The USA Study Guide says: "The US hosts more international students than any other country in the world, a number fast approaching 600,000. In fact, international students comprise approximately 4% of the total undergraduate US university and US college population, and 10% for US graduate school. These international students from every continent in the world choose to study in the US because they believe that a US education would afford them the best preparation for their future.
a private college experience at an affordable cost.
a student population of approximately 2,400 students, male and female
a very diverse international population with students from all over the world including: Kenya, Venezuela, Japan, India, and Vietnam
more than 50 academic programs spanning four academic colleges and the Culinary Arts Institute.
a 13 to 1 student to teacher ratio and an average class size of 20 students
more than 75 student organizations and enjoy an exciting range of recreation and fitness options, films, plays, concerts, art exhibits, and lectures
a community that offers an amazing level of personal support.
MUW is known as one of the most academically distinguished universities in the southeastern United States with such outstanding rankings as the 15th out of the top 100 public colleges in America by Washington Monthly magazine and the 18th Southern Regional Public Universities by the U.S. News and World Report for 2012.
Part of Mississippi University for Women's mission is to "develop a greater understanding of self and the world." With 40 students from 24 countries, MUW is committed to providing a truly international community, one that is becoming larger and more diverse each year. The Office of International Programs assists international students with their individual needs and develops programs to help international students gain a more complete cultural experience while studying and living here.
If you're intested in applying to MUW or if you have further questions about international admissions, please email us at
Shelley Moss or Sirena ParkerInterim Coordinators of International Student Services Mississippi University for Women 1100 College Street MUW-1626 Columbus, MS 39701-5800, U.S.A
While the application process for international students can be quite a process, we are here to make things as easy as possible. Here is an easy to follow checklist of things that should be submitted before an admissions decision can be made. This information can be submitted all at one time or in increments.
Applicants for Undergraduate Studies Should Have All Required Materials Submitted to the Office of International Programs by:
Step 1: International application for undergraduate admissions.
Step 2: $25 (USD) non refundable admissions processing fee.
Step 3: Official transcripts* from your high school or secondary institution. Leaving certificates are acceptable as well. *If the MUW Office of Admissions is unable to adequately evaluate your transcript(s), you may be asked to have them evaluated by an outside source such as the World Education Services (www.wes.org). To help the process along, we recommend you have your transcript(s) evaluated by WES before applying to MUW.*
Step 4: Offical TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE* scores and ACT (18 or higher) or SAT (850 or higher) scores. *English proficiency exam scores are not required if a student graduated from a high school where English was the language of instruction or if English is their country's official language.*
Step 5: Statements of Financial Backing and Support Form. Bank statements should be provided along with this form.
Step 6: Student Health Agreement Form. Students must have proof of two (2) vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella & one (1) chest x-ray.
All Applicants must provide either original or true certified copies of transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of all previous secondary and post-secondary academic studies. This documentation must be certified and translated into English.
The United States Immigration & Naturalization Service requires that applicants show financial proof to meet the cost of study prior to the issuance of the I-20 form. The cost includes non-resident tuition, fees, room, meals, books, insurance, international student orientation fee, and estimated expenses.
Step 3: Official transcripts* from any post-secondary institution that you have attended. Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all attempted coursework. *If the MUW Office of Admissions is unable to adequately evaluate your transcript(s), you may be asked to have them evaluated by an outside source such as the World Education Services (www.wes.org). To help the process along, we recommend that you have your transcript(s) evaluated by WES before applying to MUW.*
Step 6: Student Health Agreement Form. Students must have proof of two (2) vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella & one (1) chest x-ray
(Click "Forms" from the menu to access all required forms for admissions.)
Language Proficiency Exam Requirements for Undergraduate Admission:
Note: Information about the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE can be found at this website: www.examenglish.com.
Students Do Not Have To Submit English Language Proficiency Exam Scores If Any Of The Following Criteria Apply:
They are graduates of a U.S. high school and submit appropriate ACT or SAT score
They have completed six semester hours of sophomore level English courses at an accredited U.S. college or university
They have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university
They are citizens of a country where English is the first language
They have graduated from a high school, college, or university where English is the language of instruction
Note:The Test of Written English may also be required. Individual graduate programs may set higher English-language proficiency scores and/or require additional documentation of English-language proficiency.
Requirements for master's programs in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and Nursing (NSG). Number 1 below will apply to both programs. The #2 below is only for SLP.
For admission to the SLP and NSG Graduate Programs, an International student must submit:
1) An official TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 PBT (Paper-Based Test), 250 CBT (Computer-Based Test), or 100 iBT (Internet-Based Test), an IELTS (Inernational English Language Testing Systems) core of 7.0, or a PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 68.
For admission to the SLP Graduate Program, an international student must submit:
2) A taped speech sample, 3-5 minutes in length. Topic should address the student's personal history/information and career goals.
Mississippi University for Women is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) In addition, specific programs are accredited by the following:
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Before students leave their native countries, it is very important to inquire about the regulations regarding the transfer of funds. In addition to the costs of travel, students should have at least $500 (USD) upon arrival in Mississippi to meet initial expenses. Foreign bank drafts for spending money made out to the university may take up to one month to process, so it is highly recommended that internationally accepted traveler's checks be used by the student in place of checks written on foreign banks.
Listed below are required forms for undergraduate and graduate admissions. The forms are editable in Adobe Reader, but you will not be able to save the forms on your computer. Once you have typed your information in the appropriate fields, you will then need to print the forms, apply the appropriate signatures, and fax them to the Office of Admissions.
Please email the Office of Graduate Studies at
*The above forms are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader to view and edit the forms. Download Adobe Reader here.
Taylor EubanksCoordinator of International Student Services
Taylor serves as MUW's Office of International Programs liaisons for all international students who apply for admission to MUW as well as the Designated School Official (DSO) who deals with compliance issues and federal government regulations concerning mostly F-1 visa students. She is present to assist all incoming and current international students deal with any issues that arise during their time at MUW. If you're interested in applying to MUW or if you have further questions about international admissions, please email Taylor at
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