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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
    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, 2014.

    High School Students

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

    1. 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.
       
    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.

      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 accepted)
         
    3. 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.

      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.

    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, 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
    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.

    Transfer Students

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

    1. Application
      Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission, onlinepaper, or Common Application. A $40 non-refundable processing fee (fee is waived for applicants using Stevenson's online application).
       
    2. 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.
       
    3. 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 admission requirements for International Transfer Students on the fourth tab above..

    Optional Information

    • standadrized test
    • 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 Freshmen

    International Freshmen

    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 April 1 for admission for the fall semester and September 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.

    International students applying as incoming freshmen with no post-secondary school education 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. Students 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. The website for TOEFL information is ets.org, and the website for IELTS is ielts.org.
       
    3. Official Transcripts 
      Applicants who have completed secondary school outside the United States must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) at wes.org. Although the WES evaluation is strongly preferred, an official transcript in English, accompanied by a letter in English from an official at the school that fully explains the grading scale and curriculum offerings/requirements of the school, may possibly be sufficient. This letter should also contain the name and contact information of a school official who can serve as a point of contact throughout the applicant's application process. Students attending a U.S. accredited high school outside the United States must submit an official high school transcript but are not required to provide a transcript evaluation.
       
    4. SAT or ACT Scores
      Official SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly from the College Board at collegeboard.com.
       
    5. Letters of Recommendation
      Submit at least one recommendation from a teacher and/or counselor. Applicants can use the downloadable recommendation form on our website.
       
    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.
       
    7. Required Documents
      A legible and high-quality copy of the unexpired passport identification page is required of all international students. International students currently attending a high school in the United States must also submit a 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).
       
    8. Official Bank Statements
      All non-Canadian citizens* 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 cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, other academic expenses, living expenses, and transportation, for one year. The current year’s Estimated Cost of Attendance Chart can be found on our Financial Aid website.
       
    9. Financial Resource Statement
      All non-Canadian citizens* 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.

    * Canadian citizens: The Admissions Office will review your transcripts, grade point average, and any other criteria needed to determine your eligibility to receive a merit scholarship. The Stevenson University Financial Aid Application for Canadian Students must be completed if you wish to be considered for a Stevenson University need-based grant. Following the receipt of your Stevenson University financial aid award, you must submit current official bank statement(s) in English verifying your financial resources in U.S. dollars for the remaining balance of a year’s cost of attendance at Stevenson. The current year’s Estimated Cost of Attendance Chart can be found in the Financial Aid section. You must also submit the International Student Declaration of Finances form, including the Sponsor form if applicable.

    Additional Requirements for All Accepted Undergraduate F-1 students

    1. Enrollment Deposit
      The enrollment deposit of $300 must be submitted before May 1 for fall semester entrance and December 1 for spring semester entrance. The deposit is non-refundable after these dates. The Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will not be issued until the deposit is received.
       
    2. Stevenson University Health Form
      The University's health form must be completed in its entirety and mailed to the Stevenson University Wellness Center before August 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.
       
    3. SEVIS Fee
      Accepted F-1 international students are responsible for paying the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. See fmjfee.com.
       
    4. Full-time status
      Undergraduate freshmen and transfer students on an F-1 visa must take a minimum of 12 credits each semester.

    Scholarships: Freshmen and transfer undergraduate students in traditional programs are automatically considered for 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.

  • International Transfer

    International Transfer Students

    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 April 1 for admission for the fall semester and September 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 Technology, 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 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 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 either World Education Services (WES) at wes.org or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) at aacrao.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. Required Documents
      A legible and high quality copy of the unexpired passport identification page is required of all international students. International students currently attending a college or university in the United States must also submit a copy of his or her current Departure Record (I-94) and U.S. visa. International students currently holding a student (F-1) visa must submit a copy of his/her Certificate of Eligibility (I-20).
       
    5. Official Bank Statements
      All non-Canadian citizens** 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 cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, other academic expenses, living expenses, and transportation, for one year. The current year’s Estimated Cost of Attendance Chart can be found on our Financial Aid website. F-1 students with dependents must include an additional $5,000 per dependent.
       
    6. Financial Resource Statement
      All non-Canadian citizens** 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.

    ** Canadian citizens: The Admissions Office will review your transcripts, grade point average, and any other criteria needed to determine your eligibility to receive a merit scholarship. The Stevenson University Financial Aid Application for Canadian Students must be completed if you wish to be considered for a Stevenson University need-based grant. Following the receipt of your Stevenson University financial aid award, you must submit current official bank statement(s) in English verifying your financial resources in U.S. dollars for the remaining balance of a year’s cost of attendance at Stevenson. The current year’s Estimated Cost of Attendance Chart can be found in the Financial Aid section. You must also submit the International Student Declaration of Finances form, including the Sponsor form if applicable.

    Additional Requirements for All Accepted Undergraduate F-1 students

    1. Enrollment Deposit
      The enrollment deposit of $300 must be submitted before May 1 for fall semester entrance and December 1 for spring semester entrance. The deposit is non-refundable after these dates. The Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will not be issued until the deposit is received.
       
    2. Stevenson University Health Form
      The University's health form must be completed in its entirety and mailed to the Stevenson University Wellness Center before August 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.
       
    3. SEVIS Fee
      Accepted F-1 international students are responsible for paying the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. See fmjfee.com.
       
    4. Full-time status
      Undergraduate freshmen and transfer students on an F-1 visa must take a minimum of 12 credits each semester.

    Scholarships: Freshmen and transfer undergraduate students in traditional programs are automatically considered for 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.

  • Returning

    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.

    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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