OPT Program Admissions Requirements

Freshman Application Deadlines

Fall Semester – February 1 (Priority Deadline) – April 1 (Final Deadline)
All international students, except documented U.S. permanent residents and other eligible non-U.S. citizens, should submit all application requirements – including the required international student documents – by February 1 for admission for the fall semester.* This priority deadline exists due to the length of time after admission that is necessary to allow for arranging next steps, including but not limited to arranging an appointment with a US embassy in a student’s home country to obtain proper visa requirements. Decisions are released on a rolling basis. Applications completed after the deadline may not be considered for that semester but will be reviewed for the following semester upon receipt of a new application.

Some majors, such as Nursing and Medical Laboratory Science, may have much earlier deadlines for all transfer students and may only start once a year. Please see our Fields of Study section for more information.

Required Information

Undergraduate Application for Admission
International students may use the online Common Application.

Proof of English Proficiency
International students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. Any student whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The following TOEFL scores are required for admission: 213 or higher (computer-based); 80 or higher (Internet-based); or 550 or higher (paper-based). Students who have taken the Internet-based TOEFL test should have no individual section score lower than 20. Students who have taken the IELTS should have a minimum overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score lower than 6.0. International students who have completed courses equivalent to ENG 151 and ENG 152 at Stevenson University with a grade of “C” or higher may possibly be exempt from the TOEFL or IETLS requirement. The website for TOEFL information is ets.org and the website for IELTS is ielts.org.

Transcripts and Certificates of Previous Academic Work
International students who have attended or who are currently attending a U.S. post-secondary institution must submit official transcripts from all institutions. Students who have completed post-secondary academic coursework outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A member list is available on the NACES website. Transfer students who have completed less than 28 college-level academic credits (as determined by a Stevenson University credit evaluation) are required to submit an official U.S. high school transcript or official NACES member evaluation of a non-U.S. secondary school transcript.

SAT or ACT Scores
Official SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly from the CollegeBoard at www.collegeboard.org. Stevenson’s test codes are as follows: SAT – 5856; ACT – 1753.

Letters of Recommendation
Submit at least one recommendation from a teacher and/or counselor.

Applicants must submit a response to a single essay question. Essay topics are provided on each version of the application. Please note that the essay should be approximately 500 words, even though the Common Application says responses can be as short as 250 words. In addition, please provide a 100-word answer to the short response question listed on the application.