International Admissions Requirements

Requirements for international admission and steps to apply are outlined below. All steps must be completed by the priority date for the semester you wish to enroll.

Admission Types

Freshman Requirements

Students who (when they apply) have attended at least two years of school in the U.S. must provide SAT/ACT scores and meet regular freshman admission standards

Students who do not meet the two-year requirement in the U.S. must meet English Language Proficiency Requirements. Students may take the SAT/ACT in place of English language testing, but will need to meet the regular freshman admission standards if they do. For students who take both the SAT/ACT and English Language testing, the language testing will be used first to make an admission decision. Students who plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics are required to meet SAT score requirements for NCAA purposes. 

Transfer Requirements

If you are a student who has completed transferable credit hours after graduating from high school, you are considered a transfer student for admission purposes.

Students must meet both transfer admission requirements and English Language Proficiency Requirements shown below. Transfer students who have completed English Composition/College Writing I & II with grades of "C" or better in a U.S. college or university do not have to submit English language testing scores. 

Additional Program Requirements

Degree Entry

There are some majors that require you to start as a “pre-major” and/or meet specific program requirements to be admitted to that major, or accepted into that degree program. 

View Program Requirements


Round Rock Campus

Admittance to the undergraduate programs offered at the Round Rock Campus (RRC) is limited to junior- and senior-level students.

English Proficiency

International applicants must provide proof of English Proficiency with ONE of the following methods during the application process.

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  • Test Type Minimum Score Required for Admission
    TOEFL iBT Total: 78; Each Section: 19; Except Writing: 18
    IELTS Overall: 6.5; Each Section: 6.0
    GCE/GCSE/IGCSE Grade of "C"
    WASSCE Grade of "B3"

    All test dates must be within 2 years of the first day of class of your application term. Tests taken more than 2 years before planned start date for classes are invalid, unless there is other evidence of continued English language proficiency.

  • An International Baccalaureate grade of 4 or higher in English A1 or A2 at the Higher Level or Standard Level or English B at the Higher Level is required for admission (predicted or actual).

  • Graduation from a U.S. high school and completion three (3) full years of regular English (non-ESL) course work with a grade point average of 2.5 in those courses. Students who have attended at least two (2) years of high school in the U.S. (at the time of application) are also expected to submit an ACT or SAT and meet our freshman admission standards.

  • Successful completion ONE of the following from and accredited U.S. college or university:

    a) Thirty (30) semester hours of on-campus course work, including College Writing I (ENG 1310 or equivalent) and College Writing II (ENG 1320 or equivalent) with grades of “C” or better

    b) Forty-five (45) or more semester hours of transferable credit

    c) Earned a bachelor's degree

    Note: ESL courses do not count as transferable course work.

  • Successful completion of at least three consecutive years of high (secondary) school, including three years of regular English with a grade of B or better, in one of the exempt countries/schools listed below.

    America Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Caymen, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Trust, American/British/English Schools — by name, primarily serving non-citizen English-speakers in non-English speaking countries.

  • Submission of ONE of the following test scores:

    a) 21 or higher on the ACT English

    b) 520 or higher on the SAT I Evidence-based Reading and Writing (if taken after March 2016)

    c) 500 or higher on the SAT I Verbal (if taken prior to March 2016)

    An ACT or SAT score is not required, unless you have attended at least two (2) years of school in the U.S. at the time of application or wish to apply for a scholarship.

    Transfer students with more than 30 college credit hours are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Please note: Applicants transferring to Texas State from other U.S. schools prior to earning a bachelor's degree are NOT exempted from the English proficiency requirement.

How to Apply

Please complete the following application steps (submit required documents, fill out forms, etc.) by the appropriate deadline. Also, note that the scholarship deadline is earlier than the application priority date.

For additional information, please also see our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Step 1

Submit Your Application

You must apply for admission online using through ApplyTexas or Coalition for College (we will not accept mail-in forms). It is important that you fill out all sections of your application completely. Remember, the International Application is only for students who have or are seeking an F-1 student visa. All other non-citizens should use the U.S. application.

Applicants needing a visa to enter the U.S. should complete all application requirements at least a month before the posted deadline to ensure time to complete the process.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions charges a nonrefundable application fee of $90. If you have submitted your application through the ApplyTexas or Coalition website without paying this fee, you may pay the application fee using the link below. International students are not eligible for application fee waivers.

Step 2

Send Your School Documents

You must submit full transcripts (records of ALL courses taken and marks earned for each semester of both secondary school and college), as well as graduation or school-leaving exam results. Original documents or copies that have been certified by your school or a U.S. embassy/consulate official must be submitted. A certified English translation must accompany the original records, if the original records are not in English.

Step 3

Send Your Test Scores

Have the testing service send your scores directly to Texas State University. English proficiency tests will need to be mailed by the testing service. The TOEFL school code for Texas State University is 006667.

ACT and SAT scores can be sent electronically. Our ACT code number is 4178 and our SAT code number is 6667. (An ACT or SAT score is not required, unless you wish to apply for a scholarship or have attended at least two years of high school in the U.S., at the time of application.)

Step 4

Await Notification

Your completed application file will be evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and you will be notified of a decision, initially by email, within about 1-3 weeks. During this time, you can become familiar with the next steps you will need to take, but do not complete them until you have been admitted.

If you have any questions about the international admission process, please email For questions about the immigration/visa process AFTER you have been admitted, please contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) or visit their website.

Application Deadlines

All steps must be completed by the deadline for the semester you wish to enroll.

After You Are Admitted

Be sure to review the next steps to complete after you have been admitted.