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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What entrance exams are required of International Admissions?
  2. Can I be exempt from taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS or the SAT?
  3. What are the required scores for TOEFL, IELTS and the SAT or ACT exams?
  4. What are the documents that International Admissions need to provide when applying for admission?
  5. Can I receive financial aid?
  6. What are the admission application deadlines for International Admissions?
  7. What is your school code?
  8. Are International Admissions allowed to work while pursuing their education?
  9. Can I get an I-20 before I am accepted?
  10. If I live in the U.S. for over 1 year, does this mean I am a eligible for state tuition?
  11. Do I have to purchase health insurance?
  12. How can I learn about your English as a second language program?

1. What entrance exams are required of International Admissions?

Undergraduate, Traditional Freshmen

If English is not your native language
You are required to take TOEFL or IELTS exam and meet current minimum requirements. Upon arrival at CSU, before registering for courses, you will be required to take the COMPASS Math Placement Test.

If English is your native language*:
You are required to take the SAT or ACT exam.

Undergraduate Transfer

If transferring from a non-US regionally accredited institution and English is not your native language, you will be required to take the TOEFL  or IELTS and meet current minimum requirements.

Graduate

If English is not your native language:
And you did not satisfy language proficiency requirement by some other means, you are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. In addition, all prospective graduate students are required to take a standardized graduate test (GRE, GMAT, or MAT).

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2. Can I exempt the TOEFL, IELTS or SAT/ACT?

You may be able to exempt the TOEFL or IELTS exam if:

  • You earned at least 30 transferable credits from an accredited U.S. college or university in which English 1101 and 1102 were taken and a grade of C or better were earned.

To exempt the SAT/ACT totally (this means both math and verbal sections), you must:

  • Have earned 30 or more semester hours in an accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.0
  • Meet language proficiency requirements

If a student opts to take the SAT/ACT to provide proof of language proficiency the student will need to meet current requirements.

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3. What are the required scores for TOEFL, IELTS and the SAT or ACT exams?

The minimum required TOEFL score for both undergraduate and graduate applicants is 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam ( or 79 on the internet based test (IBT). The IELTS score requirement is a minimum of 6.5.

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4. What are the documents that International Admissions (F-1, non-immigrants) need to provide when applying for admission?

It is important to specify whether you are applying as an undergraduate or graduate student; requirements differ for each student classification. An application along with an application fee, financial guarantee form accompanied by an official bank letter and a sponsor letter (if applicable), professional evaluation of all non-US accredited academic transcripts, official test scores and a certificate of immunization. See the admission information page for details.

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5. Can I receive financial aid?

Students enrolling on a non-immigrant visa are not eligible for federal or state aid. F-1 students can, however, apply for a limited number of service scholarships through the Center for International Education.

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6. What are the admissions application deadlines for International Admissions?

  • May 1 – For summer semester with classes beginning in June
  • June 1 – For fall semester with classes beginning in August
  • Nov. 1 – For spring semester with classes beginning in January

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7. What is your school code?

For SAT, TOEFL and GRE, CSU's school code is 5123.

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8. Are International Admissions allowed to work while pursuing their education?

Please check with Janet Crane (crane_janet@columbusstate.edu) at the Center for International Education about work eligibility.

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9. Can I get an I-20 before I am accepted?

No. A student must apply and be accepted before an I-20 can be issued.

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10. If I live in the U.S. for over 1 year, does this mean I am eligible for in-state tuition?

No, as a non-immigrant, F-1 students are not eligible for in-state tuition.

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11. Do I have to purchase health insurance?

Yes. You must purchase the insurance provided through Columbus State University. This fee will be included in your tuition and fees. Insurance information can be found at: https://www.uhcsr.com/columbusstate.

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12. How can I learn about your English as a second language program?

Information regarding the English Language Institute Program can be found at their Web site.

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If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail Kristin Williams-Griffin, Director of Graduate and Global recruitment- williams_kristin@columbusstate.edu or 1-706-507-8848