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Initial candidate review begins in late November. Notification typically begins within 3-5 weeks of an application’s completion. Applications for the fall semester are requested by March 1, while applications for the spring semester are requested by January 15. Students interested in applying to the online RN-BSN, BS-Fire Science, or MPA programs: click here.
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How to Apply
- Application: Apply using the Common App or the Anna Maria College Online Application.
- $25 Application Fee: Fee can be waived for those who are eligible.
- High School Transcript: An official high school transcript (including first quarter, senior year grades) or GED certificate/score report sent directly from the secondary school or directly from a school official is required. This can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Admission Office, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA 01612.
- Essay or Personal Statement: 250-500 words. Select one of the provided topics on the Common App; or, if using the Anna Maria College application, select a topic of your choice.
- Letter of Recommendation: From your guidance counselor or a teacher, this letter should be sent either electronically to email@example.com or by mail to the Admission Office, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA 01612.
- Standardized Testing Policy: In light of the impact caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Anna Maria College has adopted a temporary test-optional policy for ALL Fall 2021 applicants. Students pursuing degree programs in Education and in Nursing will continue to complete the necessary academic program and testing requirements to continue in their respective programs. This decision is tied directly to the significant difficulty that we are aware students are continuing to experience registering for any standardized testing and our lack of knowledge about the health related conditions in various schools and testing centers that have attempted to host standardized testing. A test-optional decision has not yet been made for students interested in Fall 2022 admission and beyond. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next year and update our policies as necessary.
- Prospective Music Majors: An audition is required for all students interested in admission to any of our Music majors. Music audition guidelines can be accessed here.
- Prospective Art and Design Majors: (Art Therapy, Digital and Social Media Design, Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Video and Photographic Arts) We encourage the submission of an Art/Design Portfolio as a valuable part of the admissions process. Your portfolio gives the College and the Department of Art & Design insights into your interests. Portfolio guidelines can be accessed here.
- Prospective Nursing Majors: All Freshman Students entering Nursing should meet the following admission criteria:
- Secondary school program of study should include:
- 4 years of college preparatory English
- Mathematics – Algebra I, II, and Geometry as a recommended minimum. Students in IB programs can include Standard Level or Higher Level Mathematics.
- 2 years of science with a lab required; Biology and Chemistry recommended. (International students must have three to four consecutive years of study in mathematics and science)
- 2-3 years of social studies/humanities
- 2 years of a foreign language (preferred)
Transcripts and other documents can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612
Applying for Anna Maria Early Action helps you stand out from other applicants, gets you a decision sooner, and helps you begin to complete your college plan.
How does Early Action work?
As long as we receive your application by November 15, you’re considered for Early Action; no additional forms are required. Most applicants will have an admission decision before December 15 and if you are applying for financial aid and submit the financial aid application (FAFSA) in the fall, you will have a financial aid award in January. Early Action provides more time to carefully consider your college decision.
Gap years provide motivated students an opportunity to postpone their enrollment for one year to pursue a non-academic pursuit for personal enrichment. The decision to take a year break in one’s academic journey is significant and should be made only after much thought and deliberation about how the year will help the student grow and develop from this experience.
Students admitted through Fall Freshman admission are permitted to postpone their enrollment for one year. An exception will be made for students who must complete two years of mandatory national military service; in these cases, a two-year postponement will be permitted. Students admitted through January Freshman admission are permitted to postpone enrollment for one semester. International students that are not granted an F-1 Visa do not need to submit an enrollment deposit until they are approved for their F-1 Visa. Requests are approved only to pursue non-academic experiences; therefore, no academic coursework may be taken during the postponement period. A student may only postpone enrollment once.
To postpone your enrollment, you must first enroll at Anna Maria College and submit the $300/$500 non-refundable enrollment fee by the deadline stated in your admission letter. You must then email the Office of Admission to make a formal request to postpone your enrollment by August 1 for Fall Freshmen and December 15 for January Freshmen. Specific plans for how you will spend their gap year must be outlined as part of the request. Requests are considered by the admission committee on a case by case basis and approval is not guaranteed.
