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International Student Admission Information

MacMurray College welcomes students from countries outside of the United States who wish to earn a high-quality undergraduate degree in a caring, nurturing and safe academic community. The following information will help you through the process of applying to MacMurray College, how to reserve your spot in the class once you decide that MacMurray College is right for you, navigate the student visa process (if you desire to study under an F-1 visa) and become aware of the resources and support services available to you once you are on campus.

How to Apply for Admission as an International Student

While American students typically earn a high school diploma and take either the SAT or ACT test when applying to colleges and universities, students in other countries earn secondary school certificates, leaving certificates, the International Baccalaureate (IB), advanced level exams or other form of document that certifies the student has completed the necessary requirements prior to college or university-level study.

At MacMurray College, your ability to succeed is not simply a matter of your secondary school academic record, but instead a composite of your academic preparation, the potential contributions you will bring as a student to enhance diversity of thought and culture on our campus, desire to participate in various student organization, your ability to effectively read, write and converse in English, and how well you will be able to navigate academic and social life while studying at the College.

Accordingly, we ask that you provide the following information in the application process:

  1. Complete an application for admission. You may use the MacMurray Application for Admission or the Common Application. You do not need to file both, and there is no fee for you to apply using either application.
  2. Take and submit official test scores from one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 500 (paper) or 170 (computer-based) is required for the TOEFL.
    • International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP). A minimum score of 3.5 is required for the iTEP.
    • IELTS score of at least 6 Band.
  3. A certified bank statement showing you have adequate financial support to meet costs for tuition, room, board, books, personal goods and travel for at least the first year of study. If you receive a merit-based scholarship from MacMurray, you will only have to show support for costs beyond the scholarship you are awarded.
  4. Submit official transcript, leaving certificate, International Baccalaureate diploma (IB), advanced level exam certificate or other official document showing you have completed your course of study. You must provide us with an English translation.
  5. You are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores to MacMurray. You may include official test results as part of your application if you have already taken the test, and these will be considered along with other information you provide.

The application for admission is submitted online. All other documents must be certified as original and sent either by international courier (FedEx, UPS, DHL) or scanned and sent to MacMurray College as an email enclosure.


MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Attn: Office of Admissions
Jacksonville, IL 62650



Once we receive all of the required documents, we will review your application and provide you with an admission decision within 10 days via email.


International students (freshmen and transfers) can receive merit-based academic scholarships. These scholarships are based upon your academic record as computed against all academic-related coursework taken during your secondary school program. We do not include career training, physical fitness or other non-academic courses in calculating your eligibility for academic scholarships.

International students are eligible to earn the same level of scholarships as American students. Your official transcript will be used to normalize your grading scale to a 4.00 grade-point scale. The following scholarships are offered for calculated grade-points as follows:

To maintain academic merit-based scholarships each year you are enrolled, you must remain in good academic standing, reside in a MacMurray residence hall, and be enrolled full time in an on-campus program.

International students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid grants or loan programs unless they are a permanent resident. If you are a permanent resident please include a copy of your residency card in your application materials.

Information About Student Visas

Students may study in the United States under a number of different visas. If you currently live in the United States and one or both parents are working under an H-1 visa, and you are holding an H-2 dependent visa, you do not need an F-1 student visa as long as your H-2 visa is valid for the length of your academic program. Students who currently live outside the United States can apply for an F-1 student visa through MacMurray College. Students who have dual-citizenship or a permanent residency card do not need a visa to study at MacMurray College.

If you are currently studying at another American college or university and are transferring to MacMurray College, or if you are an exchange student studying at an American high school in your final year prior to graduation, you likely already have student visa. In this case you should contact the Admissions Office to arrange for transfer of your current visa to MacMurray College.

How to Obtain an F-1 Student Visa

Upon admission to the College, you will receive an electronic copy (email) of your official acceptance letter and an I-20 Student Visa Request Form. This form must be filled out completely and returned $200 enrollment deposit by May 1. Students may submit a check (payable to MacMurray College) or by secure credit card transaction. Please contact the Admissions Office for information on how to pay your enrollment deposit by credit card. Enrollment deposits are non-refundable after May 1.

Once we receive your completed I-20 Student Visa Request Form and the enrollment deposit, you will be sent the original printed version of your acceptance letter and a completed I-20 Application Form. Both of these documents must be in original printed form and must be presented to a US Embassy visa official to obtain a student visa. We will also send you specific instructions on how to prepare for your student visa interview at your local US Embassy in your home country.