Undergraduate First-Year Students

MC Students outside in Spring

Maryville College has welcomed international undergraduate students since the mid-1800s, and 1884 was the year our first international student was awarded a Maryville College degree.  We look forward to getting to know you, no matter where you come from! 

How to Apply

Basic Admissions Requirements

Typically, Maryville College international students have completed the following basic coursework with good grades prior to admission to Maryville College:

  • Four years of English and two years another language (including your native language)
  • Three or more years of math
  • Two or more years of lab science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
  • Two or more years of social science or history

Language Proficiency

International students with or without English proficiency may apply to Maryville College.

We offer an onsite English Proficiency Exam (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency) upon arrival and we also offer a credit-bearing intensive English Bridge Program.  As a result, we do not require SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, EIKEN/STEP, iTEP Academic, PTE Academic or other standardized tests. However, the English proficiency tests (TOEFL, IELTS, EIKEN/STEP, iTEP Academic, PTE Academic) are recommended, to help us and to help you know your language ability.  It can also make it easier to get a visa.

Scores required for unconditional admission:

  • TOEFL IBT score of 74 (with no sub score below 18) or CBT score of 200 or paper-based score above 525 combined with demonstrated competency in essay writing
  • IELTS band score of 6.5 or higher
  • EIKEN (Step) score of Grade Pre-1
  • iTEP Academic score of 3.9
  • PTE Academic score of 50
  • Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency score of 74 
TOEFL Information:

If you have any questions regarding TOEFL test dates and locations, please visit www.toefl.org

IELTS Information:

IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia, IELTS Australia. Please visit www.ielts.com.au if you have any questions. 

EIKEN Information:

For EIKEN/Step test, please visit www.stepeiken.org.


Find more information on their website itepexam.com

PTE Academic Information:

Find more information here.

If you do not have English proficiency test scores, or your scores are lower than required, you can still apply for conditional admission. You will be tested upon arrival at Maryville College and placed into appropriate classes depending on your scores here. Students who pass the proficiency exam can begin taking college-level courses and students who need more English training will be enrolled in the Intensive English (ESL) Bridge program. Successful completion of each 5-week ESL course offers 3 Maryville College credits toward your degree at Maryville College.

If you do NOT need further English training before entering university level programs, APPLY NOW.

If you first want to study English (or if you don't have test scores to submit) and then enter university-level programs when your English is proficient, please see information about our CONDITIONAL ADMISSION.

Note Regarding Language Proficiency: ALL new students are given an English proficiency test when they begin studies here; any student without the required scores who does not pass our English proficiency exam may be placed initially into our intensive English program (ESL). Those students can begin taking College courses once they have passed the proficiency exam given each semester.