2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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How to Apply

To complete the Maryville application process, the undergraduate applicant must submit the following:

  1. Application for admission
  2. Official copy of high school transcript (unless otherwise specified) or GED/HiSet score.  Exception: students who have a conferred baccalaureate degree.
  3. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended, if applicable.
  4. Any other documentation required by a specific Maryville University academic program.

Maryville University operates a rolling admission with the exception of select academic programs.


Freshman Applicants

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and have a personal information session with an admissions counselor. Students considering day programs should contact the Office of Admissions at 314.529.9350 or 800.627.9855, or www.maryville.edu, to request admission information and to schedule visits.

Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants should have:

  1. A high school diploma with a minimum of 22 units of credit including four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social sciences (social studies) and three additional units in any of the above areas or in a foreign language.
  2. A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Freshman applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above, and GED/HiSet applicants (who are considered on a case-by-case basis) may be asked to submit additional material, come to Maryville for a personal interview, and/or complete additional testing before an admission decision is made.

Required High School Coursework for full admission consideration:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of History of Social Science
  • 3 years of Math, including coursework in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II
  • 3 years of Natural Science, including coursework in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Recommended High School Coursework for enhanced readiness for university level coursework

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of History of Social Science
  • 4 years of Math, including coursework in AlgebraI, Geometry, Algebra II, and Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or AP Calculus, or any other math coursework of comparable rigor and content
  • 4 years of Natural Science, including coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Biology II, Chemistry II, Physics II, or any other science coursework of comparable rigor and content.

If available to the student, Honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) program courses can also assist in review and course placement.

GED (as of 2014) applicants

Applicants must earn a 660 minimum score with no section below a 145.

Missouri HiSet Applicants

Applicants must earn a 45 minimum score with no section below a 15.

Home School Students

Students completing their education through a Home School program must submit the same documentation required for all new incoming freshmen. In addition, students need to meet the published admissions criteria for incoming freshmen. If the student does not meet these requirements, additional documentation may be requested.

Maryville University is a Test-Optional Institution

Maryville University does not require the submission of standarized test scores for students applying for freshmen or transfer admission, except in select circumstances outlined below.  Students who feel their SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of their academic abilities are welcome to submit them for admission consideration, scholarship consideration and/or course placement; however, students who do not submit test scores will not be viewed negatively.

In support of our strategic plan as it relates to access and in alignment with our admissions philosophy of holistic review, each applicant will be reviewed based upon their academic record, extracurricular activities, recommendations and essay for evidence of potential for success in college. 

Test-Optional will not apply to the following groups of students

  1. International students are required to submit proof of English proficiency and should consult the Office of International Admissions for information.
  2. Prospective student athletes are mandated by the NCAA to submit standardized test scores for athletic eligibility.

Students applying from secondary schools/organizations that provide only narrative evaluations rather than some form of grading scale.

The following academic programs require specific minimum GPA ‘s for admission consideration:

Day Programs Evening and Online


Transfer Applicants

Transfer students are considered for admission primarily on the basis of their academic work at all transfer institutions as reflected in their required college or university transcripts.

  1. A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in college work is required for admission. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA may be considered for admission on probation.
  2. High school transcripts are required for transfer students with fewer than 60 transferable hours or for admission to certain programs.
  3. A maximum of 68 credit hours from a two-year college will be counted toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  4. A completed associate’s degree in a specific area will be counted as a minor in the completion of a bachelor’s degree. If courses from the associate’s degree subject area are applied to the major, those courses must be replaced by additional courses for the minor.
  5. Students who possess an Associate in Arts General Transfer degree from an accredited institution which follows the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education guidelines, or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, will have fulfilled Maryville’s General Education requirement.
  6. For the completion of a bachelor’s degree, at least the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville.
  7. One half of the major and minor (if required) must be taken at Maryville.


