International Students

Mount Mercy is a diverse community, welcoming international students from 30+ countries. Small class sizes, personal attention from professors and staff, and our beautiful, safe campus make this an ideal location for international students to achieve success and feel at home.

Application Steps

All required documents listed below must be received by August 1 (fall semester start) or January 2 (spring semester start). 

  • A completed online application and personal statement

  • Official high school transcripts translated into English by a court-certified English Language Translator 

  • Official college and/or foreign university transcripts (for transfer students) translated into English and evaluated by a foreign credit evaluation agency

  • Official scores from a Test of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, STEP Eiken, Duolingo, ACT or SAT)

  • Certification of funding sources (certificate of finance or letter with an affidavit from the bank)

  • A scanned copy of your passport to ensure we have the correct spelling of your name for SEVIS processing (email to

Admission Guidelines

Strong consideration is given to applicants with the following:

  • Incoming freshmencumulative grade point average of 2.75

  • Transfer studentscumulative grade point average of 2.50

  • One test score from any of the following:*
    • TOEFL: 550 PBT, 213 CBT, 79 IBT
    • IELTS: 6
    • STEP: Eiken (Grade 1)
    • PTE-Academic: Minimum score of 53 (no subscore below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking)
    • Duolingo: 50 or higher
    • ACT: Composite of 20 with subscores of 17 or higher
    • SAT: 1020 or higher (New SAT's beginning March 1, 2016)

*Test scores are waived for students completing Level 112 of ELS's English for Academic Purposes program or WESLI 700 level courses.

Students who do not meet the minimum grade point or test scores may still apply. The Admission Committee will review any files of those students who do not meet the minimum standards or who warrant concern. Any admission conditions and/or course recommendations will be determined on an individual basis by the Committee. If the student is an athlete, they must meet the guidelines to be eligible to play (per NAIA Article V, sections C and C.2).

International Baccalaureate and A Levels

Mount Mercy offers credit for International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge AS and A level exams, Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Information about other these credit earning alternatives can be found at in the Mount Mercy Catalog or the Registrar's Office at

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