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International Education

General Admission Requirements

Print friendly Modified June 3, 2011

International students wishing to study at one of the USG institutions should carefully review the following information. Some USG institutions have slightly different requirements, so be sure to also review individual institutional policies.

  1. Academic Requirements: International students must demonstrate the required level of academic preparation as evidenced by a certificate, diploma, or other document deemed generally equivalent to U.S. college preparatory studies. Academic documents must be translated to English by a reputable credential evaluator (internal or external to the institution). Please contact the individual institutional admissions offices for detailed information about the academic evaluation process.

  2. English Proficiency Requirement: International students whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency. Generally, English proficiency is measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score acceptable for admission to a USG institution is 523 on the TOEFL paper test or 193 on the TOEFL computer test. Institutions and departments may set higher minimum TOEFL scores for admission. Non-native speakers of English who satisfy SAT I Verbal or ACT English admissions requirements do not need to take TOEFL for admission purposes. The recommended minimum for the SAT I Verbal score is 430 and the recommended minimum for the ACT English score is 17.) Students not meeting minimum English proficiency requirements may be accepted provisionally and are required to attend an ESL program.

  3. Financial Requirements: International students must provide documentation showing sufficient resources to cover tuition, room and board, health insurance and other living expenses. Contact the USG Admissions Office for specific costs for each institution. Students not able to provide financial documentation cannot be admitted to a USG institution.

  4. Immigration Information: International students are obligated to follow the laws and regulations set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. It may also be useful to review the Guide to U.S. Higher Education provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.