Evening and Online Applicants

Students considering the Evening and Online formats should contact a School of Adult and Online office to request information and to schedule an information session at one of the following locations:

Maryville University - Main Campus
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141-7299

Maryville University -  Lake Saint Louis
3401 Technology Drive
Lake Saint Louis, MO 63376
636.978.4277 or 636.281.4232

Maryville University - Sunset Hills
12250 Weber Hill Road, Suite 105
Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants

Transfer applicants


Re-Entry Applicants

Students who previously attended Maryville, but have not been enrolled for two consecutive prior semesters at Maryville, must complete the transfer application for re-admission. A re-entry student also must submit official transcripts from all college or university attended since the last date of attendance at Maryville. Credits earned prior to re-entry may be subject to re-evaluation based on program changes which took effect during the break in Maryville attendance.


Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Students may enroll in up to six credit hours a semester and up to fifteen (15) credit hours total without formally declaring a program, degree or certification. However, no student can take more than two courses in any program that has special admission requirements without prior written permission of the dean. All non-degree seeking students must complete an application and submit it to the Office of Admissions.


International Applicant Admission Requirements

Academic Programs

Initial inquiries, as well as all completed applications, should be directed to the Office of International Admissions. International students must submit the following:

  1. Application for admission. (Applications are available online at http://www.maryville.edu.)
  2. One Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  3. Proof of English proficiency (typically TOEFL or IELTS test scores).  Check specific program for language proficiency requirements.
  4. Unofficial English translated copies of high school (secondary) transcripts or GED score (except students who have a bachelor’s degree). Official transcripts due upon acceptance to Maryville. 
  5. Unofficial English translated copies of transcripts from all college or universities previously attended. Official transcripts due upon acceptance to Maryville.  Under certain circumstances, an official WES evaluation may be required (www.wes.org). 
  6. English proficiency requirements vary by program. In general, a TOEFL score of 61 or higher is required with speaking sub-score of 23 or higher.
  7. Financial certification in two forms is required in English: A letter of support from sponsor and a bank statement from sponsor’s bank account with dollar amounts stated.
  8. Any other documentation required by a specific Maryville academic program.
  9. Pay enrollment advance payment.
  10. Students from Nigeria are required to pay the first semester tuition in advance of recieving the Form I-20.

A Form I-20 will be issued to facilitate acquisition of a student visa upon receipt of all documents, applications and requirements.

English Requirements for Undergraduate Admission

Maryville requires that international students score a 61 or higher on the TOEFL or a 6.0 or higher on the IELTS exam before beginning full-time undergraduate academic work. International transfer students must meet the same English proficiency requirements as entering freshmen. Students in the actuarial science, physical therapy and nursing programs must have a TOEFL score of at least 79; students in the undergraduate business programs must have a TOEFL score of at least 69.

This requirement applies to international students who are from countries where English is not the language of instruction, who have not otherwise been admitted to the university in undergraduate status, and who are applying to the university for admission directly into a second undergraduate degree program.


U.S. High School or International Secondary School
     For Full admission:

  • SAT writing 470
  • ACT writing/English 20
  • Or meet TOEFL requirement

ESL Language Center

  • Full admission if completed ELS level 112 with a 2.5 grade or better         

A levels

  • Full admission if A-level in English with an “A” grade or better

U.S. University/College study

  • Full admission if completed at least 24 credits of 100-level or above coursework with at least a 2.0 GPA and completed English Composition 101 and 102 equivalent with a “C” grade or better. A “C” or better in English Composition for Non-Native Speakers does not waive the English proficiency requirement.


  • Full admission for IELTS 6.0 or above on overall band score.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

  • Full admission for 44 


  • Full admission with a score of 500 (paper-based), or 61 (internet-based) or higher

Students who complete ELS Level 112 may be admitted to the University without submitting a TOEFL score, provided they meet the entrance requirements of their degree program and all other University admission requirements. TOEFL scores may be required for specific degree programs.

