International Freshman Students

International Undergraduate Admissions
International Freshman Students

Welcome to Marshall University!

We enroll more than 14,000 students (10,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate and medical and professional students), including about 500 international students from more than 60 countries.

If you have graduated from high school and have not yet enrolled in any college or university course and you wish to earn your undergraduate degree in the United States at Marshall University, you can apply to be an international freshman student at Marshall. (If this doesn’t sound like you, please visit our Admissions page to review other types of students who can apply to Marshall.)

International undergraduate applicants who meet all admission requirements may apply for direct admission to MU. International students with limited English proficiency may apply to the ESL/English Language Institute.

We hope you’ve had a chance to experience Marshall by visiting our website to review the undergraduate catalog, learn about our academic programs, check tuition and fees, and read about scholarships for non-resident, out-of-state applicants. After you’ve checked our Academic Calendar and decided when you’d like to begin, you can take the next steps to apply to Marshall University. Be sure to use this page as your Admission Checklist for Marshall international freshman admissions, then refer to your admitted student checklist after you’ve been accepted

If you need help, please contact the International Office of Admissions. Let’s get started!

Already Admitted?

After you apply and are admitted to Marshall, please complete the Enrollment Checklist to become an international Marshall freshman student.

Review Admission Requirements and Apply

Applying for admission to Marshall University is a step-by-step process. The Marshall University International Office of Admissions is ready to assist as you complete the undergraduate admission process to apply and be admitted as a Marshall freshman.

Your first step is to review all of our freshman admission requirements. When you’re ready, you can apply by completing our online application.

Check the following application deadlines for international student applications, before you apply and complete your application for admission.

June 15: For students applying to the fall semester, beginning in August
October 15: For students applying to the spring semester, beginning in January
March 15: For students applying to the summer term

Please be sure to review all required documents, including your passport, that you must send to Marshall, along with a completed online application and $150.00 USD application fee (non-refundable). The application fee may be paid online. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Marshall University. You can also pay the application fee with a credit card by calling the Office of Admissions at 304-696-4304. 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. Required documents include:

Official proof of secondary school completion
ACT/SAT scores required for some programs and merit-based scholarships
Proof of English Proficiency (61 TOEFL, 6.0 IELTS)
Proof of MMR vaccination

After you submit your completed undergraduate application, application fee, and all required international freshman admission materials, we will review your file and notify you with an admission decision.

Admission Requirements


  • Equivalent of U.S. high school diploma
  • International GPA requirements are equivalent to domestic GPA requirements and vary by program
  • ACT/SAT required for some programs and merit-based scholarships
  • Proof of English Proficiency (61 TOEFL, 6.0 IELTS)


  • Must be eligible to return to the last institution attended
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Applicants with less than 30 semester hours of transfer credit must meet freshman requirements
  • Proof of English Proficiency (61 TOEFL, 6.0 IELTS)

Application Deadlines

International applicants must submit ALL required documents by the following deadlines to be considered for admission:

  • Spring Semester – October 15
  • Summer semester – March 15
  • Fall semester – June 15

View the Marshall University Academic Calendar for more important dates

Application Process

  1. Submit the International Application for Undergraduate Admission and required application fees.  The $150 international application fee applies to all international undergraduate applications.  International transfer applications also require the $50 transfer evaluation fee.  If a representative is assisting with the application process, submit the Application Cover Sheet.
  2. Request all requested official credentials be sent directly to the Office of International Student Services.  See Submitting Official Credential Policy
  3. If you would like to grant information access to a representative, friend, or family member, complete the Student Information Access Form.
  4. Once all requested credentials are received, wait for an admission decision.  Admission letters will be sent to the student email address provided on the application.

Official Credential Policy

Official credentials are received by the MU admissions office directly from the issuing examination board or records office. Student copies of transcripts, evaluations, faxed copies of college transcripts, or credentials issued to any party other than Marshall University are not considered official.

Official documents may be mailed to the following address:

International Admissions
Old Main 102
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV

After Admission

Once the application, application fee, and all requested credentials are received, an admission decision will be made within 2-3 business days. Students will receive email notification of the admission decision with any additional steps for full admission and receiving a Form I-20 or DS-2019. To receive an I-20, students must submit all required admission materials, enrollment deposit, proof of financial support, and a copy of the passport. Additional documents may be requested for students requesting Forms I-20 for dependents or transferring a SEVIS record to Marshall University.

View the Form I-20 Checklist for more information.

To learn more about the enrollment process, orientation, check-in and arrival, please visit Newly Admitted Students and the International Enrollment Checklist.

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