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Following these guidelines will ensure a smooth application process.

1. SAT / ACT Scores:  Students who are less than 21 years of age must submit test scores from the Collegeboard (www.collegeboard.org) or ACT (www.act.org).  Scores must be sent directly from the ACT or the Collegeboard.   

2. Permanent Address:  When completing the application enter your home country address as your permanent address. Your Current Address will be your host family address in the United States.

The Office of International Students Affairs will assist students in making the transition from their native land.  After students have met the requirements for admissions to VSU, the International Student Advisor will issue the I-20 form and will provide information relative to housing and enrollment. Students who are out of status with the United States Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service will not be considered for admission.

3.  Application Fee:   A non-refundable US$25.00 application fee must accompany your application.  We will only accept U.S. currency.  Please ensure your name is listed on the on the check or money order.  Applications will not be processed without the application fee.  

4.  Student Identification Number:  Upon receipt of your application, VSU will assign you a university identification number.  This number should be used on all correspondence.

5.  Language Proficiency:  An applicant from a country where English is not the native language is required to demonstrate a proficiency in English by submitting scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Score of 6.0 Acceptable. The applicant must be a high school graduate meaning that the they must have completed about 12 years fo schooling in their own country.  Students must obtain a minimum of 61 on the internet based test and 500 on the paper based test. Official test scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service.  To obtain more information contact TOEFL at www.toefl.org or write to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08541, U.S.A.  A fee is charged for the examination.     

6.  Financial Documents:  International students studying at Virginia State University must provide proof of adequate funds to live and study fulltime at Virginia State for at least one year. Documentation of personal or family funds must be on bank letterhead stationery or on an original official bank statement.  Copies will not be accepted.  This evidence is used to issue the student an immigration document (I-20) which will be required to obtain the F-1 student visa at a US embassy or consulate.  Documentation of scholarships and fellowships must be by official letter from the school or sponsoring agency.  Form I-134, “Affidavit of Support,” may also be used to document financial support.  Documents older than six months are not acceptable. 

7.  Academic Reports/Transcripts: Applicants must submit certified copies of official academic records, showing subjects studied, grades received, examinations taken, and degrees earned from secondary schools, colleges, and universities attended. The documents must be submitted in original form as well as an official translation.  All transcripts must be evaluated and produced in English on acourse by course basis. Please do not contact us regarding your status if you have not obtained a translated evaluation of your records.  We recommend credentials evaluations from the following companies:  

-American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AAACRAO): www.aacrao.org/international/  

-World Education Services (WES): www.wes.org

8. International Transfers: International students currently attending another college or university within the U.S. must complete the Transfer Information Form to verify their immigration status.Students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all work completed. This is generally referred to as a course-by-course report.  A course-by-course report should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the evaluation service.  An admission decision will be made once the official evaluation is on file and all other required materials are received.  If you are currently enrolled in a term or semester, you should contact the evaluation service about getting a partial evaluation done.  A final evaluation will be required prior to enrollment. 

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