International Student Admission
Requirements for International Applicants
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions requires international first-year applicants to submit the following to be considered for admission. When applying, please adhere to the deadlines listed below these requirements.
- The Common Application and the Part I Vanderbilt Supplement (Note: These forms include the personal essay and the extracurricular activities grid — both are requirements of all Vanderbilt applicants.)
- Two Academic Teacher Recommendations
- School Report (Includes Guidance or University Counselor Recommendation and Official High School Transcript)
- Standardized Test Results: SAT or ACT with Writing (SAT code: 1871 / ACT code: 4036)
- Official results of the TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable*
- A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable**
- $50 Application Fee (Note: Fee waivers may be available for eligible students. These requests should be submitted to the student's admissions officer by one of their teachers or counselors.)
Optional: A completed International School Supplement
*Applicants whose first language and language of instruction is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test, 230 on the computer-based test, and 7.0 on the IELTS are recommended.
**Applicants requesting consideration for need-based financial aid are required to submit the CSS Profile showing their sources of financial support. Applicants should contact their admissions counselor for more information.
Please provide all documents in English.
- Early Decision I — November 1, 2013
- Early Decision II — January 1, 2014
- Regular Decision — January 1, 2014
Learn more about application dates and deadlines.
SAT or ACT — The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT with Writing is required of all undergraduate applicants. These standardized university entrance examinations measure verbal and mathematic skills. Please visit either www.sat.org or www.act.org to register for these examinations. You can also contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or EducationUSA office for a list of testing centers, their locations, and exam schedule. We advise students to take the SAT or ACT exam at least twice and submit all scores. If you take the same test more than once, we will focus our evaluation of test scores on the highest scores available (from either test). SAT Subject Tests are not required for admission, but if you have taken SAT Subject Tests we recommend you submit those scores for consideration. Applicants who choose not to submit SAT Subject Tests will not be at a disadvantage in the admission process.
TOEFL or IELTS — The results of standardized English language proficiency examinations are used by the Admission Committee to better understand a student's English language ability, especially for non-native speakers. Because the SAT and ACT are written for U.S. domestic students, we understand that many international applicants do not score as well on the SAT Critical Reading test and a TOEFL or IELTS score will enhance the strength of a student's application. This requirement will only be waived if the language of instruction has been English or if a student has scored above 600 on the SAT Critical Reading. Students may learn more about TOEFL at www.toefl.org and IELTS at www.ielts.org. Please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or EducationUSA office for a listing of testing centers, their locations, and exam schedule.
Non-U.S. Educational School Systems
If you attend an overseas secondary school that uses a non-U.S. educational system, please download the International Supplement to the Secondary School Report form and give it to your college counselor or school administrator to complete and submit with the Secondary School Report form.