International Students

Admission Requirements

This page provides information about both undergraduate and graduate admission requirements for international students at Truman.

Admission Deadlines

International applications are received and reviewed on a rolling basis through the following dates:

June 1: Application deadline for Fall Term (begins in August)
November 1: Application deadline for Spring Term (begins in January)


Undergraduate Admission Requirements

If you are a beginning freshman, a transfer from another university, or a visiting or exchange student, here is what we need to get you fully admitted.

Your first step to apply is to complete the Truman Application online. Once you have submitted your application, use the Student Portal to check on the status of your application or upload additional materials. Not ready to apply, but want to connect with our admissions team or ask a question? Contact us here.

  • Option One: Submit Official English Proficiency Scores: Truman requires a minimum overall score of:

    For full admission, official scores must be sent by your testing agency directly to Truman State University. You may also satisfy this requirement by transferring English Composition credits from a U.S. university or requesting a waiver because you are a U.S. citizen or you completed the majority of your secondary schooling in a native English-speaking country. Get more details here.

  • Option Two: Apply as a Conditional Student: If you cannot provide proof of English proficiency, you may apply as a conditional student in your application. As a conditional student, you will be required to complete a Level 9 certificate in English language at The Language Company on the Truman Campus or an approved alternative ESL program in the United States before being fully admitted to Truman State. Please note: Visiting and exchange students are not allowed to apply as conditional students.


For full admission, Truman must receive an official or certified copy of your transcripts from each school you have previously attended. This includes high schools, secondary schools, and universities. Official or certified copies of these transcripts should be sent directly to Truman’s International Office by your school. Transcripts can be delivered through a transcript service or mailed by your school to the following address:

Center for International Students
Truman State University
Baldwin Hall 104
100 East Normal Avenue
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
USA

If you wish, you may upload your own copies of these documents through the Student Portal to receive a preliminary admissions review before having your official transcripts sent.

To issue immigration documents, Truman must verify your ability to pay for your education at Truman. All non-U.S. citizens are required to complete and submit a Certificate of Financial Support. Instructions for completing this document are found in the document itself. Certificates of Financial Support should be uploaded through the Student Portal.

For all non-U.S. citizens, the Certificate of Financial Support must be verified with original or certified copies of bank documents. These bank documents should be uploaded through the Student Portal and should include the following:

  • A statement dated within the last 6 months that shows evidence of enough funds to meet at least one year of expenses for your proposed program of study (Visiting or Exchange students attending for one semester only need to demonstrate one semester of funds). The required balances on these bank documents can be found here. If you submit these documents after receiving a scholarship offer or non-resident tuition waiver, theses amounts may be subtracted from the required amounts
  • Evidence on the bank statement that the account is held in your sponsor’s name (as listed on the Certificate of Financial Support)
  • A letter from your bank stating the current balance in the account with the date the account was opened

You must submit a copy of the photo page of your passport and any other U.S. visas, permanent residence cards, or permanent residence application documents. These documents should be uploaded through the Student Portal.

Scholarships for international students are primarily based on past academic achievement as reflected in your test scores and transcripts. However, our admissions team will also consider additional documents such as a resume or CV, activities list, personal statement or essay, special awards or honors, or portfolios when making scholarship evaluations. These additional documents are completely optional both for admission and for scholarship consideration. If you would like to include these items in your application, please upload them with your application to ensure they are reviewed with your application and included in our scholarship considerations. Note: since visiting and exchange students are not eligible for merit-based scholarships, we encourage them not to submit any of these optional materials.

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Want to know if you'll be accepted or what scholarship you'll be offered before submitting all of your official academic records and financial information? For beginning freshman and students transferring from another university, our international admissions team can complete a preliminary admission and scholarship review of your application using your own copies of transcripts and English Proficiency tests. If you complete the following list of requirements, we can quickly send you a preliminary admission and scholarship offer. If you like the offer you get, simply send us the additional official documents listed above to formalize your decision and receive an I-20.

