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Traveling to a new country for your education proves that you are ready for not only a classroom education, but also a cultural one. You will find that PennWest Clarion's safe and inclusive community is welcoming and wants to learn from you as well. However, before you take the next steps on your educational journey, learn more About PennWest Clarion and see the information below about becoming a Golden Eagle.

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If you're an undergraduate student, please fill out the online application or the printable application. If you're a graduate student, review the eligibility information and fill out an online application.


  1. Create an account and complete the Online Application for Undergraduate.

    The application for admission and all supporting documents must be received no later than the date indicated for the corresponding semester.

    • Fall semester (historically begins in late August) – June 15
    • Spring semester (historically begins in mid-January) – November 15

We recommend that you apply and submit the documents earlier than the above dates, as the process of receiving immigration approval can be time consuming. Immigration form I-20 will not be issued until the international applicant has submitted the required evidence of financial support.

  1. Requirement of foreign educational credential evaluation services -

    • While we encourage all international students to submit transcripts using World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services foreign educational credential evaluation services, students from the following countries are required to submit their transcripts through this service: 
      • Cameroon
      • Gambia
      • Ghana
      • Haiti
      • Kenya
      • Liberia
      • Nigeria
      • Togo

    Before you apply, please note that some services do charge a fee in order to process your information, and we recommend that you begin the process as soon as possible to ensure that your materials can be received, evaluated, and forwarded to PennWest Clarion in a timely manner. Our university cannot forward any transcripts to these providers, so please make sure you follow the appropriate protocol in order to expedite your application in the most cost-efficient way possible.

  2. All non-native English speakers must submit an official English proficiency test score - TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, University of Cambridge ESOL Exam or SAT/ACT

  3. Submit official, English-translated copies of all secondary school transcripts

  4. Pay the online application fee with a credit card online


Nursing application deadline:

Nursing applicants pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing have a Dec. 15 application deadline. For the four-year BSN program seats are limited and on a first come, first served basis. We encourage any students interested in the four-year BSN program to apply as soon as possible.

english language requirements

Applicants from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit official results from one of the following:

1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language
Basic requirements for admission include a minimum TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based), or a score of 61 on the internet based.

2. The International English Language Testing System with a minimum score of 6.0.

3. Applicants may also submit Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 90.
The Duolingo English Test combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview. Duolingo's technology and format allows applicants to complete the test at any time or place, as long as they have internet access.

4. A minimum of B2 (160-179) for University of Cambridge ESOL Exam.

Applicants from countries where English is the principal language may choose to submit official SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or Cambridge ESOL scores.

important information for new international students

Other Resources for prospective students:

Estimated Total Costs (including tuition and fees for undergraduate students)
Financial Support Statement
Health Insurance — International undergraduate students must be covered by adequate health insurance. Due to the high cost of health care in the United States, all international students are required to carry comprehensive medical insurance.
Immigration and Pre-Arrival Information

eligibility for graduate admission

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, PennWest Clarion offers the following two graduate programs on a face-to-face environment: M.S. Athletic Training and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. All other graduate programs are offered online.

Individuals seeking regular full admission to a graduate program must meet the minimum admission requirements for the Division of Graduate Studies and any additional requirements of the program. To meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies international applicants must provide evidence of:

  1. A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an acceptably accredited college or university. International applicants must have their complete academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates) evaluated by one of the following professional credential evaluating services: World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. Applicants should request WES or ECE to forward the evaluation results directly to the PennWest Clarion Graduate Admissions Office. Please note that evaluations must be received directly from WES or ECE; unofficial copies will not be accepted. In addition, you are required to submit official academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates) in the original language and a certified English translation using the same format. These documents also should be forwarded to the PennWest Clarion Graduate Admissions Office. Individuals who have not yet completed the baccalaureate degree may send transcripts for course work completed in the original language and a certified English translation, along with application materials. However, the WES or ECE evaluation of final transcripts, mark sheets, and/or certificates showing the completion of the course work and the degree will be required.
  2. A minimum quality-point average of 2.75/4.00 scale at the undergraduate level. Some programs require a higher undergraduate quality-point average. Please review the program admission requirements listed on the Checklist for Completion of Graduate Application.

Individuals not meeting the quality-point average requirement of a graduate program may be eligible for regular admission when the lower quality-point average is evaluated in terms of supplementary factors, including recommendations, examination scores on such instruments as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and/or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or achievement in graduate-level course work. Information regarding the GRE, GMAT, or MAT may be obtained from the Division of Graduate Studies.

Applicants should refer to the admission requirements on the enclosed Checklist for Completion of Graduate Application. Also, applicants should follow the directions outlined on the General Information on Procedures for Applying to PennWest Clarion Graduate Programs sheet.

Admission of international graduate students

International students seeking admission to graduate study at PennWest Clarion should follow directions specified for all students on the "Checklist for Completion of Graduate Application." In addition, the international student applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
  1. Submit his or her application for admission by June 15 for fall term or by November 15 for spring term.
  2. Demonstrate English language proficiency. Acceptable evidence of proficiency is successful completion of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet based). Also a minimum International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of 7.0 is acceptable. Speech language pathology applicants are required to submit minimum TOEFL scores of 573 (paper-based), or 89 (internet-based) with a breakdown of minimum scores of 18 in reading, 26 in speaking, 21 in listening, and 24 in writing. Mass media arts and journalism (communication) applicants are required to submit minimum TOEFL scores of 600 (paper-based), or 100 (Internet-based). A minimum IELTS test score of 7.5 is acceptable for mass media arts and journalism (communication), and speech language pathology applicants. Satisfactory completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university is also acceptable evidence of English language proficiency. Other evidence may be approved by the Graduate Studies Office, such as affirmation of proficiency by a Clarion faculty member, other individual, or organization known to PennWest Clarion.
  3. For face-to-face programs: Furnish evidence of financial support on the Financial Support Statement form. The applicant must provide an official statement from an authorized bank certifying that sufficient funds are available to the student to cover costs of university fees and general living expenses for one academic year of study in the United States. "Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status" Form I-20 will not be issued until the international applicant has submitted the required evidence of financial support. For more information on Graduate Tuition & Fees visit here.
  4. Carry a full program of studies (at least nine semester hours) upon admission and matriculation. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations require students holding an "F" or "J" visa to carry a full program of study.
  5. Be covered by adequate health insurance. Due to the high cost of health care in the United States, all international students are required to carry comprehensive medical insurance.
Last Updated 8/14/23