Applying for Admission as an International Student

International applicants follow the same application procedures as our domestic first-year and transfer applicants. Below is a list of additional items that Harvey Mudd College either requires or recommends international applicants include with their applications.

Additional Application Materials

Recommended: A profile of your secondary school

This may include information about the structure of the course system (the required number of classes, the number of hours per course, the number of lab science courses, etc.), the grading scale, the rigor of the academic program and the reputation of the school. We welcome any information that helps put your record into context.

Required: A current email address

Email is the primary mode of communication between international applicants and the College’s Office of Admission.

Required: Translated credentials

You must provide English translations of any credentials not in English.

Required: Proof of proficiency in English

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is not your first language or if it has been your primary language for fewer than five years.

Required: International Student Certification of Finances

The 2015–2016 International Student Certification of Finances (PDF) form must be submitted on or before November 15 for Early Decision I applicants, January 2 for Early Decision II applicants and March 1 for Regular Decision applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum scores for the TOEFL and IELTS exams?

For the TOEFL, we expect to see scores above 600 on the written exam, 250 on the computerized version and 100 or higher on the internet-based test. For the IELTS, the minimum score on the Academic Test is 8. We will not accept the General Training IELTS, as it does not test any academic skills.

Will my chances of admission be affected if I apply as an international student seeking financial aid?

Yes. We admit only international students who can provide their own financial resources or those few we are able to fund. Chances of gaining admission improve if the international applicant does not apply for aid.

Can GCSE or “A” level exams replace the SAT requirements?

No. All first-year applicants must take the ACT or SAT and two SAT Subject Tests: Math Level 2 and a second subject of your choice.

There’s no college counselor at my school and we use a different educational system than U.S. high schools. How will you understand my academic background?

A recommendation from an advisor, housemaster, head or assistant head of school can be sent in lieu of the required college counselor recommendation. This will help provide context for understanding your past performance. It’s helpful to know what kind of opportunities you’ve had in your school, such as the structure and rigor of your academic program (how many courses required, length of the courses, etc.), grading patterns and scale, the quality of the students and the school’s reputation. We’re also interested in your non-academic activities and accomplishments and the impact you’ve had on others both in and out of class. Without this information, we’re forced to rely more heavily on grades and test scores, and this goes against our desire to assess our applicants as people, not as statistics. The fact that you have been educated in a different school system may suggest that you offer intellectual diversity to the College.

I attend high school in the U.S., but I’m not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Do I apply as a domestic student or an international applicant?

If you’re not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must apply as an international student.

I’m a U.S. citizen (or permanent resident), but attend secondary school overseas. Am I considered an international applicant?

We’d consider you along with other domestic applicants, but we understand that you may have had a different set of academic and personal experiences than our domestic applicants. This could be an advantage in the selection process because your experiences may add a new dimension to intellectual and residential life on campus.