Admissions Process

The process of applying to Saint Mary's as an International Student is not much different from any other applicant. Everyone must fill out the Common Application, submit exam results, transcripts and a letter of recommendation. Please see below for specific materials we need in order to evaluate you application: 

Apply online through Common Application and submit the $60 USD application fee

Send official copies of any examination results (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, PTE, EIKENIB, IGCSE, A-Levels, etc). Please note that SAT and ACT exams are not required for International students.

  • Passing scores: TOEFL 213CBT/550PBT/79iBT, IELTS 6.5, Michigan Test 77%, PTE 53, EIKEN Grade Pre-1, and ELS Level 112 with 2.75GPA
  • Tests must have been taken within the last two years. Learn more about our English proficiency guidlines. 
  • If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, academic history, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status. Approval to expand the tests used to measure English proficiency for admission has been granted by the Provost.
  • English proficiency may be met with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), ELS Language Centers Level 112, the Michigan Proficiency Test, Pearson Test of English, or EIKEN examinations.
  • Once score reports have been received, requests for waivers cannot be considered. Score reports become part of students’ permanent records and can be used for subsequent Saint Mary’s applications provided that the minimum requirement at that time has been met.

Official secondary school or college transcripts, mark sheets or other academic records, with English translation. 

  • Official transcripts or “mark sheets” are required from secondary schools for all first time freshman applicants, as well as for those who will have fewer than 30 acceptable transfer credits.
  • Academic grade requirements for admission will conform to the recommendations of the guidelines as set forth by NAFSA:  Association of International Educators, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the Country Index. Cumulative academic performance when translated into grade point averages must minimally be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Certain system’s grades cannot be translated equivalently to a 4.0 scale; in such cases Saint Mary’s admissions staff will include a narrative to assist with the admission decision.  
  • Official college records are required for all students who have attended any post-secondary school; each college attended must be listed on the application for admission and official records must be provided from each institution attended.  A notary’s seal alone does not make a translation official. 

One academic letter of recommendation

Certification of Finances Form 

  • Please remember to provide an original bank statement or a stamp letter from your bank official. This document should be submitted along with the admissions application to expedite I-20 student visa turnaround. Please note that we will enclose the I-20 student visa in the acceptace packet if the Certificate of Finance is submitted with the admissions application.
  • An affidavit of financial responsibility dated within six months of the date of application must be submitted, or, when the application has been advanced to a future semester, must be dated within six months of that updated application.  At the discretion of the Dean of Admissions, the stipulated 12-months' budget amount may be required on deposit with Saint Mary’s Controller’s Office before a formal acceptance letter and an I-20 immigration form will be issued.
  • Applicants who submit a signed declaration of finances and official certified bank statements along with their admission application will be issued an I-20 immigration forms right away as long as the applicant is admitted to the College.

Students transferring from universities in other nations must furnish professional course by course credit evaluation of their educational credentials. 

Copy of current passport photo page

Once accepted, international students must submit a fully completed Medical History Form to the Health & Wellness Center. Form must include up-to-date immunization information as indicated. No substitute form will be accepted.

Please note: All required official documents are to be in the original language and, when that is not English, accompanied by a translation into English completed by a government certified translator. Worldwide, many academic institutions issue transcripts in English.  If official, such records are acceptable with one exception: for applicants from the People's Republic of China, an institutional English translation by itself is insufficient, with or without a notary seal.


As a policy, Saint Mary’s does not usually provide need-based financial aid or work-study opportunities for those requiring international student visas. However, international applicants may be considered for Saint Mary’s academic scholarship opportunities decided at the time of admission.