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Easy Ways to Apply
The applications below are for students interested in attending Stevenson University in the traditional, in person, programs. If you are interested in attending Stevenson University Online (SUO) programs, please click here. (ATB and RN to BS students need to complete the SUO application.)
Admissions is on a rolling basis—meaning applications are accepted throughout the year—and you can expect a decision within 2-3 weeks of submitting your application. Use the tabs below to review the materials needed based on your application status.
Freshmen Students: High school students who have taken college credits before receiving a high school diploma are considered freshmen.
Transfer Students: You are considered a transfer student if you have graduated from high school or obtained a GED, and subsequently attended another university or college.
Important Scholarships & Financial Aid Dates
High School Students
Before we can review your application for admission, it must be complete. Application deadlines are listed below.
You can submit the Common Application or the Stevenson Online 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.
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)
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
For Fall 2022 freshman applicants, submitting a letter of recommendation is optional. Student may have letter(s) of recommendation submitted by school counselors or teachers if they choose. Letters can be submitted through the Stevenson application or the Common Application.
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.
The fall 2023 freshman application process is test optional. We do not require SAT or ACT scores as a part of the application process or scholarship review process. Students may submit SAT or ACT scores if they wish. Test scores will not negatively impact your admission decision.
Students interested in pre-health programs should considering completing SAT or ACT testing at some point during their senior year of high school. While test scores are optional at Stevenson, some graduate health programs use SAT or ACT test scores as part of their application process. More information on pre-health advising can be found here.
When completing the application, your school counselor can submit documents electronically through Naviance and the Common Application. We can also accept transcripts electronically from high schools and community colleges that use the Electronic Transmission Transcript System. If you or your school counselor have questions about how to submit application materials, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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.
You are welcome to submit a personal resume detailing your extracurricular involvements and/or awards or honors you have received.
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.
Freshman Admissions Deadlines
- November 1:
- Presidential Fellowship Deadline
- December 1:
- January 15 –
- February 1 –
- Final Scholarship Consideration 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.
- March 1 – Deadline for Freshman Application Materials: Applications submitted after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
- May 1 – Deposit Deadline: To reserve your space in the freshman class, the enrollment deposit is $300 and is non-refundable after May 1.
Note: Pursuant to Maryland law following the passage of the Maryland Fair Access to Education Act of 2017, Stevenson University does not use criminal history to disqualify an applicant from admission.
The Admissions Committee at Stevenson University considers all submitted information when reviewing applications. Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For our Transfer Applicants, we will accept unofficial copies of college transcripts. Official copies of all college transcripts will be required from students at the time of enrollment.
Please submit all documents to: Stevenson University, Undergraduate Admissions Office, Garrison Hall, 100 Campus Circle, Owings Mills MD 21117.
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.
- Standardized test
- 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 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.
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.
The table below outlines the steps you should take to return to Stevenson.
|Your academic standing your last semester at Stevenson||Length of absence from the university||Steps to Complete|
|In good academic standing|
(not suspended or dismissed)*
|2 semesters or fewer||You do not need to apply for reinstatement or readmission. Contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance with registering for classes|
|In good academic standing |
(not suspended or dismissed)*
|3 or more semesters||Apply for readmission by filling out the application for readmission (see below) and submit it by:|
• May 1 for fall admission
• November 1 for spring admission
|Suspended or dismissed for failure to maintain good academic standing or because of academic misconduct*||N/A—All students who were not in good academic standing in their last semester must petition for reinstatement regardless of the length of their absence from the university||Submit a petition for academic reinstatement (see below) by:|
• June 1 for reinstatement for fall semester
• January 2 for reinstatement for the spring semester
|Suspended because of conduct violations*||N/A—All students suspended because of conduct violations must appeal to the Dean of Students regardless of the length of absence from the university||Contact the Dean of Students: 443-352-4012|
*Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you are not sure whether you were suspended or dismissed from SU. If you are a current student who has been suspended and you wish to appeal the suspension before being absent from the university because of substantial extenuating circumstances, please fill out the Petition to Appeal Academic Suspension, which can be found on the Portal.