International Transfer Students

  1. Items 1-7 above and academic program English requirement above.
  2. International students transferring from other U.S. colleges or universities who successfully complete 24 hours of 100 level or above coursework with a 2.0 or higher grade point average and earn a “C” grade or better in English Composition 101 and 102 are not required to submit a TOEFL score. English Composition for Non-Native Speakers does not waive the English proficiency requirement.

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions at Maryville University. (Transcripts issued to students will not be accepted as official.)

International students who transfer to Maryville from foreign universities, or who wish to receive credit for courses taken outside the U.S., should send official or notarized copies of their transcripts, translated into English. Maryville University reserves the right to request a WES (www.wes.org) evaluated transcript. 


Special Admission Requirements for Select Undergraduate Academic Programs

Design & Visual Art

First Year Applicants

To adequately prepare for our incoming first year students, as a diagnostic tool, a portfolio of creative work is not required but suggested for admission into any of Maryville’s Design & Visual Art programs.  Please see the Design & Visual Art Program   for guidelines.

Transfer Student Applicants

Transfer students seeking entrance into a Design & Visual Art program and credit for prior art and design courses are required to submit an entrance portfolio. Please see the Design & Visual Art Program   for guidelines.


Admission to Maryville University does not guarantee admission to the teacher education program. Students must apply for admission by the completion of 10 credit hours in professional education. Transfer students must apply for admission to the program upon application to Maryville. Bridge students apply during their junior year for the graduate programs. Pre-service students must be admitted to the teacher education program to progress beyond the beginning education block or for transfers their first semester in the second education block.  Specific requirements and applications for all programs may be obtained from the School of Education Office. All requirements are subject to change if Missouri certification requirements change.Teacher education admission requirements include the following:

  1. Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (3.0 graduate candidates) based on a 4.0 scale
  2. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all education courses with no grade below a “C-“
  3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in academic content area (Middle, Secondary and Art candidates only)
  4. Receive a passing score on the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) (undergraduates)
  5. Receive a satisfactory evaluation in the initial field experience
  6. Complete initial criminal background screening.

Music Therapy

Admission Requirements

  1. International Applicants must have a TOEFL score of 85 or higher with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher for whom English is a second language will be admitted into the Music Therapy  program.
  2. Applicants to the Music Therapy program are required to complete an audition with the Music Therapy faculty.  The students are asked to demonstrate their musical performance abilities by having two pieces of music prepared for performance on their major instrument /voice.
  3. Applicants must take the Music Theory Proficiency and Placement Examination. The exam will determine a student’s placement in music theory.
  4. Students will be asked to complete the “Music Experience” form to bring to their audition. The form asks students to list all of their experiences with private music study and music ensemble participation (choirs, bands, orchestra, other).
  5. Once the audition process has been successfully completed, the student will be fully accepted in the program.  Music Therapy majors are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  6. The audition is ideally accomplished in the semester prior to admission. In the event that a student, because of distance, is not able to come to campus in the months prior to admission, a video recording of the student’s musical performance may be submitted. Auditions can be scheduled by contacting the Music Therapy Program Director, at 314.529.9441


Pre-licensure Nursing Programs

Admission Requirements - Traditional Day

  1. Traditional Day Program Admission to Maryville University.
  2. Minimum cumulative high school and college (if applicable) GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale OR ACT composite score of 23 with sub-scores in science and math of at least 20/New SAT (As of March 2016) score range of 1100-1190
  3. A minimum science and math high school GPA of 3.0.  Science courses include biology, chemistry, and physics; math courses include algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, trigonometry, and calculus.   
  4. A TOEFL score of 85 or higher with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher for whom English is a second language.
  5. Advanced placement in the  traditional baccalaureate nursing program is available for transfer students with college credit.  Science courses must have been completed within the last seven years.

Admission Requirements - Fast Track Program

  1. 65 Credits of general education requirements must be completed.   
  2. Admission to Maryville University.
  3. Minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.25 in all coursework.  Science courses must have been completed within the last seven (7) years.

