Undergraduate Admissions

The St. Mary's University community is a place where student learning thrives and a culture where serving others is celebrated. Students possessing the aptitude and motivation to succeed at St. Mary's are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants must demonstrate a level of scholastic achievement that would indicate ability to succeed in an academic program at St. Mary's University. Holistic review processes are designed to identify students who will flourish at St. Mary's University.

First-Time Freshman

Balanced consideration is given to all aspects of an applicant's high school performance, including selection of college-preparatory courses, grade point average and grade pattern throughout high school, standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), and record of leadership and service.  Listed below are admission requirements as well as a class profile for reference.

Requirements for Admission

  • Application for Admission
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • SAT or ACT Score results

Recommended Documentation:

  • Personal Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation

Fall 2015 Freshmen Class Profile:

Top majors:

  1. Biology
  2. Exercise and Sports Science
  3. Psychology
  4. Criminal Justice
  5. Political Science

High School Data:

  • 75% of entering freshmen ranked in the top half of their graduating class
  • Mean GPA 3.4
  • Mean SAT 1042
  • Mean ACT 22

Transfer Students

A transfer student is any student new to St. Mary’s University who enrolled at another college/university or earned college credit after high school graduation prior to attendance at St. Mary’s University. 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Application for Admission - A completed application for admission is available using either the St. Mary’s University online application at  or ApplyTexas application.
  2. Transcripts - Present an official transcript from each college-level institution attended.   Failure to list all previously attended institutions on the application can result in future dismissal.   

Transfer students with fewer than 30 transferable semester hours of college work must submit an official high school transcript from which the student graduated or an official copy of the General Education Development Diploma (GED) test results with standardized test results (ACT or SAT).

Upon admission to the St. Mary’s University, all course work from regionally accredited institutions and foreign institutions will be evaluated for equivalent credit on a course-by-course basis provided a grade of "C" (2.0/4.0) or higher is recorded on an official transcript.  The grades of transfer courses are not computed in the St. Mary’s grade point average.

For additional information, click here to access the Admission website.