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Admission for Undergraduate Degree-Seeking International Students

International candidates for admission must complete and file all the required application documents listed below. 

Admission will be granted as space allows if the materials indicate satisfactory preparation for academic work at the university.

Required Documents:

  1. Application Form
    Please complete one of the application forms below (there are no application fees):
  2. Official Transcripts
    Provide original or certified true copies of all high school (secondary school) and any university (post-secondary) grade reports as well as any national standardized test results. If the transcripts are not issued in English, transcripts in the original language and English translations by an official, certified translator must both be sent. Complete academic transcripts uploaded by the student’s high school via the common application will be considered as certified true copies.
  3. Test Score Report**
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0 the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%, the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51. We also accept the SAT with a minimum composite score of 1000 (minimum 450 in English) and Duolingo with a minimum score of 100.

    Additionally, students that have completed 30 undergraduate or 12 graduate credits from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of these credits from an institution in a waiver country listed below will be exempt from English Language Proficiency test.

    Approved waiver countries: the United States (including all territories), the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (except for the Quebec Province), Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Tonga, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands.

    **Additional English proficiency tests accepted by Saint Mary's
  4. Essay
    Submit a 650-word essay on a topic of your choice.
  5. Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional)
    Letters may be from school guidance counselors, teachers, or administrators who know you and are able to speak about your qualifications and readiness for study at Saint Mary’s.
  6. Application for Form I-20

Application Deadlines

First-time Freshman or Transfer From International Colleges/Universities

Fall: July 1 | Spring: November 1

Transfer from U.S. Colleges/Universities

Fall: July 20 | Spring: November 15

Mailing Your Documents?

Address for sending documents by postal mail if not submitted through the online application process:

International Admission
700 Terrace Heights #2
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, MN 55987-1399, USA