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Concordia University Irvine is known for providing a challenging education with a global focus, rigorous core curriculum, and excellent international student services. International students are not separated but integrated into our campus. You'll enjoy a family-like environment, one-on-one support, and attention from faculty and staff.

Steps to Apply

To apply to CUI as an international student, follow the steps below.

1. Submit your application

We strongly encourage international students to apply early.

2. Submit your official transcript

Submit a transcript from each secondary and post-secondary school attended, current through the time of application. High School transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the high school guidance counselor to the admissions counselor through email or through the mail in a sealed envelope or hand-carried to Concordia University Irvine in a sealed envelope. ALL non-US equivalent transcripts must arrive with a certified English evaluation and translation documenting your coursework, examinations taken, grades received, passing and maximum marks, and evidence of secondary school graduation. The first-year student must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent to that according to the grading system used by the country that a student is applying from. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.3.

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) does not have a translation or evaluation service and students are required to submit records in English. If the school does not issue an English translation, International Transcripts must be professionally evaluated to be equivalent to the U.S. grading system through one of the companies listed in NACES. Suggested Credential Evaluation Services: www.IERF.org or www.wes.org.

Mail it to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

3. Submit official test scores from one of the following

First-year students must submit one of the following standardized tests. Scores must be sent directly from the testing institution to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. SAT School: 4069; ACT School: 0227. Copies are considered unofficial documents.

  • SAT: The student must have at least a 980 Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing+Math score.
  • ACT: The student must have a minimum composite score of 18.
  • TOEFL: This is an English language proficiency test taken by non-native speakers of English. A minimum iBT score of 79 is required. Students who don't yet meet this requirement should consider CUI PathwayProgram.
  • IELTS: A minimum band of 6.5 is required.

Note: If you submit more than one SAT score, we use the highest score from each section (critical reading and math) and combine them into a super score. We also use the highest composite ACT score.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Type Apply By Notified By
Early Action November 15 Mid-December
Early Action II (Priority) February 15 March 1
Rolling Admissions June 1 (Outside the US) July 1 (Inside the US)

Note: Applications received after February 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis, and it is recommended that students apply well in advance. Once your application is complete, it usually takes two weeks to receive an admissions decision, depending upon the time of year.

Spring Semester

Type Apply By Notified By
Regular Decision November 1 (Outside the US) December 1 (Inside the US)

Helpful International Student Resources

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