First Time Freshmen

Complete the online application or PDF application

During the application, you’ll supply personal information, other school experiences, and a 200-word autobiography which includes your salvation testimony, educational objectives, and purpose for attending Maranatha. The online application can be saved and returned to whenever you want, but most students complete this step in less than one hour.

Pay $50 application fee

Pay the $50 application fee online when you complete the application or mail us a check. Your application will not be processed until we’ve received your application fee.

If you’re not applying online, mail your application fee, application, and autobiography to:

Admissions Office
Maranatha Baptist University
745 West Main Street
Watertown, WI 53094

Once your application, fee, and autobiography is submitted, Maranatha will mail you an admissions packet, which includes all the forms necessary to complete your admissions file. You can download the forms now if you don’t want to wait.

Supply character references

The character references must be completed by three people who are not relatives. One must be your pastor or a pastoral staff member. You may use a deacon or other church official if your pastor is a relative. If you supply us with email addresses for those individuals who will complete references we can send convenient e-references. For those individuals without email addresses or those who prefer the paper form you can deliver a print version of the reference. The individual completing the print version of the references should mail them directly to Maranatha.

Send your High School transcript

Contact your high school and ask them to send your transcript to Maranatha. Many schools require a signed transcript release form granting them permission to send us your transcript. If you have not yet graduated from high school we can take your file to the Admissions Committee provided we have a transcript at least through your junior year.

Take the ACT

Take the ACT (Maranatha’s code: 4604) or the SAT (code: 2732) and identify Maranatha as one of the institutions you want your scores to be sent to.

Complete other admission forms

Complete any additional forms sent you in your admissions packet (Church Attendance, Student Conduct Statement, etc.). If you do not receive these forms in your packet, you do not need to complete them. If you’re married or engaged, your spouse or fiancé(e) should complete the spouse supplement form. If you have been discharged from the military, please supply a copy of your DD214.

Receive a decision from Admissions

The admissions committee evaluates your application and forms, looking for a clear testimony and evidence of Christian maturity, your academic ability to do university-level work, and your desire to attend Maranatha.

Return confirmation form and $175 deposit

If you’re accepted to Maranatha, sign and return the confirmation form and deposit (to be applied to your semester down payment). This deposit is non-refundable.

Register for classes

Fall preregistration begins in April and spring registration begins in December. The earlier you register for class, the better opportunity you have to get the classes you want when you want them. You are eligible to pre-register for classes once you have been accepted and paid your deposit

Complete medical and remaining admission forms

If you’ve not already completed and returned the Health History Report or Physical Examination form, you must complete these by August 1 (fall semester applicant) or December 15 (spring semester applicant). A physical examination should be completed within 6 months of the start of the semester you will be attending. Athletes cannot practice until both medical forms are completed and on file. Athletes must have everything complete in their file to play in a game. Nursing students must receive all immunizations before beginning clinicals. Be sure to contact your high school or college for final transcripts to be sent to Maranatha.

Attend Jump Start Weekend

This fall orientation, the weekend before classes begin, is required for all new fall semester students, including transfer students. A Spring orientation session is held during the first week of the spring semester.

Contact Admissions if you have questions.