Chatham University

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for International Students

Graduates of secondary school systems and from accredited colleges and universities worldwide may apply as first-time or transfer college students.

Applications are accepted throughout the year (rolling admissions). For priority review and scholarship consideration students should apply by March 15th for the fall term and by November 1st for the spring term.

Admission Requirements

The following documents are required in order to complete the application:

  • Completed online application for admission via The Common Application
  • Admissions essay or personal statement
  • All official secondary and postsecondary transcripts, mark sheets or records. Original transcripts and official English translations are required for non-English institutions. Professional credential evaluation may be required for non-U.S. postsecondary academic records.
  • Official test scores - TOEFL, IELTS, STEP, SAT or ACT (Chatham code: 2081)
  • SAT and ACT scores (optional)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Copy of passport photo page (with identification information)
  • Copy of immigration documents (if currently living in the United States)
  • Proof of financial support (official bank statement, signed bank letter, or financial guarantee indicating enough funds to cover the first year of education at Chatham).

Transcript Evaluation Policy

Credentials from an educational system other than the United States will be reviewed initially by a Chatham in-house credential evaluator. Applicants may be required to have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service such as NACES, ECE, WES, or IERF. Any costs incurred for the professional evaluation are the responsibility of the applicant.

If applicants are transferring from a US institution, official college transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted to Chatham University.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students who have studied in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (not including Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or an English-speaking Caribbean island may be exempt from submitting English Language Proficiency requirements. All other international applicants whose first language is not English must meet one of the following language proficiency requirements for regular admission to Chatham University.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Internet-based test: score of 79
  • Paper-based test: score of 550
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Score of 6.5 or higher

Conditional Admission based on Language Proficiency
Students with acceptable academic credentials who do not meet language proficiency requirements may be admitted under conditional admission through the English Language Program. All conditionally admitted students are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival and may be required to take supplemental courses.

IELTS TOEFL
iBT
TOEFL
ITP
ELP Level
3.5 ~32 ~400 Low Inter
4.5-5.0 ~45 ~450 Inter
5.5 60-71 497-525 Higher Intermediate
6.0 71-79 525-547 Advanced (100-level courses)

Proof of Finance

US government regulations require that all students prove the availability of sufficient funding to meet their educational expenses for the first year of study. Each student must consider how they will fund their studies for the entire length of their academic program. Proof of financial support may include:

  • an official bank statement showing available funds
  • a signed bank letter verifying available funds
  • an official Financial Sponsorship Letter
  • an affidavit of support completed by a non-parental sponsor

Transfer Students

Students who have attended accredited colleges and universities may apply as transfer students. Transfer students must submit all of the application requirements listed above, with the following considerations:

  • Secondary school records are not required if applicant will complete 24 credits before matriculation.
  • Language Proficiency can be satisfied with completion of 24 credits or more at universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (not including Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or an English-speaking Caribbean island