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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
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1.  Who is considered an “international” applicant? 

Any foreign national who holds, or intends to hold, any temporary non-immigrant visa/status in the U.S. must apply through the International Programs Center, and complete the International Undergraduate Application.  This includes freshman, transfer, second-degree and conditional applicants. 

Note:  Students who attend a U.S. high school and hold a non-immigrant visa/status are considered international applicants.

Applicants who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, pending permanent residency, political asylees, refugees, or undocumented aliens are considered “domestic applicants” and should apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at www.uncg.edu/adm

2.  I am an international student attending high school in the U.S.  Do I need to prove English proficiency?  

Yes.  If your official native language is not English, you are required to prove
English proficiency.  You may prove English proficiency by any of the following tests: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT (critical reading), or MELAB.  For details, see English Language Proficiency.

Note:  If you have not proven English proficiency, you may be eligible for conditional admission

3.  I am an international student attending a U.S. university.  Do I need to prove English proficiency?

Yes.  If you official native language is not English, you are required to prove English proficiency. You may prove English proficiency by any of the following tests: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT (critical reading), or MELAB.  For details, see English Language Proficiency.   Transfer students may meet English proficiency with a college-transfer English course.  This must be determined by UNCG. 

Note:  If you have not proven English proficiency, you may be eligible for conditional admission

4.  May I submit copies of test results? 
 
Official scores must be sent from the testing agency for TOEFL, SAT, or MELAB. 

Copies may be sent for IELTS, if the code is on the score report.  This enables UNCG to check the official score online. 

5.  Do I need to take the SAT test? 

If you graduate from high school in the U.S., you are required to submit results of the SAT or ACT test. 

If you are an international athlete, you are required to submit SAT scores. 

6.  Do I need letters of recommendation?

No, letters of recommendation are not required for international applicants.  However, we do read letters of recommendation if submitted. 

7.  My family and I have been living in North Carolina. Can I qualify for in-state tuition? 

Under certain circumstances, students who hold certain visas may be eligible for in-state tuition.  This will depend on the type of visa, length of stay in North Carolina (minimum 1 full year), and other factors.  If you hold a visa other than an F-1, you may contact us for details. 

Note:  This does NOT apply to F-1 visa holders – you are required to pay out-of-state tuition. 

8.  Do I need to send my transcripts to an evaluation service, such as WES?

International applicants are not generally required to submit transcripts to an evaluation service, as your transcripts will be evaluated at the International Programs Center at UNCG.  You will need to send us official transcripts from each school attended.  Test results, such as the West African Examination Council results, must be sent from the issuing agency.  You must also submit course descriptions or syllabi for all courses or subjects completed at university. 
               
If IPC is unable to verify the authenticity of the transcripts, we reserve the right to ask the student to submit transcripts to an evaluation service. 

Note:  Applicants who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, pending permanent residency, political asylees, refugees, or undocumented aliens are considered “domestic applicants”.   There are different requirements for these applicants, including the need for evaluations.  Please check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at www.uncg.edu/adm  for details. 

9.  Is it possible to receive university credit for international secondary school (high school) courses?
 
It may be possible to receive credit for certain examinations, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), A-levels, etc.  You may contact us if you have questions.

10. Can I submit my application after the deadline? 

You may submit an application after the recommended deadline, but not after the final deadline.  For details, see International Application Deadlines

11.  Do I need to submit financial documents as part of the admissions materials?

No.  Students who are or will be on an F-1 student visa are required to submit financial documents, but this is not required until admission is offered.  In the interest of time, you may submit these documents with your application. 

12. How long after I submit my complete application will I know if I am accepted?

International applications are reviewed on a “rolling” basis.  Once an application is complete, your application will be reviewed in the order received. Depending on the time of year, it may vary according to the number of applications received.  We do make decisions as quickly as possible. 

13. If I was admitted, but could not attend for that semester, can I defer my application to the next semester?

Yes, you may defer your application to the following semester (not including summer).  To defer, you will need to complete and submit a new application.  (There is no application fee to defer your application one time.)  If you have taken any coursework since you were offered admission, you will need to submit official academic records to have your application reviewed again. 

14. May I apply for financial aid?    

We are sorry, but international undergraduate students are not eligible for financial aid from UNCG.  There are a limited number of scholarships available from the School of Music and the Department of Athletics.  These are for outstanding Music majors and outstanding athletes.  In addition, UNCG offers Merit Scholarships to outstanding freshman applicants.  To be eligible, students must be current high school seniors, have a completed admissions application on file by the deadline set by the Merit Awards, take the SAT or ACT test, and, if selected as a finalist, come to the UNCG campus for a required interview. For details, see http://fia.uncg.edu/meritawards/

15.  Do I need to attend the International Student Orientation? 

Yes.  It is very important for all new international students to attend the orientation.  You will be sent details during the summer (for fall orientation), or in November (for spring orientation). 

16.  Do I have to live on campus if I am a freshman? 

No. Students may live on or off campus.  There is a limited supply of on-campus housing and you need to apply for on-campus housing after admission is offered.  There is a wide variety of off-campus housing options as well.  For details on housing options, click on Housing.

17. How to I get my I-20 form?

If you are offered admission and you have submitted acceptable financial support documents, you will then be issued Form I-20 from the International Programs Center. 

18. I am currently studying at another university in the United States.  May I transfer to UNCG? 

You may be eligible to apply as a transfer student.  See Transfer Application Procedures.  If you are currently in your first semester at another university, we would need an official transcript with your final grades before a decision could be determined.  (This may be required in other cases as well, depending on the number of credit hours you have earned.)  To transfer, you need to meet the high school requirements, English proficiency requirements, and have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0 from all colleges/universities attended.  The GPA is calculated by UNCG. 

19.  I have a degree from a university in another country.  May I continue my studies at UNCG?

If your degree is recognized by UNCG as comparable to bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution in the United States, you may apply for admission for one of the following:

  1. To apply for a master’s degree or doctoral degree see International Graduate Admissions

  2. If you wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a different major from your first bachelor’s degree, you may apply for a second undergraduate degree.  For this option, see Second Degree Application Procedures.
     
  3. If you have a degree that we do not recognize as comparable to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution in the United States, you would need to apply as an undergraduate transfer student. For details, see Transfer Application Procedures

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