4.2.4. International Students (Freshman and Transfer Applicants)

International applicants are individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International applicants may be either first-time freshmen or transfer students.

4.2.4.1. Deadlines

International applicants seeking freshman admission may choose to apply under either the early action plan (November 15 deadline) or the regular decision plan. For more details about each plan, please refer to Sec. 4.2.1.1.

International applicants seeking transfer admission are considered on a rolling admission basis. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are completed, provided that sufficient time remains for processing and enrollment.

4.2.4.2. Admission Consideration

International applicants who are able to provide evidence of suitable academic background and adequate financial resources are encouraged to apply. Admission to Oglethorpe is open to qualified students of all nationalities.

Eligible freshman candidates should demonstrate academic achievement in a secondary curriculum, and transfer candidates should demonstrate academic achievement in college or university coursework. Candidates should also show proof of English language proficiency as outlined in Sec. 4.2.4.5. The admission office encourages international students to arrange telephone or online interviews.

4.2.4.3. Application Requirements

A completed international application includes submission of the application form, payment of the application fee, and the following:

  • Official, original versions of secondary school, college, or university documents, certificates, or diplomas.
  • Transcript evaluation, for all non-U.S. transcripts and records.
    • Evaluations must include an English translation, a “course-by-course” evaluation, semester credit hours, grades and detailed course descriptions, and must be sent directly to Oglethorpe.
    • Oglethorpe recommends the use of a firm such as Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. (jsilny.com or +1 305 273 1616)
  • Application essay of at least 250 words (typed, in English).
  • One recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability.
  • A completed financial statement of support, and a document on bank letterhead that certifies available funds.

The materials above are required before an admission decision can be made. In addition, Oglethorpe strongly recommends that all international applicants prepare the following credentials as part of the application process, as they are important in subsequent steps toward enrollment:

  • Passport photocopy
  • International Student Financial Aid Application, available from the financial aid office.

4.2.4.4. Enrollment Policies

Admitted international students must secure their place in the class by submitting an enrollment deposit no later than May 1 (if the student will enroll in the fall semester) or January 1 (if the student will enroll in the spring semester). Entering international students must submit an official final transcript from the secondary school and, if applicable, from all colleges and universities. All international students must complete the online housing application or the housing exemption form as soon as possible after submitting the enrollment deposit. For more details about campus residency requirements or to complete an online housing form, please visit http://reslife.oglethorpe.edu/.

International students should be mindful of the additional steps needed to secure a visa before attending Oglethorpe. Admitted international students should make an enrollment decision in a timely fashion, allowing ample time for visa issuance at their local U.S. embassy.

All entering students must fulfill the requirements of our immunization policy (see Sec. 6.5.). Instructions are available at http://health.oglethorpe.edu/immunizations/.

4.2.4.5. English Proficiency

Before selecting an international applicant for admission, the admission committee verifies that the applicant shows proficiency in English, in order to fully participate in Oglethorpe courses by speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students who are academically qualified but cannot demonstrate English language proficiency as outlined below should consult Sec. 4.2.4.6.

All international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting one of the following:

If English is not the first language:

  • Official transcript from an ELS, Inc., language center.
    • Must indicate completion of level 112.
  • Official scores from an ESL test.
    • Must indicate completion of level 7.
  • Official scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
    • Minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based test.
    • Minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test.
    • Minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test.
    • Oglethorpe’s college code for the TOEFL is 5521.
  • Official scores from the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test.
    • Minimum score of 6.5.
  • Official scores from the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test).
    • Minimum score of 500 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
    • Oglethorpe’s college code for the SAT is 5521.
  • Official transcript from a regionally accredited United States college or university.
    • Minimum combined cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 with no grade below a “C” in two English composition courses.

If English is the first language:

  • Official scores from the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test).
    • Minimum score of 500 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.
    • Oglethorpe’s college code for the SAT is 5521.
  • Official scores from the ACT.
    • Minimum composite score of 21.
    • Oglethorpe’s college code for the ACT is 0850.
  • Official copy of approved regional examinations (for example, “A” or “O” level examinations).

4.2.4.6. International Study Center Pathway Program

Oglethorpe University’s International Study Center Pathway Program is designed for F-1 international students who will begin study toward the completion of an Oglethorpe baccalaureate degree while at the same time, for one to three semesters, also be taking courses to improve their English Language proficiency. Oglethorpe University is responsible for the issuance of the Form I-20 to qualified pathway students.

The Pathway Program combines in-person classes required to earn an Oglethorpe degree, taught by Oglethorpe faculty, with intensive English instruction in-person provided by our onsite language provider, Study Group. Study Group is accredited by ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. All courses carry credit on the basis of the Carnegie unit. All students will be full-time students requiring enrollment in at least 12 credit hours of classes per each 15-week semester.

Students are admitted for a one to three 15-week semester Pathway Program (4-12 months). To qualify, students must be high school graduates with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, have completed high school math with a grade of C or above, and have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 4.5.

At the completion of the pathway program, students must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all Oglethorpe coursework, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in our English language courses, be in good standing financially and in regard to behavior, and achieve English language test results equivalent to IELTS 6.5. in order to continue to the degree program.

All courses offered by Oglethorpe University in the Pathway Program are taught in-person on the Oglethorpe campus by Oglethorpe faculty.