International Admissions Requirements
The Application Process
Most international students are accepted for enrollment beginning in the fall semester, however, the University also accepts international students who wish to begin in January. The international student application deadlines for Winston-Salem State University are:
- January 15 for the fall semester
- July 15 for the spring semester
In order for your application file to be reviewed and evaluated, all the following documents must be submitted by the appropriate international student application deadline:
- Submission of Financial Statement of $28,000
- Completed Application for Undergraduate Admissions and the $50 (U.S. dollars) non-refundable application fee. The application for undergraduate admissions must have complete and accurate responses to every item. As regard to the application fee, please keep in mind we cannot accept Eurocheques and checks from banks that do not have agreements with U.S. banks.
- Official records of your courses and grades from all secondary schools and universities you have attended. These records must be notarized. Certified non-English transcripts or grade reports should be accompanies by official (literal, not interpretive) translations.
- Course-By-Course Credential Evaluations for Transfer Credit. To be considered for undergraduate admission to Winston-Salem State University, students who have attended postsecondary educational institutions, colleges, or universities outside the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all completed coursework. This is typically referred to as a course-by-course report. A course-by-course report should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the credential evaluation service. An admission decision will be made once the official evaluation is on file and all other required materials are received. If you are currently enrolled in a term or semester, you should contact the evaluation service about getting a partial evaluation done. A final evaluation will be required prior to enrollment. We will consider an evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Their web address is http://www.naces.org. Upon receipt of the evaluation, Winston-Salem State University will determine if you qualify for undergraduate admission and whether or not your credits are transferable to the University. Obtaining an external evaluation does not ensure the awarding of credit. Transfer credit will be granted on an individual basis in keeping with Winston-Salem State University policy.
Language and Testing Requirements
Classes at Winston-Salem State University are conducted in English, and your assignments, papers, and tests must be written in acceptable English. Since the University does not offer English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) courses for non-native speakers, you must be able to speak and write fluently. International students must be proficient in the English language and good students in their own countries before they can study here. Students should study about twelve years in schools in their own countries, beginning at about age six. The last four or five years should include study of English, history, mathematics, and science. In the American system this means graduation from high school with a diploma. In the British system this means completion of Form V before applying, and, if possible, completion of Form VI before entering the University. In the French system this means completing the baccalaureate. Students are usually between 18 and 20 years of age when they enter WSSU as undergraduates.
If English is not your native language, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
If registration forms for the TOEFL examination are not available at your present school, please contact the
ETS/TOEFL Program Office
Box 6155 Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6155, USA
You may also request practice tests from the Educational Testing Service.
Generally, successful international applicants present a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the written test or a minimum score of 200 on the computerized test. Students receiving scores lower than these should consider taking an English as a Second Language course before applying to the University.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
The Scholastic Aptitude Test measures verbal and mathematical ability and is required for all students. Information about the test can be found at many international schools or at U.S. Embassies, Consulates, or offices of the United States Information Service. If information is not available in the student's own country, the student can write:
Foreign Edition Box 6200 Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200 Their website address is: http://www.collegeboard.com
Every student applying to Winston-Salem State University under age 24 must take a standardized test that measures aptitude in verbal, math, and writing areas. As with domestic students, international students can choose to take either the SAT I: Scholastic Assessment Test or the ACT: American College Test. SAT II Subject Tests are not required.
If registration forms for these examinations are not available at your present school, contact the:
EST/College SAT Program
PO Box 6200 Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200, USA
http://www.collegeboard.com for SAT information, or the:
American College Testing Program
PO Box 168 Iowa City, Iowa 52243, USA
http://www.act.org for ACT information
Please remember that test registration deadlines are usually 6-8 weeks before the actual test date, and it can take a month or more after the test is taken for the University to receive your scores. Careful planning is required so that all testing is completed before the application deadline date of January 15 (for Fall Semester admission/enrollment) and July 15 (for Spring Semester admission/enrollment). The TOEFL, SAT, and ACT are given several times a year worldwide. International schools and educational advising centers supported by US consulates or embassies should be able to provide you with test registration packets and sample test booklets.
If you are unfamiliar with the TOEFL, SAT, and ACT you may find additional information booklets and practice tests helpful. Students taking the SAT may want to request the following publications from the College Board: Taking the SAT, The College Handbook Foreign Student Supplement and The College Handbook. The College Board address for publications is College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0886, USA. Bookstores in the United States and sometimes abroad sell test preparation books on how to take these standardized tests. Please be sure when registering for the SAT or ACT to request that your score results be sent to Winston-Salem State University. Our school code for the SAT and TOEFL is 5909; our school code for the ACT is 3178.