For the purpose of applying for admission, an international student is defined as one who is seeking, or currently holds, an F-1 or J-1 visa. (ALL other non-citizens should fill out the ApplyTexas U.S. Freshman or Transfer application. Please refer to the Freshman and Transfer admission pages and disregard ApplyTexas instructions that state the U.S. application is only for citizens and permanent residents - it is not.)
If you need to be awarded a competitive scholarship to meet your financial requirements for an I-20, you should apply for admission at least one month prior to the scholarship deadlines of December 15 for fall freshmen, and March 1 for fall transfers and all summer applications. This is because you must already be admitted by the stated deadline to be eligible for a scholarship.
NOTE: There are NO competitive scholarships available for spring applicants. For students applying for the spring semester, there are Assured and Departmental scholarships available.
Receipt of a Texas State Competitive Scholarship of $1,000 or more can reduce your tuition cost by allowing you to pay the in-state resident tuition rate. (See "Waivers" and "University Approved Forms" at the bottom of the page linked here. It is important to know that a waiver does not grant in-state residency. If it expires, or is lost, the tuition bill will increase to the full non-resident amount.)
Freshman applicants who are, or will be, graduates of foreign secondary schools must demonstrate above average academic achievement. Above average academic achievement is demonstrated by means of class rank (i.e. being ranked by your school in the top half of the class) or have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Applications must also have an education equivalent to that of a U.S. high school graduate. Freshmen who are, or will be, graduates of a U.S. high school and who have completed at least two years in a U.S. high school must meet the freshman admission requirements established for U.S. citizens.
Transfer applicants, regardless of whether they attended college at a foreign institution or in the U.S., must meet regular transfer admission requirements.
Some programs at Texas State require that students complete additional requirements, on top of what is needed to earn general admission to the University. These program entry requirements could include having a higher GPA, taking certain courses or participating in an audition process. Admission to Texas State does not guarantee acceptance into these programs.
You are not required to submit an ACT/SAT score unless you have attended at least 2 years of high school in the U.S. An ACT/SAT score is required for scholarship consideration, however (Freshman Assured, etc.).
Yes. All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements to help ensure success as a student. If you cannot meet the proficiency standard for regular or conditional admission, you may be interested in applying to the Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program. For information about TSIE, including a link to its application, please visit the Texas State Intensive English program website.
Completion of only O-levels/GCSE/IGCSE is not sufficient for university admission or enrollment. Students may apply while still enrolled in Sixth Form/A-Levels, but to enroll they must either complete A-levels, or BTECs that would also be acceptable by a university in the United Kingdom in lieu of A-levels. (The student must provide proof of the BTEC acceptability.)
Yes. For those students who have applied for regular admission, and are otherwise academically qualified for admission, we will offer Conditional Admission to those who do not meet the regular admission standards for English Proficiency but do meet the conditional admission standards. Students who accept conditional admission will be enrolled in the Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program for a maximum of two academic terms. If they meet regular admission standards by the end of those terms, they will be fully admitted into the degree program of their choice (subject to any Limited Access program restrictions).
Other than Summer/Fall freshmen, applicants needing a visa to enter the U.S. should complete all application requirements at least one month before the posted priority date to ensure time to complete the immigration process.
Students who completed college course credits before graduating high school are still Freshmen applicants. Transfer applications are for students who have graduated from high school and then enrolled in a college or university.
The most common reason is that you are entering the verification information the same as you entered it on your application. They must match exactly. You may need to go back to your application to see what you entered.
To be considered official, Texas State University requires that all school transcript records be sent directly from your school via mail/package service or online from a secure website (E Script, Parchment, etc.). You may mail or deliver a transcript in person if it is in an envelope signed and sealed by a school official. We will need transcripts from every school you've attended.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions Texas State University 429 N. Guadalupe San Marcos, TX 78666
You may submit transcripts via any means for an admission decision, but you will still need to provide an official final document to continue enrollment.
Yes. However, they will be considered unofficial. We will accept them to make an admission decision, but you will still need to provide an official final document to continue enrollment. Email transcript(s) to email@example.com.
Ask your school to provide the translation when they send the original. If they can't do that, and you are still in your home country, ask the school who they recommend to do it or take it to the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy. If already in the U.S., you may ask for help from your Embassy or Consulate, or find a local service that will certify its work. If not done by the school itself, the translation should include a statement that it was done for a document originally sealed by the school.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to known problems with fraudulent documents, students from certain countries may be required to have their transcripts verified for authenticity by a third-party evaluation company. Students from these countries will be notified individually of this requirement, along with further instructions.
No. Graduation exam scores are considered diplomas for completion and not transcripts by themselves. We require full records with grades awarded each year for each course taken. If you high (secondary) school is three years, you should have three years' worth of grades. If your school does not keep this kind of record, we will need a signed statement from a school official (not just a teacher) stating this.
Shortly after applying you will receive instructions about checking the status of your application online. You will also receive weekly e-mails letting you know what requirements are missing or incomplete. Please allow three weeks for documents you mailed to show as complete.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions makes admission decisions based upon a review of your academic record, which includes an assessment of your grade point average (GPA), class content, and test scores. Once admitted, you will need to provide additional information to the International Office, who will provide you with the I-20 you need in order to get a visa or transfer your SEVIS record. (This two-step process allows students who have difficulty meeting the financial requirements for an I-20 on their own to use their admission to get loans or scholarships.) Learn more about the immigration process.
You should complete the U.S. application and disregard that it says it is ONLY for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. In some cases, ApplyTexas may require you to use the International Application. If that happens, submit it instead. We will figure it out and correct it.
If you are unable to find an answer in the links above, send your question to our Processing team. Make sure to include the word "international" in the subject line of your e-mail.
If you have questions about the immigration or visa process, please contact the International Office. They will be the best resource to answer your question(s).
Answers to most questions not related to admission (such as scholarships, tuition rates, and degree programs) can be found by typing the subject into the search box on the Texas State University homepage.