Vanderbilt's first class included students from Mexico and Germany and an American resident of China. International students have since participated in virtually every facet of the university community, breaking barriers in research, the arts and more.
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 from countries sanctioned by the U.S. government or countries from which the College Board has declined to accept credit cards (Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo) should contact the admissions counselor for their region.
**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 Service (IELTS)||7.0|
|Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)||70|
This requirement will be waived if a student has scored above 600 on the SAT Critical Reading 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.
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, 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 the language of instruction has been English, if a student has scored above 600 on the SAT Critical Reading, or if a student has scored above a 26 on the ACT English section.
|Learn more:||TOEFL - toefl.org||IELTS - ielts.org||PTE Academic - pearsonpte.com|
Please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or EducationUSA office for a listing of testing centers, their locations, and exam schedule.