International Students

International Students (see below for definition) are accepted under the same admission requirements as outlined under the admission requirements for first-time freshmen.

In addition to the regular admission requirements, international applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced academic work in an English-speaking institution. English language proficiency tests such as the TOEFL, the IELTS, and the MELAB help us assess your readiness. Below are minimum recommended scores for each accepted proficiency test:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Internet-based            80

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – computer-based         195

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)                            6.5

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)                        77

* The scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB must not be older than two years from the requested date of entry. This proficiency requirement will be waived if a student has scored minimum of 21 on the ACT English section or minimum of 490 on the SAT Critical Reading, or if the applicant has received a received a bachelor’s or more advanced degree either from an accredited U.S. institution or from a university outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction.

The TOEFL may be taken at Prometric Testing Center.

  • Official proof of the ability to pay will be required. Please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • All credentials must be in English. If credentials require translation or evaluation, a certified translator must do this. Translation information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.
  • International students who have not completed a minimum of remedial math or English on the college level will be required to take assessments. The Office of Admissions will set the date and time for completing this requirement. At this time all the required legal papers may be submitted.

Definition: An international student is defined as anyone who is enrolled in courses at institutions of higher education in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen, an immigrant (permanent resident) or a refugee. These may include holders of F (student) visas, H (temporary worker/trainee) visas, J (temporary educational exchange-visitor) visas, and M (vocational training) visas.

Please be sure to visit our scholarship page to learn more about International Student Scholarships.

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