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At Maryville University, globalization of the campus is always a top priority. Globalizing the campus is an important part of our university’s mission, with its emphasis on developing a more heterogeneous campus where people of diverse cultures, ethnicity and ages are understood and valued.

We believe that the increasingly global and interconnected nature of today’s world requires our students to develop a deep understanding of and sensitivity to other cultures and traditions (both western and non-western). This is why students from a variety of countries enroll at Maryville in the undergraduate, Weekend & Evening College and graduate programs.

Maryville University is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant students who demonstrate proficiency in the English language and who certify means of financial support for their studies.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation Information/Country Guide for Academic Credentials

International applicants for both undergraduate and graduate programs at Maryville University are required to have all foreign university transcripts evaluated for admission and possible transfer consideration.  A course-by-course evaluation will be required.  Please check with the Office of International Admissions to make sure you are selecting the correct type of evaluation, since evaluation companies use a variety of names for their evaluations.

Application Deadlines

We offer rolling admission for most academic programs. Under a rolling admissions policy, applicants’ files are evaluated as soon as all credentials are received. When an admissions decision is available, the applicant will be promptly notified. Undergraduate students wishing to be eligible for scholarships should plan to apply by the priority deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1

Specialty and graduate programs may not have rolling admission. These deadlines would be listed on the academic programs information page.

English Language Proficiency Statement

With the exception of foreign language courses, all classes at Maryville University are taught in English, making use of the language, both spoken and written critical for success. Undergraduate international applicants whose first language is English or whose secondary or collegiate instruction was in English can submit official SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration in lieu of a English proficiency score for admission.  For full admission to the university, undergraduate applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 500 (paper-based), or 61 (internet-based). TOEFL scores are valid for up to three years prior to the date of application to Maryville University.  The Maryville University TOEFL code is 6399.  For more information on how to register for the TOEFL, please visit: www.toefl.org.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5 or above on overall band score.  For more information on how to register for the IELTS, please visit: www.ielts.org.
  • The Society for Testing English Proficiency EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (STEP EIKEN) Pre-1 Grade or above.  For more information on how to register for the STEP EIKEN, please visit: www.stepeiken.org.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum score of 44.  For more information on how to register for the PTE Academic, please visit: pearsonpte.com.
  • Language Studies International (LSI) certifying completion of Level 5 or higher.  For more information on LSI Language Schools, please visit: www.lsi.edu.
  • ELS Language Centers Proficiency report certifying completion of Level 112 or higher.  For more information on ELS Language Centers, please visit: www.els.com.
  • Completion through advanced intermediate level at any other accredited language program or other English language test will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • University Admissions Tests: SAT Reasoning Test writing score of 470 or higher, or American College Testing (ACT) English or Writing score of 20 or higher.
  • Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (A-level) English subject test score of “A” grade or better.

Please note that full acceptance in to Maryville University does not mean full acceptance in to a specific program.  You must follow the acceptance requirements for each program in order to be fully accepted in to the program.  If you have questions about acceptance requirements for particular programs, please contact the Office of International Admissions.

Undergraduate students not meeting the minimum requirements for full admission may still apply and be considered for Conditional Acceptance. To receive a conditional acceptance, an English proficiency exam score is required.  Any student accepted conditionally, based on their English proficiency exam score, will be required to take at least one ESL course at Maryville and be limited in the number of courses and levels they may take in their first semester. For more information on the English for Academic Purposes program at Maryville, please visit their web site here.

Students granted a Conditional Acceptance, based on the results from their submission of an English proficiency exam score, must take an Institutional TOEFL to determine their exact language proficiency upon arrival at Maryville.

Transfer students from a U.S. university or college with at least 24 credits of 100-level or above coursework with at least a 2.0 GPA and have completed English Composition with a “C” grade or better are waived of the English proficiency requirement.

Graduate students must check with the requirements of their particular program for the minimum English proficiency exam scores.

Center for Global Education

An excellent resource for all Maryville University international students, the Center for Global Education, is located in Gander Hall, Suite 101. International students will find opportunities, support, and activities designed to promote cross-cultural contact and communication among fellow students and the community.


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