Mount St. Joseph University conducts an individual, comprehensive review of each candidate’s credentials for admission, including but not limited to the following:

  • College prep high school curriculum
  • GPA
  • Standardized test scores (if not applying as test optional)
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Extracurricular involvement

We look at each student as an individual, taking into consideration personal background, attributes and life circumstances. We look for students who'll contribute to, and benefit from, the Mount's educational programs and activities.

New, incoming freshmen may currently apply test optional.  If you choose to apply test optional, ACT/SAT test scores will not be required or considered when your application is reviewed for admission to the University.

In order to provide a holistic review of your application for admission, we highly recommend applicants to complete the three open-ended questions found on the application. We also suggest adding any supporting documents that would strengthen your application – Personal Essay, Resume, Letter(s) of Recommendation, etc.


High school applicants must submit the following as part of the application process:

An application for admission - MSJ application or via CommonApp.

Students interested in completing a paper application may download a printable PDF version and submit through the mail.

Print Applications

Print our application HERE. Print applications should be mailed to:

ATTN: Office of Admission
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670


Secondary School Report  Form & Official High School Transcript

High school applicants must submit a secondary school report form and official high school transcripts:

  • Students should print out and complete section I of the secondary school report form and submit the form to their school counselor.  Counselors should complete section II and forward the form, along with the student's high school transcript to Mount St. Joseph University.  Official high school transcript should show coursework and grades through at least six semesters.
  • The admission process is not complete until an official transcript is received upon graduation from high school.
  • Official transcripts must be submitted by a school official: via postal mail, electronic transcript delivery service or to

Official high school transcripts should be sent from the school to:

ATTN: Office of Admission
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670

ACT and SAT Results

If applying with test scores, scores may be received directly from SAT/ACT or taken from the official high school transcript.

  • Mount ACT code: 3254
  • Mount SAT code: 1129

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation and personal essays may be included with the application, but are not required unless requested by the Office of Admission. 

U.S. permanent residents must submit a copy of their permanent resident ID (green card).


For questions throughout the application process, please contact the Office of Admission at, 513-244-4531, or meet your admission counselor today




At Mount St. Joseph University, we are committed to the success of our students. That’s why we make it simple for you to apply online.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

The University offers 39 undergraduate degree programs and two associate degree programs taught by 120 full-time faculty members.