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International Undergraduate Requirements

Application Deadlines

To ensure full consideration, all documents and items required for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the deadlines posted below. 

  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer: April 15
  • Fall Semester: June 15

Late Arrival Policy

A student must arrive on campus by the start date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019 which is the start date of classes.

The current Change of Semester policy for Undergraduate Admissions is that the application can be moved to a new term if the request is made before an admissions decision has been made or it is requested within 30 days of the original application.  

If the Change of Semester is requested after an admissions decision has been made or 30 days after the original application, the applicant must pay the $50 application fee again.

Undergraduate Admission Process

Application & Processing Fees

  • Complete the Undergraduate application form at
  • Pay a non-refundable $50 application-processing fee
    • Make the check, Visa or Master Card payable to Tarleton State University. The Application Fee must be submitted within
  • If you do not see the semester for which you wish to apply, you may have missed the deadline for application.  Applications close 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

Transcripts and Test Scores

  • If you are a first time freshmen, you must submit your official high school transcript and evaluation from a NACES-member evaluation agency. Basic equivalency without GPA is sufficient for admission. If you have earned any college credit, a course-by-course evaluation is required.
Test Scores
  • TOEFL Score: Original test scores (minimum of 520 for Regular TOEFL; 193 for Computerized TOEFL; 69 for Internet-based TOEFL); or
  • IELTS Score: 6 minimum
  • ACT: 20 or SAT: 1030Applicants are required to submit scores for either one of these tests.
  • Texas Success Initiative

There are certain conditions that may exempt students from requirements of the TSI law. For more information visit the TSI webpage.

After Admission

Financial Documentation

Once you are admitted to Tarleton State University you will need to submit personal and financial documentation to International Programs Office in order to obtain an I-20. 

  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Affidavit of Support - You must have a reliable financial sponsor. 
  • Bank Statement(s) showing you have enough funds for a full academic year. To obtain a visa from the U.S. Embassy, you must have documented evidence of financial solvency.
$8,450 Tuition and fees 4 courses per semester
$2,800 University Housing shared apartment
$1,769 Meal Plan 10 meals per week
$1,500 Books, Personal expenses  
$1,021 Health Insurance  
$15,540 One semester Full-time
X2 One year Full-time Fall and Spring terms
$31,080 Approximate total per year  

Registering for more than 12 credits will increase costs. Costs will vary depending on program, housing and meal plan selection

The financial section on the I-20 is an estimated average 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 documentation to:

International Programs
Box T-0770
Stephenville, TX 76402

Once financial documentation is approved you will be mailed an I-20 to apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. Embassy.


If you choose to stay in one of our dormitories, fill out the Housing Application and include a $100 check as a deposit which will be refunded when you leave the dorm.
If you choose to rent a private apartment, you do not need to make a room reservation in a University Dormitory nor is it necessary to send $100 for Room Deposit.
Medical Information
  • Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine is required. Submit proof to your Magnus Health account located in your MyGateway.
  • Fees for medical insurance will be charged with tuition at the time of registration after full admission. For more information please visit our Insurance webpage.
    All International students must have valid medical insurance on file with International Programs.
  • Notification of pre-existing medical conditions requiring special attention or treatment.