First Time Students
Welcome to Villa Maria College!

First Time Student

Welcome to the Villa Maria family!

Explore your interests in a student-centered campus that lets your creativity thrive and focuses on your success. Create new friendships on our small, vibrant campus. Villa students demonstrate their commitment to our core values through service, while preparing for their career.

You're A First Time Student If...

You’re a New Student

Did you graduate from high school or earn a GED?
Will you be attempting college credit for the first time?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you’re a first-time student.

Here’s what you need to know about our application requirements for you:

  • Students must hold a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Students holding an IEP diploma are not eligible for admission.
  • Students must complete the Application for Admission in person or online.
  • Send an official high school transcript or a copy of the GED transcript with scores to the Admission Office.
  • Students are encouraged to submit test scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT). They will be used as an aid for course placement and scholarship consideration.
  • A personal admission interview is mandatory; in some cases a portfolio review for various art programs might be requested or suggested based on academic standing or for potential talent awards. In addition, all music applicants are required to participate in an audition and interview with the music department faculty prior to enrollment.
  • Students must complete the necessary financial forms if applying for financial assistance at the state, federal and / or institutional levels.

You’re a Transfer Student

Are you currently enrolled at another college?
Have you been enrolled at another college in the past?
Have you completed a degree at another institution?

If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, then you’re a transfer student.

Here’s what you need to know about our application requirements for you:

  • Official transcripts of all previous college study for college transfer credit must be submitted to the Director of Enrollment Management prior to acceptance.
  • Transfer students with post-secondary degrees are not required to submit a high school transcript, with the exception of applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Students who have attended more than one college or university must send transcripts from each institution and if the student has completed less than 24 credit hours at the college or university level, he or she must also submit high school transcripts.
  • Courses with a grade of S (satisfactory) or P (pass) may be accepted, but are not counted in the grade point average.
  • Courses completed at other institutions with a grade of C or above are accepted for credit if applicable to the chosen program of study. Grades of C- or below are not eligible for transfer credit.
  • Art students must submit an appropriate art portfolio to support any letter grade they earned. Their portfolio must be accepted by the Art Department in order for that letter grade to transfer.
  • Transfer students must arrange for immunization records from previous institutions to be forwarded to the Health Services office.
  • Course work completed at Bryant and Stratton College will only be accepted from 2003 to present.

You’re an International Student

Are you a citizen of a country other than the U.S.?
Do you not have legal permanent resident status (a green card)?
Do you plan on remaining in the U.S. on a temporary basis only?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you’re an international student.

Here’s what you need to know about our application requirements for you:

  • Applicants should possess the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary education.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ, USA 08540) is required. Results must be forwarded to the Admission Office. A minimum score of 450 on the paper-based test or 133 on the computer-based test is required.
  • Foreign students must meet College TOEFL requirements prior to review of high school and post-secondary transfer credits by the records office. Credit is accepted only from government schools. College-level English composition is not accepted if English is not the official language of the country of origin. As per standard college course transfer credit evaluation, all courses must be matched for similarity to courses offered within Villa Maria College and its programs. Only courses with grades of C or higher are transferable. A grade of C- is not transferable.
  • An application for admission and transcripts from any secondary schools and colleges must be submitted.
  • A financial statement indicating that sufficient financial resources are available must be provided. No financial assistance is available to international students. A letter of acceptance and the I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility) are forwarded to the applicant after all documents have been submitted, evaluated and approved.
  • A mandatory, non-refundable processing fee of $100.00 payable in U.S. currency by check or money order to Villa Maria College is required.

Discover how affordable Villa can be with scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid.

Your Timeline

There are a lot more steps than just applying to get ready for college. The timeline below can help you schedule when to get your materials together for a seamless transition to Villa.



  • Schedule a campus visit or attend an upcoming Open House.
  • Submit your application online or in person at
  • Meet with an admissions counselor to discuss your goals and enrollment information.



  • Art and music students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must contact Admissions to schedule a required portfolio review or audition.
  • Students pursuing an associate degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program must contact Admissions to schedule a required on-campus interview as part of the application process.
  • Parents and/or guardians must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid at Villa Maria College. Filing the FAFSA online ensures the fastest processing of your application. Visit FAFSA’s website at for additional information.



  • Financial Aid award letters are sent out beginning March 1.
  • Students pursuing degrees in Art, Music or in the Physical Therapist Assistant program who have not yet scheduled their required interviews, auditions or portfolio reviews must do so prior to May 1.
  • Fall Semester Registration (May).



  • Contact Admissions or Financial Aid to ensure that all documentation related to your enrollment is submitted/received before the first day of classes (late August).
  • Student/Parent Orientation (August).

Honors Program

As part of the Honors Program, you will receive a substantial annual honors scholarship award, and have access to classes and projects limited only to Honors students. If you’re a bachelor degree-seeking student applying to Villa for the first time, starting your freshman year, and have at least a 90% academic average in high school, you can apply to the Honors Program.

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