International Admissions

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission

If you are not in the U.S.: June 1
If you are within the U.S.: July 15

Spring Admission

If you are not in the U.S.: Oct. 1
If you are within the U.S.: Nov. 1

Deadlines listed are our priority deadlines. Applications received after priority deadline will still be considered. However, we reserve the right to defer any application to the following semester, if there is not be adequate time for students to attend the first day of orientation. All admitted students are expected to attend four days of orientation. 

Undergraduate Students

APPLY EARLY to ensure all application materials are received by the application deadline. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

1. Complete your international application.

Apply online
This is a fast way for you to turn in your initial application. Once you submit your online application, you will receive notice within a few days by email that your application has been received and that your supporting documents still need to be submitted.

If you wish to have a friend or relative have access to your application, complete and submit the Information Release Authorization form.


Submit a paper application by mail
If you are unable to submit an online application, please contact to request the pdf version of our paper application.

2. Pay the $20.00 application fee.

The application fee will need to be paid prior the your application being processed for admission. You will need either a US-based credit card, or, send a bank draft, check or money order payable to St. Cloud State University, indicating your name (exactly as on the application) so we can match the payment to your application. DO NOT SEND CASH. The application fee is non-refundable. 

3. Submit your secondary school grade reports.

For applicants who have graduated from a high school inside the United States, please have your official transcript sent directly from the school. No evaluation is required.

A NACES-affiliated (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) evaluation is required of all international applicants who have studied outside of the United States.  You will find all the information you need at NACES.

  • Four options for evaluation companies:
  • Apply for the Document-by-Document evaluation directly to one of the NACES website.  The cost is approximately $100 USD and will be paid by you, the student.
  • The evaluation that is provided to SCSU must include copies of your original transcripts and a conversion of your grades (c.g.p.a. - cumulative grade point average) of 2.5 on the 4.0 grading scale.



Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education or O-Levels.

Report sent directly from the Bahamas Ministry of Education and Culture.

O-Levels report sent directly from the Cambridge Local Examinations board.


Official transcripts sent directly from the institution in English.

Students from Montreal need to have transcripts translated by an official translation service or through the secondary (high) school and will need to have both the French and English versions sent from the school, and will be required to have an English proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, etc).


The Ethiopian University Entrance Examination Certificate (official document will be returned to applicant) or attested copy by the EducationUSA office.


West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and Scratch Card information.


Senior School Certificate Examination offered by CBSE.

Send official certificate or have it attested by United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).


Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) official document (will be returned to applicant) or attested copy by the EducationUSA office.


Send Secondary Education Board and Higher Secondary Education Board results attested by the United States Educational Foundation in Nepal (USEF - Nepal). 


West African Examination Council examination results (WAEC) Senior School or NECO Certificate and Access card (Scratch card).

Other Secondary School Options

International or American Schools

  • Official transcripts sent directly from the school in English

Ordinary Levels (O-Levels) and Advanced Level (A-Levels)

  • Submit official exam reports directly from the testing institutions through Edexcel or Cambridge
  • O-Levels you will need to have taken English, Math, a Science, a Social Science, and another subject of your choice. You will need to have received a C or above in the above subjects.
  • Exemption from English proficiency requirement if this is the secondary education information you are submitting for admission purposes. You may be requested to test for English placement upon arrival to campus.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) full diploma is accepted for admission.
  • The diploma covers six subjects, three or four of which must be at the higher level and others at the subsidiary level.
  • IB examination equivalents and credit awards for St. Cloud State University are listed online at:
  • Grades of 4 and above on each examination level are required.

Advance Placement

  • Credit may be awarded to any degree seeking student who provides evidence of earning a score of three or higher on an advanced placement examination.
  • Advanced Placement equivalents and credit awards for St. Cloud State University are listed online at:

4. Submit your international university transcripts (if applicable).

A NACES-affiliated (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) evaluation is required of all international students who have studied outside of the United States or Canada. You will find all the information you need at NACES.

