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Undergraduate Admission Information

Each undergraduate applicant is reviewed on an individual basis and evaluated on the following Admissions Standards. Looking for Graduate Admission information?

Application Deadline

USI offers rolling admissions which means there is no application deadline. We encourage international students to apply as early as possible and well in advance for the semester in which they are planning to attend. Please consider the time it takes to process your immigration documents by the embassy in your country.

Online Application

Apply as a Freshman - You should apply as a freshman if you have earned a diploma from an accredited high school, but never attended a college or university before (other than ESL).

Apply as a Transfer - You should apply as a transfer student if you are currently attending or have previously attended a college or university in any country before enrolling at USI.

Intensive English Program (IEP)

  • If you are interested in earning a bachelor's degree after completing IEP, please select the undergraduate "degree-seeking" application.

  • If you are interested in studying in IEP only, and do not wish to earn a bachelor's degree, please select the "non-degree" application.

Official Academic Records 

Official Document - This is a document issued by the authorized institution that bears that institution seal and signature of the registrar or other authorized official. Official Documents must be in a sealed envelope that is signed or stamped across the back flap by an appropriate official.  

Document Translations - If your academic documents are not issued in English, precise and word-for-word translations are required.

Academic Transcript - This is an official document issued by the institution you attended that lists all subjects taken and grades earned each year of study.

Proof of graduation - Once you have completed your studies this can include an official Graduation Certificate/Diploma or Examination Results. 

We reserve the right to require a third party NACES certified credentials evaluation for complex educational backgrounds.

GPA Requirement 

Freshman: USI prefers a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale.

Transfer: USI reviews transfer students based on their academic success thus far.  

English Proficiency 

English Proficiency results must be sent to USI directly from the testing agency. 

                English Proficiency Test Score
                TOEFL (iBT) 71
                TOEFL (Paper based) High-intermediate in each section
                IELTS 6
                Cambridge English (Advanced)   Minimum 169
                ELS Completion Level 112
                EIKEN Considered case by case
                Duolingo Considered case by case
                PTE Academic Minimum 50
                O Level Certificate B or Higher in English
                SAT/ACT Considered case by case

For more information about TOEFL test dates, locations, and fees, visit the ETS TOEFL website. The USI TOEFL code is 1335

For transfer applicants from a U.S. college or university, the English proficiency requirement can be satisfied by 24 or more transferable credit hours from an accredited institution AND completion of the equivalent to USI's Core 39 English requirement (ENG 101 and ENG 102) with a C grade or higher.

SAT or ACT Scores

USI will allow students to decide whether or not to provide standardized test scores as part of their application. So if English is your native language or you choose to present SAT or ACT scores, we will superscore and take the best score from each section for a final score. SAT/ACT results must be sent to USI directly from the testing agency. 

SAT code = 1335 | ACT code = 1207

Learn more about Conditional Admission