First-Year Application Materials
In order to be reviewed for admission, first-year applicants will need to submit the following materials. Visit the Application Review Process page to understand how these materials may be used.
Homeschooled Students should consult the information located below these materials for additional requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, find your admission counselor to start a conversation.
In addition to completing the Common Application and the essay, you will be asked to answer a few Saint Anselm College member questions.
Application Fee or Fee Waiver
A $50 fee is required with each application. Saint Anselm College will waive the $50 application fee for the following students:
- Visitors: Register today for an official visit before you submit your application and your fee will be waived. This includes any virtual visits. Students will receive details regarding the waiver within 24 hours of the conclusion of their visit.
- First Generation Domestic and International Students: For this purpose, a first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree. All other applicants can contact their school counselor to see if they are eligible for an application fee waiver.
Official School Transcript(s)
High school transcript(s) need to be submitted by your high school counselor. Please make sure to have the counseling office submit your most current transcript.
The school report should be completed and submitted by your school counselor. The school report allows us to learn more about your school and can be found online through the Common Application.
School Counselor Recommendation
A counselor recommendation is an important part of your application. This recommendation letter typically provides us with information about who you are as a student and as a member of your high school community.
Recommendation letters are an important way for us to learn more about you as a student. Many recommendation letters will provide valuable information about your development as a student in high school. It is preferred that you have recommendations submitted by teachers you have had in your last two years of high school.
OPTIONAL: SAT I or ACT Results
SAT Code: 3748
ACT Code: 2522
Typically, Saint Anselm College is test-optional for incoming first-year domestic students, with the exception of those applying who were homeschooled or applying for our nursing program. In light of the impact caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Saint Anselm College has adopted a temporary test-optional policy for ALL Fall 2021 domestic applicants, including nursing and homeschooled applicants. We know these last few months have been difficult for many and it is our hope to make the application process for all students as simple, fair, and transparent as possible. A test-optional decision has not yet been made for students interested in Fall 2022 admission and beyond. The Office of Admission will continue to monitor the situation over the next year and update our policies as necessary.
Applicants may submit self-reported test scores for use during the admission process. Self-reported scores can come directly from the Common Application or a student can send us a PDF copy of their student score report. We will not accept self-reported scores in an email from the student unless the email includes the students’ score report as indicated above. Please note that official test scores (if available) will be required for each student that enrolls at the college.
Test Score Policy
For both the SAT or ACT exam, we suggest that students take the optional essay/writing section. The essay/writing portion of the SAT is not an admission requirement. We will super-score the SAT and ACT exams.
SAT and ACT test dates prior to November 15th will release results in time for scores to be considered with early action or early decision applications. If students are applying regular decision, test dates through December 15th will provide results in time for scores to be considered with their application.
OPTIONAL: Fine Arts Portfolio
If you are interested in applying for our Fine Arts program or would like to share your visual and performance art as part of your application, you can submit a free portfolio through SlideRoom. Saint Anselm College partners with Slideroom, which is integrated with the Common Application. To create a portfolio, you can use the link embedded in the Common Application or you can create an account through Slideroom.
The deadline to submit a Slideroom portfolio is February 1.
All homeschooled applicants are required to submit the the following materials.
Official School Transcripts
Provide a detailed outline of the high school curriculum, with course descriptions, learning goals, and outcomes. If any courses were taken through a traditional high school or college (online or otherwise), official transcripts from those institutions need to be sent to the Office of Admission.
- A letter written by the primary person(s) responsible for the design and/or execution of the homeschooler's curriculum. This letter is intended to identify all learning outcomes as well as provide a broad look at the applicant's academic goals, learning style, intellectual curiosity, and ability to work through challenges.
- A letter written by an instructor of at least one academic course. If coursework has been completed entirely online, or if there is no instructor other than the primary person(s) responsible for the curriculum, a letter from someone (coach, volunteer coordinator, employer, etc.) who can speak to the applicant's non-academic capacities can be supplemented.