Freshman International Admission


At Concord University a freshman is a student who has never taken courses past secondary school. If you have taken university courses please see the International Transfer Page.                                                              

Once Concord University receives all required application documents an admissions representative will review your file to determine your eligibility for admission. All applicants will be notified via email after an admission decision has been made.  

Follow these steps to apply for international freshman admission to Concord University

Complete an Online Application

Submit Required Documents for Admission

1.  Secondary School Transcripts

Send an official or certified copy of your transcript in English to Concord University’s Office of Admissions.  If your school or institution is unable to  provide you with an English translation please consider one of the following options:

Students who have completed a national exam must provide official results including scratch cards (if available).

2.  Send SAT or ACT scores

Submission of SAT or ACT scores are required for all freshman applicants from English speaking countries and highly suggested for all applicants.  Scores used for course placement.  Please have all scores sent directly to Concord University.
SAT Code: 5120
ACT Code: 4516

3.  Proof of English Proficiency

Students from English speaking countries will have the English proficiency requirement waived.  View the English speaking country list.  

Proof of English proficiency must be established in one or more of the following ways in order to gain admission into a degree seeking program:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 60 (internet-based test) - Code 5120
  • A minimum IELTS band 6.0
  • A minimum GTEC CBT score of 306
  • A minimum EIKEN score of 2A
  • A minimum iTEP score of 3.5
  • A minimum Duolingo English Test score of 52
  • SAT ERW score of 470 or higher (SAT taken after June 2016) or Critical Reading score of 440 or higher and SAT Writing score of 390 of higher 
  • ACT English score of 15 or higher and ACT Reading score of 18 or higher
  • College preparatory English curriculum (non-ESL) where English is the language of instruction for a minimum of 3 years
  • Successful completion of an Intensive English Program designed to prepare students for academic college-level instruction

If English language proficiency is not verified prior to enrollment at Concord University admissible students will be automatically placed into our on campus ESL program.

4.  Explanation of Educational Gaps

For students who have large gaps in their educational history a personal statement detailing activities (work, volunteer, travel, etc) since last enrolled as a fulltime student will be required.

Documents Required to Obtain Form I-20:

Most international students will be required to enter the United States with an F-1 student visa.  In order to issue the Form I-20 you will need to submit a Confidential Statement of Financial Support and/or supporting bank documentation indicating sufficient funding to attend Concord University for at least one year.   Students from high risk countries may be required to submit the first semesters tuition, room and board payment before the Form I-20 is released.

Financial Statement

Typically a letter or statement from a bank that lists a specific amount of liquid assets will be enough to obtain a Form I-20. A financial statement should list a minimum balance of $33,047 USD minus any scholarships offered to a student. Financial information must be no older than 6 months, prior to the start of school. Only official original documents will be accepted.

Confidential Statement of Financial Support

This form is designed to standardize financial information provided by applicants and is an alternative to submitting a bank statement.  By completing this form and returning it to Concord University, an applicant, if admitted, may obtain that college’s authorization and issuance of a Form I-20. Click here for the 2019-2020 Confidential Statement of Financial Support.  

Copy of current passport valid for at least 6 months prior to proposed state of entry

Outline of Costs at Concord for One Year of Study*

Tuition $18,186
Room & Board $9,728
Miscellaneous (Insurance, Transport, Books, etc.) $5,153
Total $33,067

*2019-2020 estimated costs

For express mail Use the following address:
Concord University
Office of Admissions
1000 Vermillion
Athens, WV 24712