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Welcome! We couldn't do it without you. We want students with spirit. Ones with character. Because that's a foundation we can build on. At Kutztown University, we are all works in progress. Whether your students know exactly what they want to do or are still deciding, KU gives them the opportunity to explore. To try, to fail, and to go places they never thought possible. They will never be alone - we believe in having each other's backs. That creating a strong community empowers individual freedom. And that with the right support, resources, and challenges, they will grow, not into someone new, but into themselves. Because at their best, there is no limit to what they can do.

We hope you'll find this page helpful in learning more about Kutztown University and the students who thrive here. Whether you're interested in our admissions process, request a virtual information session, or what funding opportunities exist for international students you'll find it here.

If there is anything we could be doing to make your life as a school counselor easier, please let us know.

Thanks for all you do!

Location | Academics | Admissions Requirements | English Proficiency Requirements | Semester Dates | Costs | Financial Aid | Information Sessions | Student Life | Housing | Dining | Student Support Services | Transportation | Things to Do | Athletics & Recreation

About KU

Founded in 1866, Kutztown University is a four-year public institution with over 8,000 students, more than 100 areas of study, 200 student organizations, 21 NCAA Division II athletic programs, and competitive club sports, all housed on a beautiful award-winning 289-acre campus. What is under the surface will surprise you.


Kutztown University is located in southeastern Pennsylvania in a beautiful rural setting with a traditional campus. It's the type of place you imagine when you think of college. But that's not all we have to offer - there's much more than meets the eye. Our community is small, safe, and walkable. The location offers an affordable cost of living and the geographic location allows students easy access to the Northeast's best cities and the arts, cultural activities, athletic competition, great restaurants, and retail. KU is only two hours from New York City, one and a half hours from Philadelphia, and three hours from Washington, D.C. A bus terminal in walking distance of campus offers daily routes to New York and Washington and provides KU international students with access to international airports and major transportation centers that allow them to travel anywhere. Students can opt to take in the beauty of the eastern Pennsylvania countryside with easy access to hiking, biking, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

Learn more about the town of Kutztown through a video tour.

Virtual Tour


Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, KU has a variety of academic programs to choose from, including our Programs of Distinction, which prepare students to enter today's fastest-growing fields. Students can unleash their creativity in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Our College of Education prepares students to find new and innovative ways to spark young minds. Future scientists will research and apply their natural curiosity to discover amazing things, from the atomic to the atmospheric or the living to the fossilized. There is so much more for students to explore in over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs offered by our four colleges - Business; Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts.

We believe that individual attention fuels personal growth. KU international students consistently highlight their strong connections with our faculty. Our faculty are here to teach. They have regular office hours where students can visit them and ask questions or discuss what they learned in class in more detail. KU has a robust undergraduate research program where undergraduate students conduct research along with their faculty and present at conferences around the U.S. and internationally. Students may also join the KU Honors program to enhance their studies, challenge themselves, build stronger relationships with faculty, and prepare for graduate school.

Facts about KU classroom environment:

  • Nearly 500 faculty members
  • Over 90% of tenure and tenure-track faculty have their doctorate or terminal degree
  • Average Class Size: 25
  • 19:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • Classes taught by faculty - not teaching assistants

Academic Information

  • Undergraduate Majors and Minors
  • Graduate Degree programs
  • Courses offered
  • Accreditation
    • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
    • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
    • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
    • Council on Social Work Education
    • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    • National Association of Schools of Music
    • National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Transfer Resources


Application Deadlines

Kutztown University has a rolling admissions process. Our recommended deadlines are listed below.

Undergraduate Admissions

Applicants outside of the U.S.

August Admission: May 1
January Admission: October 1

Applicants within U.S.

August Admission: June 1
January Admission: November 1

Graduate Admissions

All programs except Counseling/Student Affairs and MFA:

August Admission: August 1
January Admission: December 1

Counseling/Student Affairs (see website):

  • Counseling
  • Student Affairs

MFA Communication Design

August start only

Early review: March 1
Regular review: May 1

Admissions Requirements

Our application process is very simple. We only review school transcripts/certificates and test scores. Recommendations and essays are not required for admission.

International Freshman

International Transfer

Graduate Admissions

Admissions requirements vary by major. All students will need:

English Proficiency Requirements

Students who are not from a country listed on the English Proficiency Waiver list must demonstrate English proficiency based on the following criteria. We have a partnership with a local community college to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for students who do not meet the minimum published requirements for English proficiency. Email us for information about ESL.


