Marshall University is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to enroll non-immigrant visa students with F-1 or J-1 status.
International applicants must submit ALL required documents by the following deadlines to be considered for admission. If student is applying for:
- Spring Semester: October 15
- Summer semester: March 15
- Fall semester: June 15
The Application Process
Complete the ON-LINE APPLICATION and send the following items by mail or fax:
- $150.00 USD Application Fee (non-refundable). Please note that this is a non-refundable fee and cannot be refunded in the event the student is not accepted or does not obtain a student visa. DO NOT SEND CASH. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Marshall University. You can also pay the $150 fee with a credit card by calling the Admissions office at 304-696-3160. A 2.5% processing fee, per transaction, will be required to make payment by credit card. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards are accepted.
- $50.00 USD Transfer Evaluation Fee (non-refundable)- Please note that this is a non-refundable fee and cannot be refunded in the event the student is not accepted or does not obtain a student visa. If you have ever enrolled at any university or college and have received credit, you must apply as a transfer student and pay this fee. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Marshall University. You can also pay the $50 transfer evaluation fee with a credit card by calling the Admissions office at 304-696-3160. A 2.5% processing fee, per transaction, will be required to make payment by credit card. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards are accepted.
- Official Transcripts – Transcripts must be in English and original language and contain ALL secondary school, college or university academic credits and grades. The transcripts must be sent directly to the MU Admissions Office by the institution that you attended.
Additional or alternate admission credentials may be accepted at the discretion of the MU Admissions Office depending on the applicant’s country of origin. Please contact the Admissions Office for details regarding specific admission requirements for applicants from your country. For International applicants, Marshall University reserves the right to accept official credentials directly from a limited number of third party agencies that have been approved by the University.
- Proof of English Language Proficiency – Proof of your proficiency in English may be certified by submitting one of the following*:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – TOEFL iBT score 78 (internet based) for undergraduate study. TOEFL PBT 547 (paper based) for undergraduate study. (Marshall University’s ETS Code: 5396)
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) – The minimum acceptable score is 79% for undergraduate study.
- A minimum score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for undergraduate study. (More information about the IELTS is available on their website at www.ielts.org. IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.)
- SAT – Prior to March 2016 minimum Verbal score 450, After March 2016 Verbal score 480.
- ACT – minimum subscores of 18 in English and in Reading.
- Successful completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program approved by Marshall University’s Admissions Office.
- Successful completion of the INTO Marshall Intensive English program level 6 with minimum C’s in all courses or completion of INTO Marshall Pathway course ENG 160, or ENG 101A with minimum C grade.
- Diploma or degree from an English speaking school – A degree or a diploma from an accredited secondary school, college or university in which the primary language of instruction for the entire institution is English.
- Student’s transferring from an acceptable institution with the equivalency of English 101 earning a minimum C grade.
*Tests taken more than two (2) years prior to the date submitted cannot be accepted.
- Submit Proof of Financial Support (if you need to obtain an F-1 visa) showing that you or your sponsor have finances to support your study and living costs for one academic year (9 months). Please click here to see the estimated cost of attendance. Please remember that in some cases, a 50% deposit will be required in order to issue the I-20 form. Proof of financial support may be demonstrated in several ways:
- An affidavit of financial support from a personal sponsor (parent, relative, friend) that has been certified by a U.S. bank or financial institution. Download the Affidavit of Financial Support here.
- A scholarship agency (government, corporation, etc.) stating the availability of funds and the intention to support your educational and living expenses for the entire duration of study at Marshall University.
- Personal funds, provided you submit documentary evidence of a bank statement from a U.S. bank or financial institution or its affiliate in U.S. dollars (USD). A statement from your employer certifying that you have been granted study leave and salary support arrangements may also be acceptable.
- Proof of Measles and Rubella Immunization – MMR Vaccination Record
- Send all of your application materials and fees to the address below:
Old Main 102
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, West Virginia, USA 25755-1054
- A $2,000.00 USD enrollment deposit is required before any new student is permitted to register for classes, reserve housing, and receive their I-20.
After we receive all of your application materials, your credentials will be evaluated, and if admissible, you will be sent a letter of admission and an I-20 form. The I-20 form is used to apply for a student visa (F-1) at an American embassy or consulate. For additional information on what to do after you are admitted, please refer to the “After Admission” section.
All non-immigrant (F-1 and J-1 status) student applicants currently in the United States are required to submit an International Student Status Verification Report to verify current student status. This form should be completed by the Designated School Official (DSO) at the educational institution last attended or currently being attended in the United States. This form will be sent to you automatically upon receipt of your application materials.
If you need an F-1 student visa to enter the U.S., you will have to pay the $200.00 SEVIS Fee AFTER you are issued a Form I-20 with your acceptance and BEFORE you apply for your visa. Visit the ICE website to learn how to pay the fee yourself.
If you are not able to attend during the semester for which you applied, contact the Admissions Office and we will consider your application for the semester that you will wish to attend. All of your other application materials will be acceptable for a period of one year. After that time period, new documentation must to be submitted.