International Students

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least six months prior to the term in which they intend to enroll. Prospective students who plan to begin a bachelor's degree program must submit all application materials (including transcripts, declaration of financial support, etc.) at least 90 days before the planned date of arrival in order to allow time for the student to receive the visa application papers. Under extenuating circumstances, an extension may be granted. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.
Appropriate visa application forms will be sent to the student upon receipt of an acceptable declaration of financial support to ensure that sufficient funds are available for initial housing and registration expenses upon the student's arrival in the United States.
International students on F visas are required to maintain valid immigration status throughout their stay at Olivet in order to remain in good standing with the university.

International Application Requirements

Olivet University welcomes inquiries from international students who wish to pursue a degree program at Olivet University. In addition to the normal admission requirements, an international student must comply with the following:

      1. An applicant's admission material must be received 90 days prior to the term in which they intend to enroll.
      2. An international student for any bachelor program must have completed a high school education from either a U.S. high school or the equivalent education from a foreign school.
      3. All foreign language documents must be accompanied by an official translation into English.

English Requirements for International Applicants

Olivet University requires English language proficiency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Olivet Language Studies Proficiency Test (OLSPT) for international students whose English is not considered as their native language or dominant language in their home. International students can prove English language proficiency by meeting one of the following conditions:

Undergraduate Programs
  • A minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 61, or
  • A minimum TOEFL CBT score of 173, or
  • A minimum TOEFL PBT score of 500, or
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or
  • A minimum OLSPT score of 80, plus a minimum of 17 in OLSPT Writing and a minimum of 16 in OLSPT Speaking, or
  • The student is from a country where English is the official language, or
  • The student received a diploma from an English-speaking high school.
Graduate Programs
  • A minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 80, or
  • A minimum TOEFL CBT score of 213, or
  • A minimum TOEFL PBT score of 550, or
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or
  • A minimum OLSPT score of 80, plus a minimum of 17 in OLSPT Writing and a minimum of 16 in OLSPT Speaking, or
  • The student is from a country where English is the official language, or
  • The student received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking School or university.

NOTE: Olivet University's code for submitting TOEFL score is 4218.
High school transcripts of students who have graduated from an English medium secondary school may also be reviewed to determine if the student must participate in proficiency testing. If an international applicant recently earned a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution where English was the language of instruction, he or she may submit a written request to the Admissions Committee explaining why he or she should be excused from taking the TOEFL, IELTS or other valid standard tests. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision on whether or not the applicant is excused from taking a language exam.
Students who demonstrate they are not prepared for a postsecondary education in their program are required to make up this deficiency prior to the start of their study.