Admission to Maximilianeum College is highly competitive. Please note that graduates from high schools outside the German regions Bavaria and the Palatinate are not eligible to apply. To get into the Stiftung Maximilianeum a multi-stage entry process must be passed:
Stage 1: Recommendation by School
Stage 2: Final school exam
1. Nine-year grammar school-ing in Bavaria (until the year 2011) and in the Palatinate:
All candidates must overall possess the best mark possible, in their A-levels – 1.0. No individual mark of the intensive courses (in either the written or spoken exams) nor of the 22 contributing modules of the basic courses may score fewer than 13 points of 15. Candidates must score at least 13/15 in all of thee subjects they take for their final exam. In the Palatinate these requirements are only valid for the qualification phase.
2. Eight-year grammar school-ing in Bavaria (from the year 2011 onwards):
All candidates must overall possess the best mark possible, in their A-levels – 1.0. None of the 40 contributing six-month modules may score less than 13/15 and no module may score zero points. In two of the five subjects examined at A-level (among them one of them must be German, Maths or a foreign language to an advanced level) no module may score less than 13/15. Of the five subjects at least four must score at least 13/15 and no more than one of them 12/15.
3. Technical Colleges and Vocational Schools:
All candidates must overall possess the best mark possible, in their A-levels – 1.0. Here, too, no module taken during the final year may score less than 13/15. In two of the four final exam subjects no module may score less than 13/15. Of the five individual modules taken three must score 13/15 in at least four of them and no more than one of them 12/15.
Stage 3: Exam for exceptional pupils
Stage 4: Maximilianeum Exam
In the area, from which applicants for the Stiftung Maximilianeum come, about 400 of those doing the Abitur each year achieve an average of 1.0. Between six and eight candidates are admitted.