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International Freshman

Freshman applicants are those who are either currently enrolled in high school, have graduate 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) June 1st
Spring Semester (begins in January) November 1st
Summer Term (begins in June) April 1st


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 Application Fee

Complete the online International Undergraduate Application and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee. The application fee can be paid by:
peerTransfer (payments being made from abroad)
Credit Card (payment being made from U.S. credit cards ONLY)

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 evaluator or Lisano International. We recommend using Josef Silny or World Education Services (WES). 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
*If you are an applicant from the United Kingdom you must contact Mat Edmunds for high school transcript processing information-


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.
Official SAT and/or ACT scores

  • Minimum required scores for New SAT (Taken after Spring 2016) - 24 Reading Test 22.5 Math Test
  • Minimum required scores for Old SAT (Taken prior to Spring 2016) - 440 Critical Reading 410 Math
  • Click here to learn more about the New SAT re-design
  • Minimum required scores for ACT - 17 English 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 79 (internet based) or 213 (computer based)
IELTS - International English Language Testing System 6.5 overall band score
MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment 90
SAT Critical Reading 440
ACT English 17

Transfer of English 1101 and 1102

(or course equivalency) from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university

C or higher



Cambridge CAE - Certificate of Advanced English

177 (old scale 58)

Cambridge CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English


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

D or higher

UK GCSE English Exam

C or higher

UK GCE A-Level English Exam

C or higher

EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English Exams

D or higher

Pearson (PTE) Academic


Receiving an I-20

Applicants applying for a 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, bank statement, and copy of passport must be submitted to the Admissions Office.


All students must submit a completed Certificate of Immunization 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.