If your postponement request is approved, it will be your responsibility to keep your contact information up-to-date during the postponement period. In the month of January preceding your new enrollment term, we will ask you to reconfirm your intent to enroll by paying an additional non-refundable $300 commuter/$500 Resident Enrollment deposit Fee. This will provide us of your continued intention to enroll. All enrollment deposit fees will be applied to your first semester tuition bill. Anna Maria College financial aid recipients may be eligible for a reduction of the enrollment deposit confirmation. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis.
Students with the following Advanced Placement scores are eligible for transfer credit at Anna Maria College. The Registrar’s Office requires that official score assurance reports from the College Board. More information about requesting score reports is available on the College Board’s website. The table of credit that is awarded for each test can be found here.
Anna Maria College recognizes the rigor of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Students who complete IB Diploma Program may apply for Anna Maria College credit and may be eligible to receive up to 32 credits. Official IB score reports should be sent directly from International Baccalaureate to the Anna Maria College Registrar’s Office. The College will evaluate and notify the student of accepted credit once scores are received. Students who complete the IB Diploma Program are eligible to receive up to 30 credits at Anna Maria College, which is equivalent to one full year of study, or sophomore status. Please note that under this policy, qualified students still must satisfy all requirements of their declared program of study as stated in the Anna Maria College catalog. In cases where accepted IB coursework does not meet the standards their declared program of study, the course(s) must be taken and passed with sufficient minimum grade or higher.
International Baccalaureate students who do not complete the Diploma Program are also eligible to receive credit for specific courses, which may be awarded for Higher Level or Standard Level courses with grades of 4, 5, 6, or 7. A maximum of 32 credits will be awarded. Credit may be applied to a major or minor only on the favorable written recommendation of the appropriate program director. IB course credit may not duplicate other credit granted, for example AP, CLEP, or transfer credit. To receive college credit students should have their International Baccalaureate Diploma or International Baccalaureate Higher Level examination scores sent to the Office of the Registrar.
The following tables provide general guidelines for use in evaluating International Baccalaureate course transcripts.
IB General Credit Guidelines
|IB Course Level Awarded||Acceptable Score Range||Number of Credits|
|Higher Level||5, 6, 7||6|
|Standard Level||5, 6, 7||3|
|Theory of Knowledge||B, A||3|
IB Course Equivalency Table
|Subject Name||SL Score 4 (only 3 credits given)||HL Score 5-7 (6 credits)|
|Language & Literature|
|Language A: Literature||ENG 104||ENG 104 + 3 credits|
|Language A: Language & Literature||ENG 104||ENG 104 + 3 credits|
|Classical Languages||Global Language 1||Global Language 1&2|
|Language B||SPN/FRN/ITL 101||SPN/FRN/ITL 101 & 102|
|Individuals and Societies|
|Business Management||BUS 260||BUS 260 + 3 credits|
|Economics||ECO 200||ECO 200 + 3 credits|
|Geography||HUM 216||HUM 216 + 3 credits|
|Global Politics||PSC 201||PSC 201 + 3 credits|
|History||HST 117||HST 117 and 118 +6|
|Information Technology in a Global Society||BUS 316||BUS 316 + 3 credits|
|Philosophy||PHL 110||PHL 230 + 3 credits|
|Psychology||PSY 101||PSY 101 + 3 credits|
|Social & Cultural Anthropology||Elective||6 credits elective|
|Biology||BIO 103||BIO 103 and 104|
|Chemistry||CHM 110||CHM 110 and 111|
|Computer Science||MIS Elective||6 credits elective|
|Design Technology||Elective||6 credits elective|
|Physics||EC in Nat Science||ec in nat sci + 3 credits|
|Sports, Exercise & Health Science||BIO 240||BIO 240 + 3 credits|
|Further Mathematics||QR or MTH 127||MTH 127 and 221|
|Mathematics||MTH 221||MTH 221 and 222|
|Dance||EC- Creativity & Imagination||EC- Creativity & Imagination + 3 credits|
|Film||MCO 210||MCO 210 + 3 credits|
|Music||MUS 257||MUS 257 + 3 credits|
|Theatre||EC- Creativity & Imagination||EC- Creativity & Imagination + 3 credits|
|Visual arts||EC- Creativity & Imagination||EC- Creativity & Imagination + 3 credits|
Anna Maria is pleased to admit students who have the necessary preparation and background to be successful in and outside of the classroom. We look to educate and graduate students prepared to work in successful careers that are also active citizens. No student shall be denied admission on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or sex.
