Admissions Requirements for International Students

Freshmen: International students applying as incoming freshmen with no post-secondary school education must submit the following:

  1. Undergraduate Application for Admission – The online application at stevenson.edu is preferred.
  2. Proof of English Proficiency – International students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. Any student whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing system) score. The following TOEFL scores are required for admission: 213 or higher (computer-based); 80 or higher (Internet-based); or 550 or higher (paper-based). Students who have taken the internet-based TOEFL test should have no individual section score lower than 20. Students who have taken the IELTS should have a minimum overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score lower than 6.0 Students who have earned a score of 520 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading Test may possibly be exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. The website for TOEFL information is ets.org, and the website for IELTS is ielts.org.
  3. Official Transcripts - All applicants who have (or will) complete secondary school outside the United States must either submit official transcripts for evaluation directly to World Education Services (WES), at wes.org or submit a letter from an official at the school that fully explains the grading scale and curriculum offerings/requirements of the school. This letter should also contain the name and contact information of a school official who can serve as a point of contact throughout the applicant's application process. Students attending a U.S. accredited high school outside the United States must submit an official high school transcript but are not required to provide a transcript evaluation.
  4. SAT or ACT Scores - Official SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly from the College Board at collegeboard.com.
  5. Letters of Recommendation - Submit at least one recommendation from a teacher and/or counselor. Applicants can use the downloadable recommendation form on our website.
  6. Essay - Applicants must submit a response to a single essay question. Essay topics are provided on each version of the application. Please note that the essay should be approximately 500 words, even though the Common Application says responses can be as short as 250 words. In addition, please provide a 100-word answer to the short response question listed on the application.
  7. Required Documents – A legible and high-quality copy of the unexpired passport identification page is required of all international students. International students currently attending a high school in the United States must also submit a copy of his or her current Departure Record (I-94) and U.S. visa. International students currently holding an F-1 or F-2 visa must submit a copy of his/her Certificate of Eligibility (I-20).
  8. Official Bank Statements - All non-Canadian citizens holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must submit current official bank statement(s) in English verifying the student's financial resources in U.S. dollars for the entire cost of attendance for one year. The cost of attendance can be found at: stevenson.edu/admissions/financial-aid/need.asp.
  9. Financial Resource Statement - All non-Canadian citizens holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must complete the International Student Declaration of Finances form which can be downloaded from: stevenson.edu/admissions/undergraduate/international.asp.

Traditional Transfer Students: International students transferring from another post-secondary college or university must submit the following:

  1. Undergraduate Application for Admission – The online application at stevenson.edu is preferred.
  2. Proof of English Proficiency – International students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. Any student whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The following TOEFL scores are required for admission: 213 or higher (computer-based); 80 or higher (Internet-based); or 550 or higher (paper-based). Students who have taken the internet-based TOEFL test should have no individual section score lower than 20. Students who have taken the IELTS should have a minimum overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score lower than 6.0. International students who have completed courses equivalent to ENG 151and ENG 152 at Stevenson University with a grade of "C" or higher may possibly be exempt from the TOEFL or IETLS requirement. The website for TOEFL information is ets.org and the website for IELTS is ielts.org.
  3. Transcripts and Certificates of Previous Academic Work - International students who have attended or who are currently attending a U.S. post-secondary institution must submit official transcripts from all institutions. Students who have completed post-secondary coursework outside of the U.S. must submit these records for evaluation directly to either World Education Services (WES) at wes.org or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) at aacrao.org. Transfer students who have completed less than 30 credits (as determined by a Stevenson University credit evaluation) will be required to submit an official U.S. high school transcript or evaluation of a non-U.S. secondary school transcript.
  4. Required Documents – A legible and high quality copy of the unexpired passport identification page is required of all international students. International students currently attending a college or university in the United States must also submit a copy of his or her current Departure Record (I-94) and U.S. visa. International students currently holding a student (F-1) visa must submit a copy of his/her Certificate of Eligibility (I-20).
  5. Official Bank Statements - All non-Canadian citizens holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must submit current official bank statement(s) in English verifying the student's financial resources in U.S. dollars for the entire cost of attendance for one year. The cost of attendance can be found at: stevenson.edu/admissions/financial-aid/need.asp.
  6. Financial Resource Statement - All non-Canadian citizens holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must complete the International Student Declaration of Finances form which can be downloaded from: stevenson.edu/admissions/undergraduate/international.asp.

Additional Requirements for Accepted F-1 students:

  1. Enrollment Deposit - The enrollment deposit of $300 must be submitted before May 1 for fall semester entrance and December 1 for spring semester entrance. The deposit is non-refundable after these dates. The Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will not be issued until the deposit is received.
  2. Stevenson University Health Form - The University's health form, downloadable from our website, must be completed in its entirety and mailed to the Stevenson University Wellness Center before August 1 for fall entrance and January 2 for spring entrance. All students planning to live on campus are also required to be immunized against meningococcal disease, per Maryland State law.
  3. SEVIS Fee - Accepted F-1 international students are responsible for paying the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. See fmjfee.com.
  4. Full-time status - Undergraduate freshmen and transfer students on an F-1 visa must take a minimum of 12 credits each semester.

Scholarships – Freshmen and transfer undergraduate students in traditional programs are automatically considered for merit scholarships. The scholarship review is based on secondary school performance and SAT or ACT scores for freshmen and previous post-secondary school academic coursework and grades for transfer students. Federal financial aid programs are restricted to documented U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and some other eligible non-U.S. citizens.

  1. Canadian citizens: The Admissions Office will review your transcripts, grade point average, and any other criteria needed to determine your eligibility to receive a Merit Scholarship. The Stevenson University Financial Aid Application for Canadian Students must be completed if you wish to be considered for an SU need-based grant. This form may be found on the Financial Aid website at: stevenson.edu/admissions/finaid/forms.asp. Following the receipt of your Stevenson University financial aid award, you must submit current official bank statement(s) in English, verifying your financial resources in U.S. dollars, as well as the International Student Declaration of Finances form, which can be downloaded from the Admissions website under FAQ’s, International Students, for the remaining balance of the cost of attendance for one year. The cost of attendance can be found at: stevenson.edu/admissions/financial-aid/need.asp.