International Admissions Requirements

Submit your Application

Apply online through the Common Application and submit the application fee.


Request your Official Transcripts be sent by your school to Saint Mary's

Academic grade requirements for admission will conform to the recommendations of the guidelines as set forth by NAFSA:  Association of International Educators, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the Country Index.

  • Original, official transcripts are required. If the transcript is not in English, a certified English translation is required.
  •  Any period of the four year high school record not reflected on the American high school transcript must be sent from all schools attended abroad.
  • Cumulative academic performance when translated into grade point averages must minimally be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Certain system’s grades cannot be translated equivalently to a 4.0 scale; in such cases Saint Mary’s admissions staff will include a narrative to assist with the admission decision.  
  • Official college records are required for all students who have attended any post-secondary school; each college attended must be listed on the application for admission and official records must be provided from each institution attended.  A notary’s seal alone does not make a translation official. Students transferring from universities in other nations must also furnish professional course by course credit evaluation of their educational credentials. 


Request a Letter of Recommendation be sent to Saint Mary's

Request that an academic teacher or counselor write and send us a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters can be sent directly, by the author of the recommendation through the Common Application, by postal mail, or by email to


Request Official English Proficiency Examination Results be sent to Saint Mary's

Students educated in schools where the language of instruction is other than English and/or those for whom English is a second language must demonstrate English, as noted below. 

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, academic history, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status.

English proficiency tests taken within the last two years such as TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, PTE, EIKEN, IB, IGCSE, A-Levels, etc are used to measure English Proficiency.

Passing scores: TOEFL 213 CBT / 550 PBT / 79 iBT (all subscores must be 19 or above), IELTS band score of 6.5, Michigan Test 77%, PTE 53, EIKEN Grade Pre-1, and ELS Level 112 with 2.75 GPA

Please note: SAT and ACT exams are not required for international students, however the following scores will satisfy the English proficiency requirement: SAT 1, a score of 450 or higher in the Critical Reading and Writing section, SAT R a score of 450 or higher in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section, ACT 21 on the Reading and Writing subsections.



As a policy, Saint Mary’s does not usually provide need-based financial aid or work-study opportunities for those requiring international student visas. However, international applicants may be considered for Saint Mary’s academic scholarship opportunities decided at the time of admission.


A Special Note for International Transfer Students

Students must have completed at least 23 transferable semester credit hours and minimally cumulative grade point averages of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in performance at American collegiate institutions. Any prior university level work from outside of the U.S. must minimally be equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or in the above-average range, when there is no direct correlation to a 4.0 scale.

International Students Attending a College or University in the U.S.

  • Students attending or transferring from other U.S. colleges or universities must meet the same English proficiency requirements as international students applying from abroad.  
  • Transfer applicants must show evidence of being in good immigration status by submitting the SEVIS transfer form and accompanying documents upon submitting the enrollment deposit to Saint Mary's.

International Transfer Students Attending a College or University Outside of the U.S.

  • Submit a professional transfer credit evaluation for all Colleges or Universities attended outside of the U.S., which should include:
    • Description of course content
    • Description of course units
    • Number of hours spent per course, per quarter/semester/other
    • Explanation of the grading system used
  • Credit for coursework completed at collegiate institutions in other nations that are English-based and patterned after the American community college system will be evaluated for credit on a course-by-course basis.  Current programs include Kolej Damansara Utama and the HELP Institutes in Malaysia; Taylor’s College Malaysia, China, Singapore, and Thailand; INTI College Malaysia,  Indonesia and China, Center American Education in Singapore.

If you have additional questions, please reach to Caitlin Foster, at 925-631-4127 or, our International Admissions Counselor, and Assistant Director of Admissions.