International Freshman Application Requirements
October 1 for spring (January) semester
January 15 final deadline for fall (August) semester
Complete Undergraduate International Freshman application for admission
International students may be considered for admission with no SAT or ACT test score via the score optional admission program. This program allows for highly qualified students to be evaluated with no SAT or ACT score. More information can be found on our Score Optional information page.
International applicants to engineering or computer science majors within the Volgenau School of Engineering are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
Mason students participate in rigorous coursework as part of their university educational experience. Therefore, students at Mason must have a full command of academic English in order to be successful throughout their studies. All new students are expected to accurately comprehend written English, clearly understand rapidly spoken English in classroom lectures and in professional settings, write with proper grammar and syntax, and be able to respond quickly in English using a vocabulary appropriate for collegiate settings.
For this reason, Mason has a high standard of English proficiency for admission. Mason requires applicants to meet that English proficiency standard. Students who have completed a full high school degree/diploma program from a regionally accredited university in the United States, Canada (excluding province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are considered to have met that standard. All other applicants are required to show further evidence of English proficiency either by scoring at the prescribed level on an English proficiency examination, scoring at the prescribed level of the SAT I/ACT verbal section, or by taking college level English courses in the United States and meet minimum scores set by Mason in order to be considered for admission.
Decisions regarding English proficiency are the sole discretion of Mason Admissions offices.
Listed below are the English proficiency examinations that Mason accepts and the corresponding minimum score requirements and submission procedures. Individual programs reserve the right to set higher minimum scores. The University will not accept an English proficiency examination more than two years old:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 88 or higher on the internet-based exam, 230 or higher on the computer-based exam, and 570 or higher on the paper-based exam. Scores must be sent directly to Mason from ETS. Our testing code is 5827.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum score of 6.5 on the academic exam. Scores must be sent to Mason directly from the test center. Please contact the IELTS test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent directly to the Mason Admissions Office. The test center may submit your scores electronically. An institutional code is NOT required.
- Pearson Academic Test of English: A minimum score of 59. Some academic departments may require a higher score. Please be sure to verify minimum test score requirements with your academic program.
- SAT I Critical Reading/ACT-English: A minimum score of 450 or higher on the SAT I critical reading section or an ACT-English score of 20 or higher. Official scores must be sent directly from College Board or ACT. Mason’s SAT testing code is 5827 and our ACT testing code is 4357.
Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Please make sure you have your scores sent to the Mason Office of Admissions
For those not achieving English proficiency at the time of admission, Mason now offers both provisional and conditional admissions.
Provisional Admission is available for first-time freshman students through our ACCESS program. ACCESS is designed for academically qualified undergraduate international students who need additional English language proficiency assistance. Students enrolled in this program can work on their academic English language skills while taking a full-time academic course load toward their Bachelor’s degree. A minimum TOEFL score of 68 on the internet-based exam or a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 and a strong academic record are needed in order to qualify.
Conditional Admission may be available for applicants who do not meet our minimum English proficiency requirements but are otherwise academically qualified for admission. An offer of conditional admission means that once you have met one of our English proficiency requirements, we re-evaluate our decision and offer you admission to our ACCESS program or full admission to an academic program. Conditionally admitted students may apply to our English Language Institute and study English at Mason. Students who complete the highest level of study at ELI and receive an appropriate recommendation for advancement to academic studies will be considered as having met our English Proficiency requirement.
Secondary School/High School Records
All applicants are required to submit official, original transcripts as well as official results from any leaving certificates or university entrance exams taken. A certified English translation must be submitted for any documents not already in English.