Requirements for F-1 Visa Students

The International Student and Scholar Services office is here to assist as you pursue entry to Kennesaw State University. International students must meet the admission requirements as freshmen or transfer student to pursue a Bachelor’s degree program at KSU, and as a graduate student to pursue Master’s or Doctorate level programs. Basic admission standards and specific international student standards must be met. Students can also apply to enhance English language skills through the KSU Intensive English Program (IEP) prior to seeking entry as a degree seeking student.

Review the undergraduate and graduate admission deadlines as these are very important. Transcripts must be evaluated through World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., both recognized by Be sure to give yourself time to have the evaluation completed before the admission deadline. You should submit your completed application as early as possible to allow enough time to obtain a U.S. Visa.

Below are the steps to complete an undergraduate application. Click here to download a checklist of application requirements for undergraduate applicants. For steps to applying as a graduate applicant visit the Graduate College Admissions website. 


  • ❑ Submit your application and $40 application fee online at by the appropriate posted deadline for your desired semester of entry.

    ❑ Official transcripts of ALL your high school or post-secondary records.  English evaluations of all foreign documents will be needed. You must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluations services:

    High school transcript: document-by-document
    College/University transcript: course-by-course evaluation

    ❑ Original proof of educational funding. Please see the Affidavit of Support Page for more information.

    ❑ Validation of English Proficiency. See below for English Proficiency options.

      • Validation Criteria
      • TOEFL (Internet Based TOEFL IBT or Paper Based TOEFL PBT)
        79 IBT or 550 PBT
      • IELTS
      • SAT Critical Reading
        (Test taken prior to March 2016)
      • SAT Reading Test
        (Test taken March 2016 or later)
      • ACT English
      • EIKEN
      • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
      • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
      • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
      • Pearson PTE Academic
      • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE Or  "O" Level Exams
        B or Better
      • UK GCSE English Exam
        B or Better
      • UK GCE A-Level Exam
        B or Better
      • EdExcel Intl A-Levels Or IGCSE English Exams
        B or Better
      • KSU Intensive English Program (IEP) Level Six
        Successfully Complete Level Six
      • US College Completion of English Composition One and Two
        English Comp I & II with C or Better

    For graduate admission, you must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or higher; IELTS 6.5 or higher.

    ❑ Results from your Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). For SAT and ACT score requirements, contact the office of Admissions or check with the current catalog.  

    Links regarding testing and support services

    • SAT- College Board*
    • ACT - registration and testing* 
    • Kaplan - SAT/ACT information 

      *The school code for the TOEFL and SAT: 5359
        The school code for the ACT: 0833

    • IELTS - registration and testing
    • IEP - Intensive English Program
    • TOEFL - Educational Testing Services*

    ❑ Copies of Status/Immigration documents:
    * International Student Scholar Services: TownPoint Suite 1700 or (submit applicable F-1 visa, J-1 visa, passport, I-797A, I-94)
    * Undergraduate and Transfer and Adult Admission Services: Townpoint 1300 or (submit applicable Green Cards, any visa or status other than F1 or J1)

    ❑ Prior to enrolling in courses you must provide proof of immunization as required by the University System of Georgia. Please see the for further information.

  • To gain full admission to a KSU degree program, you must demonstrate English proficiency as per the above chart. You may be admitted conditionally into the Intensive English Program at KSU if you meet all requirements except the English Language Proficiency requirement. This process requires you to fully enroll in IEP and successfully complete through Level Six, as defined by the Intensive English Program. During this time, you are given an I-20 for Language Training. Upon completion of Level Six, your KSU Admission to the university will be reviewed for full acceptance. Only then will you be considered to have met the English Language Proficiency requirement, enroll in the university, and gain an I-20 into a degree program.

    See the Intensive English Program for details on enrolling.

Please Note: Transfer students with at least a 2.0 grade point average and 30 transferable semester hours (50 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university in the United States are exempted from the SAT and ACT requirements.

For questions regarding all other international admission contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Transfer and Adult Admissions Services at or 470-578-6500.

Send your application, test results, transcripts and other documents to:

Kennesaw State University
Office of Undegraduate Admissions
3391 Town Point Drive, MD 9111
Kennesaw, GA 30144