International Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

All International Students

We welcome your application for admission to Grand Valley.

To be considered for admission, you must submit:

  • International application for admission and a U.S. $30 application fee payable by credit card or money order.
    • If you are applying for admission to complete a first university degree, we need an original or certified copy of all academic records from your secondary school or university, including national exit test results, if applicable.
    • If you have attended a university prior to Grand Valley, we need an original or certified copy of your college transcripts. We also need a diploma or graduate certificates from any high school or university where you have earned a degree. These records must be submitted in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. Scanned or uncertified copies of transcripts are not accepted.
  • Record of English proficiency. Students can submit an official TOEFL score report, IELTS score report, MELAB score report, or completion of ELS Language Centers Level 112. The minimum TOEFL score is 80, the minimum IELTS score is 6.5, and the minimum MELAB score is 77. Submission of an official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB score report is required of applicants whose native language is not English. Students whose native language is English must submit results of the SAT or ACT Assessment.
  • One- to two-page personal statement on the following topic: "What will I do to bring cultural and international perspectives to Grand Valley?" This statement must be typed and signed.
  • Verification of financial support. Your sponsor must complete and sign the financial support form that is included with our application and it must be submitted with an original bank statement verifying that the necessary amount of support is available. The estimated educational and living expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year is $29,150

For applicants outside of the United States, the Fall application deadline is May 1 and the Winter application deadline is Oct. 15.

For applicants inside of the United States, the Fall application deadline is July 1 and the Winter application deadline is Dec. 1.

International Transfer Students

Grand Valley welcomes transfer students from U.S. and international colleges and universities.

As part of the application, we will ask you to provide an original, official transcript from your current college or university, showing the classes you have taken, the number of credits or hours that are assigned to the classes, and the grade or mark that you received.

In order to give credit for non-U.S. courses, we will need course descriptions. Course descriptions are not required for colleges and universities located in the U.S., as those courses will be reviewed automatically. The course descriptions are not required for admission, but if they are submitted with the application, your courses can be reviewed quicker.

Please also review the “All International Students” section above.

Page last modified September 1, 2017