INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Admissions Requirements

First-Time Freshmen

A student applying directly from secondary school (high school) who has earned no college or university credit.

First-Time Freshmen applying with academic course work from outside the U.S. should:

  • Complete a high/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, and earn a graduation diploma or certificate.
  • Complete high school curriculum with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on the 4.0 grading scale.
  • Submit official high school transcript (academic record), showing all courses with grades or marks, and graduation diploma or certificate. Official transcript must be in the original language of issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents.
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant's native language and has attended for at least three years’ full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction.
    • TOEFL score report with at least a minimum of 61 iBT or
    • IELTS score report with at least a minimum of 6.0.
  • SAT/ACT scores requirements
    • International Freshmen who require an F-1 Visa with only foreign coursework will not be required to take the SAT/ACT
    • All domestic Freshmen and International Freshmen graduating from a U.S. high school will be required to submit the SAT/ACT
    • SAT code:
  • The lower the grades are; the higher overall SAT/ACT score should be. When considering an applicant’s eligibility index, the highest mathematics and verbal scores are calculated.
  • If you selected an impacted major and you meet the minimum G.P.A for that major your application will go under review with the department chair of your major selection.

First-Time Freshman applying with academic course work from inside the U.S. should:

  • Complete the California State University high school college preparatory pattern with grades of C or better.
  • Meet eligibility index, which is a combination of high school grade point average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Submit official high school transcript and proof of high school graduation.
  • Submit SAT or ACT

Transfer Students

a student who is or has enrolled in an accredited college or university following high school graduation.

Transfer Student applying with academic course work from outside the U.S. should:

  • Lower Division Transfer: An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit considered a Lower Division Transfer (please note we are not opened to lower division transfer applicants at this time)
  • Upper Division Transfer: An applicant with 60 semester or 90 quarter units or more of transferable college credit is considered an Upper Division Transfer. A student who attended at least two years’ full time and completed a full schedule of transferable course work may be considered an upper division transfer with an overall G.P.A of 2.0
  • Submit an official transcript (academic record) from all international institutions attended showing completion of courses with examinations and grades or marks.
  • Submit certificates or diplomas. Official transcript and certificate/diplomas must be in the original language of the issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents.
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency
    • TOEFL score report with at least a minimum of 61 iBT
    • IELTS score report with at least a minimum of 6.0
  • SAT is not required.
  • Written essay or personal statement is not required. Impacted programs may require a written essay or portfolio.

Transfer with academic course work from inside the U.S. must:

  • Complete a high school/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education and earn a graduation diploma or certificate (for lower division transfers) with above satisfactory results or marks which equals a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale.
  • Complete college or university level courses from a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S. with a minimum overall grade point average of a 2.0, depending on major.
  • Complete college or university level courses from a government-recognized college/university with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.0 grade point average in the 4.0 grading scale.
  • Upper-division transfer students must complete:
    • A total of 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable units of credit to include CSU General Education courses in the following with a grade of C or better.
      • A1 Oral Communication - Public Speaking
      • A2 Written Communication (Freshman English Composition)
      • A3 Critical Thinking or Logic
      • B4 Quantitative Reasoning (Math above Intermediate Algebra level)
  • Transfer applicants from California Community Colleges must consult the ASSIST website at www.assist.org for a complete listing of approved General Education courses. Transfer applicants from out of state may use this list of approved General Education courses as a guide to determine if a course is appropriate.

    • Submit an official transcript from each U.S. institution attended.
    • Submit official transcripts (academic record) from all international institutions attended showing completion of courses with examinations and grades or marks.
    • Submit certificates or diplomas. Official transcript and certificate/diplomas must be in the original language of issue.
    • Submit certified English translations for all non-English documents.
    • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant's native language and has attended for at least three years full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction.
      • TOEFL score report with at least a minimum of 61 iBT
      • IELTS score report with at least a minimum of 6.0.
      • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is waived by completing one year of freshman English composition at an accredited U.S. college or university with C or better grades or by meeting the complete Upper division transfer eligibility requirements.

    • Graduate Students

      Graduate International Admission Requirements

      • Application to graduate study at Sonoma State University is a two part process. Applicants must apply to the University and to the specific graduate program. The university has minimum requirements for graduate admissions eligibility. However, individual graduate programs may have stricter/additional application requirements. Please visit the Graduate Studies Web site to learn more about our graduate programs, application deadlines, and the international applicant eligibility requirements for admission to a graduate program at Sonoma State University.