The College uses a holistic admissions approach to identify applicants who they believe will contribute to the Anna Maria community. The Admissions staff selects first-year and transfer students based upon a combination of the following criteria: Official secondary school record, college transcript, personal essay, references – when made available and testing from the ACT, SAT or TEAS testing results and other evidence of the candidates readiness to complete undergraduate classwork. Official documents demonstrating proof of high school graduation, or the GED, are required prior to enrollment. Documents are considered official when they are sent directly from the school, school official, or agency issuing the document. Student issued documents are not considered official. Students applying to the Nursing program have separate and distinct admission criteria.
Admitted students are expected to conduct themselves in a college-ready manner consistent with Anna Maria College’s policies and expectations for its students, including those set forth in the Student Handbook. Prior to matriculation, admitted students must report to the Anna Maria College Office of Admission any disciplinary violations or other behavior that is inconsistent with the Code of Conduct. If any of these conditions are not met, the College may withdraw its offer of acceptance and deny admission to the College. An admitted student must also report to the Anna Maria College Office of Admissions if he or she becomes subject to any discipline process by a school or if his or her status at any school changes for any reason, or if information that was provided to the College in application materials is no longer accurate. The College may take action to withdraw its offer of acceptance and deny admission to (or continued enrollment at) the College, based upon this information (or failure to report these changes as required).
Anna Maria College, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, accepts students with documented disabilities who can successfully pursue the College’s academic program. Anna Maria recognizes its responsibility to provide individuals with documented disabilities equal access while maintaining the standards that are essential to the academic program. Learn more about academic and accommodations policy and procedures in the student handbook.
What does it mean to be a “test-optional” institution?
The test-optional policy at Anna Maria College allows applicants the option to either submit or not submit their SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of the admission process. We believe students should present the fullest picture of their academic and intellectual accomplishments when applying for admission to Anna Maria College. If a student believes his/her standardized test scores will be valuable supporting information during the review process then the results might be submitted. Students who feel their high school record alone is a better indicator of their academic achievement and ability may choose to exclude their test scores from their application without penalty. Typically, about 60% of applicants still choose to submit their test scores to test-optional institutions.
Why choose to go test-optional?
For several years, Anna Maria College considered eliminating the submission of SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission application process. During this time, the College carefully monitored changes in testing policies in the marketplace as well as research related to the best predictors of student success. Research has confirmed that the combination of the strength of a student’s high school curriculum and grades are the strongest predictors of academic success in college. Our test-optional policy has reinforced the College’s commitment to understanding a student’s overall academic experience as demonstrated through the high school transcript, as opposed to performance on a single test or combination of tests. The test-optional policy encourages all students who have achieved success in high school to strongly consider Anna Maria College, regardless of their standardized test scores.
If I choose not to submit test scores, how is my candidacy for admission evaluated?
The evaluation of prospective students considers a range of factors that reflect an individual’s academic record. Carefully examined are the strength of the high school, the rigor of the curriculum, grades, teacher and counselor recommendations and extracurricular activities. Additionally, you have the opportunity to present your academic and personal achievements through written short answer and essay questions found in the application of through in admissions interview with a member of the admissions staff.
Does Anna Maria require anything in lieu of test scores?
There is no supplemental component in lieu of test scores. Your academic and co-curricular achievements are highlighted and examined during the application process. You are free to submit any additional information that reflects positively on your candidacy.
Am I eligible for scholarships without submitting standardized test scores?
Yes, all applicants are considered for all merit scholarships whether or not test scores are submitted.
How do I know whether or not to submit test scores?
The application process is designed for students to show our admissions staff why enrollment at Anna Maria College would make a great academic and personal fit. If you feel confident that your test scores accurately display your abilities and work ethic in the classroom, the scores could strengthen your application. However, if your test scores are not a good indicator of your academic achievement throughout high school, they are not required to be submitted.
How do I indicate whether or not I want my test scores to be considered for admission?
You can indicate your intentions on the Anna Maria College member page of the Common Application.