international student

International Applicants

With over 100 years of heritage, we welcome you to join Tarleton State University and take part in continuing the legacy. A 123-year-old institution that offers 100+ programs of study, Tarleton is full of opportunities that await you.

Freshmen Admissions Requirements

Please review score requirements, as they will be evaluated to determine your admission decision.

Please submit the following documentation to apply:

  • Online application
  • A U.S. $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript or official high school transcript evaluation
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores (optional)
  • Any other items requested by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on application answers
  • Proof of English fluency (scores cannot be more than 2 years old as of the first day of the term you are entering)

Applicant type: International Freshman

Effective Spring 2020 forward: Official SAT and ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Tarleton will not accept test scores from the high school. Tarleton’s SAT code is 6817. Tarleton’s ACT code is 4204.

  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Bank Letter or Statement
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Any other document(s) as requested by International Programs – Immigration
TestScore Requirement
Old SAT950
New SAT1030
ACT20

Old SAT total consists of Critical Reading (Verbal) + Math only. New SAT total (March 2016 forward) consists of Evidence Based Reading and Writing + Math. The writing component can be submitted but it is not required.

Effective Spring 2020 forward: Official SAT and ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Tarleton will not accept test scores from the high school. Tarleton’s SAT code is 6817. Tarleton’s ACT code is 4204.

In order to be considered for admission, you must submit the following item:

  • Transcript evaluation (in English) by a NACES or AICE member. Once evaluated, the agency must then forward their evaluation report to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
TestScore RequirementAccepted English Testing Services
TOEFL (Essentials)7TOEFL
TOEFL (internet-based)69TOEFL
IELTS6IELTS
PTE50PTE
TOEFL ITP Plus for China460TOEFL
DuoLingo95DuoLingo
  • A citizen of one of the following countries:
    • American Samoa
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Canada (except Quebec)
    • Dominica
    • Grand Cayman
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Trinidad/Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos
    • United Kingdom
    • U.S. Pacific Trust
  • 6 hours of college-level English, which must include 3 hours of English composition, taken at a U.S., Canadian (non-Quebec), British, or Australian institution with minimum grades of C or better; the other 3 hours can be a sophomore-level English course that is academic in nature
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading (Verbal) score of 550 (500 old SAT)
  • A minimum ACT English score of 21
  • Two years of study and diploma from accredited U.S. high school
  • Students who have completed all secondary education entirely in English may submit a letter from the school administration verifying the language of instruction is/was English. This request for a waiver of the language requirement will be reviewed by Admissions.

International students should allow at least 60 days for processing of documentation.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

Admission to Tarleton State University will be evaluated based on transfer requirements. In addition, please review the information below for instructions on scores and transcripts from previous institutions.

Please submit the following documentation to apply:

  • Online application
  • A U.S. $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  • An official college transcript from every U.S. institution attended or an official college transcript evaluation from every international institution attended
  • Any other items requested by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on application answers
  • Proof of English fluency (scores cannot be more than 2 years old as of the first day of the term you are entering)

 Applicant Type: International Transfer

  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Bank Letter or Statement
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Copy of Valid F-1 Visa (not applicable for Canadian or Bermudian transfer students)
  • Transfer your valid SEVIS record to Tarleton State University. We will not accept your SEVIS record if it is out of status.
  • Any other document(s) as requested by International Programs – Immigration

Transferable credit is college-level academic credit completed at a regionally accredited institution. Credits considered developmental, remedial, technical, or vocational will not transfer for admission purposes. Students wishing to utilize technical or vocational courses should consult an advisor.

Credit completed at a non-regionally accredited institution may be reviewed for articulation at the student’s request. Credit must be considered academic and the instructor is required to hold a minimum of 18 graduate credits in the course discipline. The student will be required to submit the following information:

  • Documentation from the institution stating the instructor of the course as well as their curriculum vitae/educational background.
  • Contact information of who provided the above documentation.
  • Any additional documentation requested by Transfer Services.

Documentation may be delivered via the following methods:

  • Emailed to [email protected]
  • Mailed to Transfer Services Box T-0030 Stephenville, TX 76402
  • Delivered in person to any campus.

