Undergraduate Admission

I have an EAD card or Temporary Visa or no visa status 

We want the best students to join our university and help by investing in your future with $2,000,000 allocated annually for International Merit Scholarships. All international students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to provide enough time for the additional governmental processing of immigration documents, issuance of a visa, or other scholarship-related applications. 

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Fall July 1 of the same year
Spring November 1 of the previous year
Summer April 15 of the same year (Only for students already in the United States)


Admission Requirements

NOTE: The University will not consider incomplete applications. All required documents must be submitted for consideration. An application may take up to one month (30 days) to process. 

  1. Online Application
    1. You may apply online even if you do not yet have all the required documents. Once you start the online application, a university ID number will be assigned to you. 
    2. You might be admitted with unofficial documents, but no visa document (I-20 Form) will be issued to you before completed, official documents are received.
  2. Application Fee
    1. Non-refundable fee of US $30
    2. A credit card is required for the application fee payment. 
  3. Proof of English Proficiency (Please submit the official scores from one of the following:)

Official English proficiency score. Your scores must be sent to our office directly by the testing company. We cannot accept these documents from you. Choose one of the following options:

    1. IELTS score of 5.5 or above: http://www.ielts.org
    2. TOEFL iBT score of 61 or above (Computer-based 173 or above or paper-based 500 or above. The MTSU institution code is 1466.) https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about
    3. Duolingo English Test with a score of 85 or above.
    4. iTEP score of 3.5 or above.
    5. For transfer students, completion of English 1010 and 1020 at a U.S. university.
    6. The ELS completion certificate of level 110: https://www.els.edu/destinations/nashville (contact nsh@els.edu)

Please Note:

    • Proof of English Proficiency is not required if... 
      • English is the native language of your country of citizenship, or
      • You have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. accredited 4 year college or university.
      • Nursing and Professional-Pilot degree programs require higher minimum English language proficiency scores: IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT 70, Duolingo 95, iTEP 3.8, or ELS level 112.
      • If you are funded by an organization, please make sure the type of English test is also acceptable to the funding organization. 
  • Transcripts

Official Academic Transcripts.

Your official high school or university transcripts must be mailed directly from your high school or university to MTSU. We cannot accept these documents from you unless they have been provided to you in an unopened official envelope with an embossed stamp or inked seal across the flap of the envelope. If you are a transfer student, we will require your high school transcript only if you have completed less than 24 hours of university coursework.

If you have attended university level courses outside the U.S. then you must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by any one of the Current Members on www.naces.org, such as:

A full course-by-course evaluation is required for all foreign, post-secondary course work.  You must submit any and all post-secondary course work prior to being admitted.  Failure to submit all transcripts can result in your dismissal from our university. MTSU also accepts Credit by Examination.

Photocopies cannot be accepted. It is required that you have a commercial evaluation service to translate and evaluate the transcripts. The evaluation service must send the report directly to the International Enrollment and Services office.

If the applicant obtained a college degree or took some classes at another U.S. institution, that transcript is required. 

Information for Newly Admitted Students (Only for students who have been fully admitted). International students who have been admitted to MTSU must submit the following documents;

Tuberculosis Forms Packet

Proof of two (2) Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) immunizations, and two (2) Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunizations

Financial Statement indicating sources of support (see below for details)

Health Insurance 

Photocopies of entire I-20 (if transferring from within the U.S.), I-94, Passport and VISA booklet

All materials should be submitted using one of the options below.

Postal Service Delivery Address

International Enrollment and Services
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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Courier/Express Delivery:

International Enrollment and Services
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 USA

Fax: +1 615-494-8935


International Merit Scholarship

  • All first-year or transfer students attending on an F1 visa who have Final Acceptance/Fully Admitted to the university are considered for the MTSU International Merit Scholarship.
  • The MTSU International Merit Scholarship is available at three levels, $4,000, $8,000 or $16,000 and is applied towards the cost of out-of-state tuition.
  • Once awarded, scholarships are renewable annually with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Priority deadline to accept the scholarship is July 1st (Fall) and November 1st (Spring).
  • Scholarships are awarded on a first come/first serve basis until all funds are exhausted.

Visa Information

After gaining admission, international students who would attend MTSU with an F1 student visa must receive an I-20 document from MTSU. Students who need to apply for a new visa in their home country must present this document at the local consular office, during a visa interview. Students transferring from another university in the U.S., or MTSU undergraduate students continuing on to an MTSU graduate program, must have a new I-20 indicating they are pursuing graduate study at MTSU. Below is a list of documents newly-admitted students must submit in order to receive an I-20 from MTSU.

*The last days MTSU can issue initial I-20s for students outside the US without F1 visa status are:

  • July 1 for Fall admission
  • November 1 for Spring admission

Before issuing your I-20 for your visa application, we must receive:

Copy of your passport photo page showing expiration date.

Proof of current financial affidavit of support totaling $36,500. Undergraduate Applicant Financial Form

If you are a transfer student in the US on the F1 Visa:

  • Copy of your visa showing issue and expiration date.
  • Copy of pages 1-3 of your current I-20.
  • Copy of your I-94 record: www.cbp.gov/i94
  • Please have your Designated School Official (DSO) at your university or English program complete Section II of the Transfer Verification form, and return it to us.  The completed section is proof that you have maintained your immigration status while in the U.S. International Student Transfer Verification Form
  • Proof of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella vaccinations:

    • For each dose, the vaccines must be taken on the same day. For example, you should get the first MMR vaccine on the same day as the first varicella vaccine (and then receive the second doses of both vaccines at a later date, on the same day, at least 28 days later).
    • The second dose of both vaccines is required before classes start. You will not be allowed to enroll in class full-time until proof of the second immunization doses is submitted to Student Health Services. Full-time enrollment is required to maintain F1 visa status.
    • Present a certificate of immunization form.

Additional Requirements

Below are additional health-related requirements that can affect your visa status.

Tuberculosis Testing

  • Students must complete and submit a tuberculosis screening form from Student Health Services.
  • Additional x-rays or testing may be required.
  • If additional testing is required, the student must complete testing by the first day of classes or her/his class schedule will be purged.

Meningitis Immunizations

  • Students under age 22 who plan to live in on-campus housing must submit proof of one dose of meningococcal vaccine given on or after their sixteenth birthday
  • Students must provide proof of immunization before moving in to on-campus housing
  • Download the meningitis immunization form from Student Health Services

Student Insurance

  • All F1 and J1 visa holders are required to show proof of insurance showing a minimum of $30,000 medical evacuation expenses being covered as well as a minimum of $30,000 repatriation expenses being covered.
  • Insurance coverage for students and their dependents is available through Lewermark.

Who do I ask for help?

For all admission inquiries, please email: international@mtsu.edu

For all immigration inquiries, please email InternationalStudentScholarServices@mtsu.edu


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