International First-Year Students

Students wishing to enroll at Marymount University who are neither a U.S. citizen nor permanent U.S. resident (green card holder) are considered international students.

Regardless of citizenship or immigration status, students who are currently enrolled or have previously enrolled at a school outside of the United States may also be considered international applicants and be subject to additional international admissions requirements.

Prospective applicants who have completed at least 12 semester credits or 18 quarter hours after high school graduation (or after completion of high school equivalency) at a college or university are not considered First-Year students and should apply as International Transfer Applicants.

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International First-Year applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application submitted through the Marymount Application or Common App
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools. Where appropriate, include official results and certificates of completion from national secondary school examinations such as GCSE/GCE and WAEC. Certified English translations must be submitted for any transcripts not already in English.
  • Verification of English language proficiency
  • A resume/CV should an applicant have any gaps in enrollment
  • Official standardized scores (SAT/ACT) [optional]
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
  • Personal statement (optional, although highly encouraged)

Documents such as transcripts and test scores must be received directly from the issuing institution/test center to be considered official for admission consideration, and will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant. To ensure timely processing of your documents, we prefer documents to be sent electronically. Documents may be emailed to

If you are mailing your supporting documents, please send them to:

Marymount University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Your application is considered complete when we receive all supporting documents. Only then will we review and consider your application for admission.

Demonstrate English Language Proficiency:

If English is not your native language, you must provide Marymount University with verification of your proficiency in English for admission consideration. English proficiency may be demonstrated by a test or waiver.

Note: Official test scores must be submitted directly from the test center to be acceptable. Scores must not be more than two years old.

Test: Minimum Score Requirement:
SAT I score of 450 on the Evidenced-based Reading and Writing section
ACT score of 18 on both Reading and Writing sections
TOEFL iBT overall score within the range of 79
IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0
Pearson Test for English (PTE) overall score of 54
Duolingo English Test overall score within the range of 100-105

Potential Waivers for English Language Proficiency

The English language proficiency requirement is considered fulfilled if a student has completed one of the following:
  • four consecutive years (grades 9 through 12) of college preparatory English (excluding ESL/ELL/ELD or remedial English courses) with grades of C or higher at a U.S. high school excluding Puerto Rico,
  • completion of 30 credits from a U.S. regionally accredited institution AND completion of an English Composition course equivalent to Marymount’s EN101 at a U.S. regionally accredited institution with a C or better, OR
  • a conferred Associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree earned from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.

Conditional Admission Consideration:

Prospective undergraduate international students who meet regular admissions requirements except for English language proficiency may apply for conditional admission through  Marymount University’s Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

This is a selective program. Acceptance is based on an evaluation of high school transcripts and/or university-level coursework and meeting minimum English language proficiency test score requirements. Once in the program, students work toward meeting admission requirements while studying in the Intensive English course. When conditional requirements are met, they are then granted full admission into the undergraduate program.

For more information and how to apply, visit our IELP website.