FOR UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

HOW TO APPLY

Thank you for your interest in The University of Akron.

We have hundreds of international students on our campus. They originate from 92 countries, with China, Saudi Arabia and India sending the most.

We encourage you to apply today, so that you may join them. Steps:

1. Apply and pay the $60 application fee

This page is for students who want to earn a bachelor's or associate's degree. If you want to earn a master's degree, law degree or Ph.D., use this page instead.

Before you begin the application, see lower on this page to learn about required application materials.

Choose one application to complete:

  1. Apply using UA's application, or
  2. Apply using the Common Application

A $60 application fee is required. Pay it here if you have not paid it already.

2. Submit required application materials

We require that you submit school transcripts or a graduation certificate/diploma or a college transcript.

  Application Transcripts Test Scores
UA Online
Application
$60
Application Fee
Secondary School
Transcripts*
College/ University
Transcripts*
English
Proficiency Test
New Freshman  
Transfer  
Postbaccalaureate  
Guest      
Special/Non-Degree  

* If not available at the time of application, final transcripts and proof of graduation must be submitted during the first semester of study. If the transcripts are not in English, they must be translated by a credentialed agency. We accept translated credentials from WES, NACES and AICE.

Transcripts

The University requests that you submit official transcripts or certified true copies from all high schools/secondary schools, universities/colleges and/or professional schools you have attended during your academic career.

Certified true copies must bear the official stamp and signature of the appropriate academic officer. If the language of instruction for the institution is not English, an exact certified English translation must be provided also.

Transcripts should indicate the grading key, grade point average (GPA) equivalent to a 4.0 scale, and institutional accreditation.

Notarized copies are not true copies and are not acceptable.

Degrees

Applicants must submit supporting documentation for all earned degrees indicated on the application. Provisional certificates may be accepted pending the award of a degree.

High school or secondary school students must show proof of graduation before they will be permitted to register for their first semester.

The same standards of authenticity for listed degrees/transcripts apply.

U.S. transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. International documents may be submitted as PDF to oipadmissions@uakron.edu or mail originals to:

International Admissions
The University of Akron
Akron, OH  44325-2001

3. Proof of English Language Proficiency

We also require proof that you can speak English proficiently.

All undergraduate international applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency, unless they are a citizen of an exempt country (see blue box below), by meeting the minimum score from one of the following acceptable tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Scholastic Aptitude Test Evidence-Based Verbal (SAT), the American College Test English (ACT), the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Pearson Test of English Proficiency Academic (PTE) or the Michigan English Laboratory Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Please note the institutional TOEFL (ITP Test) is not accepted by The University of Akron. TOEFL applications may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The IELTS is jointly administered by Cambridge (ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia. The MELAB is a secure test battery and is administered only by the ELI-UM and ELI-UM authorized official examiners in the US and Canada.


Applicants who are citizens and primarily educated in certain countries may be exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

Exempt countries

Applicants who are citizens and primarily educated in the following countries may be waived for the English language proficiency requirement:

Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Cayman Islands
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana

Jamaica
Liberia
Montserrat
New Zealand
Republic of Ireland
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland, & Wales)
United States & US Territories


Minimum requirements

Test Minimum required
TOEFL iBT 71
IELTS 6.0
CAE 169
PTE 48
Old SAT Critical Reading 430
New SAT Reading 490
ACT English 18
MELAB 69

TOEFL, IELTS and MELAB scores are valid for two years from the test date. The University of Akron accepts only valid test scores.

Conditional admission is offered to students who are academically acceptable but who have not yet obtained the level of English proficiency required for full admission. Students who meet these criteria may attend the University's English Language Institute or ELI. Students enrolled in the ELI may not enroll in undergraduate coursework until they have successfully completed ELI.

English Language Institute

For more information about the English Language Institute, contact:

English Language Institute, 
The University of Akron, Olin Hall, Room 302 
Akron, OH 44325-1909 USA
Phone: 330-972-7544
Fax: 330-972-7353
E-mail: oipadmissions@uakron.edu
Web: English Language Institute site

You may have the English proficiency requirement waived if you:

  • have satisfactorily completed one year of full-time academic coursework at a U.S. college/university and are in good standing at that institution, or
  • have graduated from a U.S. high school with minimum one year of study.

All waiver requests must be submitted in writing, with supporting documentation, to the Office of International Programs for final approval. The University of Akron reserves the right to require evidence of English language proficiency for all applicants. 

Note: Students who do not meet the English Proficiency requirement are not eligible for the June Thomas Rogers International Student Scholarship.

4. Check application status or update your application

After you have submitted your application, check your status to ensure we have all your documents. To check your application status, send an email to oipadmissions@uakron.edu.

Should you need to update your application, complete this form.

You will receive your admit decision by email. The decision will come about three weeks after we have received all your materials. 

5. Confirm your enrollment

If you receive an email saying you have been admitted, complete the following Intent to Enroll document to confirm your seat at The University of Akron.

6. You are done with the first steps! Congratulations!

See After you Apply for what comes next.


TIP: FOR FASTER PROCESSING

If you submit these items when you apply, your application would be processed faster and you would move toward the front of the line for visa appointments. These items are optional now, but will be required later.

1. Passport biographical page

Submit a copy of your passport biographical (photo) page to immigration@uakron.edu.

2. Funding

Demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover education and living expenses by completing the Declaration & Certification of Finances for Undergraduate Students. Submit the form to immigration@uakron.edu.

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QUESTIONS?

Contact Undergraduate International Admissions:

Campus location
Buchtel Hall 202

Mailing address
International Admissions
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2001

Hours of operation
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Phone: (+1) 330-972-6419
Fax: (+1) 330-972-7970
Check application status: (Undergraduate Admissions)
oipadmissions@uakron.edu

JP Yates, executive director of international recruitment
E-mail: intlrecruit@uakron.edu
Phone: 330-972-7709

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