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International Admission Checklist

Puget Sound is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission!

Below you will find a complete list of requirements for international first-year applicants. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Orr. You can reach Elizabeth at or 1+ 253.879.3985.

Common Application

Complete the Common Application for First-Year Admission, including the essay and $50 (US) application fee, and submit your application online by the appropriate deadline.

Member Questions and Writing Supplement

Please fill out this section completely. If you agree to fill out the optional application questions or if you indicate interest in the Business Leadership ProgramHonors Program, and/or the Lillis and Matelich scholarships in this section then you will need to fill out the Writing Supplement. Your ability to access the Writing Supplement is triggered by your responses to the Member Questions. Complete these applications only if you are interested in applying for these programs.

Early Decision Agreement

Students applying Early Decision I or Early Decision II must review and sign the terms of the agreement. You can submit the agreement electronically through the Common Application Member Questions section or print out a PDF version and mail or fax a copy to our office.

School Report and Transcript

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. 

Please also arrange to have official transcripts of all work completed at the high school and/or college level forwarded directly from the institution(s) attended to the Puget Sound Office of Admission. Your high school counselor can submit your transcript with the School Report section of the Common Application. Students sitting for school certificates should request the Examination Board of Council to forward results directly to the university. Transcripts must be translated in English.

Counselor and Teacher Evaluation

We request one recommendation from a counselor or advisor at your current school and one from a teacher at your current school. The Counselor Evaluation and Teacher Evaluation forms should be completed and sent to Puget Sound by the recommender. If you do not have a counselor at your school, please have another school official such as a headmaster, principal, or advisor submit the evaluation on your behalf. Complete your portion of this form and give to your teacher. Submit electronically in the School Forms section of the Common Application.

Standardized Tests

  • ACT or SAT: You have the option to submit either the ACT or SAT. SAT Subject Tests are not required.
  • 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.

Some international students are not required to submit the ACT or SAT and the TOEFL or IELTS scores. Learn more about applying test-optional. You qualify to apply test-optional if:

  • You have 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 explaining your situation.
  • You have 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 explaining your situation.
  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore or the United Kingdom.


Puget Sound strongly recommends, but does not require, an interview through InitialView or Vericant. An unscripted interview allows you to discuss your unique education and personal background, helping us to get to know you better. InitialView and Vericant will conduct the interview and record the conversation so that it can be reviewed by our office. Alumni and admission officers may be also available to conduct interviews in-person or via Skype. Please contact Elizabeth Orr at to find out more. 

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 if they plan to enroll. You can complete the PDF and submit it to the Office of Admission by email to 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 found on the Puget Sound Member Questions by December 15. Note: The Arts Supplement to the Common Application is not accepted.

Important Admission Dates

Important Admission Date Application postmarked by Notification
Early Decision Admission I November 15 December 15
Early Action Admission December 1 February 15
Early Decision Admission II January 1 February 15
Regular Decision Admission January 15 By April 1


Merit scholarships are available for international students. No additional application is required. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships, ranging from $8,000 - $22,000 (US), when they apply to Puget Sound.

International students can also apply for Puget Sound's full ride Lillis and Matelich Scholarships.

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