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International Student Application for Undergraduate Admission

An international student is one who is not a U.S. national, a U.S. permanent resident, a permanent resident of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Applicants must have completed a college preparatory program in secondary school. This program should include coursework in the humanities, laboratory sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and history. Applicants must have ranked in the top one-third of their secondary school class.

All applicants for admission must demonstrate their ability to participate in college courses where English is the language of instruction by achieving acceptable scores on one of the following exams (dated within two years of application):

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 
    Minimum Scores of:
    • 79 on the internet based TOEFL
    • 213 on the computer based TOEFL
    • 550 on the paper based TOEFL (taken before July 2017)
    • 57 paper based TOEFL (taken after July 2017)
    Minimum Score of:
    • 6.5

Students transferring from another institution may apply for admittance for any academic semester. Transfer applicants must have earned a minimum of a C average (2.0 GPA) or equivalent and be eligible to return to the college or university he or she is leaving to attend St. Scholastica. Foreign post-secondary/university level transcripts must be WES or ECE evaluated, and that evaluation must be sent along with the transcript.

If international students have taken International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) or College in the Schools (CITS) credits through accredited institutions, these credits may transfer to CSS. However, the College will need to perform an official transcript evaluation to see exactly which of the IB, AP or CITS may transfer to St. Scholastica. International students will need to have an official transcript sent to CSS from the institution that the IB, AP or CITS courses were taken.

International Students applying to The College of St. Scholastica must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed College of St. Scholastica International Student Application Form, which includes a written essay.* 
  2. Original or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary school transcripts. English translations must be included with these transcripts. Foreign post-secondary/university level transcripts must be WES or ECE evaluated, and that evaluation must be sent along with the transcript.
  3. TOEFL test scores, including the TWE (Test of Written English) Essay Rating or IELTS Test Scores (if the student has these available). For direct reporting of your TOEFL test scores, use code 6107. 
  4. An essay on a significant event that has happened in your life and your reaction to it, or one of the Common App prompts if submitting the Common App. Must be no less than two to three double-spaced pages in length.

These materials must be received no later than 90 days prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester. While The College of St. Scholastica does not offer an early decision program, we strive to evaluate complete international applications within 30 days of submission and advise the student of acceptance or denial. Once these materials have been received by the College, the standing committee on international students will review the application and recommend granting or denying admission to the College. Students will be notified in writing of their admission status as soon as possible after the committee review.

International students are required to live on campus all four years. However, if you are a college transfer student bringing in 12 or more college credits earned after high school or a non-traditional aged student, students may qualify to live off campus. Please note, the Global Benedictine Scholarship level may have mandatory residency requirements.

In general, international students who are admitted to the College are responsible for securing the funds necessary to attend The College of St. Scholastica from sources outside the College. Students who wish to apply for additional aid must return the completed certification of finances form 90 days prior to the start of the semester of entry.

After an international student has been accepted to the College, the applicants' request for student financial aid will be reviewed. To assure that international students have no financial difficulties when they arrive at St. Scholastica, the College requires every international student to make a deposit of US $500. This deposit is due within 30 days of acceptance. Failure to make this deposit will result in delayed processing of I-20, which is required to obtain a F-1 student visa.

A student's Global Benedictine Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years or until receiving a bachelor's degree as long as you maintain full-time enrollment status and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP is defined as a 67% completion rate and a 2.0 GPA, or better. Please note that graduate students are not.

Tuition: $38,750 (includes $500 deposit)
Room & Board: $10,696
Fees: $735
(Technology, Orientation, Health Services, Students Services)
Estimated Health Insurance (required): $3,000
Estimated costs for books: $1,200
Estimated personal expenses: $2,500

Estimated total costs: $56,881

For more information or to mail transcripts:

International Undergraduate Admissions
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811 USA

Telephone: (218) 723-6046
Fax: (218) 723-5991
Web site:

The College of St. Scholastica is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

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