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International Admission Checklist - Freshmen

Below you will find a complete list of requirements for international freshman applicants. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Orr. You can reach Elizabeth at eorr@pugetsound.edu or 1+ 253.879.3985.

  • Common Application: Complete the Common Application for Freshmen, including the essay and $50 application fee, and submit your application online by the priority deadline.
  • Member Questions: Please fill out this section completely. If you indicate interest in the Business Leadership ProgramHonors Program, or the Lillis and Matelich scholarships in this section then you will need to fill out the Writing Supplement. 
    • Writing Supplement: Your ability to access the Writing Supplement is triggered by your responses to the Member Questions. The Puget Sound Writing Supplement is optional and includes applications for the Business Leadership ProgramHonors Program, and the Lillis and Matelich scholarships. Complete these applications only if you are interested in applying for these programs. 
  • Early Decision Agreement: Only for students applying Early Decision I or Early Decision II. Submit electronically through the Common Application Member Questions section.
  • School Report: The School Report gives us information about your school, your curriculum, and your performance. Complete your portion of this form and give to your school counselor or other administrator. Submit electronically in the School Forms section of Common Application.
  • Teacher Evaluation: The Teacher Evaluation form should be completed and sent to Puget Sound by a teacher at your current school. Complete your portion of this form and give to your teacher. Submit electronically in the School Forms section of Common Application.
  • Transcripts: Arrange to have official transcripts of all work completed at the high school level forwarded directly from the institution(s) attended to the Puget Sound Office of Admission. Students sitting for school certificates should request the Examination Board of Council to forward results directly to the university. We are unable to take action on copies of transcripts or certificates issued to the applicant. Transcripts must be translated in English.
  • Standardized Tests:
    • ACT or SAT: Submit official scores from the ACT or the SAT. Learn more about required exams here.
    • TOEFL or IELTS: English proficiency must be established by submitting the official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL ibt or 6.5 on the IELTS is recommended.
      • International students do not need to submit TOEFL of IELTS scores if:
        • The applicant has been attending a high school in the United States where English is the language of instruction for at least 2 years. If you believe you qualify for this exemption please email eorr@pugetsound.edu explaining your situation.
        • The applicant has been attending a high school outside of the United States where English is the language of instruction for at least 4 years. If you believe you qualify for this exemption please email eorr@pugetsound.edu explaining your situation.
        • The applicant is a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, or the United Kingdom.
  • InitialView Interview (strongly recommended but not required): An unscripted interview allows you to discuss your unique education and personal background, helping us to get to know you better. InitialView will conduct the interview and record the conversation so that it can be reviewed by our office. Since there is a cost for this service, an InitialView interview is strongly recommended but is not required. Your InitialView interview must be completed by February 1, 2014. 
  • International Student Financial Statement: While not a required part of the application, all accepted international students (including Canadian students) must submit the College Board's International Student Certification of Finances by May 15, 2013 if they plan to enroll. You can complete the PDF linked below and submit it to the Office of Admission by email to admission@pugetsound.edu or fax at 253.879.3993.

Special Programs

  • Business Leadership Program: Students interested in joining the Business Leadership Program must submit BLP application materials found on the Puget Sound supplement by January 15.
  • Honors Program: Students interested in joining the Honors Program must submit Honors application materials found on the Puget Sound supplement by January 15.
  • Music: Students must audition, either in person or by recording, for acceptance to the major and/or for scholarship consideration. To audition, complete the audition application. Note: The Arts Supplement to the Common Application is not accepted.

Important Admission Dates

Important Admission DateApplication postmarked byNotification
Early Decision Admission I November 15 December 15
Early Decision Admission II January 1 February 15
Regular Decision Admission January 15 By April 1

Examination Registration

Registration materials for all of the examinations discussed on this page are available from American Embassies and Consulate offices, the United States Information Agency (USIA), and many private organizations like the Institute of International Education (IIE), African-American Institute (AAI), America-Mid East Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST), and the American Kor-Asian Foundation. Registration materials for the TOEFL examination are also available by writing TOEFL, Box 899, Princeton, NJ, 08540, U.S.A.

Scholarships

Merit and international student scholarships are available and awarded to undergraduate students showing strong academic ability and/or potential. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships when their applications are completed.

We do not offer need-based financial aid for students with non-immigrant visas.