Academic and Admission Requirements
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International Student Academic and Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

The following educational standards for admission to Northwestern Oklahoma State University are presently in force. These standards are subject to change without notice.

  • Students whose countries use the Divisional System for ranking graduates from high school must have graduated in Division I or High Division II.
  • Students whose countries use a numerical system or percentage system must have a minimum of a B average (2.70 on a 4.00 GPA scale). The Country Index will be used as the guide for determining United States equivalents.
  • A Foreign Student may be admitted if the student has sat for the American College Test (ACT) and received a composite score of at least 20, or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and receive a composite score of at least 940. A student must also provide a letter of English proficiency from the student's high school.
  • ALL Foreign Students MUST comply with the policy of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education concerning English Proficiency, DO NOT ASK FOR EXCEPTIONS.
  • Students transferring from an accredited college or university in the United States must have a GPA of at least 2.00.

Application Information and Requirements

Application For Admission

Each section of the application must be completed. Questions that are left unanswered and/or if the educational history is incomplete, the admission process will be delayed. You are required to complete and sign the application.

When submitting applications, students also should keep in mind mailing time and the time required to apply for student visas. Students may request their applications be updated for a future semester (up to one calendar year) if they are unable to attend Northwestern during the semester to which they initially applied.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester:July 15
Spring Semester:December 10

(Applications received after the deadline date will be processed for the next available semester)

Application Fee:
$15.00 non-refundable money order or cashier’s check made payable to Northwestern Oklahoma State University and drawn on a United States bank or bank based in the United States.

English Proficiency -- TOEFL or IELTS:

An official TOEFL score or IELTS score is required of all students for whom English is a second language and must be submitted as a portion of your application. The TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken within the last two years. If you have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam, please list the date you plan to take it. Northwestern does not admit students without meeting the English proficiency requirement. A waiver of this requirement can be obtained for transfer students who have earned 24 hours of college-level credit, with passing grades, at a recognized college/university in which English is the medium of instruction and in a country where English is the official language.

  • We cannot accept any score report that was originally issued to the student.
  • IELTS results must be sent to NWOSU directly from an IELTS Testing Center.
  • TOEFL results must be sent directly to Northwestern from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • SAT results must be sent directly from the College Board.
  • Our institution code for the TOEFL is 6493.
  • ACT results must be sent directly from ACT.

TOEFL Score Requirements:

Paper-Based Test:500
Computer-Based Test:173
Internet-Based Test:68

IELTS Score Requirements:

6.0 or Higher

Financial Guarantee:
The purpose of this form is to provide proof to Northwestern Oklahoma State University that you have the financial resources to cover the cost of the first year’s institutional expenses. This document must be signed by both you and the guarantor and countersigned, as well as sealed by the guarantor’s bank. If the guarantor’s bank prefers to issue a letter, the letter should be issued on bank stationery and signed by a bank official. Monetary values need to be converted to the United States dollar.

You must submit official transcripts from the high school you graduated from and also any colleges or universities that you previously attended. If the transcripts are not in English, a certified evaluation is required. If photocopies of records are sent, you will be expected to bring the original educational records when you arrive at Northwestern Oklahoma State University to enroll.

If you have attended a University overseas and wish for your credits to transfer to our university, you will be required to have your transcripts evaluated by one of the companies listed below:

Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.
 P.O. Box 9203
 College Station, TX 77842-8203

World Education Services
 P.O. Box 5087
 Bowling Green Station
 New York, NY 10274-5087

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
 International Education Consultants
 7101 SW 102 Avenue
 Miami, FL 33173

The evaluation must come directly from the company of your choosing to our institution. 

 Immunization Form:

As an International student at Northwestern, you are required to have a Tuberculosis skin test at Share Medical Center in Alva, OK. The completion of this test is necessary for enrollment. You also must complete and return to Northwestern, the Northwestern Immunization Form.

I-20 Form:
When the International Student Office has received all of the required information, a decision will be made regarding admission. If the student is academically accepted to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the adequacy of financial support will then be evaluated to determine whether you are eligible to receive the appropriate immigration documents (I-20) to obtain a Student Visa and enter the United States.

In mailing your application, write your return address on the outside of the envelope. If possible, type all returns in English, as this will speed up your admissions process. Mail your application to:

International Student Advisor
 Northwestern Oklahoma State University
 709 Oklahoma Blvd, Alva, OK 73717

Each enrollee at Northwestern will notify the Registrar of his/her social security number, which is used as his/her student identification number. Any applicant who does not have a social security number will be assigned a student identification number at the time he/she enrolls at Northwestern.

Students planning to live in a university residence hall must file a room reservation form with the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Business Office after admission has been certified.

Additional information is available in the International Student Admissions Handbook or please contact the International Student Advisor at (580) 327-8435 or

International Students Interested in Graduate Studies

Students who are successful at the undergraduate level may decide to continue their education in a graduate or professional school. Generally, application to graduate school is made following the completion of a four-year bachelor's degree from a United States institution or the equivalent in your home country.

The Graduate School at Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers programs of study leading to Master of Education and Master of Behavioral Science degrees.

Students wishing to earn a master's degree at Northwestern must also meet all requirements listed above.

For more information, visit with the International Student Advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Receiving Your Acceptance Package

If all of our requirements are met for admissions, you will be notified of your acceptance via email.  Due to the rising costs of shipping, NWOSU will be utilizing eShipGlobal to ship all acceptance packages containing I-20s.  Effective for all Spring 2017 applicants, it will be the responsibility of the applicant to pay for shipping of the acceptance packages.  Instructions will be lined out in each acceptance email.