Create a Common Application account to begin your application for MSMU as well as many other colleges and universities.
Register for the SAT and/or ACT exams. Have your scores sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University (school code: 004493).
Check our calendar often to see when a MSMU representative will be at your high school or at a college fair in your area.
Ask your counselor and/or teacher to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Follow MSMU on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. Have your results sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University (school code 001243).
Attend college fairs and financial aid information programs offered by your school or local organizations.
Take advantage of college open houses or preview days where you can meet with professors and current students in addition to taking a campus tour.
Begin researching and applying for scholarships.
Complete your Common Application, including the personal statement.
Request your official transcripts be sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Attend an Application Day at Mount Saint Mary’s University or an Onsite Visit at your school to receive your admission decision on the spot.
If you submitted the FAFSA, make any necessary corrections to your Student Aid Report (SAR) to avoid delays in processing your financial aid award.
Apply by our Early Action deadline of December 1 to be considered for our guaranteed admission from high school to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program or the full-tuition Le Puy Scholarship.
Keep an eye out for your financial aid award once you have been admitted and have submitted your FAFSA.
Continue applying for outside scholarships.
Request your official transcript, including fall semester senior year grades, to be sent to MSMU.
Apply by our Priority Deadline of February 15. In addition to your Common Application and personal statement, MSMU requires one letter of recommendation, official transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
Contact the Office of Admission if you need an application fee waiver.
Participate in on-campus financial aid appointments to review your award package. Sign your financial aid award and submit it to the Office of Student Financing.
Expect your admission decision if you applied by the Priority Deadline.
Pay your $200 tuition deposit by March 10 for priority registration and guaranteed on-campus housing. Priority deposits are refundable through May 1.
Attend Admitted Students Day to celebrate your achievements with your family and meet your future classmates.
Submit your $200 tuition deposit and $200 housing deposit before May 1.
Complete and submit your health forms.
Sign up for placement exams.
Submit loan applications and any other financial aid documents.
Ask your high school to send your final transcripts (including your graduation date) to the Office of Admission.
Celebrate your high school graduation. Congratulations!
Start your summer job to help pay for college expenses.
Prepare to start at the Mount next month!
What to do before your Senior Year:
It’s not too early to be thinking about college. Consider some of these suggestions:
Share your educational goals with your parents, other family members, teachers, and counselors. Attending a selective, four-year university is absolutely possible for you.
Ask your counselor and teachers to recommend you for college prep classes starting in 9th grade.
Strive to earn As and Bs in all of your classes.
Take algebra (or an integrated math class that includes algebra) as soon as possible so you’ll be on a college prep track.
Ask your counselor about academic enrichment programs available to you (e.g. Upward Bound, AVID, MESA)
It’s time to embrace a college-bound mentality. Your courses and grades from this year will matter for college admission.
Remind your counselor that you plan to attend a selective, four-year university and that you want to take college prep courses.
In addition to algebra, you should enroll in foreign language courses.
Maintain As and Bs in all of your courses.
Utilize college search engines (e.g. College Board’s BigFuture) to learn more about colleges. Add your name to college mailing lists so you can receive the most updated information.
Start compiling a list of your honors, awards and activities. Continue to add to it throughout high school. Include volunteer and paid work, as well as achievements inside and outside of school.
Begin visiting colleges. Your local community colleges and state universities are a great place to start. But don’t forget to include private colleges too. Most colleges offer campus tours so you can make reservations online or by phone.
Don’t lose sight of your educational goals.
Review your class schedule and high school graduation plan with your counselor to make sure you are on track to meet all admission requirements for a selective, four-year college or university.
Maintain strong grades in all your courses.
Continue to visit colleges and universities, and keep track of what attributes are most important to you (e.g. size, academic programs, location, availability of financial aid).
Take the PSAT or PLAN if offered to 10th graders at your school. This will give you a jump start on becoming familiar with the SAT and/or ACT, the standardized tests that most colleges require for admission.
Keep adding to your resume of honors, awards, and activities.
Make good use of your summers by working, participating in enrichment programs, or volunteering.
This is an important year so don’t get discouraged or side-tracked. College is within your reach.
Continue to meet with your counselor and make sure you’re on track to meet admission requirements for selective, four-year colleges and universities.
Maintaining strong grades is especially important this year.
Take the PSAT in October. The results will help you prepare for the SAT and they determine eligibility for some national scholarship programs.
If you are taking Advance Placement or International Baccalaureate courses, take the AP or IB exams in the spring. Scoring well on these exams will enable you to earn credit at many colleges. · Attend college fairs and presentations by admission representatives who visit your school.
Think about when you will take the SAT or ACT. Your school counselor can help you with this decision. Keep in mind that you will need to register for these exams about a month in advance.
Also talk with your counselor about taking SAT Subject Tests for courses you’re taking junior year. Some colleges or majors require these tests. Many times they are optional or recommended.
Continue to update your resume of honors, awards, and activities.
Create a list of your favorite colleges and include important information such as admission requirements and deadlines. Try to visit them, take virtual tours online, or communicate with their admission counselors to learn more.
Apply early for summer programs or jobs. You don’t want to miss out.
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