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Students who are not citizens of the United States of America who desire admission to Mount Vernon Nazarene University must complete the regular admission process with the following provisions:

  • The prospective student must complete and return the application packet to the University's Admissions Office by May 1 for fall enrollment or October 1 for spring enrollment.

  • International students must have their secondary school (or equivalent) and university transcripts evaluated by the following independent evaluation service and mail official transcripts and evaluation results to the Admissions Office:

    Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    PO Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
    Telephone: 414-289-3400
    Email: eval@ece.org
    Website: http://www.ece.org

  • Each international student must furnish the University with evidence of the ability to finance an education by completing the International Student Certification of Finances form and International Student Financial Aid Application. Upon verification of funds, an initial tuition deposit of $2,500 and a $150 room and board deposit must be submitted that will be held in the student's account at the university throughout their enrollment at the university. Securing finances is the responsibility of the student, and international students are often sponsored by their family, friends, or a host church or family. International students do not qualify for U.S. federally-sponsored financial aid, but a limited amount of academic, church-related, and international student scholarship is available.

  • Once the above steps have been completed, the university will issue an I-20 form for the students to use in obtaining an F-1 visa. Students who are citizens of a country other than the United States of America (USA) must hold the F-1 visa in order to register for classes and enroll at the University. Persons who have entered the United States on a visitor's visa must convert it to an F-1 visa before the University will consider admission. International students on academic or disciplinary probation or dismissal at another university are not considered for admission. A SEVIS fee of $200 must be paid in addition to the visa application fee.

  • International students who have not taken the ACT or SAT and had an official score report sent directly to the University must take either test before classes begin.

  • All applicants from foreign countries and US territories are required to provide recent evidence of proficiency in English by one of the following means:

    • Scoring 70 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language),
    • Scoring 525 or above on the written TOEFL,
    • Scoring 6.0 or above on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or
    • If the applicant has earned a high school diploma or certificate where the medium of education was English, then the requirement for a TOEFL score can be waived with the submission of a qualifying ACT or SAT score instead. Required scores for admission:
      • ACT Composite of 19 or higher
      • ACT English and Reading sub scores: 19 or higher on each
      • SAT Reading: 480 or higher
  • All tests of English proficiency must have been taken in the last two years to be considered for acceptance. An official score report must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office.

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