The College of Mount Saint Vincent seeks men and women with intellectual interests and abilities that will enable them to take full advantage of the opportunities available at the College. The Committee on Admission looks for qualified applicants from a variety of geographic locations and ethnic backgrounds in the belief that a diverse student body with many perspectives contributes to the strength of the educational experience.
Candidates for admission to the Freshman class are expected to successfully complete a secondary school program with a minimum of four academic subjects each year. The
Admission Committee, recognizing that school curricula vary, is willing to consider the application of an able student whose preparation, while different from the plan suggested, shows substantial evidence of a solid academic foundation and a readiness for college. Mount Saint Vincent requires either the Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Entrance Examination Board or the ACT examination of the American College Testing Service. The English subject test is strongly recommended. Testing should be completed, if possible, before December 1 of the applicant’s final year of secondary school.
Applications, complete with the $35 application fee, official high school transcripts, standardized testing results, essay, and an academic recommendation should be
submitted before March 1. Mid-year grades should be submitted as soon as available. The Admission Committee decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are notified
of the admission decision beginning in January, in order of their application completion and receipt. Admission offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the
student’s final year in high school.
Students are urged to visit the campus for an interview and/or a tour of the campus. Arrangements for a campus visit may be made by calling the Admission Office for an
appointment. The Admission Office phone number is (718) 405-3267; FAX number, (718) 549-7945. The Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission interviews are not mandatory, but are strongly recommended.
The Admission Committee will consider applications for Fall admission from candidates who wish to enter college at the end of the junior year of secondary school, prior to completion of the normal secondary school program. An interview is required for all candidates seeking admission under this program. The Committee considers reasons for desiring Early Admission, the recommendation and support of the high school, and the student’s maturity and general ability to manage both the academic and social demands of college life.
Prospective students who would like to have their application for admission reviewed early should apply under the Early Action Program. Students applying under this program should submit their application for admission, high school transcript, essay, letter of recommendation and SAT I or ACT results by November 1 of their senior year. Decision letters will be mailed by December 1. The Early Action Program is Non-Binding, that is, students do not have to commit to the institution they plan to attend until May 1 of the senior year. The Financial Aid Office will develop an early estimate of financial aid for all successful early action candidates.
Admission of International Students
International students who have completed their secondary education are welcome to submit an application for admission. International candidates must submit the following documents:
1. Official score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) instead of SAT or ACT, for those whose primary language is not English:
2. All complete official transcripts of secondary school work;
3. Official transcripts of school work and course descriptions, for those who have taken courses above secondary education; and,
4. Proof of health and sickness insurance coverage.
All documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
Academically qualified international students, who do not have testing results of ACT or SAT or TOEFL, may begin intensive English language studies at an ELS Language
Center on the College campus before registering for regular college courses. Students who possess proficient knowledge of English may enroll in the College, even as they
continue the language studies at ELS.
International applicants may be eligible, based on merit, for some partial College Scholarships. The accepted student is required to provide an affidavit of support and
sufficient financial documentation in order to obtain a Form I-20.
International applicants who are applying for transfer admission, or those having received advanced foreign educational credentials from a university or program outside
of the U.S. education system, will be required to have their official transcripts or examination marks evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the World Education
Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745. Individuals entering the Nursing program will be required to have all foreign credentials
evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, CGFNS, 3600 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA, l9104-2651. All services and fees required by these organizations are the responsibility of the student.
For further information on admission of international students, please contact the Admission Office, College of Mount Saint Vincent, 6301 Riverdale Avenue, Riverdale,
New York 10471-1093, by calling (718) 405-3267 or by faxing (718) 549-7945, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: New York State Law requires that all college students born on or after January 1, 1957 must demonstrate proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella in order to be permitted to enroll. Students failing to provide proof of immunity will not be permitted to continue at the College.