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Undergraduate International Admissions

 

International StudentsWhile the application process for international students can be difficult, we are here to make things as easy as possible. Here is an easy to follow checklist of things that should be submitted before an admissions decision can be made. This information can be submitted all at one time or in increments.

 

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International Admissions

Mr. Dwight Doughty
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street, MUW-1626
Columbus, Mississippi, 39701-5800, U.S.A.

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International Application Deadlines

Applicants for undergraduate studies should have all required materials submitted to the Office of International Programs by the following dates, depending on anticipated semester of entry:

Semester of Entry
Application Deadline

Fall Semester

May 1

Spring Semester

October 1

June Summer Session

March 1

July Summer Session

April 1

 


International Freshman Requirements

 

  • Step 1: Apply for undergraduate admissions and submit $40 application fee. Applications will NOT be processed without payment of this fee. – You may contact University Accounting at +1 (662) 329-7210 to pay by credit or debit card.

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  • Step 2: Submit Official transcripts: We recommend all high school transcripts, secondary institution transcripts, and leaving certificates be sent through Spantran. We recommend using Spantran for your evaluation. This service offers a custom application to retrieve the best results at a discounted rated.

  • Step 3: ACT/SAT scores: Though scores are currently not required for admission. A score is required for scholarship eligibility, and for class placement. Freshmen and Transfer students may learn more here: https://www.muw.edu/admissions/affordable/scholarships

  • Step 4: TOEFL: The TOEFL can be waived if English is the student’s first language or if the student has taken and successfully completed an English course.

    Language Proficiency

  • Step 5: The W Student Health Agreement: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (two doses required). This immunization can be administered in your home country. TB Gold QuantiFERON Skin Test/Chest X-ray. The two tests must be administered in the United States. We recommend testing as soon as you arrive in the United States. Testing can be arranged through the University.

    Health Agreement

  • Step 6: Statement of Financial Backing: All costs are assessed per semester. Fees are in accordance with the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and are subject to change without notice. This estimate does NOT include costs for living or studying in Columbus during the summer semester. All bank statements and letters of financial supports are subject to University approval.

 

All Applicants must provide either original or true certified copies of transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of all previous secondary and post-secondary academic studies. This documentation must be certified and translated into English.

The United States Immigration & Naturalization Service requires that applicants show financial proof to meet the cost of study prior to the issuance of the I-20 form. The cost includes tuition, fees, room, meals, books, insurance, and estimated expenses.

 

Scholarships for Freshman International Students

Up to ten prospective W freshman students who are interested in entering The W in the Fall semester, who are not eligible to submit the FAFSA, will be eligible to apply for merit awards, based on ACT/SAT score and grade point average. Information regarding applying for the award will be communicated to International students during the admission process.

International Freshman Scholarships

 


International Transfer Student Requirements

 

  • Step 1: Apply for undergraduate admissions and submit $40 application fee. Applications will NOT be processed without payment of this fee. – You may contact University Accounting at +1 (662) 329-7210 to pay by credit or debit card.

    Apply to The W

  • Step 2: Submit Official transcripts: We recommend all high school transcripts, secondary institution transcripts, and leaving certificates be sent through Spantran. We recommend using Spantran for your evaluation. This service offers a custom application to retrieve the best results at a discounted rated.

  • Step 3: ACT/SAT scores: Though scores are currently not required for admission. A score is required for scholarship eligibility, and for class placement. Freshmen and Transfer students may learn more here: https://www.muw.edu/admissions/affordable/scholarships

  • Step 4: TOEFL: The TOEFL can be waived if English is the student’s first language or if the student has taken and successfully completed an English course.

    Language Proficiency

  • Step 5: The W Student Health Agreement: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (two doses required). This immunization can be administered in your home country. TB Gold QuantiFERON Skin Test/Chest X-ray. The two tests must be administered in the United States. We recommend testing as soon as you arrive in the United States. Testing can be arranged through the University.

    Health Agreement

  • Step 6: Statement of Financial Backing: All costs are assessed per semester. Fees are in accordance with the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and are subject to change without notice. This estimate does NOT include costs for living or studying in Columbus during the summer semester. All bank statements and letters of financial supports are subject to University approval.

 

All Applicants must provide either original or true certified copies of transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of all previous secondary and post-secondary academic studies. This documentation must be certified and translated into English.

The United States Immigration & Naturalization Service requires that applicants show financial proof to meet the cost of study prior to the issuance of the I-20 form. The cost includes tuition, fees, room, meals, books, insurance, and estimated expenses.

 

Scholarships for Transfer International Students

International transfer students are eligible for institutional scholarships at the point of admission.

International Transfer Scholarships


Language Proficiency Requirements

Language proficiency exam requirements for undergraduate admission:

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Paper-Based Minimum Score 525

  2. TOEFL Computer-Based Minimum Score 197

  3. TOEFL Internet-Based Score 71

  4. IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Minimum Score 5.5

  5. PTE (Pearson Test of English) Minimum Score 48.

Note: Information about the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE can be found at this website: www.examenglish.com.

 

Students do not have to submit English language proficiency exam scores if any of the following criteria apply:

  1. They are graduates of a U.S. high school and submit appropriate ACT or SAT score

  2. They have completed six semester hours of sophomore level English courses at an accredited U.S. college or university

  3. They have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university

  4. They are citizens of a country where English is the first language

  5. They have graduated from a high school, college, or university where English is the language of instruction

 


 

Student Health Agreement

All international students must complete the Student Health Agreement Form and submit the document through the Admission portal.

Health Insurance Agreement

It is Mississippi University for Women's policy that non-immigrant international students must have health insurance to be enrolled at MUW. International students must purchase an insurance plan independently from the university. Proof of insurance coverage must be submitted to the Office of International Admissions within one week of each term starting.

Immunization/X-Ray Requirement

It is obligatory that all international students submit records of 2 vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) a chest xray, and a tuberculcosis shot. X-rays cost $75 and must be done in the United States along with the tuberculosis shot. Translated records may be submitted prior to registration, though the Office of International Admissions must receive all documents within two weeks of registration.

Student Health Agreement (.pdf)

 


 

Transfer of Funds

Before students leave their native countries, it is very important to inquire about the regulations regarding the transfer of funds. In addition to the costs of travel, students should have at least $500 (USD) upon arrival in Mississippi to meet initial expenses. Foreign bank drafts for spending money made out to the university may take up to one month to process, so it is highly recommended that internationally accepted traveler's checks be used by the student in place of checks written on foreign banks.