International Students / Admission Requirements
In the admissions process, consideration is given to the school record, including courses taken, grades obtained, and class rank; proficiency in the English language, as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS); and recommendations from a school official and an academic teacher. An international student who is admitted will also be required to give proof of financial responsibility for her education and to submit a complete health form. Each enrolling student must also have adequate medical insurance.
An international student should apply well in advance of the time she wishes to enter the College. Complete applications for fall admission should be received by February 15; for spring admission by November 1.
Please take the following steps to complete your application:
- Complete fully and return the Meredith College application for admission, along with the $40 application fee (non-refundable).
- Have the appropriate school official(s) forward an official copy of the secondary-school record, complete with a listing of courses taken, grades obtained, credit received and rank in class; college or university transcript(s) if the student has taken any advanced work; and any degree, diploma or education certificate received. These records should include the results of any national or external examinations taken by the student. If the original transcripts are not provided in English, an official English translation is required. If submitting university transcripts, see below.
- Give evidence of proficiency in the English language by submitting official scores on the TOEFL (minimum accepted score of a 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the Internet-based test) or the IELTS (minimum score of 6). The exam should be taken within 18 months of the date the student wishes to enroll. Meredith College’s code for test takers is 5410.
- If the student’s native language or primary language of instruction is English, take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) of The College Board.
- Send a school official recommendation and an academic teacher recommendation. Relevant forms are provided within the application.
- Students who are submitting university transcripts must also provide an independent course-by-course evaluation for our Registrar. Options for independent course evaluation services include The Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AIEC), National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), AACRAO International Education Services (IES) or World Education Services, Inc.(WES). Students wishing to use other credential evaluations should first check with Meredith Admissions to see if these evaluations will be accepted.
- Applicants are invited to come for a visit and experience life as a Meredith student. To schedule a visit, call (919) 760-8581 or email requests to the Office of Admissions.
When all records are complete, the Office of Admissions will review the application and notify the applicant of its decision on her application. If the student is admitted, she must then meet the following requirements:
- Give evidence that she and her family have financial resources for her education at Meredith College by filing a complete Certificate of Financial Responsibility for International Students. This form and financial documentation in the form of original bank statements and/or official letters from a bank on bank letter head must be provided. These documents, along with a non-refundable $300 deposit, must be received before the College will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20). The I-20 form is necessary for the student to obtain a student visa (also called an F-1 visa) form from the U.S. Consulate.
- When an accepted applicant is issued an I-20 form, she should present it to the United States Consulate in her area to request an "F" visa (the student visa). Once admitted, Meredith will provide international students with helpful advice on applying for a visa but it is the individual student's responsibility to schedule an appointment with the local U.S. Consulate in her country and find out the individual visa requirements. Since it can take up to 3 months to get a visa appointment in some consulates, we recommend you contact them well in advance for an appointment. Please note that you will again be required to show original financial documents, so you should obtain duplicates when securing the documents for Meredith.
- Submit a completed Meredith College health form, found in the enrollment handbook.
- Provide proof of adequate medical insurance or be prepared to purchase a Meredith approved insurance plan upon arrival.