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Let’s walk through the MBU application process together. 

First, start by telling us a few things about yourself. The questions below are not part of your application, but they help us determine which application you should complete. The apply button below will lead you through the actual application. You’re ready for this! 

FIRST TIME FRESHMAN

First, start by telling us a few things about yourself. The questions below are not part of your application, but they help us determine which application you should complete.

  1. Complete the online 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. Start the online application below.
  2. 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 are 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Complete other admissions 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 should complete the spouse supplement form. If you have been discharged from the military, please supply a copy of your DD214.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Register for classes: Fall preregistration begins in April, and spring registration begins in December. The earlier you register for a 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
  10. Complete medical and remaining admissions 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Contact Admissions if you have questions.
TRANSFER STUDENTS
  1. Complete the online 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. Start the online application below.
  2. Pay $50 application fee: Pay the $50 application fee online when you complete the online 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 53094Once 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 also download the forms from our website.
  3. 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.
  4. Send your transcripts to Admissions: Supply Maranatha with transcripts from each college you attended even if you don’t think those credits will transfer.
  5. Return the transfer reference form: If you’re transferring from a Christian college, complete, sign, and mail the transfer reference form to the Christian college you are transferring from.
  6. Complete other admission forms: Complete any additional forms sent you in your admissions packet (Church Attendance, Student Conduct Statement, Military DD214, 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 should complete the spouse supplement form.
  7. Receive a decision from Admissions: The admissions committee evaluates your application and forms, looking for a clear testimony and evidence of Christian maturity and looking at your academic ability to do college-level work and your desire to attend Maranatha.
  8. 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.
  9. Register for classes: Fall preregistration begins in April and spring registration begins in December. The earlier you register for a 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.
  10. Complete any remaining admissions 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 the college.
  11. Attend Jump Start Weekend: The 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.
  12. Contact Admissions if you have questions.
FORMER STUDENTS
  1. Former students who have been away from Maranatha more than four consecutive semesters must follow the new student admissions process. If you are returning to Maranatha and have attended within the last four semesters, please follow this abbreviated admissions process. The admissions committee reviews your pastoral reference, academic transcript, discipline record, and any outstanding balance owed to Maranatha. You cannot begin classes with an outstanding balance due.
    1. Complete your application: During the application, you’ll update personal information, other school experiences, and a short essay which includes what you have been doing since you left Maranatha. The online application can be saved and returned to whenever you want, but most students complete this step in less than one hour. Start the online application below.
    2. Skip the $50 application fee: Your application fee is waived.
    3. Deliver character reference: One character reference must be completed by your pastor. If you are related to the pastor, a deacon should complete the form and mail it to Admissions. If you supply us with email addresses for those individuals who will complete references, we can send convenient e-reference forms. For those individuals without email addresses, you can deliver a print version of the reference. The individual completing the print version of the references should mail them directly to Maranatha.
    4. Mail Admissions your transcripts and transfer reference forms: Send all college transcripts to admissions. If you attended a Christian college since Maranatha, complete the transfer reference form also.
    5. Receive a decision from admissions: The admissions committee reviews your pastoral reference, academic transcript, discipline record, and any outstanding balance owed to Maranatha. You cannot register for classes with an outstanding balance due.
    6. Register for classes: Fall registration begins in April for former students who have received an acceptance decision. Spring registration begins in November. Contact Admissions if you have questions.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

 

  1. Maranatha encourages international students. To ensure adequate time for university admission and visa processing, submit your application by April 15 (for fall semester) and August 15 (for spring semester).

    Students admitted to the United States on student visas are required by law to be registered as full-time university students (enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours for undergraduate degrees and 8 semester hours for graduate degrees). For information on United States student immigration requirements, visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    The admissions committee looks for a clear salvation testimony, evidence of Christian maturity, academic ability to do university-level work, satisfactory TOEFL score, a qualified Affidavit of Support, and a desire to serve the Lord in your home country.

    1. Complete the online application: During the application, you’ll supply personal information, other school experiences, and a 200-word autobiography that 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. Start the online application below.
    2. Pay $50 application fee (USD): Pay the $50 application fee online when you complete the online 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:
      Maranatha Baptist University
      745 West Main Street
      Watertown, WI 53094
    3. 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.
    4. Send your transcripts: Contact your high school and ask them to send your transcript to Maranatha. 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. Provide us with transcripts for all colleges attended.
    5. Take the TOEFL test: If your native language is not English, you’ll need to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test is administered several times every year in major cities throughout the world. Send results to Admissions–Maranatha’s code is 9539. An acceptable TOEFL score for Maranatha is 500 on the paper-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, and 71 on the Internet test.
    6. Receive a decision from admissions: The admissions committee evaluates your application and forms, looking for a clear testimony and evidence of Christian maturity and looking at your academic ability to do university-level work, your TOEFL score, your affidavit of support, and your desire to serve the Lord in your home country.
    7. Complete an affidavit of support: Complete an Affidavit of Support for Sponsors Form substantiating your ability to pay for the university from family funds, personal funds, U. S. sponsor, or work-study, if available. If your support is from family funds, you must provide bank statements indicating you have at least $18,900 plus travel expenses to and from Wisconsin. If your support is from a U. S. sponsor, he or she must provide bank statements indicating at least $75,600 on deposit to cover your education for four years. This information is kept confidential in your admissions file. Your sponsor is also responsible for any medical care that may be required.
    8. Return confirmation form and $175 deposit (USD):  If you’re accepted to Maranatha, sign and return the confirmation form and deposit (to be applied to your semester down payment).
    9. Register for classes: Fall preregistration begins in April, and spring registration begins in December. The earlier you register for a 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.
    10. Student Visa: Once steps 1-9 are complete, Maranatha Baptist University will issue a Form I-20 which will be signed by a Designated School Official and sent to you. You will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. (See the SEVP Website at www.ice.gov/sevis for a full list of questions and answers regarding the SEVIS I-901 fee.) You will then apply to your local U.S. consulate or embassy for your F-1 Student Visa. These forms are required for foreign students to enter the United States for educational purposes.
    11. Complete any 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.
    12. 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.
    13. Contact Admissions if you have questions.
GRADUATE AND SEMINARY STUDENTS

 

  1. Complete the online application: The online application can be saved and returned to whenever you want, but most students complete this step in less than one hour. Start the online application below.
  2. Send your transcripts: Provide us with transcripts for all colleges attended.
  3. Register for classes: The earlier you register for a class, the better opportunity you have to get the classes you want when you want them.

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