Admissions & Aid

International Admission Requirements

We review applications on a rolling basis, but prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Students can apply to begin in the Fall (September) or Winter (January) term.

Application Checklist

  • Send official secondary school transcripts, in English, provided to Alma College directly from your school.
    • Transfer Students — Official transcripts, in English, of all college coursework must also be sent directly to Alma from the institutions attended
  • Provide English Language Proficiency (official score reports required, but can be emailed to admissions@alma.edu)
    • TOEFL iBT score of 79 (school code: 1010)
    • IELTS score of 6.5
    • Total SAT score of 980 (school code 1010) or ACT score of 18 (school code 1958)
    • ELS Language Center Level 112
    • Grade of C or higher in English Composition from an accredited U.S. college/university
    • An SAT Reading score of 500 or an ACT English score of 20 may also be utilized
  • International Student Declaration of Finance Form
    • All international students on F-1 or J-1 visa are required to provide evidence of sufficient finances to support their U.S. education. Sources of funding may be from parents, guardians, or a sponsor.
  • Valid Passport copy (photo & F-1 visa pages only)

Once accepted, students must download and complete the I-20 Request Form or an I-20 Transfer Form if already studying in the United States.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who are deemed to be academically admissible, but who do not meet Alma College’s English proficiency requirements may be eligible for conditional admission. This offer would be changed to regular admission once the English proficiency requirement is met.

Overseas Course Credentials

  • For applicants seeking possible transfer credit for coursework taken at other universities, class syllabi for each course must be obtained and sent to Alma College. An evaluation will be done to determine if any transfer credit may be offered.
  • Most overseas course credentials can be evaluated by Alma College. However, in some unique cases, an independent course credential evaluation may be needed.  Applicants will be notified by the college if a professional evaluation is required.
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