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At Mount Aloysius College, we want to know who you are, not just the information that is on the paper or
on your online application. Our counselors are committed to speaking with you when you have questions
or concerns. This is why Mount Aloysius makes every effort to discuss the admissions process and
requirements with every prospective student. Apply today!

Requirements for:


Admission Requirements — Associate and Bachelor Degrees

Prospective students must submit the following materials to the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate
Admissions, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA 16630, (814) 886-6383:

    1. Application for Admission with non-refundable $30 fee, payable once;
    2. Evidence of completion (or anticipated completion) of study at an approved secondary school (or GED diploma);
    3. SAT, ACT, or CLT scores. Taking the college placement test does not exempt a student from submitting test scores. Test scores must be received prior to matriculation. *Note: Test scores are not required of an applicant who has graduated five years prior to date of application.
    4. Health forms including health history, physical exam and immunization record, are obtained from the Health Services Office. Completed health forms are returned to the Director of Health Services and kept confidential. Health forms are required of all students prior to the start of classes.
    5. An official copy of the secondary school transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Vice President for Enrollment Management.  The transcript should include all pertinent data available, including the SAT, ACT, or CLT results.  Persons presenting a GED diploma must have the scores forwarded from the testing center to the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions


Learn more by reading the MAC Freshman FAQs.

Transfer Students

Transfer and returning adult students are welcome and treated like first-class students at Mount Aloysius College.

We do everything we can to minimize headaches and make your life easier as you transfer or enroll at Mount Aloysius College as an adult student. We’ll guide you every step of the way.

When you transfer to Mount Aloysius, you may bring up to 40 credits into an Associate Degree program to complete an Associate Degree, or 90 credits into a Baccalaureate Degree program. Bring in an unofficial copy of your transcript when you visit and we’ll tell you what will transfer while you are here.

Students who have completed an Associate Degree may be able to come into a compatible Bachelors Degree at Mount Aloysius College with Junior standing. These students will be given 60 credits for their degree.

How do you begin your transfer?

  • Submit a completed application, an official high school transcript, official college transcript(s) and
    a non-refundable $30.00 application fee. Once we receive all that, we’ll perform an official credit
    review and consider your file for acceptance. Within two weeks of your completed application you
    should have an answer!
  • Credits with a grade “C” or better will be considered for transfer. Only credits that are equivalent
    to Mount Aloysius courses, in a program of study, will be reviewed.
  • Transfer students are eligible for Academic Merit Scholarships.

Learn more by reading our MAC Transfer FAQ’s.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply to Mount Aloysius College for both the fall and spring semesters. International students are responsible for following the same procedures as all freshmen or transfer students. The following is a list of what must be supplied or completed when applying to Mount Aloysius College as an international student.

If you are an eligible non-citizen and have an Alien Registration Number, are a permanent resident and you have an Alien Registration Card or a conditional permanent resident, you are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and may be eligible to receive federal and state funding such as grants, work-study, and student loans.

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admissions with a non-refundable, one-time $30 fee.
  2. Submit official secondary school (high school) academic records (transcripts, certificates,
    and diplomas) with certified English translations.  Students transferring from other universities
    should also submit all official university transcripts.  We strongly encourage all students to submit
    transcripts using World Education Services or another member of the National Association of
    Credential Evaluation Services.  Transcripts from students who are not required to use a foreign
    educational credential evaluation service and are sent to MAC directly must have the official seal of
    the institution.
  3. A TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English test score is required as part of the application for an individual whose native language is not English.
  4. For the TOEFL, students must score above a 173 (Computer Based) or 61 (Internet Based).  For the IELTS,
    a 5.5 is required as the minimum score.  For the Duolingo English test, a score of 31 or higher is required.
    Students below a 500 on the SAT verbal section may be required to take our college placement exam.
    However, everyone is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and admission is never guaranteed.
  5. International students who are age 23 or younger may have to complete the SAT or ACT test for
    undergraduate admission.
  6. Courses from international colleges and universities will be considered for transfer credit on a
    case-by-case basis.  These courses must be equivalent to a “C” or better and comparable to a Mount
    Aloysius College course after a full credential evaluation is completed.
  7. Graduate students are required to submit two letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement
    and resume, along with undergraduate final transcripts.  An entrance exam may also be required.
  8. If accepted into Mount Aloysius College, an international student must return a financial
    affidavit form to the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions within two weeks of
    receiving the acceptance letter.
  9. The office will provide an I-20 form when the tuition deposit and room reservation fee of $325 is received. Your tuition and room and board fees for the first semester must be paid in full to the Controller’s Office by the billing due date and prior to arriving to the United States.
  10. Housing is available and is mandatory for traditionally aged full-time international students during their
    entire time at MAC. During major college breaks, the residence halls will be closed. However, the institution
    will make every effort to find available off-campus housing when the residence halls are closed.  For
    non-traditional international students, they must find off campus housing on their own.
  11. Mount Aloysius College upholds the policy for international students as set forth by the United
    States Department of Immigration and Naturalization, the United States Department of Homeland
    Security, and SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
  12. Submit proof of health insurance.
  13. Health forms including health history, physical exam and immunization forms, are obtained
    from the Health Services Office and their website. Completed health forms are returned to the Director
    of Health Services and kept confidential. Health forms are required of all students prior to the start of

