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International Admission - Freshmen
(First-Year) Requirements

A strong academic record and English proficiency standardized test scores are the primary factors used in evaluating an international first-year applicant’s eligibility for admission.

Academic Records

Transcripts from U.S. high schools or American schools outside the U.S. must be official, listing both courses and grades.

Transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be original or certified true copies, with original signatures on all transcripts and English translations. A certified true copy is one that bears an original signature of the registrar or other designated school official, an original impression of the institution’s seal, or signature/seal of the examining board. 

Foreign transcripts may be sent directly from a certified translation service or from the secondary school. Any transcripts delivered by the applicant will not be considered official unless they are sealed. Records should list subjects studied each year and the mark or grade or proficiency earned in each.

An explanation of a secondary school’s grading system should be included in order for us to calculate the U.S. equivalency Grade Point Average (GPA). A minimum 2.5 GPA on a U.S. scale of 4.0 is required; most students exceed the minimum. If you completed secondary school in a country where a secondary school leaving examination (GCE, GCSE, CXC, French Baccalaureate, Abitur, etc.) is administered, you must provide an original or certified true copy of the results or expected results.

Applicants whose secondary school work is from outside the US are exempt from Minimum Course Requirements. 

SAT & ACT with Writing

While international first-year applicants are not required to take either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing exams, we encourage applicants to do so. 

*International students who attended a US high school for at least two years and also graduated from a US high school MUST present acceptable SAT or ACT scores when sent to us electronically by the testing agency. (SAT code 5496 and ACT code 3164).

An SAT Reasoning Test critical reading score of 450 or higher, or an ACT with Writing minimum score of 20 on the Reading sub-section may be submitted in lieu of the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.

Registration information for the SAT or ACT.

Recommendation Letter

We require one recommendation letter from a teacher or school official.


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