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Every year, PLU welcomes international undergraduate and graduate students from over 20 different countries.

First Year Undergraduates

Application information for international students who are coming directly from upper secondary school

Transfer Undergraduates

Application information for international students who are transferring from another college (including American community colleges and other four-year institutions)

Graduate Admission

Application information for international students who are considering PLU’s graduate (Master’s or Doctorate level) programs

International Pathway Program

For international students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement for admission

First Year International Students

Admission Decision Priority Dates

PLU has four admission decision dates – October 15th, November 15th, December 15th, and January 15th. Students who complete their application materials prior to one of these dates can expect an admission decision and notification of academic scholarship eligibility prior to the next decision date.

Nov 15
Dec 15
Jan 15

Can you still apply after January 15th?

Yes! Applications completed after January 15th will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Checklist

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION

Students can apply via the Common Application. It is free to apply to PLU!

PERSONAL ESSAY

The essay should be at least 250 words.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Official transcripts must be translated to English from all secondary upper schools you’ve attended.

ACADEMIC RECOMMENDATION

The academic recommendation must be from a qualified person familiar with your academic record such as a principal, teacher, or counselor.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

You must meet PLU’s general English proficiency requirement through one of the following means:

  • TOEFL: 79
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China: CEFR Level C1
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTE: 56
  • Duolingo English Test: 105
  • Completion of one College level English class w/ B or better (Semester System)
  • Completion of two College level English classes w/ B or better (Quarter System)
  • SAT (English): 500
  • ACT (English): 21
  • GCE O-Level (English): B
  • Completion of PLU International Pathway Program
  • Completion of pre-approved non-PLU ESL program (CEFR B2 Level)
  • A secondary school diploma from an institution in Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland) and Netherlands (with a high school English score of 7 or higher). 
  • A secondary school diploma from an institution in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji , Gibraltar, Grenada , Guyana, Malta , Montserrat, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Turks and Caicos Islands, Vanuatu where English is the general medium of instruction.
  • Official documentation from the applicant’s secondary diploma granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed in the two bullet points above) verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of two years of enrollment at the institution is required. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following: 
    • Official or attested letter from the school principal, guidance counselor, English Teacher, Registrar or Controller of Examinations office. 
    • Official transcripts, attested mark sheets or diploma statements are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction.

*Immigration and Visa Requirements: If you are admitted to PLU, a financial guarantee (bank statement), a copy of passport biographical information page, and $200 enrollment deposit will be required prior to issuing a visa application support document (I-20 or DS-2019).

Once you’ve started your application, you can check on the status of each checklist item through our application portal.

Admission Criteria

PLU welcomes applications from students who exhibit capacities for success at the university level. Admission to PLU is competitive. We look for students who:

  • Demonstrate success in a challenging college preparatory curriculum
  • Desire academic and personal challenges
  • Communicate clearly
  • Exhibit leadership and service in their community, church or school
  • Will share unique or special talents

Each application is reviewed based on grade point average, class rank, transcript patterns, standardized test scores, personal essay, and an academic recommendation.

Applications for admission are evaluated without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabling conditions, financial resources or any other status protected by law.

Test Optional Admission

Because standardized tests do not always accurately reflect academic ability or the potential to be academically successful, and because we practice a holistic review of admission applications, SAT or ACT test scores are no longer a required piece of the application for admission.

International students are strongly encouraged to submit test scores if available. SAT or ACT can be used in place of English Proficiency Exams (see the checklist above). If you decide to apply test optional, you will need to submit a different proof of English proficiency.

Exceptions to test optional:

  • Homeschooled students are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores, unless they have earned 30 college-level transferable semester credits or 45 college-level transferable quarter credits.
  • Students from schools with written evaluations rather than grades are required to submit their ACT or SAT scores.
  • Students planning on applying for Nursing Conditional Admission are strongly encouraged to send in their scores.
  • Students interested in teaching (including Education majors) may want to send in their scores, which can be used for the basic skills admission requirement by the state to get into a teacher program.

How do I apply as test optional? The Common Application will ask if you wish to have your test scores considered as part of your application. If you select “no, I prefer to apply test optional”, you will be reviewed for admission and academic scholarship eligibility solely on all other application components.

If you feel your SAT or ACT scores are an accurate reflection of your academic ability, you are welcome to submit them as part of your application for admission. To have your scores sent directly to PLU from a testing agency, please use the following codes: SAT: 4597, ACT: 4470. You may also choose to self-report your test scores on your application and we will use those scores in the decision-making process.

Required Preparatory Courses

  • Mathematics – Two years of college preparatory math with an average grade of C or higher*
  • Foreign Language – Two years of the same language with an average grade of C or higher*
  • English – Four years
  • Social Studies – Two years
  • Laboratory Science – Two years
  • Electives – Three years (selected from the areas listed above, as well as courses in computer science, speech and debate, visual arts, etc.)