Contact the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions at 1-888-823-2220 or email us at

Graduate Students

To apply for Graduate School at Mount Aloysius College, applicants must submit the following information to the office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions:

  • An application with professional career/goal statement and a non-refundable $30 fee.
  • An official transcript issued to Mount Aloysius College from every institution, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned. An official transcript is one that is sent or carried to the College in an envelope sealed by the granting university.
  • Applicants with an overall grade point average above a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale are NOT required
    to take the GMAT/GRE. The GMAT/GRE score must be less than five years old at the time of
    application. Applicants already holding an advanced degree will be waived from the GMAT/GRE
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English
    Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS exam. TOEFL scores must be above 213 (computer based)
    or 70 (internet based). If the applicant has a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally-
    accredited U.S. college or university, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived.

At the discretion of the Committee of Graduate School Admissions, applicants may be asked to submit
letters of recommendation that verify professional experience, academic ability, volunteer experience, and
aptitude for the proposed career path, as well as complete a personal interview.

Applicants to the General Psychology and the Community Counseling program must show evidence of
successful completion of undergraduate statistics. If an applicant has not completed an undergraduate
statistics course, he or she is expected to do so prior to matriculation, or, is expected to enroll in an
undergraduate statistics course as part of his or her program.

Provisional Acceptance

Students may be accepted on a provisional basis if they do not meet all the academic admission
requirements for official acceptance. Students accepted on a provisional basis are permitted to enroll in
up to six credits (2 classes). Provisional status will be removed if the student receives a letter grade of
“B” or better in each course. Provisional acceptance is done a case-per-case basis.
Students who have not been formally accepted into a graduate program at Mount Aloysius College are
eligible to enroll in up to six credits of coursework as a non-matriculating student.

Transfer Credits from other Colleges\Universities

Students are asked to make requests in writing to the Director of Graduate and Continuing Education. An
official college transcript must accompany the written request. A maximum of six credits (2 classes) will
be considered for transfer from another college.

Courses considered for transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • three credit, graduate level (500 – 600 level)
  • a letter grade of “B” or better
  • comparable to one of our courses (course titles and descriptions must be substantially the same)
  • completed within the last ten years

Transfer credits will appear on the transcript as fulfilling program requirements or as electives. Transfer
credits do not affect the student’s GPA. All transfer credits are made in semester credits. Therefore, any
transfer credits based upon credit systems will be converted to semester credits. Semester credit values
are rounded to the nearest hundredth. If a student is awarded transfer credit, he or she may not receive
credit at Mount Aloysius College that duplicates the learning for which transfer credit was given. The
Program Coordinator will judge the similarity of the courses. The Registrar will review the request and
make the final decision.

For more information, visit our Graduate FAQs page.

Returning Adult Students

Returning adult students are welcome and treated like first-class students at Mount Aloysius College.

We do everything we can to minimize headaches and make your life easier for the student. We’ll guide you every step of the way.

What do I need to do to start at MAC?

  • Submit a completed application, an official high school transcript and a non-refundable $30.00 application fee(the fee is waived if you visit in person). Once we receive all that, we’ll perform an official credit review and consider your file for acceptance. Within two weeks of your completed application you should have an answer!
  • SAT/ACT scores are needed if you graduated within the past five years from high school
  • You need to complete the FAFSA form for Financial Aid purposes
  • Returning Adults students are eligible for Academic Merit Scholarships.

For more information, visit our Adult Student FAQ page.

Learn about the new SAT test

2016 New SAT

As of March 2016, the College Board has launched a redesigned SAT. For more information about the new test—what they’ve changed; and why it matters—please visit the College Board website at . We applaud the College Board for continuing to publicly discuss their plans and for explaining what the changes will mean.

We continue to receive questions from students, parents, counselors, and the public about how the new test will impact the admission process at Mount Aloysius College; the answers below should help you a great deal. If you still have questions, let us know and bookmark this page for a later visit! As we receive your questions, we will update this page from time to time.

Applicants for Fall 2017 and beyond should take the new test, but can also submit scores from the pre-March 2016 version, knowing that Mount Aloysius College will use scores from either one in a way that ensures equity. With extensive information from the College Board regarding “concordances” (how scores from one version translate into the other one), we will ensure that neither score is advantaged over the other and still take your highest score for merit scholarship amounts.


