Admission to the College

MMC seeks students who show potential for scholarship, leadership, self-expression and social responsibility. The College believes that these qualities can be most effectively evaluated through review of scholastic records, teacher/employer recommendations, essays, extra-curricular activities, and personal interviews. Admission Officers review student records on an individual basis to identify academically motivated students who can benefit from MMC’s unique educational experience.

A wide variety of students choose to attend MMC. Of these there are two distinct categories: degree-seeking students and non-degree students.

Degree-Seeking (Matriculating) Students

A degree-seeking (matriculated) student is one pursuing a degree at MMC by following the program plan of the degree and of the student’s chosen major. Degree-seeking students may study on either a part-time or a full time basis. All degree students must file the Application for Admission as a degree seeking student. A complete application includes the following:

First-year applicants must choose one of three admissions plans.

  • Early Decision: This is a binding admission plan and you should only choose it if MMC is your first choice. Applicants to the Dance and Theater Arts programs may not choose this due to timing of auditions. In addition, HEOP applicants should not choose this plan. If accepted and you agree on the financial aid package, you will be required to attend and must withdraw all applications to other schools. You must submit an Early Decision Agreement signed by you, your parents, and your high school counselor. If you are not accepted early decision, your application will be rolled over into regular decision for review. The deadline to apply is November 1 and you will be notified of a decision on December 1. You must submit your tuition deposit by February 15.
  • Early Action: This is a non-binding admission plan. You are free to apply to other colleges and compare financial aid packages before making a final decision. If you are not accepted early action, your application will be rolled over into regular decision for review. The deadline to apply is December 1 and you will be notified of a decision on December 21. You must submit your tuition deposit by May 1.
  • Regular Admission: This is a non-binding admission plan and is the most flexible. You are free to apply to other colleges and compare financial aid packages before making a final decision. Applications are reviewed and notifications sent on a rolling basis. You must submit your tuition deposit by May 1.

Note: Transfer students and all students applying for summer and spring terms are reviewed on the regular admission plan.

First-Year Students

First-year students are those currently enrolled in high school with no college credits; or currently enrolled in high school with dual enrollment college credits; or graduated from high school with no earned college credits; and have never attended MMC. All first-year students must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official high school or secondary school transcript or Certificate of High School Equivalency
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Essay
  • $60 Non-refundable Application Fee

Transfer Students

Transfer students are those that have graduated from high school and have completed college credit; or have graduated from high school and are enrolled in their first semester of college; and have never attended MMC. All transfer students must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from any and all accredited post-secondary institutions attended
  • Official high school or secondary school transcript or Certificate of High School Equivalency
  • SAT I and/or ACT scores (only required if less than 12 college credits have been completed)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Essay
  • $60 Non-refundable Application Fee

International (non-US Citizen) students must additionally submit:

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores in lieu of SAT or ACT scores above (if a non-native English speaker)
  • Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials (may not be necessary if the transcript is in English)
  • MMC Transfer Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)

Home schooled students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • A homeschool diploma.
  • At least one of the required recommendation letters is NOT from a parent
  • Transcripts indicating completed coursework and grades with a brief summary of course content for each
  • Recommend (2) SAT II Subject Tests
  • Homeschool Student Information Form

MMC requires that all applicants have completed a minimum of sixteen academic units, which should include the following:

Subject Area Number of Units
English 4 (required)
Language (Foreign or Classical)3 (recommended)
Mathematics 3 (required)
Social Sciences 3 (required)
Science *2 (required) +1 (recommended)
Academic Electives 4 (recommended)

*We recommend that 2 of these units be laboratory science.

Note: Additional requirements apply for admission to the B.A. and B.F.A. Programs in Acting, Art, Dance, and Theatre Arts.

Online or correspondence schools’ high school transcripts are only accepted if the school is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies**, or is recognized or approved by the state department of education in which the school resides.

**Middle States Association, New England Association, North Central Association, Northwest Association, Southern Association, and Western Association

Deferred Admission

Students are not automatically deferred from one semester to the next. Students must submit a new application for the term they wish to attend. In most cases, not much is needed than the application itself to admit a student again. The student will be withdrawn from the current term and be notified in an email. Once the new application is received, a counselor will review and process the new decision. Please review the admission process below to find out if you may need to supply us with new documents.

