Application Instructions For

international undergraduate

You are a citizen of a country outside the USA.

how do i apply?

Application Instructions for International Students

  1. Start and complete the online application and when prompted, select Day Transfer. There is no fee to apply. St. Catherine University processes applications on a rolling basis. For scholarship consideration, please submit your application by March 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester.
  2. Submit official records from secondary schools attended, listing all subjects completed and grade/mark received.
  3. Submit proof of completion of secondary school (diploma or other certificate). If your secondary education culminates in a maturity certificate or final secondary school examination, also submit an official copy of grades received on each subject of your examination.

    Official paper transcripts can be sent directly to:
    St. Catherine University
    Office of International Admission F-29
    2004 Randolph Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105-1794 USA

    Official electronic certified pdf transcripts will be accepted. Please request the issuing institution to electronically deliver the transcript directly to St. Catherine University at international@stkate.edu.
  4. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision within three weeks after required materials have been received. Upon acceptance, pay your $400 tuition deposit to reserve a place in the class. The tuition deposit is fully refundable through May 1 for fall semester and January 1 for spring semester.

Additional Required Materials

  1. Send one letter of recommendation. This letter should be written by someone who has known you in an academic context. For scholarship consideration, we recommend that you submit at least two letters of recommendation. Please ask the person(s) writing your recommendation letter(s) to address your abilities as a student, your extracurricular activities and academic accomplishments.
  2. Assessment of English Language Ability. Applicants for whom English is not their native language must provide an assessment of their English language ability. Applicants are not required to take each of the exams listed, but must meet the minimum requirement in at least one. The following are the minimum required scores to establish sufficient English language ability for bachelor’s level programs:

    TOEFL: 61 on the internet-based exam or 500 on the paper-based exam. The university TOEFL code is 6105
    IELTS: 6.0
    SAT: 450 in both writing and critical reading sections. The university SAT code is 6105
    ACT: 18 in both English and reading sections. The university ACT code is 2096
    St. Catherine English Placement Test. Contact your admission counselor to schedule a time to take this exam.
  3. Click here for the Certification of Finances form.
  4. Verification of finances available in the form of bank statements or other financial documentation (no older than 6 months). Please see the Certification of Finances form for specific information. The U.S. government requires all applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue necessary forms to obtain a visa.
  5. International Student Financial Aid Application is required of all students who would like to be considered for scholarships. The form is available online, click here.
  6. Complete a personal statement of 300-500 words. Choose either Topic A or Topic B.

  7. Topic A

    Please write an essay in English addressing two of the following points:

    • Your study objectives
    • Your reasons for wanting to study in the USA
    • Why you have chosen to apply to St. Catherine University
    • Describe how you will make use of what you have studied in the US in your own country

    — OR —

    Topic B

    Please write an essay in English in the form of an imaginary letter to your American roommate. Please address two of the following points:

    • Interests outside of the classroom (hobbies, sports, music, community activities, etc.)
    • Describe your best friend and why you like him/her (discuss his/her strengths, his/her weaknesses and his/her personal likes and dislikes)
    • Discuss a favorite work of literature. What is it that you like about this work (novel, poem) and why?
    • Discuss one experience that changed your life. Why do you think this experience was significant for you?
  8. All materials should be mailed to:

    St. Catherine University
    Office of International Admission F-29
    2004 Randolph Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105-1794 USA

International Transfer Applicants or First-Year Applicants with Advanced Standing

Applicants must complete all requirements listed above in addition to those listed below.

  1. Submit the online application and when prompted, select Day Transfer. There is no fee to apply. St. Catherine University processes applications on a rolling basis. For scholarship consideration, please submit your application by March 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester.
  2. Students with coursework completed at the advanced level (e.g. STPM, WASC, IB Higher Level exams, British Advanced Levels, etc.) or in other accredited institutions of higher education may be considered for advanced standing. Credit will be considered on a course-by-course basis. St. Catherine University reserves the right to make final decisions about credential evaluation and transfer credits.
  3. Submit higher-level exam results (if applicable).
  4. Submit official post-secondary/university transcripts
  5. Credential evaluation. Students who have attended universities from outside of the U.S. must submit a course-by-course credential evaluation in order to receive transfer credits. This evaluation must be done by a credential evaluation agency approved by St. Catherine University, such as World Education Services, St. Catherine University reserves the right to render final decision regarding transfer of credits. Students must also submit course descriptions to the University in order to determine their equivalency in the St. Catherine curriculum.

Transcripts and course descriptions can be sent directly to:

St. Catherine University
Office of International Admission F-29
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1794 USA

Official electronic certified pdf transcripts will be accepted. Please request the issuing institution to electronically deliver the transcript directly to St. Catherine University at international@stkate.edu.


Additional Instructions

  1. Begin the application process 6-9 months (or earlier) before your studies begin at St Catherine University. Your international documents may take longer to obtain to complete the admission requirements. The University will not review an application for admission until all required documents have been received.
  2. All documents must be original or certified photocopies. Original documents may be returned upon request.
  3. Any document in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation from a certified translator. Applicants are not allowed to translate their own documents.
  4. Conditional admission is available to international students at the bachelor's level who need time to improve their English language skills before starting a degree program. Contact the International Admission office at international@stkate.edu for more information.

There are two ways to apply.

Begin our online application or, if you prefer, use The Common Application for Undergraduate College Admissions, which allows you to apply to bachelor's degree programs at any member school.



questions about the application process?

You may email a question at any time and an admission counselor will respond to you.
Or give us a call at 651.690.8850 during office hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time) and we'll talk.

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