Admissions Requirements and Checklist

Thank you for your interest in the Social Work B.A. program offered by the College of St. Scholastica. As part of the application process, we invite you to schedule an on-campus visit. Although this is not mandatory, we highly encourage and welcome all interested students to come and visit the campus of interest. Please contact the campus of your choice to schedule your visit.

Pencil Sharpener

1. Preparation

    • High school diploma or GED
    • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for entrance into the college
    • Student must maintain acceptable academic standing. For admissions this includes: Junior standing; a 2.5 overall GPA in psychology, sociology and social work courses. All social work courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C.

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. The Social Work program reserves the privilege of accepting and retaining in the program only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, Admissions Committee and Grievance Committee, satisfy the requirements of scholarship and the integrity of the social work profession as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics. No academic credit is awarded for life or previous work experiences in this degree program.

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica, but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. Our goal is to make this process smooth and easy for your return to St. Scholastica.

Apply for readmission

To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

  • Click on Undergraduate/Transfer Application
  • Log in with your email address, or Create a New Account
  • Be sure to answer "Yes" to the question "Were you previously enrolled in this program at St. Scholastica, and now applying for re-admission?", and this will cause the application to skip any essay or recommendation requirements.
  • There is no fee for applying for readmission.

Taken classes elsewhere? We'll need transcripts.

If a returning student has taken courses through other colleges during their absence from St. Scholastica, official transcripts from those colleges will be required for readmission.

Please consult with your admissions counselor regarding the steps in the process for the following situations:

Readmission to the College under Academic Probation or Dismissal

A student who left the College on academic probation or enforced withdrawal, must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements listed above, apply at least one month before the application deadline for the term which the student expects to enroll and should show evidence of positive life change or academic progress in support of the application. Applications for students who withdrew under these circumstances will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which will make a recommendation to the VP for Academic Affairs. The decision made by the VP for Academic Affairs is final.

Returning Student Fresh Start Program

After readmission, a student returning to The College of St. Scholastica after a minimum non-enrollment period of five years may petition to the fresh start program. The fresh start program allows for a restart on a student’s grade point average. The student must petition the Registrar for the deletion of his/her former GPA. The new record will show all past courses, grades and credits, without indicating honor points. The GPA would then be calculated only on the credits earned upon return to The College of St. Scholastica.


2. Application

Please order the following official transcripts:

  • College transcripts from all colleges that you have attended, including military, trade, technical, unaccredited or differently accredited schools
  • College transcripts from all colleges from which you have received financial aid
  • High School transcripts, if you have no college credit
  • International transcripts: Please see the International Admissions page for additional requirements

All transcripts are required to determine the number of credits you may transfer to St. Scholastica. Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!

Email official transcripts to Electronic transcripts must be from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript services.

Mailed transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the school. Mail to:

The College of St. Scholastica
Transcript Processing
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

  1. Complete the Online Application.
  2. Enter the contact information for one reference (no family members) from an individual who has observed and evaluated your leadership competencies or abilities. This individual will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "First Name" "Last Name" has requested a recommendation from you. This reference should be individuals who have supervised you in a volunteer, service-learning or internship experience.
  3. The Social Work Program maintains the option to conduct face to face interviews with any applicant.

Please see our International Admissions page for information on additional documentation that may be required.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process  at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal, view your decision letter, and click "Reply to Offer".

  • As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.
  • Students will be allowed to enter the program after successfully passing a background check ($50 fee).  

Program Start Dates

Fall application deadlines:
Priority deadline: April 15
Final deadline: August 1

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(877) 287-8750