Note: First-year students who plan to attend another college or university prior to enrolling at MMC will apply as a transfer student on the new application. Scholarship and financial aid eligibility will be reviewed and recalculated under our transfer guidelines. It is very likely that there will be changes to the financial aid award.

Admission Requirments

  • New Application for Admission
  • Official final high school transcript with graduation date (if not previously submitted)
  • Official college transcripts with any completed grades or withdrawn coursework at time of application

Second Degree Policy

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited college or university are prohibited from matriculating in pursuit of a second bachelor’s degree at MMC. Students with a bachelor’s degree who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school but need to complete some undergraduate prerequisites are encouraged to complete them as a nonmatriculating student.

Procedures after Admission for Degree-Seeking Students

Students must submit the following after receiving their notice of acceptance to MMC:

  1. Tuition Deposit (HEOP students are exempt.)
  2. Housing Application and Non-Refundable Housing Deposit (if housing is requested)
  3. Registration
  4. Immunization Form
  5. Final High School and/or College Transcripts*
  6. Payment

*To be considered official, transcripts must be either mailed directly from the school in a sealed envelope and include an official’s signature OR submitted electronically through the Common Application, Naviance, or Parchment with or without an actual signature. Final High School Transcripts must also include the student’s graduation date to be considered valid.

Non-Degree-Seeking (Non-Matriculating) Students

A non-degree (non-matriculated) student is one who is not necessarily following a program plan or pursuing a degree. Non-degree students may register for courses of their own choosing provided that they meet the pre-requisites for those courses. A non-degree student is either taking courses for credit while not pursuing a MMC degree or is auditing courses for no credit. All non-degree students must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official copy of high school or secondary school transcript with graduation date posted or Certificate of High School Equivalency
  • Transcripts from any and all accredited post-secondary institutions attended (must be official copy if planning to seek a degree at MMC in a future term)
  • SAT I and/or ACT scores (only required if less than 12 college credits have been completed)
  • Judicial Record Form (only required if applying to the re-start program)
  • $60 non-refundable application fee

Visiting Students

Visiting students are those enrolled at another college or university who want to take courses at MMC for transfer to the home institution. Students may register for up to fifteen credits per fall or spring term. Degree-seeking students at institutions that have reciprocal visiting agreements with MMC are subject to the terms of those agreements. Contact the Registrar for further details. Exchange students from other countries are considered Visiting Students and may require additional documentation. Please contact the Office of Admission for further information.

Alumni Audit/Alumni Discount

Alumnae/i (graduates of MMC) may audit courses for a reduced rate (see tuition and fee schedule under Center for Student Services). No more than two courses may be audited in any given semester. Audit students may lose their place in class in favor of degree students who may require a specific course to fulfill their degree requirements.

Students who audit courses do not earn credit. The audit student must attend all classes, do assigned readings and participate in class discussions but is not required to take exams. An audited course cannot be applied to a college degree. A student cannot change an audit course to credit bearing or vice versa, during the semester.

An Alumnae/i may take a course for credit at a reduced cost of 50% of the regular per credit rate. A student using the Alumni Discount must be a non-degree seeking, part-time student. Courses taken for credit and the grades received will be listed on the student’s permanent transcript. However, any courses taken as alumnae/i will not be applied to the GPA on the student’s conferred degree.

Non-Degree to Degree Seeking Students

Any non-degree student who wishes to matriculate at MMC must file an official Application for Admission as a Degree Student with the Office of Academic Advisement. These students are expected to submit all required data for review by the Office of Academic Advisement (see Admissions Procedures for all degree students). Courses taken at MMC as a non-degree student do not ensure admission to degree status. If accepted for admission, students will receive credit for any coursework completed for credit at MMC. Please consult the Office of Academic Advisement for applications and further information.

Transfer Credit Policy

At the time of admission, the number and type of transfer credits awarded by the College will be determined based on the requirements of a student’s officially declared academic program, including all majors or minors. Any subsequent change in a student’s major or minor may affect the number of transfer credits awarded. Upon receipt of an official external transcript, the Office of Academic Advisement will conduct a review of the student’s academic program to determine the maximum number of credits that may be awarded, and to evaluate how such credits may be applied to the student’s degree.

For more information see Transfer Credit.

