We want to learn about what makes you, you. Your talents, your passions, your skills, your potential. The admission committee carefully considers a wide variety of your accomplishments and experiences during the evaluation process. We pay particular attention to the unique qualities you possess through the information you include in your application. This might include:

  • academic accomplishments as evidenced by rigor of coursework, grades, grade trends
  • self-reported SAT or ACT scores (unless you plan to apply Test Optional). We'll accept your self-reported scores off the application for admission and scholarship consideration, but in order for you to ultimately enroll at Saint Mary's, you will be required to submit your official test scores. So, report them accurately!
  • extracurricular activities
  • community service and leadership experience
  • personal essay (optional)
  • recommendations from counselors, teachers, coaches and other personal acquaintances

Application Requirements 

  • high school transcript*
  • SAT or ACT scores (unless you plan to apply Test Optional) - our code for the SAT is 1702 and our code for the ACT is 1244 (writing scores are optional) - see info above regarding self-reported scores.
  • secondary school report with counselor recommendation *
  • personal essay (optional)

* If no counselor recommendation available, we'll accept one recommendation from teacher/coach/etc.

Academic Requirements 

For admission to Saint Mary’s, you should complete a minimum of 16 academic units (one unit represents one year of study) in high school that include:

  • four years of English
  • three years of college prep mathematics
  • two years of laboratory science
  • two years of the same foreign language
  • two years of social studies
  • three additional units in any of the above areas, for a minimum of 16 units

*Classes at the Honors or Advanced Placement level are highly recommended.

For specific requirements for direct entry programs, please select the program below:


Class Profile

A successful candidate for admission to Saint Mary’s will not only meet the coursework requirements listed above, but she will also have strong standardized ACT and/or SAT test scores (unless applying test-optional); leadership qualities; a commitment to her passions outside the classroom; and the support of her counselors or teachers for admittance.

For the Class of 2027, the middle 50% of students had a:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.7 - 4.1
  • ACT Superscore of 23-31
  • SAT Superscore of 1060-1290 (EBRW + M)

As you navigate your way through the admission process, we invite you to meet with or contact your admission counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Test Optional

Based on our approach to a student-centered education, Saint Mary's offers a test-optional alternative for students applying to Saint Mary's. Students who apply for admission will have the ability on the Common Application to indicate whether or not they desire to have their test scores considered in the admission and scholarship decision process. Learn more here.