Admission Requirements - Adult and Online Program

  1. Admission to Maryville University.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Core GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale which includes Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Chemistry, Statistics, Lifespan Development, the equivalent of ENGL-104 and MATH-115/116.  Science courses must have been completed within the last seven (7) years.
  4. Minimum of 12 credits of coursework at Maryville University musts be completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Post-licensure Nursing Program

Admission Requirements of the RN to the BSN Nursing Program

  1. Admission to Maryville University
  2. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse.
  3. Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. A TOEFL score of 85 or higher with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher for whom English is a second language will be admitted into the
  5. Nursing degree from a country other than the United States must request an evaluation from the Commission on Graduates from Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) www.cgfns.org.

Occupational Therapy

Students entering Maryville as freshmen may qualify for early admission to the post-baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy Program.  Priority for acceptance will be based on qualification scores and date of completed application.

Requirements for early direct admission include:

  1. Review will begin November 1st and will continue on a rolling basis thereafter.
  2. High school cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 79 and must achieve a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact LSI or ELS in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  4. Document participation and leadership roles in school activities, athletics, community activities, volunteer activities, and work experiences.
  5. Submit 2 letters of recommendations that speak to the student’s potential for successfully completing a Master of Occupational Therapy program.

If an applicant is accepted as a student for early direct admission they must meet the following requirements to maintain their position in an entering class:

  1. Achieve minimum cumulative and semester GPAs of at least 3.0 throughout undergraduate coursework at Maryville.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses for the post-baccalaureate curriculum.
  3. Complete and document at least 10 hours of observation of occupational therapy professionals each academic year. Students will have completed a minimum of 40 hours in at least 2 different practice areas prior to beginning the post-baccalaureate masters program.

Students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to beginning the post-baccalaureate masters program:

  1. BIOL-101 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  2. BIOL-102 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  3. HEPR-108 - Medical Terminology
  4. PSYC-101 - General Psychology
  5. PSYC-254 - Human Development Through the Lifespan
  6. PSYC-321 - Abnormal Psychology
  7. PSYC-341 - Understanding Statistical Inference
  8. SOC-101 - Introduction to Sociology

Please click here   for more information regarding our Graduate program in Occupational Therapy.

Physical Therapy

Admission Requirements for Maryville’s freshmen-entry Physical Therapy program.

  1. Application for Admission.
  2. Official Copy of High School Transcript.
  3. Official Transcript from each College or University attended, if applicable, including dual credit institutions.
  4. Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) from high school (3.0 Math & Science GPA) or ACT composite score of 24 with minimum Math and Science Reasoning subscores of 20 or new SAT (As of March 2016) score of 1180.  All test values must be earned on the same exam.  
  5. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 573. Applicants must achieve a minimum sub-score of 24 in writing, 26 in speaking, 21 in reading comprehension, 18 in listening comprehension and a total sub-score of 89. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or physical therapist that speak to potential success in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  7. Documentation of a minimum of 20 hours of observation in physical therapy settings with a physical therapist. Observation in a variety of settings with more than 20 hours is recommended.  Observation is required in a minimum of two (2) different settings.  Observation hours must be completed by May 1st of senior year of high school for full admission into the program.
  8. Applicants must submit evidence of participation and leadership roles in student organizations, clubs, activities, or athletic teams.
  9. Applicants must have the equivalent of high school chemistry before entering the program.

The Maryville Office of Admissions reviews completed applications and, beginning November 1, forwards files of applicants who meet all admission requirements to the physical therapy faculty for review.  Review of applications submitted after November 1st continues on a rolling basis.

Acceptance into the program as a freshman assures the student a place in the professional portion of the program if the student maintains full-time enrollment with the required grade point average and completes specified courses with required grade. Physical Therapy students also earn an undergraduate degree in Health Science upon successfully completing the first four years of the program. All physical therapy students must be full-time students unless accepted under special circumstances and must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

At the present time, the Physical Therapy Program at Maryville is designed to be a freshmen entry program and is not accepting external transfer students. Current Maryville students can apply directly to the Physical Therapy Program and not through admissions.