Undergraduate Admission

Application Requirements for International Transfer Students

1. Common Application

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We require that you submit the Common Application and Emerson College questions and writing supplement before we can begin to review your application. The $65 application fee is waived for all international applicants for Fall 2014 and Spring 2014 start terms.

Please make sure to use the same name listed on your passport as the name you provide in your application. You will receive an application acknowledgement via email once these application components have been submitted. You will also receive acknowledgement via email when your application becomes complete.


2. Supporting Academic Credentials

The following supporting materials are required for international transfer applicants. Please include your full name and date of birth on all application materials that you submit.

High School (Secondary School) Transcript or Proof of Graduation: One of the following will satisfy this requirement:

  • If you attended a U.S. accredited secondary school that issues U.S. diplomas, please submit an official final transcript that indicates your date of graduation.
  • If you are an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma recipient, please request that an official copy of your IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma is sent to us. You do not need to have it translated or evaluated.
  • If you did not graduate from a U.S. accredited secondary school, request a credential evaluation of your non-U.S. diploma/certificate stating it is equivalent to a U.S. diploma. We require World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or the Center for Educational Documentation.
  • National Exam results can also qualify as proof of graduation. These can include GCE/GCSE exams (O-Level and AS-level), India Secondary School Examinations, Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Exams, and CAPE I, etc.

The credential evaluation service you choose will inform you about which official documents it requires (transcripts, diplomas, exam scores, etc). This varies, depending on the country where you attended school.

  • We cannot accept the following as proof of graduation:

    • IB exam scores without accompanying diploma
    • Photocopy or scan of high school diploma
    • Exams such as the German Abitur, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureat, and Swiss Maturité

College/University transcript(s): An official transcript is required from each college or university attended. Successful candidates typically have maintained a 3.0 grade point average in previous college coursework; however, individual circumstances as described by the candidate will be considered. If you are submitting a transcript from a college or university that is outside the United States, please submit via a credentialing agency like World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or the Center for Educational Documentation.

Academic Report: An evaluation or recommendation is required from someone who has taught you in a college subject. Instructor Evaluation form (PDF)

Mid-Term Report: Includes estimated grades from your current semester. Mid-Term Report (PDF)

Test scores and English language proficiency requirements: All international transfer applicants should submit standardized testing scores according to the following guidelines:

  • Take the TOEFL or IELTS if:
    • You have not completed at least two years of post-secondary study at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction.
  • Take the SAT or ACT if:
    • You have completed at least than two years of post-secondary study at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. SAT code: 3367, ACT code: 1820
  • If you take the TOEFL or IELTS, please note the minimum score requirements for admission to Emerson College:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
      • Internet-Based Test (iBT) 80
      • Computer-Based Test (CBT) 213
      • Paper-Based Test 550
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
      • Minimum score requirement:
  • Test scores are not required if by the time you enroll:

    • You will earn an associate’s degree
    • You will have junior status or above at your current institution (60 to 64 credits)
    • You graduated from high school (or received a GED) three or more years ago

We encourage you to submit application materials online through the Common Application. You can also mail supporting credentials to:

Emerson College Undergraduate
Admission Processing Center
PO Box 880
Randolph, MA 02368-8880


3. Major- or Program-specific Requirements

Additional application materials are required for the following:


4. Check the Status of Your Application Credentials

Within 1-2 business days of submitting your application, you will receive an email from Emerson College with an Emerson ID. You can use your Emerson ID and date of birth to log into the Application Portal to determine whether your application is complete or incomplete.

Please keep in mind that it may take up to 2 weeks for credentials to show in our system after they have been received. Materials that are postmarked by the appropriate application deadline will be considered on time. Feel free to contact us if your application materials do not show in the Application Portal within 2 weeks.

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5. Watch for Updates from Emerson College

We will send you information to the mailing address and email address listed on your application. Please make sure to check your mail and email so that we can provide you with important updates. We also ask that you update your email settings to allow correspondence from admission@emerson.edu. Remember that if you opt out of emails from Emerson College, you may miss important deadline reminders!


6. Decision Notification

Notification deadlines are posted on our dates, deadlines, and options for admission page.

Additional information will be required of international students who are offered admission.

Applications for Fall and Spring 2015 admission will be available in August 2014.

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We encourage you to contact us if you need help with your decision to apply.