Admission Requirements

As an international student, there are so many different processes you’ll need to understand and navigate when applying to universities in the United States. The minimum score for admission varies according to the course, university, college or institution and more information about it can be found on their latest admission notifications. Below you will find general entry requirements for admission for studying Associate Degree, Bachelor, or Master degree in the USA.

Associate or Undergraduate Degree:

Students must fulfill the following admission requirements when applying to Associate or Undergraduate programs:
  • Applicants - 2.5 GPA minimum.
  • Aptitude Tests: SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Testing)*.
  • Recommendation Letters: Online or Paper form.
  • English Proficiency Test Results (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE).
  • High School Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendations: Prepared and signed by school principals and subject teachers, highlighting student’s academic and extracurricular abilities.
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose.
  • **Financial Documents-Some Universities will ask for the same at the time of application
*Some schools do not need the SAT or ACT.

Graduate Degree:

Students must fulfill the following admission requirements when applying to Graduate programs:
  • Online Application Form.
  • English Proficiency Test Results (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE).
  • Aptitude Tests: GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)*.
  • University Transcripts - GPA Range: 2.5 to 3.0 GPA
  • Recommendation Letters:
    • a. Academic Letters prepared and signed by professors/course lecturers.
    • b. Professional Letters prepared and signed by supervisors/clients.
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose.
  • Resume.
*Not required for pathway admissions. Some pathway provider needs it as part of the progression requirement.

Undergraduate Aptitude Test

Minimum Requirements:

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section: Scaled score between 200-800 points.
  • Math Section: Scaled score between 200-800 points.
  • Essay Section (if opted for): Grading scale of 1-8.
  • Preferred Score: 1,000 points and above.

American College Testing (ACT)

  • 4 Sections: English, Math, Reading and Science.
  • Each section scored out of 36 points.
  • Composite ACT score is an average of 4 sections.
  • Preferred Score: 21 and above out of 36.

Graduate Aptitude Test

Minimum Requirements:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • Quantitative Reasoning Section: Grading scale of 130-170 points.
  • Verbal Reasoning Section: Grading scale of 130-170 points.
  • Analytical Writing Assessment: 2 essays, average taken on grading scale of 1-6.
  • Minimum Score - 285 with AWA (Essay Section) score of 2.0
  • Preferred Score: 305/340 with AWA (Essay Section) score of 3.0.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

  • Analytical Writing Assessment: Scored 0-6.
  • Integrated Reasoning: Scored 1-8.
  • Verbal and Quant (Separate): Each has a scaled score from 0-60.
  • Verbal and Quant (Cumulative): Between 200-800.
  • Minimum Score: 550 and above.
  • Good Score: 650 and above.

English Language Requirements

Generally, the IELTS requirements for most of the Bachelor’s Degrees is an overall of 6.0 IELTS, or a TOELF score of 60-78, however, you may find colleges or universities that accept an overall IELTS scores of 5.5 as well.

We; however, recommend students to apply if their GPA/Percentages are over 2.80 GPA/65%, and IELTS scores of 6.0, because students with lower grades (and with no other non-academic achievements) will find it particularly difficult to justify their low grades during visa interview, and face rejection. Graduate students generally need to have 2.85 GPA, 6.5 IELTS/79 in iBT (TOEFL).


  1. The above requirements are general entry requirements only. Some programs may require higher grades or higher English proficiency
  2. Please check with us for entry requirements for specific programs or course specific requirements.
  3. If you have a gap in your studies, an explanation will be needed. A gap up to 2 year is easily accepted by most universities and colleges.

Document checklist for I-20:

  • All academic documents
  • Passport
  • Letter of Recommendation -2 for undergraduate and 3 for graduate.
  • IELTS/TOEFL/SAT/GRE/GMAT score sheet.
  • A very good Statement of Purpose
  • University Application & Shipping Fee (if applicable)
  • Updated CV with all academic/work and training details
  • Work Experience Letter (if Gap)
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Bank Certificate from any A class Bank covering 1st year fees and 1st year Living cost (40 to 45 Lakhs) USD conversion valid passport


Additional supporting documents such as Portfolio, Proposals, FERPA may be required for some programs as well as some may ask students to take aptitude tests as part of the application process.Additional supporting documents such as Portfolio, Proposals, FERPA may be required for some programs as well as some may ask students to take aptitude tests as part of the application process.

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Personal Essay Guidelines

  • Double check program website for word count.
  • If no word count specified, stick to a maximum of 500 words.
  • Make sure the following statements are answered in the essay:
    • Why study in the US?
    • Why this particular university?
    • Explain your short and long term goals.
    • Explain how academic and personal achievements will prove useful during your study at university.
    • Try to connect university’s strengths to learning goals.
  • If questions are required, stick to the word count and answer to the point.

*You must write the statement of purpose in your own words. A statement of purpose copied from the internet holds no value and often leads to admission and visa refusals.

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