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Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive about the Mount’s admissions process. If you have a question that’s not answered here, just reach out! We’re happy to help.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee required. 

What is the application deadline?

The Mount is rolling admissions, which means you can apply year round. First year, transfer, and Education and Nursing graduate programs operate on the semester schedule, while the MBA and some evening-only programs have sessions that begin every eight weeks. In order to enter a particular semester/session, you should apply no later than six weeks prior.

What is your average GPA?

The average GPA for first-year students is an 87 (or a 3.0). Transfer students need a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to transfer to the Mount. GPA requirements for graduate students depend on the program: MBA - 2.85, Education - 3.0, Nursing - 3.0.

What are your average SAT/ACT scores?

We are test optional, but we accept both the SAT and ACT exams. The average SAT score for our incoming first year students is a 1080, not including writing. The equivalent composite ACT score to our average SAT score is a 21. If you take both exams, send us all your scores, and we’ll review the highest score. SAT/ACT scores are not mandatory for admission.

Do you require placement exams for undergraduate students?

No, the Mount does not require placement exams.

Do graduate students need to take the GRE, GMAT, or other entrance exams?

MSEd students who are applying for a program leading to an initial NYS Teacher Certification program have to take the GRE. MBA students with a GPA lower than 3.0 are required to take the GMAT (2.85 and below for MSMC alumni). No other entrance exams are required.

What is required for an application to be reviewed?

  • Completed application
  • Official high school transcript
  • At least one letter of recommendation
Transfer/Degree Completion
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
    • Nursing: 3.0+ GPA and C or better in Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2, Chemistry 1 and 2, General Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology prerequisites
  • Completed application
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT scores if you have under 24 college credits
  • Official transcripts from each college you have attend and/or is awarding you credit
  • A personal statement/essay is encouraged but not required
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate coursework (not needed if from MSMC)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Entrance interview with graduate coordinator
  • Education students: On-site writing sample will also be required (not the essay found on the graduate application). The on-site writing sample is conducted on campus in the Division of Education on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.

How many credits can I transfer into Mount Saint Mary College as a transfer or degree completion student?

Transfer credit maximums are up to 60 credits from a 2-year college or up to 90 credits from a 4-year college. Comparable courses with a grade of C or better may be transferred, but refer to our Credit Transfer Guide on the Registrar's page for the most accurate information. The Mount has articulation agreements with the following community colleges: Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Westchester, Rockland, and Sullivan.

How much is the admissions deposit and when is it due?

Undergraduate and transfer students are asked to submit an admissions deposit to confirm their enrollment at the Mount. The deposit is $250 for resident students and $150 for commuter students. Deposits for undergraduate students are due by May 1. Deposits for transfer students entering in the fall semester is May 1; those entering in the spring are due by December 1.

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