Jun 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Saint Anselm College is an academic community whose students bring a wide variety of backgrounds and interests to the campus. All qualified students are eligible for admission to Saint Anselm regardless of race, age, sex, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.

The Office of Admission is looking for students who have demonstrated a capacity for academic achievement and who possess intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and an awareness of social responsibility.

Admission to Saint Anselm is competitive. When reviewing applications, the Admission Committee will evaluate your application based on a number of factors: the rigor of your high school curriculum; academic achievement; standardized testing; (optional for all majors except nursing) writing ability; co-curricular activities, particularly evidence of leadership; and letters of recommendation from your college counselor and teachers. First-Year candidates for admission are required to submit a completed First-Year Common Application including essay, an official secondary school transcript(s), a teacher evaluation form from an academic teacher in your last two years of secondary school, and a school report form (including a counselor recommendation). The results of the SAT or ACT examination(s) are required for nursing majors and are optional for all other academic majors in the application process.  Self-reported test scores will be accepted to use during the review process.  Please note results of the SAT or ACT examination(s) are required of all students at the time of enrollment.  A $50 fee is also required with each application. Saint Anselm College will waive the $50 application fee for all 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. 

The completion of a minimum of 16 acceptable units of secondary school course work or its equivalent is usually required for admission to the freshman class. Such preparation typically includes four years of English; three or more years of a laboratory science and mathematics; two or more years of social science; and additional credit electives. The College recommends a minimum of two years of a foreign language study; however the college believes that a student will be better served with the completion of three or four years of foreign language study.

Application for Admission

All first-year candidates for admission must submit by the established deadline a completed First-Year Common Application.  A non-refundable fee of $50 must accompany the application, unless the student as a waiver.

First-Year Candidate for Fall Semester Admission Application Deadlines:

Early Action - November 15
Nursing Majors - November 15
Early Decision - December 1
Regular Decision - February 1

The Early Action Plan is a non-binding program. This plan notifies a student on or before January 15 and a non-refundable $500 deposit is due by May 1 should the student choose to enroll.

The Early Decision Plan is a binding program and requires the completion of the Common Application Early Decision Agreement form.  This plan notifies a student of an admission decision and any need based aid or merit based scholarships by January 1.  If admitted, an enrollment deposit is required by January 15.  

If you apply for the Regular Decision Plan, you should send all application materials to Saint Anselm College no later than February 1. This plan notifies a student on or before March 15.

Admission to the Nursing Program

Saint Anselm College offers one of the most selective and respected nursing programs in New England, preparing its graduates to join the fast evolving world of nursing as compassionate caregivers and leaders in their profession.

The application deadline to apply for our nursing program is November 15 (Early Action) or December 1 (Early Decision).  Please note Early Decision is a binding application agreement. External or internal (change of major) transfer applicants for the nursing program are extremely rare.


The following documentation is required in the admission review process:

  • Common Application & Essay
  • Official High School Transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • School Report & Counselor Recommendation
  • Teacher Recommendation (preferably from a science or math teacher in the last two years)

More detailed information regarding these documents can be found on our admission website.  

Competitive students will have completed the following academic requirements:

  • Four Years of English
  • Three or more years of a laboratory science
  • Three or more years of mathematics
  • Two or more years of social science and additional credit electives
  • Two-four years of the same foreign language
  • Minimum high school recalculated GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum SAT of 1000/ ACT of 18


Postponed Admission

Saint Anselm College offers the opportunity for an admitted first-year candidate to postpone attendance for one or two semesters. A student who wishes to postpone enrollment must request this in writing and explain the reason(s) for the postponement to the Office of Admission, Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102-1310 or via email to admission@anselm.edu. Only candidates who have paid the non-refundable enrollment deposit and the additional fee may seek a postponement.

Advanced Placement

Saint Anselm College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who receive a grade of “4” or better in the Advanced Placement Examinations may with certain exceptions be granted advanced placement and credit in the appropriate subject. Applicants who have completed examinations under the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may receive advanced placement and credit if the scores are acceptable to the College.

International Baccalaureate

Saint Anselm College recognizes credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB). Of the two IB examination levels (Higher Level and Standard Level), the College recognizes the Higher Level examinations where a score of 5, 6, or 7 has been achieved. Credit will not be given for Standard Level examinations. 

In general, the equivalent of one or two courses is issued for each acceptable exam result. Individual academic departments at Saint Anselm vary in how and if they award credit for students who have taken the IB Higher Level examinations. This information outlines the standard policies; should you desire further explanation, please consult the appropriate academic department. Each successfully completed Higher Level examination with the conditions noted must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to a student’s matriculation at the College. Students who have taken both AP and IB examinations do not receive credit/placement for both.

Transfer Students

Students from other colleges who desire to enter Saint Anselm College with advanced standing are required to complete a Common Application Transfer Application and submit a complete record of all previous high school and college work. Please note the high school transcript requirement is waived if you have earned an associate’s degree or higher prior to enrolling at Saint Anselm College.  Normally, full credit is awarded for college courses in the liberal arts in which a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher has been achieved at an accredited college or university within the last eight years. Provided that the equivalents of the general requirements of Saint Anselm and the basic courses in the field of concentration have been fulfilled, a transfer student should be able to complete a degree program without loss of time. Students transferring from other institutions generally are required to spend at least two years and to undertake the majority of studies in the major at Saint Anselm before receiving a degree. All students must spend the complete senior year at Saint Anselm and fulfill all of the College’s requirements for graduation. Advanced standing is provisional and transferred credit may be withdrawn if subsequent academic performance fails to justify the credits allowed at the time of entrance.

International Candidates

Saint Anselm College is authorized under United States Federal Law, Immigration and Nationality Act, to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Applicants are required to follow the regular admission procedures. International applicants must also provide proof of English proficiency, Certification of Finances and a photo copy of his or her passport.  Academic transcripts must be certified as official. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by official and certified English translations, and authentic verifying statements and signatures.  Financial aid is limited for international students, all applicants can submit the International Student Financial Aid Application.  All international applicants are reviewed for any need based aid or merit based scholarships.  International applicants who need financial aid are precluded from applying for the Early Action or Early Decision programs.

Spring Semester Admission

Saint Anselm College does admit new first-year andtransfer, students for the spring semester which begins in January. Candidates should follow the regular admission procedures. Priority will be given to all applicants who apply on or before November15.

Campus Visits

Candidates for admission are encouraged to visit the campus and are invited to contact the Office of Admission or visit www.anselm.edu/visit for more information and to register. The Office of Admission offers interviews, information sessions and campus tours on a regular basis. Although interviews are not required of applicants, they provide an opportunity to discuss academic programs and learn what Saint Anselm College has to offer based on the applicant’s interest(s). Special events and open house programs are also offered throughout the year.  

Non-Degree Seeking Students 

Non-matriculating students may take classes at the College on a space available basis. A maximum of 6 courses can be taken as a non-degree seeking student. Students wishing to continue at Saint Anselm will need to apply through the Office of Admission. 

In order to be considered for full-time enrollment non-degree students need the permission of the Dean of the College. Additionally, non-degree students need to demonstrate the completion of a high-school degree in order to enroll in courses. Exceptions to this policy are made by the Dean of the College.