How to Apply

international student by a swimming pool

Next steps for international students applying as freshmen and transfers

At Marymount, an international student is an individual of foreign nationality who will be entering, or has already entered, the United States with a student visa (F-1 or J-1).

1. Tell us about you

Sign up to receive more information about our majors and programs.

2. Visit

If you’re visiting Southern California, come see us! Meet with admissions representatives, students and professors. And check out our two-story townhomes.

3. Apply for admission

Start the process using the MCU application or Common App.

4. Show language proficiency

You must demonstrate English language proficiency before enrollment at Marymount California University. See below for details.

Admissions deadlines

Spring 2022

  • October 15: Priority consideration deadline
  • November 15: Regular consideration deadline
  • December 1: Late application deadline (last date if applying for F-1 visa)

Fall 2022

  • February 1:┬áPriority consideration deadline
  • March 1: Regular consideration deadline

Our admissions counselors engage in a holistic review process when reading and evaluating each application. While academic performance and potential are important, we also are interested in your personal activities, achievements and aspirations. Our goal is to discover who you are as an individual and how you might benefit from the opportunities available at Marymount.

Regardless of your citizenship or geographic location, you should follow the same freshman or transfer application process that other students follow.

The only additional application requirement for international student applicants (both freshman and transfer) is demonstration of English proficiency.

International applicants must provide official copies of academic records from all secondary or senior secondary schools, and colleges and universities attended. Applicants should:

  • Have all academics records sent directly from the schools (whenever possible).
  • Submit all academic records in the native language, accompanied by an English translation, if the native language is not English.


Academic success at MCU depends on your ability to communicate effectively in English. All international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum score of 69 on the TOEFL iBT. Scores must be less than two years old to be accepted as valid proof.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0. Scores must be less than two years old to be accepted as valid proof.
  • A minimum score of 80 on the Duolingo English proficiency test. Scores must be less than two years old to be accepted as valid proof.
  • An SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing score of 460 or higher.
  • An ACT English score of 15 or higher and ACT Reading score of 18 or higher.
  • Successful completion of an intensive English language preparatory program designed for academic college-level instruction (MCU will evaluate to meet minimum TOEFL/IELTS conversion scores).

Applicants from a native English-speaking country or whose secondary education curriculum was taught in English may be exempt. MCU will evaluate submitted transcripts to meet this standard.

If admitted, international applicants will be required to certify they possess sufficient funds to cover tuition, fees, transportation and living expenses. Applicants must complete the Confidential Statement of Financial Support Form, which should be returned with accompanying financial documentation showing available funds (such as savings deposits, checking accounts, investment portfolios or a signed bank letter verifying the ability to pay educational expenses). These documents should be uploaded into the application.

After the Office of Admission has received your Confidential Statement of Financial Support Form showing sufficient funds, we will issue you an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. The Office of International Services will be in touch with you regarding all immigration-related information.

While certain types of financial aid are limited to U.S. citizens, international applicants may be eligible for some financial assistance based on a review of academic qualifications, financial need and availability of student aid resources.

Discuss your financial aid options with MCU’s Office of Student Financial Services to determine if you qualify for merit or need-based scholarships, grants or loans.

Learn more

The Office of International Services offers resources for admitted international students, including immigration advising and counseling, as well as intercultural and educational programming.