Must provide a minimum score from one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL - 79 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test)
  • IELTS - 6.5
  • PTE - 53
  • SAT - 560 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score
  • ACT - 21 English/Writing Score
  • Duolingo English Test: 52

Transfer students

  • Qualifying score on TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo (see above); or
  • 24 college-level credits and English Composition course with a grade of C or higher

Graduate students

  • Qualifying score on TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (see above); or
  • Recent bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university; or
  • Other waiver of English exam as determined by the Office of Graduate Admissions

Upcoming Semester Dates

Spring 2019

Classes begin January 22, 2019
Classes end May 11, 2019

Fall 2018

Classes begin August 26, 2019
Classes end December 14, 2019

Tuition and Fees

KU is affordable. With our new Out-of-State Tuition Reduction program, we just became a lot more affordable for international students.


Tuition: $19,290 $11,574 (40% tuition reduction program)

Fees: $3,336

Room: $6,420 (traditional residence hall)

Meals: $3,650 (24/7 unlimited dining on campus)

One-time new student fees: $313.00*

Total KU costs for one year: $25,293**

Estimated Additional Expenses

Books and Supplies: $1,500

Health Insurance: $2,000

Personal Expenses: $1,500

Total required funding for I-20 document: $30,293***

*Additional one-time student fees totaling $313 are charged to all new students in their first semester
**Based on 2018-2019 tuition and fees
***Includes 40% tuition reduction; this amount can be reduced by any financial aid the student receives


Tuition: $13,932

Fees: $2,418

Room & meals: $11,800

One-time new student fees: $50.00*

Total KU costs for one year: $28,200**

Estimated Additional Expenses

Books and Supplies: $1,500

Health Insurance: $2,000

Personal Expenses: $1,500

Total required funding for I-20 document: $33,200***

*Additional one-time student fees totaling $50 are charged to all new students in their first semester
**Based on 2018-2019 tuition and fees
***Amount can be reduced by $21,432 if student is hired for a graduate assistantship

Links to view more information about costs:

Financial Aid

Discover funding opportunities for international students interested in Kutztown.

  • Out-of-State Tuition Discount - All new freshmen and transfer students receive a 40% tuition discount, currently valued at $7,500.
  • Merit Scholarships - Awarded at the time of admission to the university, international students can qualify for the Sesquicentennial Honors Scholarship, President's Academic Honors Scholarship, or Transfer Book Award.
  • President's Piano Quintet - Five full tuition scholarships for string and piano students
  • Tuition Waivers - Tuition waivers for international students based on financial need
  • Graduate Assistantships - A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to accepted graduate students. Benefits include a tuition waiver and stipend.
  • Campus Employment - International students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week while school is in session or any hours during University breaks (winter, spring, and summer)
  • Other financial aid resources - More external financial aid resources are available on our International Student Financial Aid website.

Information Sessions

Virtual Visits

We are happy to provide a virtual information session about Kutztown University to your students. Please email us at to request a session and we will work with you to find a date, time, and format that suits your needs.

Student Life


We strive to create a sense of community on campus to support our students and help them succeed. On-campus residence halls include traditional halls, suite-style buildings, and apartments. Students live on campus for their first two years of study. Students may apply for an exception to the on-campus housing requirement if they meet the requirements (family nearby, 25 years or older, extreme financial difficulty, etc.). Transfer students with more than 60 credits and second degree students are not required to live on campus. The Kutztown Community Partnership provides information about off-campus housing near our campus.

Helpful links for housing:


Kutztown University was the first college/university in the state of Pennsylvania to offer an Anytime Dining plan. Our students have unlimited access to the all-you-care-to-eat (AYCTE) dining facilities on campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! There is an AYCTE dining hall on both sides of the campus, so they can get great service and a variety of food options whether attending classes or in a residence hall. Our two AYCTE facilities are have recently been renovated. We also have a food court, convenience store, smoothie stand, and four coffee shops on campus (including Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks). Our Dining Services strives to accommodate all dietary needs. Students can order halal meat from the local grocery stores. We offer several meal plans, depending on where the student lives and how many meals they plan to purchase on campus. Learn more about our dining facilities and meal plans.

Student Support Services

Transportation & Travel

Students can access KU via several international airports - JFK in New York City, Newark in New Jersey, or Philadelphia. KU is accessible via public transportation from all of these airports. Campus shuttles provide transportation on campus, as well as local shops, grocery stores, and off-campus apartments. Wednesday night shopping trips are offered on the first Wednesday of every month for students to go shopping, see a movie, dine at a restaurant, and more! Daily routes from the Bieber bus terminal to New York City and Philadelphia can let students visit either city and return to campus the same day. Lyft and Uber are operational in the local area, too.

Activities and Events

On Campus

Off Campus

Sports & Recreation

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