Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Every applicant to the University of Mary is reviewed on an individual basis. Admission is granted to applicants who will, in the judgment of the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee, make positive contributions to the community life of the University and be able to progress satisfactorily toward the completion of all degree requirements.

The University of Mary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status or public assistance, in accordance with applicable laws.

The university will not tolerate any discrimination, and any such conduct is prohibited. The university also prohibits any form of discipline or retaliation for reporting incidents of discrimination.

The non-discrimination policy and contact information for the persons designated to handle inquiries can be found at www.umary.edu/nondiscrimination.

The University of Mary operates on a rolling admissions policy. Once the candidate’s file is complete, a decision concerning acceptance is made and the applicant is generally notified within two weeks.

For complete information on University admissions requirements, please refer to the current University of Mary Catalog, available for download on our website.

To be considered for admission, prospective freshmen students must submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions, University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504:

  1. A formal application for admission (form can be found at www.umary.edu);
  2. A non-refundable $30 application fee;
  3. Academic transcript(s) from high school(s)*, or GED transcript (if applicable), and any college(s) concurrently attended during high school;
  4. An official score report from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination.

Please note: If a student graduates from a non-accredited high school or home school program, he/she may be required to submit additional information and/or other documentation about his/her educational program.

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The applicant’s high school must submit an official copy of your transcript. Please note that the University will require high school transcripts at two points in the admission/enrollment process.

  1. An “in progress” transcript is required before an admission decision can be made. The transcript must include all courses taken and the grades earned during the student’s freshman, sophomore and junior year.
  2. A final, official transcript is required after the student has graduated from high school.

 This transcript should include the following:

  •  The names and grades for all courses completed during their high school education, along with the number of credits.
  • The date of graduation, which must be after the date of the completion of all courses.
  • The signature of the registrar or designated official at the high school.

 While the University of Mary will extend an offer of admission to students based on an “in-progress” transcript, the University reserves the right to revoke that offer if the student fails to submit an official transcript following the completion of graduation requirements, or if a discrepancy exists between the “in-progress” transcript and the official transcript submitted following graduation. Freshmen applicants are strongly encouraged to follow a college-preparatory curriculum. The University recommends that applicants complete these units of credit at the secondary level:

 English.....4

Social Studies.....3

Mathematics.....2 to 4

Science.....2 to 4

 ACT or SAT Test Score

Each applicant is responsible for applying for the examination, and candidates should schedule a test date during their junior year or one of the early test dates during their senior year. Scores may be included as part of the official high school transcript. We ask that applicants request to have test scores sent directly from the testing agency:

  •  ACT Procedure: Arrange for the ACT test scores to be sent to the University of Mary. The University of Mary’s code for the ACT is 3201. Scores can be sent through the ACT’s web site at www.act.org.
  •  SAT Procedure: Arrange for SAT test scores to be sent to the University of Mary. The University of Mary’s code for the SAT is 6428. Scores can be sent through the SAT’s web site at collegeboard.org.

 Upon receipt of all required materials listed above, the applicant will be evaluated for admission.

Minimum standards for automatic acceptance include both of the following:

  1.  ACT composite score of 19 or higher (or equivalent SAT score of 900 [Critical Reading + Math])
  2.  High school cumulative GPA (unweighted) of 2.5 or higher, or if applicable, a GED battery average score of 450, with no scores lower than 410 in any one section. Students who do not meet automatic admissions criteria will have their files reviewed by the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee. The committee evaluates secondary school achievement and test scores. In evaluating applications, the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee may request a recommendation from a counselor or faculty member, a resume describing personal achievement, and/or a personal statement prior to making an admission decision. Students may be accepted upon recommendations by the Committee. Students admitted in this manner may be required to enroll in academic skills development courses and/or develop and follow an academic plan with the Student Success Center, and/or may be limited to a specified number of credits in their first semester.

 Advanced Placement

High school students who take the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Examination may, upon enrollment, be granted advanced placement and college credit in appropriate subjects. Reports on examinations must be sent to the Registrar directly from the College Entrance Examination Board. Please see the Academic Life section of our course catalog for additional information and minimum scores accepted for credit on these tests.

