International Freshman Students

The Office of Global Engagement staff at Montclair State University are available to assist international students through every stage of the journey from new applicant through to graduation.

If you are still completing a high school or secondary school education, or have completed high school or secondary school and not taken a college or university course, you may apply for admission as an international freshmen student.

Spring 2024 Application Deadlines Notification
Scholarship Early application encouraged Two to four weeks after
completion of application
Final International Deadline* November 1, 2023 Two to four weeks after
completion of application
I-20 Application Deadline* November 15, 2023 Issued within 5-10 business days
Fall 2024 Application Deadlines Notification
Early Action December 1, 2023 December 23, 2023
Nursing February 1, 2024 April 1, 2024
Scholarship March 1, 2024 Two to four weeks after
completion of application
Final International Deadline* June 1, 2024 Two to four weeks after
completion of application
I-20 Application Deadline* June 15, 2024 Issued within 5-10 business days

*Suggested deadlines for students outside the U.S. International students currently in the U.S. may have additional flexibility.

Step 1
Online Application

Submit your application by clicking on the button below:

Submit the Online Application

Step 2
Application Fee

After you submit the application, you will see instructions for paying the $65 non-refundable application fee on the status page of your application portal. If you are applying to a program with an audition fee (Dance, Music, Music Therapy, Musical Theatre, Theatre), you will also see and be able to pay your audition fee through your status page.

Step 3
Secondary School Transcript

Upload or mail your academic records from all secondary schools attended. If your transcripts, diploma, or any other academic documents are not in English, you MUST include an official English translation. Include any exam scores such as IB, AP, CAPE, IGCSE/A levels, 10th +12th.

For additional information about international high school diploma equivalencies, see here.

Step 4
English Language Proficiency Test Scores (If Required)

International students, with the exception of those eligible for waivers (noted below), must submit proof of English proficiency. Students must submit one of the following as proof:

Exam Minimum Required Score School Code
TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet Based Test) 70 2520
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.0
Duolingo 95
Pearson’s PTE-A (Academic) 48
ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) 3.7
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) 480 EBRW section
ACT (American College Testing) 22 English section 2572

Exemptions from English Language Proficiency requirement:

*Note: Policy updated for the spring 2023 semester onwards

The English Language Proficiency requirement can be waived if you meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • Students who are citizens of the United States.
  • Students who are citizens of one of the countries noted here.
  • Students who graduated/will graduate from a high school in the United States, a U.S. territory, or any of the countries listed here.
  • Students who attend an international school that follows the educational system of any of the countries listed here. (for example, IGCSE or IB programs).
  • Note: students who change high school mid-stream (for example, from a local, non-English speaking curriculum to an IB program) are expected to be enrolled in non-ESL English courses consistent with their peers and should have a B average or better in the English courses.
Step 5
Personal Statement/Essay and Resume/List of Co-Curricular Activities

Complete and upload your Essay/Personal Statement. You will be able to upload your essay/personal statement prior to submitting your application. Essay prompts vary by major. You can view your major’s essay prompt here.

If you wish to submit a resume or list of extracurricular activities you’ve participated in for review, you can upload this document in your application or on your status page after submitting your application. Please note that a resume is required for Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre majors, but optional for all other programs.

Step 6
Letter of Recommendation

For most majors, a recommendation letter is not required but is strongly encouraged. Submit  recommendation letter from a college counselor or teacher.

Please note that Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre majors require two recommendation letters. One of your recommendation letters should speak to your candidacy for your field of study.

This can be completed on line through your admission application, or the letter can be mailed/faxed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, College Hall
Montclair, NJ 07043

Fax:  (+1) 973-655-7700

Step 7
SAT/ACT Test Scores

Official SAT or ACT scores are optional. Students submitting SAT scores should enter our CEEB code (002520). Students submitting ACT scores should enter our ACT school code (2572).