Undergraduate Admissions: International Undergraduate Applicants
Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants
To be considered for admission, Shippensburg University requires the following:
1.) Complete the Undergraduate Application for International Admissions.
We strongly recommend you apply online as it will provide you with the quickest processing. A paper application [PDF] can be downloaded, printed, and filled out.
Paper applications should be sent via postal mail to: The Office of Admissions, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg PA 17257 USA.
2.) Pay the $40.00 USD application fee.
Paper applicants should: submit a check that includes a banking bar code or a money order. We will not accept paper currency.
3.) Provide proof of English proficiency.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test of English proficiency.
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 500 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.
4.) Submit Official transcripts of all prior college, university, or secondary school work.
Shippensburg University requires all International applicants to hold the U.S. equivalent of a high school diploma. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all prior college, university, or secondary school work. If you are from a country outside of the United States and its territories, official transcripts must be sent directly to an International Credential Evaluator for U.S. equivalency evaluation purposes. Shippensburg University accepts credentials that are evaluated by World Education Services (WES - www.wes.org), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE - www.ece.org), or a NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluating Services) recognized evaluating entity. Examples of these entities can be found by visiting the NACES web link.
Note: A Course-by-Course (CxC) 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.
5.) Submit Financial Support Documentation
When should I submit the application?
While SHIP reviews applications on a rolling basis, we strongly recommend that applicants who live outside of the United States and its territories have all application materials for admission be submitted at least 4 (four) months prior to the semester in which you would like to enroll. Applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted together allowing for sufficient time to obtain a visa in your country.
Fall Semester--no later than April 30
Spring Semester--no later than September 30
Summer Semester--no later than February 28
How could I check my application status?
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.
You've been accepted @ SHIP, now what?
Once you have been accepted at Shippensburg University, you will be sent an I-20 form. You must use your I-20 form and your acceptance letter to apply to U.S. Immigration for an F-1 Student Visa. *Please 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.
What if I have questions?
All Questions Should be Directed to:
Mr. Joseph A. Luna, III
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Coordinator of International & Out of State Recruitment