Freshman Admission

We are delighted that you have chosen to apply to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota! 

If you have questions at any point along your application process, please contact your admission counselor. They will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. 

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Required Application Materials

There are a few things we will need from you before your application will be complete. We will need to receive:

  • Your application
  • Official transcripts
  • An essay or writing sample
  • ACT/SAT test scores
  • Additional documentation (as requested)

Helpful tips as you start the college search process

As you start to think about your education after high school, you probably have a lot of questions. That’s normal. The process can seem complicated and confusing.

We’ve put together some answers to common questions about how you can prepare during your senior year, how to apply for college—and why you should consider Saint Mary’s University as a great choice.

Choosing a college is a personal decision. There are many factors to consider: majors, location, size, scholarships, class size, faculty, student life, and more. Do research on the schools you are interested in. But most importantly, make a visit. You can’t fully experience a school through a web page.

Saint Mary’s welcomes prospective students to visit for a day or overnight, take a tour, sit in on a class, and meet with professors and coaches.

Set up a visit to Saint Mary’s

The summer before you start senior year is usually the best time to start. Most students work on college applications during their fall semester of senior year.

Take more rigorous classes. Try a college-level course. Challenge yourself to develop better study habits and get a taste of what college will be like. College-level courses, as well as Advanced Placement courses, will transfer into Saint Mary’s either as general requirements or as electives. 

You are more than test scores. Try joining a high school or community sport, club, or organization. Saint Mary’s looks for students who are willing to challenge themselves. If you are already involved, stick with it!

Start looking at outside scholarships. Ask your guidance counselor for a local list, and search online for other scholarships.

Give yourself enough time to take the ACT or SAT at least twice. Space out testing and applying for colleges so you don’t get overwhelmed. Make sure you send your scores to Saint Mary’s. Our Admission Office will take a “super score.” That means we will take the highest score from each category if you take the tests more than once, and give you a new combined score.

Yes! Saint Mary’s offers three talent scholarships, based on auditions or portfolios. Qualified students plan to major in art, design, theatre, or dance, or they are accomplished instrumental or voice musicians.

Saint Mary’s offers scholarships for alumni legacy and for students who attended a Catholic high school. 

You could also qualify for an annual leadership scholarship. To be considered for these awards, you must submit a résumé of leadership activities with your application for admission.

If you think you might qualify for any of these additional scholarships, keep practicing and refine your skills. Show your dedication and passion to the arts or your extracurricular activities.

Saint Mary’s scholarships

Saint Mary’s is known as a great place to learn and live, brimming with opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. Professors will know you, challenge you, and help you succeed. The friendly campus is active and set smack in the middle of great outdoor beauty and recreation.

Some quick notes:

  • “Best in the Midwest”—Princeton Review, 2014
  • “50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest”—Great Value Colleges, 2014
  • “Top-Tier National University”—U.S. News, 2014
  • “Top 10%”—National Survey of Student Engagement
  • 97% of students receive financial aid
  • 13:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 58 majors, plus pre-professional programs
  • Mind- and skill-expanding internships and study abroad
  • Strong alumni connections

Other fast facts

Saint Mary’s has over 80 student-led clubs and organizations on campus. Activities include campus ministry and volunteering, music variety shows, mission trips, theatre, and improv comedy groups. And that’s just a small taste. If we don't have the club you're looking for, you can start your own.

Varsity, intramural, and club sports are popular, with 25% of students participating at varsity level and 75% playing intramural and club sports.

Saint Mary’s has skiing and walking trails and a trout stream right on campus, a pool and recreation center, skating in the hockey rink, indoor and outdoor track, 18 holes of spectacular disc golf, and a challenge ropes course on campus. 

Student activities

Our Student Success Center supports students on every step of their educational journeys. You can get help with choosing a major, writing, study skills, test-taking, internships, interviewing, networking, and applying for jobs. The Information Technology Help Desk is your go-to place for anything computer-related. 

Student Success Center

Saint Mary’s has rolling admission, which means you can apply anytime. You will get a response shortly after your application has been reviewed. File your FAFSA application by March 15 to ensure a full financial aid award, and confirm to Saint Mary’s by May 1 for preferred status in the residence halls.

  • Apply for admission
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Apply for additional scholarships
  • Confirm enrollment
  • Register for housing
  • Register for New Student Orientation and Registration
  • Attend Saint Mary’s in fall

Saint Mary’s has an online application and also accepts the Common Application. An official high school transcript, ACT or SAT score, and 250-word essay are required. Letters of recommendation are optional.

Each prospective student is assigned to an admission counselor. They have all the answers to your questions! You can email or call them at any time.

Find your admission counselor