First-Year Applicant FAQs
First-Year Applicant FAQs
Q. What are the deadlines for first-year students to submit application materials, and when will I be notified of a decision?
A. Priority Deadlines for first-year applicants:
- Early Decision Applicants: November 15; notification is guaranteed by mid-December if your application is completed by November 20.
- Regular Decision Applicants: February 15 ; notification is rolling every 2-4 weeks and will start as early as November.
A. Absolutely, if Saint Mary's College is your first choice. The deadline for Early Decision applications is November 15th. If you are accepted under the Early Decision guidelines, you agree to withdraw all applications submitted to other colleges and universities if admitted to Saint Mary’s. Early Decision students receive their admission decisions by the end of December.
A. Saint Mary's College will be your "home" for the next four years, so we encourage you to get to know the campus and the college community.
Office of Admission Hours (September through May):
- 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday
- 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Saturdays
- 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Notre Dame Football Saturdays
Office of Admission Hours (May through August)
- 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday
To check out upcoming campus events, click here.
A. No, we don’t require an interview. We do strongly encourage that you visit Saint Mary’s and meet for an individual appointment with your admission counselor. You’ll be able to get all your questions answered, and your counselor will be able to put a face with a name, which can only benefit you!
A. We require either the ACT or SAT for first-year students unless students are applying test optional. We will accept your self-reported test scores off the application for scholarship and admission consideration. However, you will be required to send us your official scores before you're able to enroll at Saint Mary's. So make sure you report your scores accurately! If you take either exam more than once, we’ll superscore the subsections to recalculate your best score. If you take both tests, we will use the score for admission and merit scholarships that gives you the best advantage.
International applicants are still required to submit official test scores for admission and scholarship consideration.
Saint Mary's code for the SAT is 1702 and for the ACT the code is 1244.
A. We do! You’ll automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships when you apply for admission - no additional application or essay required. And even better news -- we’ll notify you of your merit award in your acceptance letter! These awards can range anywhere from $12,500 to $26,000/year and are renewable for four years.
A. We offer pre-professional programs in the following areas: Law, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, other allied health fields. If you are in any of these programs, you will have access to an advisor who will work to help you best prepare for continuing your education in your desired field.
A. We do! We offer a dual degree program in engineering with the University of Notre Dame. In this five-year program, you can earn a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s in just about any major and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with a focus in chemical, computer science, electrical, environmental earth sciences, or mechanical engineering from Notre Dame. To find out more, click here.
A. Saint Mary's, Notre Dame and Holy Cross College enjoy a distinctive relationship that provides you with the exciting atmosphere of a large, comprehensive university and tri-campus community. You'll have Saint Mary's, Holy Cross’ and Notre Dame's legendary traditions while enjoying Saint Mary's academic excellence.
- Join the marching band or other cultural activities
- Participate in club sports
- Take Notre Dame classes
- Attend sporting events such as Notre Dame Fighting Irish football games
- Enjoy dances and other social activities
A. Average class size is 18 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.
A. Saint Mary’s is about 90 miles from the city of Chicago (about 1.5 hours). We offer a variety of public transportation options including airport shuttles to Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports from the University of Notre Dame and the South Shore train line from the South Bend International Airport.
A. No. While Saint Mary’s is a Catholic college, and was funded and is still sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, students from all faith backgrounds are admitted to the College.
A. Lots of reasons! First, there are a number of statistics that show increased success for women who attend women’s colleges compared to those who studied in institutions with men and women. Check out this page for more information. Some students may worry that attending a women’s college means they will not have a co-ed social life, but that’s simply not true at Saint Mary’s. In fact, our students experience the best of both worlds. There are more than 75 different student clubs and organizations to choose from, and students can also participate in activities and events at the University of Notre Dame, which is right across the street. So don’t worry – when you want to, you will still be able to meet boys!
Q. Will I receive credit for my IB diploma/certificates, A-levels, Advanced Placement courses, Abitur, French Baccalaureate, etc.?
A. Yes. Decisions about credit are based on the subject areas and levels of achievement on the exams. To find out more about how this credit transfers in, click here.
A. Per NCAA Division III regulations, students who intend on playing varsity sports at Saint Mary's are precluded from receiving any scholarships based on athletic participation, ability, or leadership in any sport which is also an NCAA sport. Varsity athletes should check with the Financial Aid Office regarding any outside scholarships or awards to ensure the terms of the scholarship will not interfere with the student's ability to participate in varsity athletics.