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International Freshmen - Columbus State University


International Freshmen

Freshman applicants are those who are either currently enrolled in high school, have graduated from high school and have not attended college/university, or have attended college/university and earned less than 30 transferable hours

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (begins in August) - 1 May

Spring Semester (begins in January) - 1 October

Summer Term (begins in June) - 1 March

Program Requirements

A minimum high school GPA of 2.5 for those who have not attended college/ university is required. A minimum college/ university GPA of 2.0 for those who have attended college/ university and eligibility to return, is required.

How to Apply

  1. Submit the Undergraduate Admission Application along with the $40 non-refundable application fee.

  2. Academic Transcripts
    • Applicants who have graduated from a non U.S. accredited high school or attended a non U.S. accredited college/ university must provide a professional transcript evaluation by a NACES or AICE evaluator or Lisano International. We recommend using Josef Silny (PDF), World Education Services, or SpanTran. Official transcripts from any U.S. college/university attended must be submitted.
    • Professional transcript evaluations of high school transcripts must include a document by document evaluation with GPA calculation
    • Professional transcript evaluations of college/university transcripts must include a course by course evaluation with GPA calculation

  3. SAT/ACT
    • Applicants whose native language is English do not need to submit proof of English language proficiency but must submit official SAT or ACT test scores meeting traditional freshman requirements.
    • Minimum required scores for New SAT (Taken after Spring 2016) - 480 Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and 440 Math
    • Minimum required scores for Old SAT (Taken prior to Spring 2016) - 440 Critical Reading and 410 Math
    • Minimum required scores for ACT - 17 English or 17 Reading and 17 Math

  4. Proof of English language proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English (identified by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs) must provide evidence of English language proficiency. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:

Test Minimum Score Requirement

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

(Includes Computer Based (IBT), Home Edition, My Best, and
Paper Edition)

Note that TOEFL Essentials will not be accepted


IELTS - International English Language Testing System

(Includes Indicator version; Indicator scores accepted through December 2023)

SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing 480
ACT English or ACT Reading 17



MET - Michigan English Test


Cambridge FCE, CAE, or CPE


Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) - IGCSE and "O" Level English Exams

D or better

UK GCSE English Exam

C or better

UK GCE A-Level English Exam

C or better

EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English Exams

D or better

Pearson (PTE) Academic (conventional and online)


Receiving an I-20

Applicants applying for an F-1 student visa will need to be issued an I-20 from Columbus State University. An I-20 will only be issued to students who have been fully admitted to CSU and have provided the required financial documentation. Once accepted, a completed Financial Guarantee form (PDF), bank statement, and copy of passport must be submitted to the Admissions Office.


All students must submit a completed Certificate of Immunization (PDF) before registering for any classes.

Conditional Admission

Columbus State University offers conditional admission to qualified applicants providing all academic requirements for admission have been met, but there is insufficient English language proficiency. Conditionally admitted students will be required to enroll in the English Language Institute (ELI) and successfully meet minimum TOEFL requirements before enrolling in degree-seeking courses at Columbus State University. A student may remain on conditional admission status for no more than three semesters.

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