What is new about the test?

The redesigned SAT will have two 800-point sections instead of three. Math will still be Math, but components of the Critical Reading section and Writing section will be used to create the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. Also, the essay portion will now become optional, and will not be a factor in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.

Will you still superscore my test?

Superscoring, which refers to combining a student’s best Critical Reading score from one sitting of the SAT with his/her best Math score from another, is a practice at Mount Aloysius College for both admissions and scholarships. It does not include the Writing score, which has not been formerly considered at Mount Aloysius College. We will continue to superscore among pre-March sittings, and will also begin superscoring among new SAT sittings. However, we do not plan to superscore between new and old versions of the test because the scores will not be constructed the same way.

Am I required to take the writing section of the new SAT?

The redesigned SAT makes the essay portion optional, and we will not require it of our applicants. This is a decision each college and university will make individually. You are welcome to provide scores that include the essay, and can rest easy that we will not let a low essay score create a disadvantage for you in our admission process in any way. We will file the result and may use it in research that helps us understand the possible future value of those scores in freshman advising and course placement. Meanwhile, the College Board makes it easy to see which institutions do require the essay portion on their website:

How are scores used in the Mount Aloysius College admissions process?

We require all U.S. applicants for freshman admission and certain transfer applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. While these scores are an important part of a complete application, they are not the most heavily weighed component! SAT or ACT scores allow us to see how well you do in areas fundamental to predicting college readiness, using a third-party tool that is not influenced by variables such as your school’s individual grading practices. In that regard, they are helpful; however, we are aware that tests have their limits, and place much higher emphasis on your high school work, including the grades you earned and the classes you chose to take. It’s four years versus four hours … you do the math!

Someone told me I should take the ACT instead since the SAT is changing. Is this good advice?

No, that’s not a reason to take the ACT. More accurately, it’s not a reason to not take the new SAT. We will take great care to look at concordances, and will also conduct our own research as we receive scores. However, we will continue to stick with our longtime advice that any applicant should consider taking both tests. There is no evidence that one is easier or harder than the other, and it can go either way for different students. This advice will not change with the new test.

How will MAC’s merit-based scholarships be affected?

Relating to the superscoring section above, scores from the two SAT versions will not be mixed in determining recipients for admissions-related scholarships, such as the Mercy Presidential Scholarship and merit scholarships. We don’t yet know if, say, a 620 on the current Critical Reading section will mean the same as a 620 on the new Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section. Once concordance tables are released, we will post a link on this page for your convenience, and finalize our plans for scores required for our scholarships.

How do I prepare for these tests?

Mount Aloysius College wants you to do well on the SAT and/or ACT, but remember that it’s only one of several factors that we consider in our holistic review. So do your best, but don’t get overly excited if you do well, or overly sad if you don’t. Far too many students do, and we also see far too many families spend vast sums of money for a test prep class that may or may not improve your scores more than you could have otherwise, on your own or with alternative resources that are lower-cost or even free. (Besides, we’d rather see you spend that money to make a great visit to our campus to make sure Mount Aloysius College is right for you!)

For these reasons, it is very exciting that College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. Visit for more information. If you try this, let us know your feedback on whether or not it helped!

What sources should I use to keep up to date on information about the redesigned test?

For one, bookmark this page and come back often! And if you’re a student considering applying to Mount Aloysius College, join our mailing list to have information like this sent right to your inbox.

You should connect directly to any other college you are considering for the best information on how they’ll use the redesigned test, and continue to check the College Board website for their latest updates.

The colleges to which you apply and the College Board itself will continue to communicate with your college counselors in keeping this information clear. Any other sites or resources beyond that may or may not have accurate information, or may be slower to provide updates, so we encourage you to get your information from the right places!


Upcoming Admission Events





Express Orientation

Bertschi Center and Technology Commons 12:00 PM




Cosgrave Student Center 01:00 PM



Fall Athletes Orientation

Cosgrave Student Center 10:00 AM


Questions? Contact a member of our enrollment management team!

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Frank Crouse

Vice President for Enrollment Management/ Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions

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Connie Klinehans

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management/Coordinator of the Enrollment Processing Center

Freshmen Admissions

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Andrew Clouse

Director of Freshmen Admissions

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Caitlin Wilkinson

Associate Director of Freshman Admissions

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Meghin E. Pettenati

Admissions Counselor

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Alli Bennett

Freshman Admissions Counselor

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Susan Hoberney

Coordinator of Visits & Events

Transfer & Returning Adult Freshmen Admissions

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Rick Mishler

Director of Transfer and Returning Adult Freshmen Admissions

Graduate & Continuing Education Admissions

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Matthew Bodenschatz

Director of Graduate & Continuing Education Admissions

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Kelley Sable

GCE Admissions Coordinator

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Jules Dill

Dual Enrollment Coordinator

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