The University of Mary welcomes applications for undergraduate admission from homeschool students, and many homeschool students choose the University of Mary every year. We also understand that frustrating delays can diminish the excitement of the college search process, so please know that the homeschool application process has been specifically tailored to the unique characteristics of a home education. Federal law requires that we receive specific documentation in order to offer federal financial aid to all of our students. As a result, we have created specific instructions for homeschooled students below.

We look forward to working with you and wish you the best of luck in your college search!

Accredited Homeschool Curricula Application Checklist

If you use an accredited homeschool program, please complete the following items in order to be considered for admission to the University of Mary:

  • Submit the application for the University of Mary.
  • Request a copy of your most recent high school transcript; transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s).
  • Request that your official ACT and/or SAT score reports be sent directly to the University of Mary. Each applicant is responsible for applying for the examination, and candidates should schedule a test date during their junior year or one of the early test dates during their senior year. We ask that applicants request to have test scores sent directly from the testing agency. Our ACT school code is 3201. Our SAT code is 6428.
  • If you have taken college or university courses during high school, have an official copy of your final transcript forwarded directly to the University of Mary.
  • Submit your $25 application fee. If completing an online application, you may submit payment electronically.

Please note that the University will require transcripts at two points in the admission/enrollment process.

  1. An official “in progress” homeschool transcript is required before an admission decision can be made. The transcript must include all courses taken and the grades earned during the student’s freshman, sophomore and junior year.
  2. A final, official homeschool transcript is required after the student has graduated from high school. This transcript should include the following:
  • The names and grades for all courses completed during their high school education, along with the number of credits. One year of a high school course or one semester of a college course usually equals 1 credit.
  • The date of graduation, which must be after the date of the completion of all courses.
  • The signature of the registrar or designated official at the accredited homeschool program.

Common accredited programs include Kolbe Academy, Mother of Divine Grace (MODG), Seton Home Study and Coram Deo Academy - Homeschool Division.

Non-Accredited & Self-Designed Homeschool Curricula Application Checklist

If you use a non-accredited or self-designed homeschool program, please complete the following items in order to be considered for admission to the University of Mary:

  • Submit the application for the University of Mary.
  • Submit a copy of a notarized Homeschool Transcript. While we provide a transcript template for your convenience, you may use a transcript of your own creation with equivalent information if you would prefer.
  • Transcripts from courses taken outside of the home should be sent directly to U-Mary from the institution. Grades from these courses are to be included on the comprehensive transcript and calculated in the cumulative GPA.
  • Submit a notarized copy of the University of Mary Letter of Self-Certification indicating that the applicant was homeschooled in accordance with state law in his/her home state and that the student is above the compulsory age of school attendance in North Dakota, which is 16 years of age. We will provide a template for this self-certification for your convenience.  
  • Request that your official ACT and/or SAT score reports be sent directly to the University of Mary. Each applicant is responsible for applying for the examination, and candidates should schedule a test date during their junior year or one of the early test dates during their senior year. We ask that applicants request to have test scores sent directly from the testing agency. Our ACT school code is 3201. Our SAT code is 6428.
  • If you have taken college or university courses during high school, have an official copy of your final transcript forwarded directly to the University of Mary.
  • Submit your $25 application fee. If completing an online application, you may submit payment electronically.

Please note that the University will require transcripts at two points in the admission/enrollment process.

  1. An official “in progress” homeschool transcript is required before an admission decision can be made. The transcript must include all courses taken and the grades earned during the student’s freshman, sophomore and junior year. The primary homeschool teacher should sign the transcript and have it notarized before submitting to the admissions office.
  2. A final, official homeschool transcript is required after the student has graduated from high school. This transcript should include the following:
  • The names and grades for all courses completed during their high school education, along with the number of credits. One year of a high school course or one semester of a college course usually equals 1 credit.
  • The date of graduation, which must be after the date of the completion of all courses.
  • The signature of the primary homeschool teacher AND the signature of an official from the school district OR a notary. 

The University of Mary welcomes adult learners. An adult student (one who is 21 years of age or older applying for first-time college studies) must send to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A formal application for admission (form can be found at www.umary.edu/apply);
  2. A non-refundable $30 application fee;
  3. Academic transcript(s) from high school*, or GED transcript (if applicable), and any college(s) concurrently attended during high school; Adult learners (aged 21 or older) applying for first-time college studies are eligible to apply for first time college study without qualifying based on college placement test scores. In addition, adult learners with previous college coursework will apply under the “Transfer” guidelines listed below, but—if over the age of 21—will not be required to submit college placement test scores regardless of the number of credits being transferred.