You should apply for the course-by-course evaluation (with GPA & course-levels).  The cost is approximately $160 USD and will be paid by you, the student.

The evaluation that is provided to St. Cloud State must include copies of your original transcripts (sometimes called e-transcripts) and a conversion of your grades (c.g.p.a. - cumulative grade point average) 2.0 for Post-secondary records on the 4.0 grading scale.


The following schools are exempt from the NACES evaluation, but you will need to have the institution send an official transcript:

  • HELP University College, Malaysia
  • INTI International University College, Malaysia
  • Nilai University College, Malaysia
  • SEGI College, Malaysia
  • Sunway University, Malaysia
  • Taylor's University College, Malaysia
  • Suffolk University, from Madrid or Dakar
  • St. Cloud State Institutional Agreements

5. Submit your U. S. transcripts (if applicable).

Please submit your original and official U.S. high school and/or college/university transcripts from all the high schools and/or universities you have attended in the United States (if applicable). Original and official transcripts must be sent directly from the high schools and/or college(s)/universities or, if you send them yourself, they must arrive in an officially-sealed, unopened envelope.

Minnesota State Official Transcripts to St. Cloud State University

If you have attended or are currently attending one or more Minnesota State system institutions, your official transcripts can be electronically retrieved by St. Cloud State University. Please check the Minnesota State system list to determine if your college is a member of this system.

Important: We will not be able to electronically retrieve your transcript(s) if you have holds on your records including, but not limited to, unpaid balance(s) on your records. It is your responsibility to ensure your records are free of holds in order for institutions to send or electronically retrieve your academic transcript(s).

6. Provide proof of English proficiency.

Submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report sent directly to us by the issuing agency (ETS for TOEFL or IELTS directly). You may also submit one of the additional English Proficiency optionsThe TOEFL code for St. Cloud State University is 6679.

Conditional Admission

St. Cloud State offers conditional admission to qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants who have been educated in a language other than English and whose academic record qualifies them for admission but whose level of English proficiency is lower than our academic requirements.

If you are interested in more information about St. Cloud State's conditional admission, please contact

7. Provide financial documentation.

As required by U.S. immigration, F-1 international students must submit proof of financial solvency for the first year of their education at St. Cloud State University.

Please fill out the Financial Form, print, and upload into your online application. In addition, you will need to upload a Bank Statement with the following requirements:

  • prove you have a minimum of US $22,300 available to support your education for the first year
  • originals, photocopies, scanned copies or faxed documents printed on bank letterhead and certified with the bank’s stamp or seal; we reserve the right to verify authenticity
  • be dated within six months of the application date
  • if financial support will be provided by anyone other than yourself, the sponsor must submit a letter in English indicating his/her willingness to support you
  • if English is not the language in which the bank documents are issued, the bank documents must be accompanied by a certified, literal English translation.

*If your sponsor is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, he/she must complete the Affidavit of Support, in addition to supplying supporting financial documents.

The following documents ARE NOT ACCEPTED for initial applications to St. Cloud State:

  • bank statements older than six months
  • letters stating funds are available without listing actual amount available
  • documents showing fixed assets, such as land, equipment, and real estate
  • affidavits of support from non-immigrants residing in the United States

Graduate Students

Graduate students interested in pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree will apply for admission through the School of Graduate Studies.

Upon acceptance, the Center for International Studies will process your immigration document and mail an acceptance packet to you. You will also need to apply for a visa to study in the United States.


Application Status

If you have questions about the status of your application, please email us at

Please note: In order for us to process your I-20, you need to have uploaded financial documentation to the application or submitted proof of financial documentation to If you have not already done so, please do, as this will delay your I-20.

If you are currently studying at another U.S. college or university, you will be required to complete the Transfer Notification Form and ask your current international student advisor to release your I-20 to St. Cloud State University in SEVIS.

Additional Details on Studying in the USA

The following U.S. government website may be helpful to you in planning your studies in the United States. Please visit