Blue Shirt Program

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  • Marymount University understands that many high school students’ grades have been affected by circumstances related to COVID-19, perhaps due to the challenges of online learning or illness within the family.
  • Many students have academic promise, but recent transcripts might not reflect full potential, which may be interfering with college or university acceptances.
  • The Blue Shirt program, a pilot program that Marymount is offering for summer 2021, gives 2021 high school graduates a second chance to show their potential college-level success, by honing their academic skills.


Program Details

  • Students take two college-level courses over the summer and participate in supplemental activities to build academic skills while earning credits at a reduced cost.
  • Students who successfully complete the program are guaranteed admission at Marymount University for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • This six week (June 28-August 6) pilot program has a limited number of seats, with two possible tracks. All Blue Shirt students will take a college success skills course, and students will take either a writing course or a math course, depending on their needs, intended major(s), and course availability.
  • Hybrid in nature, with synchronous and asynchronous online elements and some face-to-face opportunities for learning and engagement (all with appropriate social distancing protocols in place).

What’s In It for You?

  • Improve your learning and study skills, such as time management and note taking, that will serve you in your college career and beyond, through a SEM 101 (Success and Excellence at Marymount) course.
  • Earn credits at a lower cost than during a normal fall or spring semester, completing SEM 101 and either a writing or math course, which are foundational for any undergraduate degree.
  • Earn 5-6 credits based on your needs, placement scores, and intended major(s).
  • Build relationships with other recent high school graduates and with the program’s peer mentors and student supplemental instructors.
  • Take advantage of opportunities including a complete orientation to Marymount University, Career Services counseling, peer tutoring, and professional Academic Advising.

Cost to Participate

  • $2,000 for 6-week program.
  • An institutional award may be afforded to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Department of Education; a 2021-2022 FAFSA must be completed.  For information, contact Financial Aid at
  • Cost of the program will be rebated to students who enroll at Marymount, with a 25% rebate at the end of each successful semester (minimum semester and overall GPA of 2.0) and with registration for the next semester.
  • On-campus housing is available at an additional cost. For information, contact Residential Life at

How is Success as a Blue Shirt Defined?

  • Earn a grade of at least a B (3.0) in both the SEM 101 course and the writing or math course.
  • Participate fully in the non-graded elements, such as sessions with peer tutor.
  • Earn the endorsement of instructors, peer mentors, and student instructors, based on defined criteria to determine college readiness.

How to Apply

  • Fill out this form for the Blue Shirt program.
  • Complete an application to Marymount University through Undergraduate Admissions (an application fee waiver code is available in the Blue Shirt form above).
  • Complete a financial aid application. Use the How to Apply page or contact Financial Aid at for more information.
  • After acceptance into the program, complete Direct Self Placements in writing and math.
  • If you would like to live on campus for the six weeks of the Blue Shirt Program (at an additional cost), please contact Residential Life at for information.


For more information, contact Undergraduate Admissions at