International Application Process for Undergraduate Admissions

Students from more than 70 nations call Saint Joseph's University home. We invite you to start your journey today and join our growing global community.

True to our Jesuit Tradition, our admission process is designed to get to know you as a whole person—not just numbers without context. Your application is reviewed on the basis of your academic and personal accomplishments, with primary consideration given to your high school record and strong academic performance in college preparatory courses. We'll also consider your personal essay, letter of academic recommendation, and extracurricular involvement. Submission of ACT or SAT scores is optional.

If you have questions about the application process, email admit@sju.edu or call 610-660-1300.

Application Process

When to Apply

Saint Joseph's University offers four application deadlines for international freshman applicants interested in an August start term:

Fall Admission

Early Action Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision
Application Deadline November 1 November 1 January 15 February 1
Decision Notification December 20 December 20 February 15 March 15
Enrollment Deposit Due May 1 January 15 March 1 May 

Spring Admission: For students interested in a January start term, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions are available within 3-4 weeks once your application is complete.

Required Materials

  • Online Application: Common Application or SJU Application.
  • Application Fee: $50, non-refundable.
  • High School Transcript: Submit official high school transcripts or copies certified by your high school or EducationUSA Center.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: See below.
  • Letter of Academic Recommendation: One letter from either a teacher or counselor. The letter must be sent directly from your high school or the recommender.

Optional Materials

  • ACT or SAT Scores: If you choose to have your standardized test scores reviewed, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to SJU or provided on official high school transcript. SAT scores will be super scored; we will take your highest composite ACT score. If you choose to apply test-optional, no additional documentation is required.
  • Interview: Open to high school seniors to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Interviews are not required for admission consideration; students who are unable to interview are not at a disadvantage during the application process.
  • Resume: Upload to your SJU Admission Account.

When to Apply

Applications for international transfer students are accepted on a rolling basis. Once your application is complete and ready for review, your admission decision is typically available within 3-4 weeks.

Required Materials

  • Online Application: Common Application or SJU Application.
  • Application Fee: $50, non-refundable.
  • High School Transcripts: Submit official high school transcripts or copies certified by your high school or EducationUSA Center. If the transcript is in a language other than English, a notarized translation must be submitted. Scanned or emailed copies will not be accepted. Provide any national testing results, diplomas, and/or certificates (e.g. GSCE, IGSCE, A Levels, CAPE, WAEC).
  • University Transcripts: Submit official community college or university transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Provide course syllabi or descriptions for every university course. If the transcript is in a language other than English, a notarized translation must be submitted. Scanned or emailed copies will not be accepted.
  • Credential Evaluation: Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must undergo a course-by-course evaluation conducted by an independent credential evaluation agency. These agencies must be members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Students attending U.S. schools abroad or international schools following a U.S. curriculum aboard do not need to submit a credential evaluation; other exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transfer Recommendation Form: Completed by your current or most recent community college or university.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: See below.

Optional Materials

  • ACT or SAT Scores: If you choose to have your standardized test scores reviewed, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to SJU or provided on official high school transcript. SAT scores will be super-scored; we will take your highest composite ACT score. If you choose to apply test-optional, no additional documentation is required.
  • Interview: Open to high school seniors to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Interviews are not required for admission consideration; students who are unable to interview are not at a disadvantage during the application process.
  • Resume: Upload to your SJU Admission Account.

Conditional admission is available for international freshman applicants who may be academically admissible to Saint Joseph's University but have not fulfilled the English Language Proficiency requirement. The ELS Language Center provides English language coursework for academically-bound students. Students who apply for conditional admission through ELS may attend the ELS Language Center on Saint Joseph's University's campus and must successfully complete Level 112 to be considered for full admission. Completion of ELS coursework through Level 112 will satisfy Saint Joseph's University's proof of English proficiency requirement.

Required Materials

  • Online Application: Common Application or SJU Application.
  • Application Fee: $50, non-refundable.
  • High School Transcript: Submit official high school transcripts or copies certified by your high school or EducationUSA Center.

Optional Materials

  • ACT or SAT Scores: If you choose to have your standardized test scores reviewed, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to SJU or provided on official high school transcript. SAT scores will be super scored; we will take your highest composite ACT score. If you choose to apply test-optional, no additional documentation is required.
  • Interview: Open to high school seniors to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Interviews are not required for admission consideration; students who are unable to interview are not at a disadvantage during the application process.
  • Resume: Upload to your SJU Admission Account.

Materials to Submit After Completion of ELS Level 112

  • Letter of Recommendation: Must come from ELS Center Director or advisor.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: ELS Level 112 certificate must be sent from ELS Center Director or advisor.

Conditional admission is available for international transfer applicants who may be academically admissible to Saint Joseph's University but have not fulfilled the English Language Proficiency requirement. The ELS Language Center provides English language coursework for academically-bound students. Students who apply for conditional admission through ELS may attend the ELS Language Center on Saint Joseph's University's campus and must successfully complete Level 112 to be considered for full admission. Completion of ELS coursework through Level 112 will satisfy Saint Joseph's University's proof of English proficiency requirement.

Required Materials

  • Online Application: Common Application or SJU Application.
  • Application Fee: $50, non-refundable.
  • High School Transcripts: Submit official high school transcripts or copies certified by your high school or EducationUSA Center. If the transcript is in a language other than English, a notarized translation must be submitted. Scanned or emailed copies will not be accepted. Provide any national testing results, diplomas, and/or certificates (e.g. GSCE, IGSCE, A Levels, CAPE, WAEC).
  • University Transcripts: Submit official community college or university transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Provide course syllabi or descriptions for every university course. If the transcript is in a language other than English, a notarized translation must be submitted. Scanned or emailed copies will not be accepted.
  • Credential Evaluation: Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must undergo a course-by-course evaluation conducted by an independent credential evaluation agency. These agencies must be members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Students attending U.S. schools abroad or international schools following a U.S. curriculum aboard do not need to submit a credential evaluation; other exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Optional Materials

  • ACT or SAT Scores: If you choose to have your standardized test scores reviewed, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to SJU or provided on official high school transcript. SAT scores will be super scored; we will take your highest composite ACT score. If you choose to apply test-optional, no additional documentation is required.
  • Interview: Open to high school seniors to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Interviews are not required for admission consideration; students who are unable to interview are not at a disadvantage during the application process.
  • Resume: Upload to your SJU Admission Account.

Materials to Submit After Completion of ELS Level 112

  • Letter of Recommendation: Must come from ELS Center Director or advisor.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: ELS Level 112 certificate must be sent from ELS Center Director or advisor.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants who meet either of the following criteria must submit proof of English Language Proficiency:

  • High School Applicants: You attended all or part of high school in a country where English is not the official language.
  • Transfer Applicants: You attended university in a country where English is not the official language or you completed less than 24 credits at a university where English is the official language.

Proof of English Language Proficiency can be demonstrated with one of the following tests or successful completion of ELS Level 112:

  • TOEL: 79 iBT with consistent sub-section scores
  • IELTS: 6.5 with consistent sub-section scores
  • SAT: 500 evidence-based reading and writing score
  • ACT: 19 composite score with consistent sub-section scores

I-20/Student Visa

Students who require a visa will be sent step by step instructions on how to apply for the visa after confirming enrollment. Please keep in mind that you cannot apply for your visa more than 120 days before your program start date. Learn more »

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Check Your Application Status

You will receive an email 24–48 hours after submitting your application. Use the login credentials included in this email to establish your SJU Admission Account. From here you can view the status of your application materials, view your admission decision, and access official decision letters related to admission, scholarships, and financial aid.

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