Frequently Asked Questions about Application and Acceptance

When should I apply to St. Scholastica?

The beginning of your senior year, preferably before Thanksgiving. This will give you time to visit us and other schools several times before making your final decision. Apply here.

Is there an application deadline?

St. Scholastica has a "rolling" admissions process, meaning we process applications as they come in. The College would only impose a deadline if capacity is an issue, and students will be given sufficient notification. If you do apply late (after Dec. 31), you may miss important deadlines, be denied admission, and miss out on certain types of financial aid (early scholarship opportunities, etc.).

What scores do I need to be accepted to St. Scholastica?

It depends. We accept students based on the combination of cumulative grade point average and ACT or SAT scores.  Contact an admissions counselor to find out more about minimum scores.

What are your ACT and/or SAT school codes?

Our ACT code is 2098.  
Our SAT code is 6107.

Do you require the writing portion of the ACT or SAT?

No. We do not require the writing sample to be considered for admission.

How long will it take for me to find out if I am accepted?

Usually two to three weeks, assuming your application is complete with application, transcript and ACT/SAT score. We have a rolling admission process, so we process your application as soon as we receive all of your materials.

If I apply and am denied admission, but my grade point average or test scores improve over the course of my senior year and now meet your criteria, will you accept me?

Yes. You can use senior year to improve both grades and test scores, and if you meet the criteria, you will be accepted, regardless of whether or not you were when you initially applied.

I applied to St. Scholastica more than three weeks ago, and still haven't heard whether I am accepted. What is going on?

We may not have your transcript or test scores yet. Some schools may send transcripts weekly, so there may be some lag time between when we receive your application and when we receive your transcript.  It can also take anywhere from 2-6 weeks for us to receive your scores directly from ACT, depending on when you request them.  To speed the process up, you can download a copy of your score report from your ACT account online, and attach it in an email to your admissions counselor.   If you have questions, contact your admissions counselor to check on the status of your application.  

Is there an application fee?

No, both our online and paper versions of our application can be submitted free of charge.

If I am accepted to St. Scholastica, when do I have to decide if I am attending or not?

You don't have to officially decide until May 1 of your senior year. However, we have a housing priority deadline in February, upon which we ask students to submit their $350 deposit to guarantee a spot in traditional housing. These deposits are completely refundable until May 1 if you choose another school.

I want to take fall semester off and want to apply for spring semester. How do I do this?

You fill out the same application and indicate you want to begin spring semester.

I have PSEO credits, will they transfer?

Credits from accredited institutions will transfer. However, we need to do an official transcript evaluation to see exactly which courses they will "waive" here at St. Scholastica.  You can get an idea of what will transfer using our PSEO/CITS Credit Transfer Tool.

Am I considered a "transfer student" if I have done a lot of PSEO work?

No. You are considered a first-year student, but you will have advanced standing. You will qualify for any and all freshman-level scholarships.

I have College in the School credits. Do they transfer?

Yes, but just like PSEO credits, we need to do an official transcript evaluation in order to see exactly which courses they match up with here at CSS.  Again, you can get an idea of what will transfer using our PSEO/CITS Credit Transfer Tool.

What about AP or IB classes I have taken?  What scores are needed for those credits to transfer in?

Our transfer credit center page has links to look up both AP and IB tests scores that are needed to be able to waive classes or transfer credits into St. Scholastica.

How many years of a foreign language do you require for admission?

You must have equivalent to three years of a language before you leave CSS. So, if you took two years of Spanish in high school, then you need to take one more year of Spanish here (unless you test out of a class or two on a foreign language assessment). If you have taken three years of the same language in high school (grades 9-12), you aren't required to take any language courses at CSS. However, the courses are great and you may want to think about taking upper-level courses for more experience and increased marketability later on in your career.

Nondiscrimination policies

The College of St. Scholastica does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, status regarding public assistance, disability, or local commission status in its programs, procedures and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer
Tower Hall 2101A
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6602
TTY/TDD Hearing Impaired Information/Assistance (218) 723-6790
E-mail: admissions@css.edu

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