Admission Requirements

Degree Programs – General College Admission Requirements

The Admissions Committee carefully evaluates applicants utilizing a holistic approach. The intent of the all-inclusive review is to give applicants an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to succeed. Applicants are also given the option to request an informal interview.

The all-inclusive application review includes an analysis of academic preparation, such as standardized test scores, high school transcript, college transcripts, selected grades in math, English and science, course work rigor, and life experiences such as professional skills training, and military experience.

St. Vincent’s College (SVC) recognizes the importance of academic preparation to pursue all health care credentials. However, being true to the mission, SVC also recognizes applicants have other valuable skills and in many cases have overcome hardships in pursuit of their careers. Therefore, the all-inclusive review includes demonstrated leadership experience, community service and volunteerism, work experience and overcoming hardship.

The Admissions Committee considers applicants first for admission to SVC utilizing the general College admission criteria. The all-inclusive applicant review process assists in making the determination of a candidate’s total academic and co-curricular portfolio. As a general guide the following is required for admission (Please refer to program descriptions for additional admission requirements specific to programs):

  1. Completion of online application ($20 fee)
  2. Minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  3. Minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average on required math and science
  4. Minimum SAT score of 400 Math and 400 English, or ACT score of 17.  Official results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board (St. Vincent’s College’s code number is 3789) or official results of the ACT (St. Vincent’s College’s code number is 0592).
  5. Official high school transcript or Students that have post secondary credentials from accredited institutions do not need to provide a high school transcript or GED. Home schooled applicants with a secondary school completion certificate will be considered for admission.
  6. Official transcript(s) from each institution of higher learning attended whether or not credit was earned or desired. The official transcript needs to be sent directly from the previous institution(s) to SVC Admissions Department.  Failure to comply could jeopardize federal financial aid with the Department of Education’s Unusual Enrollment History verification process. For details on Transfer Credits see our College Catalog, Page 39.
  7. Optional submission of a 500-word essay highlighting a particular life event that influenced applicants to seek admission to SVC.
  8. International applicants are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores prior to the application deadlines.  For details, see our International Students page.
  9. Upon official acceptance, completion of a successful criminal background check is required. Applicants are advised that an extensive criminal background check is conducted as part of the certifying/licensing credentials of many healthcare professions.  Some convictions may disqualify individuals for employment in healthcare.
  10. Upon official acceptance applicants must complete a health screening check that includes drug testing.

Lifelong Learning Credit (for individuals with life experiences that can be counted toward college credit, including military service).

See our College Catalog, Page 38-39 for details.

Students of Promise (for individuals who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the College).

See our College Catalog, Page 38 for details.

High School Students

  1. High school students must submit an official  transcript from an approved secondary school or completion of a GED with a minimum standard score of “450” for each test. 
  2. Minimum high school course requirements:
    • English – 4 years
    • Math – 3 years (including 2 years of Algebra and 1 year of Geometry)
    • Science 3 years of a laboratory science (Biology, Chemistry and Science elective with a C+ or better taken within the past 5 years)
    • Social Studies – 3 years
    • Electives to total 16 units
  3. Minimum SAT score of 400 Math and 400 English, or ACT score of 17.  Official results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board (St. Vincent’s College’s code number is 3789) or official results of the ACT (St. Vincent’s College’s code number is 0592).

All Nursing applicants must submit results of the TEAS Test. See Nursing AS Information for details.

For information on exams and/or placement testing see the Exam Information page.

Any questions about the admission requirements contact the Admissions office by e-mail at admissions@stvincentscollege.edu or by phone at 203-576-5513.