 Upon receipt of all required materials listed above, the applicant will be evaluated for admission. The minimum standard for automatic acceptance is a high school cumulative GPA (unweighted) of 2.5 or higher, or if applicable, a GED battery average score of 450, with no scores lower than 410 in any one section. Adult students who do not meet automatic admissions criteria will have their files reviewed by the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee. The committee evaluates secondary school achievement. In evaluating applications, the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee may request a recommendation from a counselor or faculty member, a resume describing personal achievement, and/or a personal statement prior to making an admission decision. Students may be accepted upon recommendations by the Committee. Students admitted in this manner may be required to enroll in academic skills development courses and/or develop and follow an academic plan with the Student Success Center, and/or may be limited to a specified number of credits in their first semester.

The University of Mary welcomes transfer students from regionally accredited community and junior colleges and four-year colleges and universities. While students should refer to the Academic Life section of the catalog for information regarding transfer of credit, it is important to note that the Office of the Registrar evaluates tran22 scripts and records transfer credits. Any preliminary reviews by other personnel are unofficial, not binding, and subject to change.

 A student applying for admission to the University of Mary from another college must send to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A formal application for admission (form can be found at www.umary.edu);
  2. A non-refundable $30 application fee;
  3. Transcripts from every college previously attended;
  4. If the student has fewer than 24 transfer hours to evaluate, then the University will also require the following to determine the applicant’s opportunity for success:

a. Academic transcript(s) from high school*, or GED transcript (if applicable), and any college(s) concurrently attended during high school;

b. An official score report from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination. (As denoted below in “Adult Student Admission,” transfer applicants over the age of 21 are eligible to apply without college placement test scores.)

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The applicant’s college(s) or university(ies) must submit a copy of your transcript. Please note that the University may require transcripts at two points in the admission/enrollment process.

  1. If currently enrolled in courses, an “in progress” transcript is required before an admission decision can be made. The transcript must include all courses taken and the grades earned during the student’s undergraduate education, as well as a listing of any courses in progress.
  2. A final, official transcript is required after the student has completed his/her classes at the previous institution(s). Transcript(s) should include the following:
  • The names and grades for all courses completed at the previous institution(s), along with the number of credits.
  • The signature of the registrar or designated official at the college/university.
  • Upon receipt of all required materials listed above, the applicant will be evaluated for admission.
  • The minimum standard for automatic admission is a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all undergraduate level coursework. Students who do not meet automatic admissions criteria will have their files reviewed by the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee. The committee evaluates secondary school achievement. In evaluating applications, the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee may request a recommendation from a counselor or faculty member, a resume describing personal achievement, and/or a personal statement prior to making an admission decision. Students admitted in this manner may be required to enroll in academic skills development courses and/or develop and follow an academic plan with the Student Success Center, and/or may be limited to a specified number of credits in their first semester.

A student in good academic standing who withdraws from the University of Mary for more than one calendar year is required to submit to the Office of Admission an application for admission together with transcripts for any college work undertaken during the period of absence. A student seeking readmission who was not in good academic standing at the time of leaving must apply to the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee. Conditions for reinstatement may be imposed upon returning students.

Students who have withdrawn from the University for disciplinary reasons, and who wish to be readmitted must apply to the Vice President for Student Development. Conditions for reinstatement may be imposed upon returning students.

