High School Student FAQs

What does applying Early Action mean for me?
Early Action is a non-binding application process with a deadline of November 15. If a student applies Early Action and completes their application prior to the November 15 deadline, they will receive an Admissions Decision by December 15.

What documents are required when applying to the College of Mount Saint Vincent?

  • Standardized Test Scores: Submit your SAT or ACT scores from the College Board. Our SAT code is 2088; our ACT code is 2823.
  • Letter of Recommendation: A teacher or guidance counselor should submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Personal Essay: Please submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
  • High School Transcript: Have your guidance office send your transcript to the Office of Admissions, including your most recent grades and coursework. 

Do you accept Advanced Placement for college credit?
Generally, if you earn an AP score of 3, you receive elective credit and if you have a score of 4 or 5, you receive credit for a particular course (usually from the College’s Core Curriculum). An IB Higher Level score of 5 or higher will also result in earned college credit.

Do you require an interview as part of the admissions process?
The College does not require an interview, but we strongly recommend one.

Does the College of Mount Saint Vincent have a study abroad program?
Yes. Mount students explore the world—on and off campus. The Mount offers an extensive array of full-semester programs, as well as short courses and alternative spring breaks.

Does the College offer internship opportunities?
The Oxley Career Education Program is a unique, four-year program that prepares you for a career, not just a job. Our location in New York means that internship opportunities at the Mount are nothing short of extraordinary. The College’s Discovery Internships help you to identify and refine career ambitions. In many fields of study, departmental internships and practicum placements provide the experience and credentials that help connect you with employment after graduation.

Are there resources or programs available at the Mount for students who show promise but may not have high standardized scores or GPA?
The Mount offers several programs designed to help promising students transition from high school to college. Opportunities to participate in programs such as HEOP and MAP may be offer students extra support in their first year.

Does the College require a placement exam?
No. Your first-year course schedule will be developed by your Academic Advisor. They will analyze your high school transcript and standardized test scores, while taking into account your major and course preferences.