Chatham University

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for International Students

Graduates of secondary school systems worldwide may apply as first-time college students or as transfer students from accredited colleges and universities.

Applications are accepted throughout the year (rolling admissions). To be considered for Chatham international student scholarships and grants; however, students should apply by March 15 for the fall term and by November 1 for the spring term. Limited scholarships may be available after the priority deadline.

Transfer Students

Students who have attended accredited colleges and universities may apply as transfer students. Click here for more details.


Before you can be considered for admission, you must submit all of the following documents to our office:

  • Completed online application for admission at (free of charge) or submit the Common Application
  • Admissions essay
  • All official secondary and postsecondary transcripts, mark sheets or records. Credential evaluation required for non-U.S. postsecondary academic records.
  • Official test scores - TOEFL, IELTS, STEP, SAT or ACT (Chatham code: 2081)
    • Nonnative English speakers must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 and above on the paper-based TOEFL or 60 and above on the internet based test, an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, pre-Grade 1 on the STEP-EIKEN
    • Government sponsored students must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 and above on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 and above on the internet based test, an IELTS score of 6.5.  New sponsorship rules do not allow advanced level English Language classes to count towards graduation requirements and the sponsor will not pay for advanced level English Language classes taken as an undergraduate student
    • Native English speakers must submit a SAT I or ACT.  Graduates of non-US high schools are not eligible for the SAT optional policy.
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Copy of passport photo page (with identification information)
  • Copy of immigration documents (if currently living in the United States)
  • Proof of financial support (official bank statement, signed bank letter, or financial guarantee indicating enough funds to cover the first year of education at Chatham).

Accepted students who plan to enroll must pay the $150 tuition and $150 housing deposits. Make deposit here.

All students are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival and may be required to take supplemental courses. Supplemental courses, including English for Academic Purposes classes will count toward graduation requirements.

Students who do not meet minimum English language proficiency requirements may apply to the English Language Program or apply for conditional admission.

Please visit our Office of International Affairs page for more information for International Students.

Proof of Finance

As part of the application process you must provide proof of sufficient funding. US government regulations require that in order to qualify for foreign student status, you must prove the availability of sufficient funding to meet your expenses for your first year of study and have a reasonable expectation that the same level of support will be available in subsequent years. Therefore, you should consider how you will fund your studies for the entire length of your program. If you receive a scholarship you may deduct that amount from the total amount.

Transfer Transcript Evaluation Policy

International credentials from an educational system other than the United States must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluator who is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. The Office of Admission maintains a listing of the approved evaluation agencies. The admissions decision and transfer evaluation require official transcripts, translations and professional evaluation. The cost of the professional evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant. (Downloadable AACRAO form)

Click here for a list of approved international credential evaluation services.