International Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

All International Students

To be considered for admission, ALL International Students must submit each of the following items:

Transfer Students:
See International Transfer Students section for additional requirements


For applicants outside of the US:

  • Fall application deadline is May 1
  • Winter application deadline is October 15

For applicants inside of the US:

  • Fall application deadline is July 1
  • Winter application deadline is December 1


Complete the International application for admission.

$30 Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee ($30 in U.S. funds) is payable by credit card or money order.

Personal Statement

Students must write a 400-500 word essay on the following topic: "What will I do to bring cultural and international perspectives to Grand Valley?" This statement must be typed and signed.


  • Original or certified copy of all academic records from all secondary schools and/or universities you have attended
  • Diplomas or graduate certificates from all high schools or universities where you have earned a degree
  • National exit test results (if applicable)

Scanned or uncertified copies of transcripts are not accepted.

These records must be submitted in English or accompanied by a certified English translation (you may use a credential service such as WES, or ECE, or a certified translator).

Test Scores

Send official TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB test results directly to Grand Valley.

  • TOEFL: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • MELAB: 77
  • PTE: 53

Undergraduate applicants whose native language is English must submit an official ACT or SAT score.

Completion of ELS Language Centers Level 112 will fulfill the undergraduate English requirement.

  • For students who need to strengthen their English skills, the ELS Language Center is a great option. Located on our main campus in Allendale, ELS Language Centers is America's leading provider of English language instruction. ELS offers four-week-long English courses at 12 different levels. Undergraduate students may fulfill Grand Valley's English requirement by completing level 112 in the ELS curriculum. To attend ELS Language Center, you need to submit a separate application to ELS. For more information contact Lisa Wooning, ELS Center Director, at

Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS:
Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, North Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher-Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Gernadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Verification of Financial Support

Financial documentation is necessary for students to receive an I-20 and begin the visa process to attend Grand Valley. Financial sponsors are responsible for education and living expenses for the student's entire period of study at Grand Valley State University. Students are allowed to have 2 sponsors submit documentation to the university .Sponsors must produce the following documentation at the time of application:

  • Complete and sign the financial support form that is included in the application
  • Submit an official bank statement indicating the amount of support with signature and stamp of bank official
  • Must be less than six months old
  • Must show at least 3 months of transaction history

Students who will be supported by an institution, foundation, or government agency, your financial sponsor must submit a letter of support on official letterhead. The letter must include:

  • Name Grand Valley State University
  • Specify the expenses to be paid on your behalf
  • Indicate that the institution or agency has adequate financial resources to guarantee your first year of study

The estimated educational and living expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year is $29,600.

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. Course descriptions can be sent directly to

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

Page last modified June 13, 2018