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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.

You may apply using either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Select one application method and submit all materials through that method; do not submit both. All parts of the application should be submitted by the published deadlines.


*Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to take one of the following English language proficiency examinations:

  Minimum recommended score
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Internet-based 100
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – computer-based 230
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 70

This requirement will be waived if a student has scored above a 600 on the Old SAT Critical Reading (administered prior to March 2016), above a 33 on the New SAT Reading Test (administered March 2016 and later), or above a 26 on the ACT English section.

**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.


Application Deadlines

Learn more about application dates and deadlines.


Testing Requirements

SAT or ACT — The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT 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. SAT Subject Tests are optional. If official scores are sent to Vanderbilt, they may be considered during the application review process.

TOEFL,  IELTS, or PTE Academic — 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, IELTS, or PTE Academic score will enhance the strength of a student's application.

The English language proficiency examination requirement will be waived if a student has scored above a 600 on the Old SAT Critical Reading (administered prior to March 2016), above a 33 on the New SAT Reading Test (administered March 2016 and later), or above a 26 on the ACT English section.

Learn more: TOEFL  -  toefl.org IELTS - ielts.org PTE Academic - pearsonpte.com

Education USA

Please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or EducationUSA office for a listing of testing centers, their locations, and exam schedule.