International and Overseas Students

International Student at Marymount California University

Marymount California University has so much to offer the International Student.  From the serenity of our Oceanview campus, to the fun and happening community at The Villas, this is some of the best that California has to offer!

What’s more, our Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs are designed to fit every educational goal. Find out how you can be a part of what we like to call the “Marymount Experience.” It’s all waiting for you here…and it’s amazing!

A student is considered an international student if he or she is a citizen (passport holder) of a country other than the United States and qualifies for F-1 visa status.

International Application Deadlines

Applications must be completed (all required documents have been received) by the following dates:

Applications for the Fall Semester (beginning in August)

Feb. 1 – Priority consideration deadline
March 1 – Regular consideration deadline
July 1 – Late consideration deadline (last date if applying for F-1 visa)

Applications for the Spring Semester (beginning in January)

Nov. 1 – Priority consideration deadline
Dec. 1 – Regular consideration deadline (last date if applying for F-1 visa

Marymount California University seeks the best qualified international candidates for admission and reviews all applications on a holistic basis. While we do not list an “official” minimum GPA which means we will consider any GPA, we do require a minimum English proficiency level, TOEFL score of 69 iBT or 6.0 IELTS. The most competitive applicants, however, have an academic GPA equivalent of a 2.5 or higher on the U.S. 4.0 scale. Each applicant is reviewed carefully for academic achievement, preparation and potential.

Does Marymount California University offer merit scholarships to international students?

International students may be eligible for merit scholarships based on GPA and test scores such as SAT/ACT.

For more information, please visit Financial Aid.

Complete the application for admission.

  1. Complete the online application, including additional documents
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official secondary/college transcripts
  4. Show language proficiency
  5. Upon admission, you will be asked to submit a statement of financial support (Issuance of Form I-20 will take place after admission and once proof of funds have been verified through the statement of financial support)

Submit official secondary and/or university transcripts.

  • Submit an official copy of transcripts in English (or with certified English translation) from all secondary schools attended.
  • Submit official transcripts showing yearly work in detail. If you have completed any courses at the college or university level, those documents must be included.
  • Submit an official evaluation for transcripts from every college or university attended outside the United States. The two options MCU is currently accepting are either a “Course-by-Course” evaluation from W.E.S., or a “Detailed Report with Course Level Identification” from I.E.R.F..
  • Submit official documents verifying the award of all secondary school diplomas and/or academic certificates with the title and date conferred.
  • If your school cannot provide an official document, please provide photocopies that are notarized as true copies of the original document.
  • All documents submitted for admission become property of Marymount California University and will not be returned.

Supporting documents should be sent to:
Marymount California University
Office of Admission
30800 Palos Verdes Dr. East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275-6299

Establish English language proficiency.

What are the English language proficiency requirements?

While the TOEFL and/or IELTS are not required for admission to the associate or bachelor’s degree programs, English language proficiency must be demonstrated before enrollment at Marymount California. Proof of English language proficiency may be established in one or more of the following ways:

  1. An official TOEFL score of a 69 iBT Test – Scores must be less than 2 years old to be accepted as valid proof
  2. An official IELTS score of a 6.0 Test – Scores must be less than 2 years old to be accepted as valid proof
  3. SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing score of 460 or higher
  4. ACT English score of 15 or higher AND ACT Reading score of 18 or higher
  5. Successful Completion of an Intensive English Language preparatory program designed for academic college-level instruction (Evaluated by MCU to meet minimum TOEFL/IELTS conversion scores)
  6. Native English speakers who are citizens of a country with English as an official language AND your entire secondary education curriculum was taught in English (Submitted transcripts evaluated by MCU to meet standard)

*Marymount’s institution code is: 4515
**No institutional code is needed

Submit a statement of financial support.

All international applicants requiring F-1 Student Status must complete a Confidential Statement of Financial Support form before an I-20 can be issued. A letter or statement from a bank official may replace the required bank verification form. 

After the Office of Admissions has received your Confidential Statement of Financial Support Form showing sufficient funds, we will issue you a Form I-20 and mail it to your foreign address.  This is an important immigration document that you will need for your F1 visa interview.  You will also need this document for your entry to the U.S. so please keep this with your passport at all times.
Please contact the Office of Admissions for estimated costs

Submit additional documents.

  • An academic letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or adviser. Applicants not currently enrolled in studies may submit an employer or personal reference.
  • Personal statement, essay or writing samples.
  • Standardized testing results from the following: SAT and/or ACT.
  • Interviews may be requested of some candidates.


Office of Admission

Phone: (310) 303-7311

Admission to Marymount is a highly personalized and holistic process that weighs past academic performance with current academic potential. Each application is evaluated individually, and we carefully consider all admission materials that are submitted.  Contact us for more information.


Upcoming Admission Events

Upcoming Admission Events

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