Your first step to apply is to complete the Truman Application online. Once you have submitted your application, use the Student Portal to check on the status of your application or upload additional materials. Not ready to apply, but want to connect with our admissions team or ask a question? Contact us here.

  • Option One: Self-Report Your English Proficiency Scores: Truman requires a minimum overall score of:

    For a quick decision, you may self-report your own scores or upload unofficial copies of your test scores through the Student Portal. You may also satisfy this requirement by transferring English Composition credits from a U.S. university or by requesting a waiver because you are a U.S. Citizen or you completed the majority of your secondary schooling in a native English-speaking country. Get more details here. Note: official scores will be required for full admission.

  • Option Two: Apply as a Conditional Student: If you cannot provide proof of English proficiency, you may apply as a conditional student in your application. As a conditional student, you will be required to complete a Level 9 certificate in English language at The Language Company on the Truman Campus or an approved alternative ESL program in the United States before being fully admitted to Truman State. Please note: Visiting students are not allowed to apply as conditional students.

For a quick decision, upload your own copy of your transcripts from each school you have previously attended through the Student Portal. This includes high schools, secondary schools, and universities. Note: official or certified copies of these transcripts will be required for full admission.

Scholarships for international students are primarily based on past academic achievement as reflected in your test scores and transcripts. However, our admissions team will also consider additional documents such as a resume or CV, activities list, personal statement or essay, special awards or honors, or portfolios when making scholarship evaluations. These additional documents are completely optional both for admission and for scholarship consideration. If you would like to include these items in your application, please upload them with your application to ensure they are reviewed with your application and included in our scholarship considerations.


Graduate Admission Requirements

All graduate students, including international students, must complete the Graduate Application and any program-specific requirements. Find a complete list of general and program-specific requirements here. Additionally, international students must complete the following requirements to support their application and receive their immigration documents.

Your first step to apply is to complete the Truman Graduate Application online. Each graduate program has its own unique set of additional requirements that applicants should review carefully. Once you have submitted your application, use the Student Portal to check on the status of your application or upload additional materials. Not ready to apply, but want to connect with our admissions team or ask a question? Contact us here.

  • Option One: Submit Official English Proficiency Scores: Truman requires a minimum overall score of:

    Official scores must be sent by your testing agency directly to Truman State University. You may also satisfy this requirement by transferring English Composition credits from a U.S. university or requesting a waiver because you are a U.S. citizen or you completed the majority of your secondary schooling in a native English-speaking country. Get more details here.

  • Option Two: Apply as a Conditional Student: If you cannot provide proof of English proficiency, you may apply as a conditional student in your application. As a conditional student, you will be required to complete a Level 9 certificate in English language at The Language Company on the Truman Campus or an approved alternative ESL program in the United States before being fully admitted to Truman State. Please note: Visiting and exchange students are not allowed to apply as conditional students.

To issue immigration documents, Truman must verify your ability to pay for your education at Truman. All non-U.S. citizens are required to complete and submit a Certificate of Financial Support. Instructions for completing this document are found in the document itself. Certificates of Financial Support should be uploaded through the Student Portal.

For all non-U.S. citizens, the Certificate of Financial Support must be verified with original or certified copies of Bank Documents. These bank documents should be uploaded through the Student Portal and should include the following:

  • A statement dated within the last 6 months that shows evidence of enough funds to meet at least one year of expenses for your proposed program of study. The required balances on these bank documents can be found here. If you have received a non-resident tuition waiver, this amount may be subtracted from the required amount
  • Evidence on the bank statement that the account is held in your sponsor’s name (as listed on the Certificate of Financial Support)
  • A letter from your bank stating the current balance in the account with the date the account was opened

You must submit a copy of the photo page of your passport and any other U.S. visas, permanent residence cards, or permanent residence application documents. These documents should be uploaded through the Student Portal.