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International students are a uniquely valuable part of the Anna Maria College community, enriching our academic and social life with a global perspective. As an international student, you gain exposure to leading academics and an engaged, passionate student body located on a serene campus setting, not far from New England’s largest cities.

Admission Process

We consider either the Common Application or the Anna Maria College Online Application equally in the evaluation process.

Applicants applying for admission will receive a User ID and Password to the AMCAT Admission Portal Account. Please keep this information available as you will be able to track the information required to complete your application in the portal. Admissions decisions will be mailed and will be posted in the portal on a rolling basis.

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 4. 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 Deadline
Financial Aid for International Students
Important Information
Meet Our Admission Team

How to Apply

  • Application: Apply using the Common App or the Anna Maria College Online Application.
  • $25 Application Fee
  • Academic Record: All international students must submit an official secondary school transcript. “Official” means that the school records are certified by an appropriate school official, such as the principal or registrar.
  • English Proficiency: All international student applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Applications should submit results of one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced English Exam (CAE) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam. The recommended scores for direct admission into undergraduate degree programs are as follows. TOEFL 72, IELTS 6.0, PTE 50 or higher. CAE 58. The admissions committee also looks closely at the academic coursework that you have completed and your overall commitment to this work. In some instances, exceptions to the listed scores are made. These exceptions are tied directly to evidence of strong achievement in your day to day academic work in the secondary school that you have attended. Results of the testing that you complete that are lower than the suggested scores may require you to take supplemental English instruction in the first semester of the freshman year.
  • Personal Statement: All international students must submit a 250 – 500-word personal statement describing their educational goals and explaining why they wish to pursue an Education in the United States.
  • Admission Interview (Recommended But Not Required): Applicants are encouraged to interview with a member of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff through Skype or through InitialView, an official interview service most often used by students in China.
  • 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 admissions@annamaria.edu or mailed to:

Admission Office
Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612

Application Deadline

Financial Aid For International Students

At Anna Maria College, we’re committed to keeping our tuition affordable and to offering a highly personalized financial aid process that puts our top quality, four-year private education within reach of most students. We offer academic scholarships and grants as well as limited financial aid to international students based on a combination of financial need and academic performance. All International Students are considered for merit based scholarships at the time of admission. International students that wish to be considered for need-based funding will also need to  complete and return the International Financial Aid form here. Please scan and email the form to Admissions Department admissions@annamaria.edu. Scholarship and financial aid awards will be posted in your admissions portal.

Important Information

Scholarships

We recognize outstanding secondary school achievement and service through scholarships. Citizens of any country are eligible for these funds, which range from U.S. $68,000 to $80,000 over the course of a student’s four years at Anna Maria College. We also offer International Student grants and scholarships ranging from to $5,000 to $22,500, renewable each year, to students who have excelled in the classroom and in extracurricular activities and/or community service. International students are automatically considered for academic scholarships when they apply for admission.

Financial Aid

At Anna Maria College, we’re committed to keeping our tuition affordable and to offering a highly personalized financial aid process that puts our top quality, four-year private education within reach of most students. We offer academic scholarships and grants as well as limited financial aid to international students based on a combination of financial need and academic performance. All International Students are considered for merit based scholarships at the time of admission. International students that wish to be considered for need-based funding will also need to  complete and return the International Financial Aid form here. Please scan and email the form to Admissions Department admissions@annamaria.edu. Scholarship and financial aid awards will be posted in your admissions portal.

Admissions Language Partner Programs

Anna Maria College has English Language Partnerships with language schools that assist students with language transition into the college academic programs at the College. These schools provide students with the English Language skills needed to transition seamlessly into the undergraduate programs at the College. Both programs are structured to limit the need for standardized testing for participating students. Students that do not participate in one of the programs below, will need to submit testing to support English proficiency.  

Anna Maria College Language Partners
ASC English located at 1106 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston MA
ASC- Downtown located at 65 Harrison Ave. 6’th Floor in Boston MA
Approach USA Boston located at 196 Harvard Ave. #02, Boston, MA 

Anna Maria College also offers conditional admission options for students with testing scores below these ranges. ASC students who meet all of the admissions requirements except for Anna Maria College’s language proficiency requirement (as described above) may be accepted to Anna Maria College pending successful completion of agreed upon language proficiency in ASC’s ESL or TOEFL Programs. Anna Maria College will accept the ASC “Level 5” with a Certificate of Completion and a letter of recommendation from the ASC staff in support of the students’ English capabilities in place of a TOEFL, IELTS score, along with required admissions materials. Admissions interviews are available in person or by SKYPE. 

EF Language Schools in:
Boston – 200 Lake Street Boston, MA 02135
New York – 100 Marymount Avenue Tarrytown, NY 10591
San Francisco -2748 Hyde St,  San Francisco, CA 94109

EF students who meet all of the admissions requirements except for Anna Maria College’s language proficiency requirement (as described above) may be accepted to Anna Maria College pending successful completion of agreed upon language proficiency in EF’s ESL or TOEFL Programs. Anna Maria College will waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing for undergraduate students that have successfully completed  the EF’s “C1 Level class.” 

Admissions interviews are available in person or by SKYPE.

DACA & Undocumented Students

Anna Maria College is a diverse welcoming community. We encourage Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students to apply for admission to the university. Deferred Action Qualifications:

In accordance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you are eligible for deferred action status if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Certain restrictions may apply for nursing students taking the Nursing Licensing exams. Please check with your state board of nursing to determine if there are restrictions in your state associated with nursing licensing.

For more information regarding deferred action, please visit the Department of Homeland Security, frequently asked questions page.

Test Optional Admission FAQs

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.

Meet Our Admission Team

Nancy Dowd

Assistant Director of Admission
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3360

Melissa Guglielmello

Admission Counselor
Undergraduate Admission

John Hamel

Vice President for Enrollment
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3306

Karen Hubert

Director of Admission Operations
Undergraduate & Graduate Admission
(508) 849-3555

Christine LaRocco

Admissions Specialist
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3389

Brian Skiffington

Director of Freshman Admission & CRM Administrator
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3295

Emily Williamson

Director of Transfer Admissions
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3485