International Freshman Admissions Requirements

Freshmen are first-year students who will enroll at Kutztown University after completing high school/secondary school, have not enrolled in any college/university after secondary school, and want to pursue their first Bachelor's degree.

  • Application
  • Academic Records

    Submit original academic records from high school/secondary school. Provide precise word-for-word English translations if documents are not in English. 

    If you have not yet graduated/completed school: Submit academic records of courses taken and marks received for the past three years and any records available for the current year of study showing courses in which you are currently enrolled and marks you received to date. 

    If you graduated/completed school: Submit the final transcript, national exam results, etc. that show the marks you earned. Provide a copy of your certificate/diploma that proves you successfully completed school. 

    We accept unofficial documents for the application review. When you enroll at Kutztown University you will be required to request official final documents be sent to the Office of International Admissions and Services to complete your application record.

    Kutztown University reserves the right to require an external evaluation of any document from outside of the U.S. at any time in your academic career at KU, from application through graduation. 

  • Test Scores

    All first-year freshmen applicants must submit results from at least one standardized exam. While we prefer that every first-year applicant submit SAT or ACT scores, especially for consideration for merit scholarships, we understand that the exams may not be accessible to every student. As such, we also accept scores from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo to meet this requirement, even from students who are from a country on the English Waiver list. 

    Student score reports are acceptable for the application review, however, you will be required to request the testing service send official results directly to Kutztown University when you enroll. 

  • English Proficiency

    The language of instruction at Kutztown University is English and as such, all students must provide evidence that they have achieved a high enough level of proficiency in the English language to be successful in their courses. You may prove English proficiency in one of the following ways:

    1) Examination Results

    Submit results from an English proficiency examination. Scores must be less than two years old. Unofficial results are accepted for the application review; official score reports are required to complete your application record when you enroll at KU. 

    • IELTS: 6.5 Overall Score
    • TOEFL: 79 internet-based test
    • PTE: 53 Overall Score
    • Duolingo English Test: 105 Overall Score
    • SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 560 (KU School Code 2653)
    • ACT: 21 English/Writing Score (KU School Code 3706)


    2) Waiver

    Request a waiver of this requirement if you are from one of the following countries: 

    Anguilla
    Antigua and Barbuda
    Australia
    Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belize
    Bermuda
    Botswana
    British Virgin Island
    Brunei
    Canada (except Quebec)
    Grand Cayman Islands
    Dominica
    Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
    Fiji
    Gambia
    Ghana
    Gibraltar
    Grenada
    Guyana
    Ireland
    Jamaica
    Kenya
    Kiribati
    Lesotho
    Liberia
    Malawi
    Mauritius
    Montserrat
    New Zealand
    Nigeria
    Papua New Guinea
    Philippines
    Samoa (Western)
    Seychelles
    Sierra Leone
    Singapore

    Soloman Islands
    South Africa
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Lucia
    St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    Swaziland
    Tanzania
    Trinidad & Tobago
    Turks and Caicos Islands
    Tuvalu
    Uganda
    United Kingdom
    United States
    Vanuatu
    Vatican City
    Virgin Islands
    Zambia
    Zimbabwe


    3) Study at a U.S. College/University

    We will waive the English language requirement if you studied at a U.S. college or university for at least one academic year, earned at least 24 college-level semester credits (or 36 quarter credits) and have completed the equivalent of CMP 100, Effective Composition, with a grade of C or higher.

    4) Conditional Admission and ESL


    Attend and complete an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Northampton Community College. Take English Composition and Speech Communication courses at Northampton, earn a grade of C or higher, and transfer to Kutztown University. We will offer you conditional admission if your academic records meet the admissions criteria and you only need to improve your proficiency in the English language.

  • Portfolio/Audition

    If you apply to the Applied Digital Arts, Art Education, Communication Design, or Studio Art major, you must submit a portfolio via SlideRoom. (Portfolios are also accepted at Open House and Portfolio Review Events.)

    If you apply to the Commercial Music, Music, Music Education, or Music Performance major, you must schedule an audition or arrange a virtual audition.