International Students: Requirements

Undergraduate student academic requirements
To be a qualified applicant, you should present academic records that include a minimum of 16 academic units. Depending on the college or school to which you apply, the required distribution is as follows:

The College of Professional Studies/School of Business Units
English 4 units
Social Studies or History 3-4 units
College preparatory mathematics - algebra I - geometry - pre-calculus 3-4 units
Remaining should be in the above fields or business 4 units
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Units
English 4 units
Social Studies or History 3-4 units
College preparatory mathematics - algebra I - geometry - pre-calculus 3-4 units
Laboratory Science 2 units
Remaining should be in the above fields or art  
The Inamori School of Engineering Units
English 4 units
Social Studies or History 3-4 units
College preparatory mathematics - algebra I - geometry - pre-calculus 4 units
Laboratory Science - biology - chemistry - physics 3-4 units
Remaining should be in the above fields  

The School of Art and Design
A portfolio is required for all applicants to the School of Art & Design by February 1. Learn more about the undergraduate art portfolio or the graduate art portfolio.

Graduate student academic requirements
A 3.0/4.0 GPA or better is recommended.

Each program has different academic requirements. See the Graduate School website for specific program information.

Undergraduate student transcripts
AU requires original or certified copies of all secondary transcripts or records of grades to-date and showing proof of graduation. These must be prepared and authorized by your home institution with a certified English translation of those records.

Any student who has attempted completion of any post-secondary studies is considered a Transfer Student and should file a Transfer Student application. AU requires original or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary transcripts or records of grades to-date and showing proof of graduation. These must be prepared and authorized by your home institution with a certified English translation of those records.

Admission standards at Alfred University are competitive, and students are expected to have excellent academic records. In evaluating your level of placement, Alfred University requires evaluation of your records through one of the following organizations:

  • World Evaluation Services organization WES
  • Education Evaluators International EEI

Graduate student transcripts
Applicants must provide official transcripts (in English) of all previous work at the college level, including proof that you hold the baccalaureate degree equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree.

The baccalaureate degree must be appropriate to the particular course of study and be considered legitimate preparation for the field of study to which the student is being admitted. Some students may be accepted with the condition that undergraduate coursework be completed.

All academic records which are not in English MUST be certified true copies issued by the educational institution which you attended. Notarized copies are not acceptable. Any translated record should be literal, not interpretive, and must be accompanied by a copy of the original document. The only acceptable translations are those conducted and certified by the issuing institution, or by one of the following evaluation services:

  • World Evaluation Services organization WES
  • Education Evaluators International EEI

A 3.0/4.0 (65% OR greater)GPA or better is recommended.

Consideration will be given to graduate work done at other accredited institutions. Such credit must be in courses which were clearly at the graduate level with a grade of B or better, and appropriate to your program of study at Alfred University. Transfer credits must fit within the six consecutive calendar years of a student's academic program. The student's advisor and program department chairperson or program director must approve each transfer credit. Normally the maximum number of credits which may be transferred is six credits for M.A., M.S. or M.S. in Ed. degrees, and twenty credits in doctoral programs. No transfer of credit is permitted for the M.F.A. degree.

The language of instruction at Alfred University is English. It is recommended that all international applicants submit scores for the Test of Spoken English. The Test of Written English (TWE) is optional.

All undergraduate international applicants are required to submit official scores from the SAT, the ACT or TOEFL examinations.

Alfred University reserves the right to request undergraduate applicants to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if their SAT or ACT scores are inconclusive.

  • Official Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • American College Testing (ACT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Test (IELTs)

Alfred University's Institution Code: 2005

Undergraduate language score requirements

TOEFL 80
IELTS 6.0

Graduate language score requirements

TOEFL 90 (80 MFA)
IELTS 6.5 (6.0 MFA)

Upon acceptance, in addition to the $300 deposit in U.S. dollars, international students are required to submit the following documents:

Evidence of Financial Support - The Department of Homeland Security requires Alfred University to verify that a student planning to study in the United States on a F-1 or J-1 visa provide financial evidence documenting sufficient funds for their student careers. To verify evidence of financial support, please submit the following:

  • Alfred University Financial Statement with an official stamp from a notary or bank. This form must be completed by the student's sponsor.
  • An official letter from your sponsor's bank indicating sufficient funds of at least $35,000 USD (in English) or
  • An official award letter from your government or other sponsoring organization indicating the terms of support.

Health and Immunization Forms - All students must comply with New York State health regulations. Learn more about required health and immunization forms.

Photocopy of passport page with picture and full name

**Financial Aid is not available to international students however; we do offer merit-based scholarships based on academic results, test scores and extra-curricular activities.

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