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International Students

Building on the legacies of our historic institutions, Commonwealth University empowers you to discover your passion, hone your skill, and embrace the promise of a successful future.

  1. Submit Your Application

    Your first step is to complete our online application. This information is used to create a permanent record for each student. A non-refundable application fee of $35.00 (thirty-five USD) must be paid with a credit card at the time the online application is submitted.

    International applicants are students who are not U.S. citizens, nor hold a green card. International students may apply as a first-year, transfer, graduate, second degree, or as a visiting student.

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    Application Deadlines

    First-Year Students: 
    Fall Semester: June 1st 
    Spring Semester: November 1st

    Transfer Students: 
    Fall Semester: June 15th
    Spring Semester: November 15th

    Transfer Student Information

    • A college Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.5+ is preferred for most majors, but a G.P.A of 2.0 may be considered.
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. If you have completed fewer than 12 college credits, you must also send an official copy of your high school transcripts.
  2. Submit Your Transcripts

    For First-Year Students

    Submit official, English-translated copies of all secondary course work completed, including subjects listed and marks earned, secondary school certificates, diplomas and examination results from all secondary, post-secondary, and university and/or professional schools.

    Unofficial documents can be submitted during the application process. If submitted after submitting your application, please send a copy to  

    For Transfer Students

    Unofficial documents can be submitted during the application process for students submitting documents from institutions outside of the United States. If submitted after submitting the application, please send a copy to

    We reserve the right to ask for an official credential evaluation to be completed.

    For university coursework completed in the United States

    Official transcripts are required.  Below is our easy-to-use course equivalency table which allows students to view courses that have already transferred to Commonwealth University from other colleges and universities.

    Credit Evaluation

    Your credits will be evaluated during the application process. Credits you’ve earned at a two-year or four-year college will likely count at Commonwealth University, provided they meet the following criteria:

    • The college(s) you have earned credit from are regionally accredited.
    • You earned at least a “C."
    • If you completed an Associates in Arts or an Associates in Science degree from a Pennsylvania community college or you transfer from a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) university, you could transfer in courses with grades a “D” or higher.

    Evaluation Services

    We accept credential evaluation for course work completed outside of the United States from the following partners:

    World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    Submission of a transcript from an institution of higher education from abroad choose "Course-by-Course Evaluation"

    International Education Research Foundation
    Submission of a transcript from an institution of higher education from abroad choose "Advisory Detail Report with Course Level" Identification

    Educational Credential Evaluators
    Submission of a transcript from an institution of higher education from abroad choose "Course-by-Course"

    To be considered "official," the evaluation must be sent directly to Commonwealth University from the evaluation companies

  3. English Language Proficiency Scores

    All non-native speakers of English must submit an official language score report. To be considered "official," the scores must be sent directly from the sending examination body (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

    International students currently enrolled in a U.S. institution may not need to submit a language exam if they have successfully completed more than one semester of for-credit academic study.

    Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit an English proficiency exam score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), and U.S. Pacific Trust.

    Exam Options

    TOEFL Exam:
    197 (computer-based)
    70 (internet-based)
    525 (paper-based)
    8-9.5 (essentials)
    DI Code: 2646

    IELTS Exam: 5.5

    Duolingo: 95

    GTEC: 1125

    Cambridge English (CPE)
    First B2, Advanced C1, Proficiency
    C3 - Cambridge English score of 160 or higher

    TOEIC: 700
    iTEP: 3.7
    Pearson PTE Academic: 46
    Oxford Test of English(OTE): 111

    SAT: Combined total score of 980, with at least 500 on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section

    ACT: Composite of 20 with individual English and reading scores at or above 20

  4. Check Your Status

    You can check your admission status by logging in to your personalized Application Portal using the personal email address and password created when you originally applied. This portal allows you to upload missing application materials, register for events, connect with your admissions counselor, and complete your visa documentation if admitted. 

    Check Your Status

    Have questions?

    We're here to help! Please feel free to reach out to our Center for Global Engagement Team for assistance!

    Phone: +1 (570) 484-2140

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