not be considered for that semester but will be reviewed for the following semester upon receipt of a new application.

    * Some majors, such as Nursing and Medical Laboratory Science, may have much earlier deadlines for all transfer students and may only start once a year. Please see our Fields of Study section for more information. 

    International first-time freshmen must submit the following:

    1. Undergraduate Application for Admission 
      International students may use the online Common Application or the Stevenson University Undergraduate online application.
       
    2. 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. International students who have completed courses equivalent to ENG 151 and ENG 152 at Stevenson University with a grade of "C" or higher may possibly be exempt from the TOEFL or IETLS requirement. The website for TOEFL information is ets.org and the website for IELTS is ielts.org.
       
    3. Transcripts and Certificates of Previous Academic Work
      International students who have attended or who are currently attending a U.S. post-secondary institution must submit official transcripts from all institutions. Students who have completed post-secondary academic coursework outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) at wes.org. Transfer students who have completed less than 30 college-level academic credits (as determined by a Stevenson University credit evaluation) are required to submit an official U.S. high school transcript or official WES evaluation of a non-U.S. secondary school transcript.
       
    4. SAT or ACT Scores
      Official SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly from the CollegeBoard at www.collegeboard.org. Stevenson’s test codes are as follows: SAT – 5856; ACT – 1753.
       
    5. Letters of Recommendation
      Submit at least one recommendation from a teacher and/or counselor. 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.
       
    6. Essay
      Applicants must submit a response to a single essay question. Essay topics are provided on each version of the application. Please note that the essay should be approximately 500 words, even though the Common Application says responses can be as short as 250 words. In addition, please provide a 100-word answer to the short response question listed on the application.

    NOTE: Canadian citizens should contact an international student advisor for specific instructions regarding their applications at admissions@stevenson.edu or 410-486-7001.

    Requirements Post-Acceptance – Freshman International Students

    In order to receive a current I-20 and proceed with full-time enrollment of at least 12-credits, please follow the Instructions listed under Required Post-Acceptance section following the International Transfer Application section.

    International Transfer Applicants
     

    Transfer Application Completion Deadlines:
    Fall semester – May 1
    Spring semester – October 1

     

    All international students, except documented U.S. permanent residents and other eligible non-U.S. citizens should submit all the application requirements including the required international student documents by May 1 for transfer admission for the fall semester and October 1 for transfer admission for the spring semester.* Decisions are released on a rolling basis. Applications completed after the deadline may not be considered for that semester but will be reviewed for the following semester upon receipt of a new application submission.

    *Some majors may require earlier application deadlines. Please see our Fields of Study section for more information.

    International students transferring from another post-secondary college or university must submit the following:

    1. Undergraduate Application for Admission
      The Stevenson University online application is preferred.
       
    2. 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.

      International transfer students who have completed courses equivalent to ENG 151 and ENG 152 at Stevenson University with a grade of “C” or higher may possibly be exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. The website for TOEFL information is www.ets.org, and the website for the IELTS is www.ielts.org.
       
    3. Transcripts and Certificates of Previous Academic Work
      International transfer students who have attended or who are currently attending a U.S. post-secondary institution must submit official transcripts from all institutions. Students who have completed post-secondary academic coursework outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org. Transfer students who have completed less than 28 college-level academic credits (as determined by a Stevenson University credit evaluation) are required to submit an official U.S. high school transcript with an official WES evaluation of a non U.S. secondary school transcript.

    REQUIREMENTS – POST ACCEPTANCE 

    ALL INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Freshman & Transfer Students

    In order to receive a current I-20 and proceed with full-time enrollment, please follow the instructions below submitting each official document to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please pay close attention to the deadlines listed for EACH official document below.

    1. Passport Identification Page
      A legible and high-quality, color copy of the unexpired passport identification page is required of all international students. International students currently attending a high school or college/university in the United States must also submit a high quality copy of his or her current Departure Record (I-94) and U.S. visa. International students currently holding an F-1 or F-2 visa must submit a copy of his or her Certificate of Eligibility (I-20). Please submit this documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions office before April 1 for the fall semester, or before November 1 for the spring semester.
       
    2. Official Bank Statements
      All international students holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must submit current official bank statement(s) in English verifying the student’s financial resources in U.S. dollars for the total cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, other academic expenses, living expenses, and transportation, for the year of intended enrollment. The current year’s Estimated Cost of Attendance Chart is listed here. Please submit this documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office before April 1 for the fall semester, or before November 1 for the spring semester.

       
    3. Financial Resource Statement
      All international students holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must complete the International Student Declaration of Finances form, including the Sponsor form if applicable. Please submit this documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office before April 1 for the fall semester, or before November 1 for the spring semester.
       
    4. Enrollment Deposit
      The enrollment deposit of $300 and the enrollment form must be submitted before May 1 for the fall semester, or before December 1 for the spring semester. The deposit is non-refundable after these dates. The Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will not be processed until the deposit is received.

       
    5. Stevenson University Health Profile
      The University's health profile must be completed in its entirety and mailed to the Stevenson University Wellness Center before July 1 for fall entrance and January 2 for spring entrance. All students planning to live on campus are also required to be immunized against meningococcal disease, per Maryland State law.
       
    6. SEVIS Fee
      Accepted F-1 international students are responsible for paying the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. See fmjfee.com.
    • Important Note to ALL International Students:
      Undergraduate freshman and transfer students on an F-1 visa must take a minimum of 12 credits each semester and continue in good academic standing to remain eligible.

       

    Scholarships: Freshman and transfer undergraduates in traditional programs are automatically considered for academic merit scholarships. The scholarship review is based on secondary school performance and SAT or ACT scores for freshmen and previous post-secondary school academic coursework and grades for transfer students. Federal financial aid programs are restricted to documented U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and some other eligible non-U.S. citizens. While international students can be considered for academic merit scholarships, there are no separately designated scholarships for international students.

  • Returning

    Returning Students

    Please follow the below steps to ensure a smooth transition back to Stevenson University.

    FOLLOW THESE STEPS

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