International Students



Application Procedures

Application Procedures
International students who are qualified academically, financially, and in English proficiency are encouraged to join the University community. Interested students can apply for admission for Fall Semester or Spring Semester.  PLU has four admission decision priority dates for Fall Semester —October 15, November 15, December 15, and January 15. 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. Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Spring Semester Applications will be due December 1st.

Credentials required are:

    • A completed International Student Application
    • School Records:
      • Documentation of completion of secondary school. For incoming freshmen international students, official secondary school records are required.
      • An official school record (transcript) with English translation from all colleges or universities attended in the United States, home country, or other country.
      • Documentation of any English as a second language program attended.
    • English Proficiency measured by one of the following:
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (paper test format) 213 (computer-based), 79 (internet-based), or either
        • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5,
        • Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum score of 56.
      • Two quarters or one semester of college-level English writing with grades of B or higher.
    • At least one academic reference, no more than three, from school officials or others in a position to evaluate the student’s ability to succeed in a baccalaureate program. International transfer students from a U.S. college or university must have a reference from the international student advisor.
    • A completed International Student Declaration of Finances
    • Personal Essay on one of three topics listed on the application form.