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.
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.
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.
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)
Request a waiver of this requirement if you are from one of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Island
Canada (except Quebec)
Grand Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Papua New Guinea
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
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.
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.