International Undergraduate Student Admissions
To be considered for admission, Shippensburg University requires you to do the following:
1. Complete the online Undergraduate Application for International Admissions
2. Pay the $45.00 USD application fee
3. Submit a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign secondary school, college, or university work
Shippensburg University requires all International applicants to hold the U.S. equivalent of a high school diploma. If you are from a country outside of the United States and its territories, an official course-by-course evaluation of your foreign transcripts must be sent directly from World Education Services (www.wes.org), ECE (www.ece.org), or ICD (www.icdeval.com). Shippensburg University also accepts credentials that are evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES) recognized evaluating entity. Examples of these entities can be found by visiting the NACES website.
NOTE: A Course-by-Course report is required of all applicants (first year or transfer) applying to Shippensburg University. These documents should include the complete academic record/transcript indicating receipt of the secondary diploma/degree or the award of college credit. The cost of this evaluation is the responsibility of the student and is not part of the application fee. Official, evaluated transcripts must be sent directly from the evaluator to Shippensburg University.
4. Submit official results of an English proficiency test
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Our recommended score for the TOEFL is 66 for the internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test. The recommended score for IELTS is 6.0.
- Shippensburg University's test code for the TOEFL is 2657.
International applicants from a country where English is the native/official language may be exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement; however, the SAT is required.
5. Submit Financial Support Documentation
You will need to complete Shippensburg University’s Statement of Financial Support.
When should I submit my application?
While Shippensburg University reviews applications on a rolling basis, we strongly recommend that applicants who live outside the United States and its territories submit all application materials at least four (4) months prior to the semester in which you would like to enroll. Submitting your application early will give you sufficient time to obtain a visa in your country.
- Fall Semester — no later than April 30
- Spring Semester – no later than September 30
NOTE: Summer enrollments for international students is not permitted.
Check the status of your application.
After you apply, we urge you to frequently check your application status. If there are any missing materials, we will periodically notify you via E-mail. You can also check your online status by clicking here: Shippensburg University Admissions Portal. The Office of Admissions will review your application when all of your documents are submitted. You should receive an admissions decision within one month of submitting your completed application.
You've been accepted at Shippensburg University, now what?
Congratulations, now that you have been accepted, you must submit your I-20/Enrollment Confirmation Deposit before your I-20 will be generated and mailed to you. Please follow the steps listed below on the Checklist for Admitted International Students to submit your deposit and confirm your enrollment.
You must use your I-20 form and your acceptance letter to apply to U.S. Immigration for an F-1 Student Visa.
NOTE: You will need to obtain your F-1 Student Visa before you will be able to register for classes. Helpful information on applying for an F-1 visa in your home country can be found on our issuance page.
Checklist for Admitted International Students
Shippensburg University is committed to your success. We have a strong reputation for helping students realize their full academic potential. From our advanced technology systems to undergraduate research opportunities, Ship can connect you with the latest ideas and resources in higher education. Follow the nine (9) steps below to prepare for your first semester at Ship.
Step 1: Submit Your I-20/Enrollment Confirmation Deposit
International students are required to make a NON-REFUNDABLE I-20/Enrollment Confirmation Deposit of $100 USD. This deposit will be used to confirm your enrollment to become a matriculated student and to cover the processing and delivery fees of your I-20 form. The deposit is payable to “Shippensburg University”. Once you have submitted your I-20/Enrollment Confirmation Deposit, we will mail your I-20 form via United States Postal Service (USPS) Express International to you along with your visa instructions and acceptance packet.
As an admitted student, you may Check Your Application Status and enter the required information. After your News and Information page appears, click on Pay Advance Deposit. NOTE: Only American Express, Discover, and MasterCard credit cards are accepted with a 2.5% convenience fee. Electronic Checks can also be drawn from your bank account at no charge. You will receive notification when payment has been completed, please keep for your records.
Shippensburg University has also partnered with Flywire to offer an innovative and streamlined way to make international deposits and tuition payments. Flywire’s mission is to save international students and their families money that would otherwise be lost on bank fees and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. With Flywire, you can pay from any country and any bank.
Visit Shippensburg’s Flywire site to begin the payment process: www.flywire.com.
Step 2: Select Your Method of Shipping for the I-20/Acceptance Packets
Packages are sent via USPS Express International and will arrive in 4 to 6 weeks. If you wish to have your admissions package delivered to you within 2 to 3 days, you have the option to pay an additional fee for expedited shipping. Shippensburg University does not pay for this service. You can pay for express shipping online to receive your immigration documents through an express mail carrier.
Step 3: Activate Your Ship E-mail Account
This is one of the most important steps you must take during your transition to Shippensburg. Activating your account will allow you to access all correspondence from this point forward. You must log into the Admissions Portal using your Admissions Login ID and Password. After you log in, select your Admissions Term under Processed Applications, and then click Activate your Ship Email Address. The system will then prompt you to set a password for your Ship e-mail account.
Step 4: Log into Self-Service Banner (SSB)
Students who have confirmed their enrollment may access their Ship e-mail account at http://mail.ship.edu and SSB at https://ssb.ship.edu. You will not be able to send or receive e-mail from your Ship account until you have accepted and confirmed your admission offer.
Step 5: Choose a Housing Option
Each new student is required to complete one of two housing options upon confirmation with Shippensburg University. Undergraduate International students must live on-campus. Complete the housing agreement and submit a NON-REFUNDABLE housing deposit of $200 USD.
Graduate International students are eligible for on-campus housing but it is not guaranteed. Questions about on-campus housing options should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Off-campus housing options can be researched by going to www.ship.edu/housing/off_campus/off_campus_housing/.
Step 6: Complete a Medical Form
A medical form will be forwarded to all successful applicants following receipt of the enrollment confirmation deposit. Completion of the medical form is required for enrollment. You will not be able to register for classes or be granted a transcript from the Registrar until the form has been received.
Step 7: Submit Your Final Transcript
A favorable admission decision is based upon your qualifications at the time of the offer and is contingent upon maintaining those standards through graduation from the secondary school. You must request to have your final transcript (including date of graduation) sent to the Office of Admissions. You will not be able to register for classes or be granted a transcript from the Registrar until the final transcript has been received.
Step 8: Complete Placement Testing
Placement testing may be required in English, reading, mathematics, and foreign language. After admission, the Placement Testing Office will provide you with notification of test dates and which exams must be completed.
Step 9: Pay Your Semester Bill
Your Shippensburg University bill will be sent to you electronically at myShip. You will NOT receive a paper bill in the mail. You will receive an email, at your Shippensburg University e-mail address, when the semester bill is available. Please contact the Student Accounts Office with any questions.
Shippensburg University has partnered with Flywire to offer an innovative and streamlined way to make international deposits and tuition payments. Flywire's mission is to save international students and their families money that would otherwise be lost on bank fees and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. With Flywire, you can pay from any country and any bank.
Visit Shippensburg’s Flywire site to begin the payment process: www.flywire.com.
Shippensburg University provides many opportunities and resources beyond academic programs for international students. Learn more about the support we offer to our community of international students and how Ship's student activities, clubs, and organizations will benefit you.
What if I have questions?
All questions about the international undergraduate admissions process should be directed to:
Mr. Joseph A. Luna, III
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Coordinator of International & Out of State Recruitment