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Freshman Application FAQ

1.      When is your application deadline?

Our rolling admission process means we don’t have one single application deadline. Applications are reviewed throughout the year and decisions are released within 3-4 weeks of all materials being received. After March 1 applications are accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis. We encourage all students to apply by our final scholarship consideration deadline of February 1. Additional scholarship information and related scholarship consideration deadlines are here.

2.      Do you have Early Action or Early Decision?

No, Stevenson uses a rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed throughout the year and decisions are released within 3-4 weeks of all materials being received. So, the earlier you apply, the earlier you will hear back, but we have no early action or binding early decision option.

3.      Do you have an application fee and can I submit a fee waiver?

There is a $40 application fee for freshmen applying by paper application. The fee is automatically waived for students applying online using the Common Application or the Stevenson application. Your school/college counselor can help you submit a fee waiver for the paper application.

4.      Are there additional requirements to be considered for specific majors?

With the exception of Nursing, there are no additional requirements to be considered for any of our undergraduate majors. We have no portfolio or audition requirements for admission to art or performance-based programs. Admission to the university grants you admission to the major of your choice. Prospective Nursing students will find an additional short response question on the application and will be reviewed twice – once for admission to the university and once for admission to Nursing. You’ll be notified in your letter of admission whether or not you have also been admitted to Nursing. There is additional information on Nursing admission for current high school students here

5.      How do I submit my SAT/ACT scores?

We allow applicants to self-report scores for admission and scholarship consideration and hope this change makes it simpler and less stressful to apply. Scores included on your official high school transcript or your counselor’s school report are also acceptable. Students who chose to enroll at Stevenson must send official scores to verify self-reported scores by July 15.

There are two ways for students to self-report their scores:

  1. Include your scores in the testing section of the Common Application or Stevenson’s online application.
  2. Send a screenshot of your scores from your or account or send a photo of your paper student score report(s) to The e-mail should include your full name and mailing address to ensure we can match your scores to your application.

6.      How do I submit my essay?

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

7.      How do I submit a letter of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation must come directly from the recommender. We receive most letters of recommendation by electronic submission through the Common Application or Naviance/Family Connection. Letters can also be sent by mail, fax, or .

8.      What is your mailing address to send in application materials?

Stevenson University, Admissions Office, 100 Campus Circle, Owings Mills, MD 21117

9.      What is your fax number?


10.  How can I check my application status online?

Click here for instructions.

11.  I sent in all of my materials. When will I know my decision?

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they were received. Once an application is complete, our typical turnaround time is 3-4 weeks. We notify all applicants of their decisions by postal mail.

12.  When will I hear about scholarships?  

Scholarship awards are not enclosed in admit packets. Scholarship awards for fall start mailing in mid-December. After that awards are sent in the order students are admitted. You’ll receive a letter approximately two weeks after your admit packet arrives. If you think you should have received a letter and haven’t, please contact your admissions counselor.

13.  When will I hear about financial aid?

Students who submit the FAFSA by Stevenson’s priority deadline of February 15 and have been admitted will receive an award letter in early March. See details on applying for financial aid.

14.  Can I schedule an interview?

Interviews are available Monday through Friday by appointment and are an optional part of the admissions process. It is best to schedule your interview shortly after submitting the application or to bring application materials with you. You can schedule an interview by calling the admissions office at 410-486-7001 or 1-877-468-6852.

15.  What is your GPA and/or SAT/ACT requirement to get into Stevenson?

Stevenson does not have a required GPA or SAT/ACT score for incoming freshmen. Our admissions counselors take a holistic approach when reviewing applications. Our current freshman class profile will give you a better idea of our admitted student averages.

16.  Who should I speak with if I have additional questions?

Your admissions counselor! If you’re not sure who your admissions counselor is, use our interactive map to find his/her contact information.


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