Admissions Procedures

Cardinal Glennon College admits young men who:

  • are desirous to discern a call to the Priesthood and
  • are sponsored by their local Ordinary (Bishop or Provincial Superior)

Applicants should not apply directly for the College for admittance, but should first contact the proper representative of the Bishop or Provincial Superior, usually the Director of Vocations.

Young men from the Archdiocese of Saint Louis who seek an application to Cardinal Glennon College should contact Fr. Chris Martin, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, at

For further information about Cardinal Glennon College, please contact Fr. David Skillman, Vice-Rector for Cardinal Glennon College, at For additional information regarding Saint Louis University and their admission process to the School of Philosophy and Letters, please visit the SLU Website.

Application Process

A man begins the application process for admission to Cardinal Glennon College with the Director of Vocations. Often this meeting is not the first contact between the Vocation Director and the aspirant, as the slow cultivation of a relationship which creates a certain level of trust is usually necessary for a young man to open up enough to approach the Vocation Director about an interior desire to consider the Priesthood more formally. But through the first contact conversation or series of conversations, the Vocation Director obtains basic information to determine suitability of the aspirant for seminary formation. Information includes residence, family, home parish, educational background, academic performance, marital or vowed religious status, and personal history.

For men aspiring to the diocesan priesthood in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, the application for acceptance as a seminarian for the Archdiocese and the application for admissions to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary are united in one comprehensive application package. Specific application components include:

A. The Director of Vocations will interview each applicant, inform him of the process of application, and gather the following documentation:

1. Completed application to Cardinal Glennon College (includes in-depth record of personal, family, educational, employment, ecclesiastical/canonical, legal and financial history)

2. Official Academic Transcripts to Cardinal Glennon College and to the Office of Admissions of Saint Louis University (if applicable) and Financial Aid Forms

3. Report of Health Examinations and Immunization Records, including HIV test results, eye and dental examinations

4. Behavioral and Psychological Assessments

5. Sacramental Records (Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates)

6. Autobiographical Essay which communicates the desire for the priesthood and a personal autobiographical interpretation of how God has worked through significant others and events in the applicant’s life; the essay also requires an applicant to reflect on the gifts he believes have been given to him by God and how they might be employed in the priesthood

7. Insurance Information (health and automobile)

8. Criminal Records and Identification Information

9. Letters of Recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s Pastor

10. Evaluation Summary Requests from the Rectors of any previous seminaries attended

B. Once the application package is complete, the Vocation Director makes a final review of the application, and if the applicant is deemed suitable, the application is forwarded to the Vice-Rector for Cardinal Glennon College (Note: For those men applying to enter first or second year college, admission is dependent upon an applicant’s admission to Saint Louis University).

C. An interview with the Vice-Rector for Cardinal Glennon College and the Academic Office of the College is scheduled for the applicant. Upon positive recommendations from this Admissions Committee, the Vice-Rector for Cardinal Glennon College communicates his decision for admission to the Vocation Director who, in turn, sends a letter to the Archbishop asking him to sponsor the applicant.

D. The Archbishop of Saint Louis sends a letter of sponsorship to the applicant, formally completing the application process. A copy of this letter is sent to the Vocation Director and the Vice-Rector for Cardinal Glennon College.

Application Deadline:  All applications for undergraduate admission to Cardinal Glennon College Seminary and Saint Louis University (for those entering as Freshmen and Sophomores) for the Fall semester must be completed and received by the Vice-Rector for Cardinal Glennon College Seminary (and the Office of Undergraduate Admission at St. Louis University) before April 30 for early registration privileges and no later than July 31. In order to be considered for admission, all applicants must be graduates of accredited secondary schools or must have successfully completed and passed the General Educational Diploma (GED) examination. Under ordinary circumstances, applications to Cardinal Glennon College Seminary are considered only for the fall semester. Transfer applicants who seek to enter the Seminary during the spring semester will be considered under special circumstances (for example, previous seminary enrollment).

