Incoming Freshman and Graduate Student Admission

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Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a graduate student taking on your next career challenge, we understand that the first few steps are the most important — and that sometimes you need a little extra support to guide you through the application and admission process.

That’s why our advisors work closely with new students like you to make sure your transition into the online learning environment is seamless.

Why? Because we believe that everything outside of the classroom should be simple and easy — from the moment you submit your application through the day you start your program. It’s one way we empower you to focus on what matters most: your education.

You’ve already made the brave decision to pursue your education. Let us guide you through the rest. We’ll start by reviewing the admission requirements, then answer a few common questions that new students ask.

You’re considered a new student if you:

  • Are applying to a Maryville degree or certificate program for the first time
  • Completed high school or received your GED certificate, and do not have any transfer credits from previously attended universities (undergraduate-level applicants)
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and do not have any transfer credits from previously attended universities (graduate-level applicants)

The future belongs to the brave. Learn more about what to expect from Maryville Online.

In 2017, more than 3 million students were enrolled in an online-only degree program — and a third of all on-campus students took at least one online class.

— Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics

Incoming Freshman and Bachelor Certificate Program Admission Requirements 

  • High school diploma or GED
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (high school work)
  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.5 may be considered for provisional admission for certain programs
  • No standardized tests (SAT/ACT) required
  • Official high school transcript required

Graduate Degree Program Admission Requirements

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for most programs (some exceptions apply, and some programs may review for provisional admission for students who fall below the minimum requirement)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended*
  • GMAT/GRE not required
  • Personal statement*

Post-Bachelors Certificate Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts required for all institutions previously attended
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (college work)
    • Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission
  • Demonstrated knowledge of undergraduate statistics and intermediate algebra/algebraic logic

*Admission requirements at the graduate level vary by program, so make an appointment with one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

65% of jobs are projected to require higher education by 2020.

— Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Tips for New Students

Going to college is exciting — no matter if you’re experiencing it for the first time or if you’re returning to school to finish a partially completed degree or pursue graduate studies. There’s just something about the first day of school that makes you want to show up and reach your full potential.

We know that your decision to pursue your degree is an investment in your future, your dreams, and your goals.
It all starts right here.

To make sure you’re ready, we’d like to share a few tips to support you as an online student with Maryville.

How to prepare:

  1. Set education and career goals.
  2. Choose a career and degree program.
  3. Apply for financial aid (complete the FAFSA).
  4. Apply to one of Maryville’s 30+ online degree programs.
  5. Budget for tuition and other college expenses.
  6. Purchase the tools you need — computer, books, and cloud storage.

How to be productive:

  1. Learn to study with distractions.
  2. Establish a daily routine.
  3. Build connections and friends.
  4. Limit aimless scrolling on social media.
  5. Take advantage of every free moment.
  6. Download applications that increase your productivity.

Check out this blog for a detailed list of essential tools and supplies, as well as a checklist to help you prepare for school/education with Maryville.

“The degree I earned from Maryville University prepared me for a better career path and future in my field, but also for a better quality of life for my family.”

Savitri Gopaul, Graduate


Each term has its own application deadline. Your enrollment advisor can provide more information, as they are there to support you through the entire application process. Keep in mind that regardless of when the application deadline is, you should start working on the application process a few months in advance.