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New Undergraduate Student

You are a new undergraduate student if you will begin classes at ISU as a new freshman who intends to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

If you have previously attended and received grades at another university and have completed 26 or more credit hours, please see the information for undergraduate transfer students.

Academic Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to ISU, international students applying as new undergraduates must meet the following academic requirements:

  • Have graduated from a high school or secondary school with satisfactory grades, received a diploma or certificate of graduation, and be eligible for admission to a major university in the country from which they graduated.
  • Have at least a 2.25 GPA.

An SAT or ACT is not required for admission.

English Proficiency Admission Requirements

International students are required to show proof of English proficiency by achieving a minimum English proficiency score on one of the tests in the table below, or by completing level 112 at any ELS program.

 Undergraduate Admission*Graduate Admission
TOEFL
  • iBT: 61
  • Paper: 500
  • Computer: 173
  • iBT: 80
  • Paper: 550
  • Computer: 213
IELTS 5.5 overall score OR a minimum 5.0 in ALL subscores 6.5
ACT English 18 or above  
SAT Reading Test 25 or above  

Exceptions to the the English proficiency testing requirement include:

  • students coming from countries where English is the official medium of instruction.
  • students transferring 26 or more credits from another college or university in the United States.

Students who qualify for one of the above exemptions need to submit documentation confirming English as the medium of instructions, or official transcripts from the U.S. college or university from which the student earned 26 or more transferable credits.

Students who do not meet minimum English proficiency requirements may apply for conditional admission, during which time they will need to be enrolled in an intensive English program, such as ISU’s IEI program, in preparation for full-time academic study at ISU.

Application Process

1) Apply for Undergraduate Admission

All prospective students must complete and submit either the online application (for faster processing) or the printable application (pdf) for admission to ISU. Be sure to select the “International Undergraduate Application.”

2) Pay the Application Fee

You can pay the $50 application fee online during the online application process.

If you are submitting a paper application, please include an international money order or bank draft payable in U.S. funds to Idaho State University. Do not send cash.

3) Submit school transcripts and records to the International Programs Office. Transfer and second bachelor’s degree applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts, mark sheets, and school records from every college or university attended
    • Applicants with less than 26 semester credits must also submit secondary school diploma and mark sheets secondary school mark sheets and diplomas.

All documents must be originals or copies certified by the school principal or controller of examinations and sealed in a school envelope. Documents not in English must be translated by a certified translator.

4) Submit Credential Evaluation of college/university transcripts

All international post-secondary documents must go through an evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). All evaluations must be sent directly to our office from the evaluation service in order to be considered official. We recommend the following services for evaluations:

5) Submit English proficiency scores

If your first language is not English, official English proficiency scores must be submitted directly to the International Programs Office from the testing center.

6) Send proof of financial support if you need an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility

If you are currently on, or will be applying for, an F-1 or J-1 visa, the following will be required:

  • A signed Declaration of Financial Support (pdf) from any sponsor providing financial support covering your first year tuition and living expenses. Applicants being sponsored by their government, embassy, or educational agency need only submit a financial guarantee OR letter of sponsorship from their relevant authority.
  • Bank documentation showing the minimum amount of funds as required on the Declaration of Financial Support above. The funds must be liquid. The documentation must be original (or certified copies of an original document) and must be dated within the past six months in order to be considered valid.

6) Submit a copy of the biographical page of your current passport

7) Complete the online Verification Form

8) Students currently on an I-20 from another U.S. school will need to submit the following additional items as part of the SEVIS transfer process:

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