In order to be considered for admission, you must submit the following item:

  • Transcript evaluation (in English) by a NACES or AICE member. Once evaluated, the agency must then forward their evaluation report to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

English Fluency Test Score Requirements

TestScore RequirementAccepted English Testing Services
TOEFL (Essentials)7TOEFL
TOEFL (internet-based)69TOEFL
IELTS6IELTS
PTE50PTE
TOEFL ITP Plus for China460TOEFL
DuoLingo95DuoLingo
  • A citizen of one of the following countries:
    • American Samoa
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Canada (except Quebec)
    • Dominica
    • Grand Cayman
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Liberia
    • New Zealand
    • Trinidad/Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos
    • United Kingdom
    • U.S. Pacific Trust
  • 6 hours of college-level English, which must include 3 hours of English composition, taken at a U.S., Canadian (non-Quebec), British, or Australian institution with minimum grades of C or better; the other 3 hours can be a sophomore-level English course that is academic in nature
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading (Verbal) score of 550 (500 old SAT)
  • A minimum ACT English score of 21
  • Two years of study and diploma from accredited U.S. high school
  • Students who have completed all secondary education entirely in English may submit a letter from the school administration verifying the language of instruction is/was English. This request for a waiver of the language requirement will be reviewed by Admissions.

International students should allow at least 60 days for processing of documentation.

International Application Deadlines (All Application Types)

SemesterEnforced Deadline
SpringNovember 1
SummerMarch 15
FallJune 15

Fall and Spring admission are available for Undergraduate International applicants. Because of the more limited availability of face-to-face courses in the summer session, international student applications will generally not be accepted except for those majoring in Medical Laboratory Science (where face-to-face summer course availability is assured). Students other than MLS majors may request approval from their departmental advisor if summer courses are available for the required 12 hours of total enrollment and 9 hours of face-to-face enrollment, as required by Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP). It is not recommended that international students begin classes during summer as they will struggle to find course offerings and might struggle academically due to the course demands during shorter terms. Contact [email protected] to discuss the summer admissions approval process.

Document Authentication

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions performs authentication of student admissions materials and required identification and immigration documentation. A primary Restricted Party Screening (RPS) is performed by the Department of Admissions for all foreign nationals seeking admission to the university with a secondary screening by Compliance and Strategic Initiatives (CSI), as needed. CSI will seek guidance from the empowered official (EO) and/or System Research and Security Office (RSO) as needed for resolution of concerns and for decision-making regarding admission approval. Foreign persons will not be admitted to the university until they have been cleared through the export control screening process.

Transcripts

The student is responsible for sending official transcripts from every institution they have attended in the United States and internationally. Official U.S.. transcripts can be sent electronically or be mailed by your high school. The student is responsible for having all foreign transcripts evaluated and sent to:

Tarleton State University
Undergraduate Admissions
Box T-0030
Stephenville, TX 76402

International transcripts must be evaluated by either a NACES or AICE member for U.S. equivalency. Once evaluated, the agency must then forward their evaluation report to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Emailing the I-20

The I-20 will be emailed to the email address provided on your application. Contact [email protected] if you would rather have your I-20 mailed to you.

Newly Admitted Students

If you have been recently admitted to Tarleton State University, go to https://www.tarleton.edu/admissions/nextsteps/ and https://www.tarleton.edu/international/next-steps/ to learn what your next steps are after admission. The International Next Steps page provides important immigration information for newly admitted F-1 students.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

To obtain a Form I-20 for your studies at Tarleton, you must demonstrate that you have the ability to pay for the cost of school plus living expenses for a full academic year. You will be required to submit our Affidavit of Financial Support and a currently dated bank statement or letter to prove that you can fund your studies.

If you will reside with a US sponsor near one of our campuses, please also submit our U.S. Provider’s Living Expenses Affidavit. If approved, this affidavit will substitute for showing evidence of the amount of funding required for the student’s living expenses (i.e., room and board).

Estimated Cost of Attendance for the Spring 2023 Semester:

 Estimated Cost of Attendance Undergraduate
(12 Hours)
Tuition, Fees, and Insurance$20,937
Room & Board$12,117
Other Costs (books, transportation, personal/miscellaneous)$5,117
Total $38,171

 The financial section on the I-20 is an estimated cost of 9 months of study; it is not a reflection of an actual tuition bill. For more information please visit Business Services.


Please submit all financial documents to:

International Programs – Immigration
Box T-0490
Stephenville, TX 76402
[email protected]  

Sponsoring Dependents

If you are planning on sponsoring your spouse and/or children, you must demonstrate that you have additional funds to support their living expenses.

First Dependent$13,069
Second Dependent$7,842
Third Dependent$7,036
Per Additional Dependent$1,616

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