The University of Mary welcomes applications from international students. An international student applying for admission to the University of Mary must meet all of the admissions requirements outlined above for either first-time or transfer students as appropriate.  International students must send all of the below to the Office of Admissions:

  1. A formal application for admission (form can be found at www.umary.edu/apply);
  2. A non-refundable application fee;
  3. Certified copies of all academic records are required, including certified copies of all transcripts or school certificates and subjects for which the applicant was enrolled or is presently enrolled. If the grading format is not common to the U.S. educational system, then the Office of Admissions will request that the records be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service. The University of Mary prefers that evaluations be completed by the International Education Services department of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). However, evaluations from World Education Services (WES) will also be accepted. Students seeking to enter without post-secondary credit may submit the “Basic Statement of Comparability Evaluation,” while students seeking to receive credit for post-secondary coursework must submit the “Course-by-Course Evaluation.”
  4. For first-time freshmen and for transfer applicants with fewer than 24 earned college credits, an official score report from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination is required. Students who have difficulty locating a test center that administers the ACT or SAT should contact the American Embassy or an American school in their area.
  5. Certification of Finances form showing evidence of student’s ability to meet costs over a four-year period. Since international students do not qualify for Title IV funds (Federal Financial Aid), they must show they have the funds necessary to attend the University of Mary.
  6. Student applicants from countries in which English is not the native language are required to submit test scores verifying their proficiency of the English language.

Undergraduate applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and achieve a minimum score of 500 on paper, or 197 electronic, or 71 on the Internet-based examination, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Collegiate version, and score a minimum of 5.5. Undergraduate students applying under the Gary Tharaldson School of Business International Program may only be granted conditional acceptance if TOEFL scores are between 61-70 on the internet-based examination or IELTS scores are between 5.0-5.4. Scores for any applicant that are more than two years old are not valid and will not be considered.

Qualified undergraduate applicants may also complete the English language learning program offered by the Language Company; successful completion of level nine in that program will meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Graduate applicants from countries in which English is not the native language are required to take the TOEFL and achieve a minimum score of 550 on paper, or 213 electronic, or 80 on the internet-based examination, or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. Scores for any applicant that are more than two years old are not valid and will not be considered. Graduate students who provide evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate degree or another graduate degree from another regionally accredited institution of higher learning within the United States within the prior five years may be accepted without the TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Prospective students who within the past two years have successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time, post-secondary education (college-level) study in a country where English is the native language may have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived. One year of full-time enrollment is defined as completing the equivalent of at least 24 credit hours over 2 semesters at the undergraduate level or 18 credit hours over 2 semesters at the graduate level. English as a second language, intensive English, and/or remedial English courses cannot be included in the credit hour count.

Prospective students who have been employed in the United States a minimum of two years, may submit proof of successful completion of the Compass language proficiency test as an alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission of international students will not be granted until all required documentation has been received and verified. If the student can—through an institution or organization officially recognized by the University of Mary—demonstrate that he/she meets admission standards at U-Mary, such as through final eligibility certification with the NCAA Eligibility Center, he/she can be accepted based on that documentation. Please note that all of the required documents indicated above must still be received and on file at U-Mary prior to the end of the student’s first semester.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission

A student not interested in obtaining a degree or one who has completed work toward a degree may enroll at the University of Mary as a non-degree seeking student. Such persons may take courses for credit or arrange to audit courses. A non-degree seeking student is not considered a degree candidate and is not eligible for financial assistance. Students in this category must complete a non-degree seeking application. If the student chooses to pursue a degree at the University of Mary, he or she is asked to submit an application form and follow the requirements as described under Transfer Admission.

Required Documents and Deposits

If an applicant is granted an offer of admission on the main campus, the applicant will be requested to send an enrollment fee of $160.

Payment of this fee completes the acceptance and pre-registration process. Accepted applicants are encouraged to pay the $160 fee as soon as possible. This fee is refundable until May 1 for fall semester applicants, and September 15 for spring semester applicants.

In addition to the enrollment fee, all on-campus students are required to place a $150 housing deposit with the University. This fee will be held in escrow until the room is vacated with a satisfactory clearance report from the residence hall director. Any assessments for damage will be deducted from the deposit.

Before the beginning of a student’s academic career at the University of Mary, he or she must complete a current medical history form provided by the Office of Admissions. Housing information is mailed only after a student has been accepted into the University of Mary community.

Withdrawal of Offers of Admission

The University of Mary requires all applicants for admission to provide complete and accurate information and to disclose any prior criminal history. The University reserves the right to withdraw offers of admission under the following circumstances:

  1. The conduct of an applicant is not consistent with the goals, purposes, values, and philosophy of the University as stated in the university catalog and the student handbook,
  2. The misrepresentation of facts to the University by an applicant during the application, or
  3. The failure of an applicant to provide complete information as requested in the application process.