Application for Readmission
Please download appropriate form below, complete, and submit to:
100 Campus Circle
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Application for Academic Reinstatement
Readmission of Service Members
In compliance with ED 34 C.F.R. 668.18 and the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding, Stevenson University will promptly readmit students who—because of military service—must be absent from the university for more than 30 consecutive days or for fewer than 30 days if the absence results in a withdrawal from the university. For the purpose of this policy, military service is defined as “service, whether voluntary or involuntary, in the armed forces, including service by a member of the National Guard or Reserve, on active duty, active duty for training, or full-time National Guard duty under federal authority for a period of more than 30 consecutive days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 consecutive days” (ED 34 C.F.R. 668.18).
Regulations governing the readmission of service members after an absence because of military service can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations. The notification of service and the intent to return to Stevenson required by the federal regulations should be made to Stevenson’s Assistant Registrar, VA Programs.
For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-468-6852, or the Office of Student Success.
Applications from students who have been schooled at home are welcome at SU. Home-schooled students are reviewed using the same criteria as applicants schooled in a traditional high school setting and are asked to submit the same required information. Due to the variety of educational experiences among home-schoolers, applicants are strongly encouraged to include the following with their application:
- A short statement written by the person, other than the applicant, most responsible for the applicant’s education during the secondary school years that describes the educational program undertaken by the student. This document is not intended as a recommendation, but as an explanation of the approach the student and primary educator took in planning the secondary school curriculum. This is often written by a parent.
- Official transcript(s) for any coursework taken at local two-year or four-year colleges. The official transcript should be sent even if this coursework is listed on the home-school transcript.
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher or home-school evaluator who is not a family member. Up to three letters of recommendation will be considered if submitted.
- Scheduling an admission interview is strongly encouraged. It is best to schedule this interview shortly after submitting the application or to bring application materials with you to the interview.
Questions about the above requirements or the application review process for home-schooled students should be directed to Carol McDaniel (email@example.com, 443-352-4421).
Early Enrollment Students
Advanced high school students who wish to begin their college careers before graduation from high school may apply for Early Enrollment. Early Enrollment is available to high school seniors whose high schools grant them permission to waive their senior year to enroll full time as degree-seeking students. In addition to submitting the information required of all freshman applicants, Early Enrollment applicants should:
- Have successfully completed 13 college preparatory units and 3 elective units (at least 2 of these electives are generally in a foreign language) by the end of the third year of high school.
- Submit SAT scores of at least 550 Critical Reading and 550 Math.
- Have attained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 (B).
- Submit a letter of recommendation from the high school principal or director of guidance/counseling permitting the student to apply for Early Enrollment (this letter should indicate that the student’s request for a senior waiver has been granted or indicate when it will be granted).
- Schedule a personal interview with the SU admissions counselor assigned to the student’s high school. A parent or legal guardian is encouraged to attend this interview.
Parallel Enrollment Students
SU sponsors a Parallel Enrollment program for academically talented high school students. This program allows students from the local area to take up to two courses during one or both semesters of their senior year. Participants may take up to fourteen (14) credits through the Parallel Enrollment program.
A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for admission. Students who wish to enroll in English or math courses must submit SAT or ACT scores for placement purposes. For all applicants, scheduling a personal interview with the Parallel Enrollment Admissions Counselor is strongly recommended.
Students applying for Parallel Enrollment must submit:
- Parallel Enrollment Application
- Official high school transcript
- Letter of endorsement from their high school guidance counselor
- Letter of permission to enroll from a parent or legal guardian
- $25 non-refundable application processing fee
The application and supporting materials, including the $25 application fee, must be received by the following deadlines:
Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: October 1
All information should be mailed to:
100 Campus Circle
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Parallel Enrollment students pay tuition on a per-credit basis, as do all part-time students at Stevenson. Students accepted to the program, however, receive a Stevenson University Parallel Enrollment scholarship of $300 per credit to help defray tuition expenses.
Parallel Enrollment students must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in their first semester of SU coursework in order to be eligible to pursue coursework for a second semester.
Course Offerings & Descriptions
Students in Parallel Enrollment may choose from select 100- and 200-level courses as outlined in the Parallel Enrollment Course List. Please note that this list of suggested courses is subject to change and a course’s placement on the list does not guarantee availability in any particular semester.
For Further Information
Contact the Admissions Office at 410-486-7001 or firstname.lastname@example.org and direct your inquiry to the Admissions Counselor for Parallel Enrollment.