Admissions Process

Saint Mary's requires international applicants to provide some additional documentation with their applications. 

International Students Applying From Abroad


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. 

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. 

Exceptions may be made by the Dean of Admissions for students from developing countries or those with unstable political situations who may only have one official copy of their educational records.In such cases, the student will be asked to bring the original documents to the Admissions Office where copies will be made for the College's evaluation and records.

Translation of Documents

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.

English Proficiency Requirement

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.

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

Learn more about the English proficiency admission guidelines.

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.

Grade Requirements

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.

Certificate of Finances

An affidavit of financial responsibility (Certificate of Finance Form) 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.


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.