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International Freshmen Applicants

If you attended a high school in the United States with a visa or have graduated from a high school internationally, you are considered an international freshman.

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 face-to-face courses, 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 request a form to request approval.

 If you previously attended Tarleton State University and then attended a different institution, but would like to return to Tarleton, please review Transfer Applicant Requirements.

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.

Freshmen Admissions Requirements

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

SAT & ACT Test Score Requirements

TestScore Requirement
Old SAT950
New SAT1030
 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.

English Fluency Test Score Requirements

TestScore RequirementAccepted English Testing Services
TOEFL (paper-based)520TOEFL
TOEFL (computerized)193TOEFL
TOEFL (internet-based)69TOEFL
TOEFL ITP Plus for China460TOEFL

English Fluency Exemptions

  • 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 credits of English composition taken at a U.S., Canadian (non-Quebec), British, or Australian institution with minimum grade C or better
  • 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.


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 official transcripts translated and sent to:

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

International high school transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluator for U.S. equivalency. 

 Students must send transcripts from every institution previously attended or admission will be denied. Tarleton does not accept transcripts sent by fax.

Mailing of the I-20

The I-20 will be mailed by First Class Mail through the United States Postal Service. It is the responsibility of the student to pay for any expedited shipment. Contact [email protected] for instructions.

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 provide financial documents to prove that you can fund your studies.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for the 2021/2022 Academic Year:

 Estimated Cost of Attendance Undergraduate
(12 Hours)
Tuition, Fees, and Insurance$20,697
Room & Board$11,358
Other Costs (books, transportation, personal/miscellaneous)$4,293
Total $36,348

 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:

Undergraduate Admissions
Box T-0030
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$10,665
Second Dependent$5,663
Third Dependent$4,886
Per Additional Dependent$1,555

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