International Admission Checklist

International Undergraduate Applicant Checklist

The priority filing date is February 1. By submitting all of your documents with your application gives the Admissions Committee the best opportunity to review your application quickly and inform you of its decision.

Follow these five easy steps to apply for undergraduate admission:

1. Submit The Common Application, UMW member screen, essay, and application fee or approved waiver online. Online applications require a credit card or e-check payment.

2. Submit original transcripts/examination results for all secondary and tertiary work, matriculation certificates, mark sheets, and diplomas, or copies certified and attested by the U.S. Embassy, or a notary public. One copy of each record is sufficient. A certified copy of the English translation must be included along with the copy of the record in the student’s native language.

Translations may be obtained through the following agencies

3. Provide your counselor with the Common Application Secondary School Report or International School Supplement form. The University requires one to two letters of recommendation from your counselor or a teacher.

4. Submit proof of English language proficiency. Several options are available. Where applicable, all scores must be sent directly to UMW from the testing agency:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) by achieving a composite score of 88 TOEFL IBT or 570 paper-based score www.toefl.org
  • Or a Certificate of Completion from the ELS Language Centers (ELS) Intensive English Program by completing Level 112 www.els.edu
  • Or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 on the academic exam www.ielts.org
  • Or a critical writing score between 550-660 and math score between 540-640 scores from the College Board’s SAT. (UMW’s SAT testing code is 5398)
  • Or a composite ACT score of 24 for higher (UMW’s ACT testing code is 4414)
  • A student graduating from an accredited high school in a native English-speaking country or graduating in an International Baccalaureate secondary school may request a waiver of the English Language requirement.

5. All non-U.S. citizens must provide information regarding their resources for payment for their education in the United States; complete a Financial Statement of Support.

Other Visa Holders:
Permanent residents of the United States must:

  • Submit the Common Application with your application fee and UMW Common Application Supplement including Part 2, the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates
  • Submit SAT or ACT test scores
  • Provide a Common Application Secondary School Report to your counselor and request official high school transcripts be sent to UMW
  • Submit a photocopy of your permanent resident card (front and back)

Applicants for permanent residence in the U.S. who have submitted form I-485 to USCIS, and hold a copy of the receipt notice (form I-797C):

  • Submit the Common Application with the UMW member screen, and essay and your $50 application fee or approved fee waiver.
  • Submit the SAT or ACT test scores
  • Provide a Common Application Secondary School Report to your counselor and request official high school transcripts be sent to UMW
  • Submit a photocopy of your receipt notice (I-797C).

Non-immigrants (prospective freshman or transfer students) currently attending high school or university in the United States:

  • Submit the Common Application,with the UMW member screen, and essay and your $50 application fee or approved fee waiver.
  • Submit SAT or ACT test scores
  • Request an official high school transcript and if applying to transfer to UMW, official college or university transcripts for each school attended. If applying to transfer to UMW and your high school education took place outside of the U.S., please refer to step three above.
  • Submit the Visa Status Clearance Form
  • Submit a Financial Statement of Support
  • Submit a copy of your passport’s biographical page
  • Submit copies of U.S. visas, I-94 cards
  • Submit a copy of your current/previous I-20s

If your immigration status is derived from someone else, please include supporting documents of the primary visa holder.

Note all documents can be scanned or faxed to 540/654-1857.

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)

  • Once admitted to the University, the UMW Office of International Academic Services (IAS) will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20), permitting you to apply for a student (F-1) visa. In order to qualify for an I-20, you must certify that you have financial capability at your disposal to cover your expenses for all years of study at the University. The 2010-2011 required minimum is U.S. $30,000 for the first academic year.
  • The IAS begins issuance of the I-20 in mid-May. The I-20 is delivered by courier to foreign countries.