Admissions Requirements

Freshmen Applicants: Saint Louis University will accept the ACT (American College Test) or the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Scores are required for all high school graduates and applicants having graduated from high school within five years of the date of intended enrollment. The University will accept test scores as listed on the official high school transcript.

Applicants who are seniors in high school and offered admission to the University are admitted with the provision that high school graduation requirements will be completed and admissions requirements be maintained prior to enrollment at the University. A final transcript showing all grades must be submitted after high school graduation and must include the type of diploma and date of graduation.

Current high school seniors or high school graduates who have never attended a college or university or who have completed fewer than 12 semester hours (or fewer than 15 quarter hours) of full-time college course work are classified as freshman applicants. This policy does not include any advanced college credits earned while in high school. Applicants must present an academic transcript of courses attempted and in progress from an accredited secondary school (and of any attempted and earned college course work). Completion of a college preparatory program in high school is expected for admission for freshmen. The applicant’s record must show courses and grades indicating intellectual ability and progress.

It is strongly recommended that the applicant present five academic courses each semester for all four years of high school. These academic courses should include the following: four years each of English and mathematics (including Algebra I and II and Geometry) and three years each of natural sciences, social sciences, foreign language and academic electives.

Home Schooled Applicants: Cardinal Glennon College and Saint Louis University welcome applications from home schooled students for the freshman class. Home schooled students must submit all secondary-level transcripts and acceptable scores from the General Education Degree (GED). Each Freshman applicant is strongly recommended to present five academic courses each semester for all four years of secondary-level home schooling.

Transfer Applicants:Students who have attempted 12 or more semester hours or 15 or more quarter hours of full-time course work at another accredited college or university, excluding developmental or remedial courses, are classified as transfer applicants. This policy does not include any advanced college credit earned in high school. In general, transfer applicants must present at least a “C” grade average for both overall college-level course work and any course work taken immediately preceding enrollment at Saint Louis University or Cardinal Glennon College for admission consideration. Students will be informed of all courses accepted by Saint Louis University and/or Cardinal Glennon College. These courses must be on the collegiate level and the grade received must be at least a “C” for consideration for transfer.

Transfer students must earn their final, consecutive 30 semester credit hours at Cardinal Glennon College.  A minimum of 12 semester credit hours in philosophy must also be earned at Cardinal Glennon College.

An applicant who transfers from another accredited college or university will officially be evaluated at the time of application. Students seeking to transfer course work taken more than ten years previously may be required to complete proficiency exams, take additional courses or repeat selected courses especially for disciplines in which, in the judgment of the dean, the body of knowledge (or its interpretation) has undergone significant or rapid change.

Upon admission and enrollment, transfer credits are incorporated into the permanent record in terms of semester hours. The grade point average will only include the grades from those classes attempted at Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon College. No more than 64 semester hours earned at the community college level can be applied toward the bachelor’s degree at Saint Louis University or Cardinal Glennon College.

GED Applicants:A high school equivalency diploma will be accepted in place of high school graduation if the applicant has scored at least 550 on each subsection of the General Education Diploma examination (GED). An applicant must submit an official score report.

Probationary Admission: Probationary admission may be granted to a student who does not meet the basic academic criteria necessary for admission to Saint Louis University or Cardinal Glennon College. Extenuating circumstances must be presented for consideration in such cases. Any student entering under this probationary status is subject to an evaluation after completion of the first semester’swork to determine the student’s eligibility to continue a course of study at Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon College.

International Students: Cardinal Glennon College and Saint Louis University encourage all qualified international students to apply for admission. International applicants must satisfy all provisions of the Immigration rules and regulations, and should have solid proficiency in the English language. All non-native speakers of English who are admitted to any Saint Louis University academic program will be evaluated prior to their initial registration in order to determine the level of their linguistic skills. Based upon these test results, recommendations will be made for a range of work in English (whether or not they have attended high school in the United States).