Special Categories of Admission

Jump Start

For many high school graduates, the transition to college life can be daunting. The Jump Start Program is aimed to mitigate some of the challenges incoming first-year students face when acclimating to a new environment, making new friends, and taking on college coursework. For three weeks in August, students earn credits towards their degree, socialize with other first year students, learn subway navigation in New York City and attend cultural outings such as museums, walking tours and a Broadway Show.

Jump Start courses are designed to introduce incoming students to the MMC campus and ensure that they begin the school year with the skills necessary for academic success. Students will learn to expand their research abilities, critically evaluate and synthesize texts, and practice focused learning. Many of the courses include off-campus excursions that turn the city itself into a classroom. Jump Start courses are guaranteed to fulfill credits toward any MMC degree. To see a full list of courses offered in the program, visit A typical schedule includes classes and co-curricular activities (such as city tours and museums visits), which take place Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Peer mentors will also organize residence hall activities (like study sessions or social gatherings), which are optional but highly encouraged.

Students may apply to Jump Start when they have been accepted to the College. Applications can be found at Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however program space is limited and priority will be given to early submissions. For additional questions, please call The Center for Academic Support and Tutoring (CAST) at 212-774-4820, or e-mail:

Bedford Hills and Taconic College Programs

The Bedford Hills College Program (BHCP) and Taconic College Program (TCP) offer courses leading to an Associate of Arts degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Human Rights. Marymount Manhattan College is the sole degree-granting institution of the BHCP, which also includes college-prep courses in writing and math.


BHCP and TCP applicants must have either a high school diploma or a GED and take placement exams in math, reading, and essay writing. Test scores help determine placement in either credit or non-credit preparatory courses.

The MMC Experience at Bedford Hills and Taconic

We offer a rich slate of academic and extracurricular activities to enhance BHCP and TCP students’ college experience, including guest speakers and skills enhancement workshops. Students also share their creative work in Read Arounds, writing workshops, and poetry slams.

Since 2006, we host the Crossing Borders Academic Conference at the  BHCP facility every 1-2 years, where professors and students—from outside the facility and in—present their work on a wide variety of subjects. The event attracts about 200 attendees, and its importance to students cannot be overstated. The conference is a reminder that they are important and respected members of a larger learning community.

MMC also holds Inside/Out Art Exhibits at the BHCP facility, showcasing artwork form BHCP, MMC, and consortium college students, and publishes The Insider newsletter, designed to serve the facility’s whole population, not just students. Current and past BHCP students comprise the editorial board, write the articles, and design the layout of the newsletter.

Academic Programs


General Education: 42 credits; Major: 38 Credits; Elective Credits: 40 Credits

Learning Goals for the Major in Social Sciences

After completing the Social Sciences major, students will be able to: 

  • Evaluate quantitative and qualitative research articles in the field. 
  • Design, implement and present, orally and in writing, valid, reliable, and ethically sound research that is original and empirical. 
  • Analyze social situations utilizing different theoretical perspectives implicit in the sociological imagination.

Social Science Core  (24)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)

EWL/SOC 136 Social Issues in Literature (3)

IS/ECO 150 Economy, Society & The State (3)

IS 207 World Geography (3)

PS 106 Introduction to U.S. Politics (3)

HIST Elective (3)

SOC Electives (6) 

Open Electives (14) 



General Education: 42 credits; Major: 43 Credits; Elective Credits: 18 Credits

Learning Goals for the Major in Politics and Human Rights

After completing the Politics and Human Rights major, students will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history and content of politics and human rights.
  • Situate political human rights issues in a historical context.
  • Apply multiple theoretical approaches to politics and human rights.
  • Evaluate issues of politics and human rights in various contexts, and within their own experience.

Foundations (6)

PHR 101 Foundations of Social Inquiry (3)

IS/ECO 150 Economy, Society, and the State or PS 106 Introduction to U.S. Politics (3)

Theory and Methods (10)

PHR 310 Theories of Human Rights (3)

PHR/IS 371 Research Methods in Social Sciences (3)

SOC 330 Great Social Thinkers or PS 310 Modern Political Thought (3)

Experiential Learning (6)

Take two of the following

PHR/PS 333 Mock Trial (3)

PS/PHR/SOC 336 Playing Politics (3)

Bedford Hills/Taconic College Program Combined Course (3)

Governance Cluster Electives (9)

Culture Cluster Electives (9)

PHR 450 Senior Seminar (3)