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International Undergraduate Freshmen

Admission Process

Are you an undergraduate student from a country other than the United States who wants to study at Marian University? Here is the step-by-step process outlining the international undergraduate admission process.

  • For application and admission purposes, we accept scanned versions of your transcripts and academic credentials.
  • When you are admitted and arrive on campus, please bring hard copies of your official transcript and diploma to the International Admissions Office for verification.
  • We must receive hard copies of these documents the first semester you enroll for classes. A hold will be placed on your account if the documents are not received.
Circle of students

Required Documents

Complete our online Marian University International Application. There is no application fee for international students.

Please submit all of the following to Jodi Johnson at jjohnson2@marian.edu.

  1. One essay on a topic of your choosing OR one letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or principal who is familiar with your recent academic performance.

  2. English language proficiency: International students must document their English proficiency. Please see the English language requirements below. Marian University reserves the right to require international students complete additional English language instruction, if needed, upon arrival.

  3. SAT/ACT scores are OPTIONAL for students with a strong academic profile. However, they may strengthen your qualifications for our higher merit scholarship awards.

  4. Academic records: Your official academic record should document all subjects you have studied and a final grade/mark or other evidence that you completed the course satisfactorily. Every effort will be made to evaluate your transcript, however you may be required to provide us with an official transcript evaluation or literal translation.

  5. External exam results: Official records such as O-levels, IB, IGCSE, ICSE, SPM, KCSE, and others that are administered by an educational examining board.

  6. Statement of activities (if you have taken a gap year or there is more than two years between your secondary school completion and now): A short paragraph describing what you have been doing since leaving school.

  7. ZeeMee: As part of our holistic review process and in an effort to get better acquainted with you, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps you bring your application to life. We encourage international applicants to create a profile on ZeeMee.com. Copy and paste your link into the Marian University application or send it directly to us at jjohnson2@marian.edu. Creating a ZeeMee profile is completely optional. Our evaluation of your admission application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.

  8. Proof of Finances: Submit a completed Financial Verification Form along with supporting documents from within the past six months showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.

Need-Based Financial Aid

When you begin your admission application, you should also begin the financial aid process. You must submit financial aid documents by the due dates below. To apply for need-based assistance, complete the College Scholarship Service’s PROFILE. By completing these forms, you enable our financial aid team to assess your family’s financial picture which, in turn, allows us to offer you the assistance you need based on your family’s eligibility.

Due Dates

  • For spring admission: November 1
  • For fall admission: June 1

English Language Requirements

If your native language is not English, send an official English proficiency test result directly to Marian University. Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL IBT  69   
  • TOEFL Paper 523
  • TOEFL CBT 193
  • IELTS  6.0

Marian University will waive this requirement if you:

  • Have earned a degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have earned at least 24 regular semester hours of university credit from an accredited U.S. college or university, or
  • Have completed at least one year of high school in which English was the language of instruction, or
  • You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language.

Review this information about our Intensive English Program.

Next Steps

  • Once received, we will review your completed application and contact you via email if additional information is needed.
  • If admitted, you will receive an official Marian University admission letter and I-20 form through the mail.
  • Complete an E-Ship Global request. Please see express mailing request for additional instructions.

Applying for our nursing program

The Leighton School of Nursing at Marian University requires proficiency in English for all admitted students. Understanding English is critical to your success in nursing courses, preparing for the NCLEX licensing exam, and professional practice as a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). To be considered for admission, you must be able to quickly speak and understand English. Minimum scores required for admission to the nursing program

    6.5 overall
    Speaking score 7
    83 total score
    Speaking score 26

We encourage you to meet or exceed the English proficiency requirement before moving to Indianapolis.

For More Information

Jodi Johnson
Assistant Director of International Admissions and Recruiting

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Check out our Common Questions webpage too!


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