*If you are deficient in the math or foreign language entrance requirements, but are admissible by all other criteria, you may still be offered admission. You will be required to complete the deficiencies during your first year at PLU.

College-level Credit Policies

If you have taken AP, IB, or Cambridge exams, or have participated in the Washington State Running Start or other college in the high school programs, you may be eligible for college credit.

COLLEGE-LEVEL CREDIT POLICIES
Nursing Conditional Admission

Students interested in Nursing should apply for the School of Nursing’s Conditional Admission. Through this competitive program, a select number of incoming full time, first-year students will be guaranteed admission (after completion of several academic requirements) to the School of Nursing’s BSN program starting their second year.

APPLY FOR NURSING CONDITIONAL ADMISSION
International Honors Program

For students in any major, the International Honors Program (IHON) is a rigorous alternative to the General Education Program, and is designed for independently-motivated students with an interest in pursuing their studies in a global context. The IHON application priority date is February 15.

LEARN MORE ABOUT IHON
Business Direct Admission

Students interested in business when they apply are automatically admitted to the School of Business. To guarantee their spot in the School of Business, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and successfully complete five pre-business core courses by the end of their sophomore year.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Transfer International Students

Admission Decision Priority Dates

PLU has transfer application priority dates for Fall and Spring semester starts. Students who complete their application materials prior to one of these dates can expect an admission decision, notification of academic scholarship eligibility, and an official report of transferable credits within four weeks.

Fall Semester Priority Dates:

Jan 1
Feb 1
Mar 1
Apr 1
Aug 1

*August 1 is the final application date for fall semester.

Spring Semester Priority Dates:

Oct 1
Dec 1

*December 1 is the final application date for spring semester.

Application Checklist

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION

PLU’s online application is free.

PERSONAL ESSAY

The essay should be at least 250 words.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

You must provide official proof of secondary school completion and submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. International transcripts must be translated to English, and must be submitted to WES (World Education Services: International Credential Evaluation) before directing to PLU.

ACADEMIC RECOMMENDATION

The academic recommendation must be from a qualified person familiar with your academic record such as a professor or counselor.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

You must meet PLU’s general English proficiency requirement through one of the following means:

  • TOEFL: 79
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China: CEFR Level C1
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTE: 56
  • Duolingo English Test: 105
  • Completion of one College level English class w/ B or better (Semester System)
  • Completion of two College level English classes w/ B or better (Quarter System)
  • SAT (English): 500
  • ACT (English): 21
  • GCE O-Level (English): B
  • Completion of PLU International Pathway Program
  • Completion of pre-approved non-PLU ESL program (CEFR B2 Level)
  • A secondary school diploma from an institution in Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland) and Netherlands (with a high school English score of 7 or higher). 
  • A secondary school diploma from an institution in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji , Gibraltar, Grenada , Guyana, Malta , Montserrat, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Turks and Caicos Islands, Vanuatu where English is the general medium of instruction.
  • Official documentation from the applicant’s secondary diploma granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed in the two bullet points above) verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of two years of enrollment at the institution is required. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following: 
    • Official or attested letter from the school principal, guidance counselor, English Teacher, Registrar or Controller of Examinations office. 
    • Official transcripts, attested mark sheets or diploma statements are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction.

*Immigration and Visa Requirements: If you are admitted to PLU, a financial guarantee (bank statement), a copy of passport biographical information page, and $200 enrollment deposit will be required prior to issuing a visa application support document (I-20 or DS-2019).

Once you’ve started your application, you can check on the status of each checklist item through our application portal.

Admission Criteria

You may apply as a transfer student if you have graduated from a secondary upper school or earned an equivalent diploma, and seek to transfer college-level credit to PLU from regionally accredited colleges or universities. To be considered for transfer admission to PLU, you need a minimum college-level GPA of at least 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and one year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of college level, academic coursework.

At PLU, transfer students are not only welcome, they are an important part of the campus community. Transfer students add a wealth of experience and diversity to campus. Each year more than 300 students transfer to PLU.

Applications for admission are evaluated without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabling conditions, financial resources or any other status protected by law.

Direct Transfer Agreements

Transfer students who complete a direct transfer associates degree from a Washington (DTA), Oregon (AAOT) or California (AS-T or AA-T) state community college enter PLU with automatic junior standing and fulfill 12 of PLU’s 14 general education requirements.

Transfer students who have not completed an associate degree or who seek to transfer from institutions other than these state community colleges will have their transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine the number of transferable credits and transfer GPA.

The schools of Education, Nursing (the School of Nursing has specific English proficiency requirements) and the Social Work Department require separate applications and prerequisite courses for admission. Please visit the relevant program’s website to find program requirements and application procedures.

*Please note: Admitted students interested in a Business major will also be automatically admitted to PLU’s School of Business.

PLU has memorandums of understanding with some community colleges for international students – a 2 year + 2 year partnership that grants international students from the community college guaranteed conditional admission to PLU.