International Undergraduate Admission

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and issue the U.S. immigration document I-20 or the U.S. State Department DS 2019 in order to obtain an F-1 or J-1 student visa. Students who understand and agree to cooperate with the university’s Christian principles and atmosphere are welcome to apply.

Admission Requirements

First-year Undergraduate Students

  1. Completed application for admission, Statement of Agreement with Institutional Policy, and Personal Statement
  2. $45 application fee
  3. Official high school transcripts
  4. SAT or ACT scores (optional for international students)
  5. English proficiency documentation (See English Proficiency Requirements1 below)
  6. Personal reference
  7. A bank statement or other official forms of documentation of financial support must accompany the financial statement and affidavit of financial support2
  8. Copy of passport

Transfer Undergraduate Students

  1. Completed application for admission, Statement of Agreement with Institutional Policy, and Personal Statement
  2. $45 application fee
  3. Official college transcripts
  4. English proficiency documentation (See English Proficiency Requirements1 below)
  5. Personal reference
  6. A bank statement or other official forms of documentation of financial support must accompany the financial statement and affidavit of financial support2
  7. Copy of passport
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The acceptable minimum score is subject to change as the university deems necessary. Some programs may have higher requirements.

2

One year’s tuition may be required in advance and placed on the student’s account prior to issuance of the immigration document I-20 or DS 2019.

Grade-point Average (GPA) Requirements

To be considered for undergraduate admission, the applicant must have a minimum U.S. system 2.75 grade-point average (GPA) in high school or 2.5 in previous college work. If the applicant is transferring from schools where English is the medium of instruction, and with a minimum of 28 transferable non-ESL units, a 2.5 GPA is acceptable. For the School of Business and Management, a 2.7 GPA is required.

Some programs require a higher GPA for admission. Check with the department for more information.

Admission Deadlines

Semester Early Action Outside U.S. Inside U.S.
Fall (September)Freshman only: November 15May 1June 1
Spring (January)N/ASeptember 15October 15

English Proficiency Requirements

A student whose native language is NOT English must demonstrate or gain English proficiency in order to study at Azusa Pacific University. There are a few ways to demonstrate and fulfill the English proficiency requirement:

1. Prior studies in English:

Students can demonstrate English proficiency by verifying that their prior studies (secondary or postsecondary school) were conducted in English. Students must verify all of the following:

  • Completed at least 48 academic semester units without ESL support/classes.
  • Studies in English ended no more than two years before applying to APU.
  • The language of instruction was English.

To verify these points, students must provide academic transcripts along with an official letter from the institution where they studied stating that the language of instruction was English.

2. English testing by one of the following two options:

A. International standardized English tests (TOEFL and IELTS). Students can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score report that meets or exceeds the requirements listed below. The university considers the component scores for admissions.

IELTS
  Total (Top Score: 9)
Conditional15.5
Undergraduate6.0
TOEFL iBT
Listening (Top Score: 30) Reading (Top Score: 30) Writing (Top Score: 30) Speaking (Top Score: 30)
Conditional116161815
Undergraduate20202218
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Please note that even with a high enough total score, you may be required to take ALCI courses or TESL 100 depending on subset scores or any other indicators in your applications. (TESL 100 is a university-level class that provides additional support to meet the English proficiency requirement, and this class is counted toward the graduation requirement. In addition, you can take more academic units along with TESL 100.)

 
ScoresIELTS: 5.5
TOEFL Speaking: 15-17Corresponding English Course: TESL 100
TOEFL Listening: 16-19
ScoresIELTS: 5.5
TOEFL Reading: 16-19Corresponding English Course: TESL 100
TOEFL Writing: 18-21

B. APU English placement test. Students can also demonstrate English proficiency by taking a placement test through the American Language and Culture Institute. This placement test is administered on campus at APU. Contact the International Center for schedules, fees, and locations for the APU English placement test.

3. Completion of an intensive English language program at APU

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) is an intensive English language program at APU. Those who qualify academically for undergraduate or graduate admission to APU and choose to fulfill the English proficiency requirement through study in the ALCI program will be offered “conditional” admission to the university. Successful completion of Level 4 is minimum proficiency for the undergraduate program, and Level 5 for the graduate program, to continue academic programs after ALCI studies.