Transfer Student Admission

The following information is for international students who are applying as transfer students to Elmhurst University.

Applying for Undergraduate Programs as a Transfer Student

If you have attended university already, please submit:

  • If you have university-level credit from another U.S. institution, you do not need to send those transcripts through WES or ECE. Please send to
  • Optional: You may submit syllabi or course descriptions in English for all courses taken at a non-United States institution.

English Proficiency Requirements

Elmhurst University requires international students to meet the following English proficiency requirements:

Preferred Tests

OptionMinimum Requirement
ACTScore of 22 on both the English and Reading subsections
SATScore of 520 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing portion
TOEFL Computer Based213
TOEFL Paper Based550
IELTS Exam6.5 Composite
Duolingo English Test110
  • U.S. college English coursework (two semesters): Grade of B or better in a two-course writing/composition sequence equivalent to ENG 105/106 at Elmhurst University.
  • Duolingo English Test: 60 (prior to Fall 2021)
  • PTE Academic: 54
  • Be a citizen of and attend high school in: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (English speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Leeward Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, South Africa, The Gambia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, United Kingdom (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Vanuatu, and Windward Islands.
  • Cambridge English Qualifications (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): minimum score of 160
  • Attend and complete: An American international school abroad with passing grades in English courses through the third year at the time of application review with an anticipated completion of English courses in the fourth year.
  • Attend and complete an International Baccalaureate (IB) program in English with passing grades in English courses.

Fall Admission Schedule

  • Apply between September 1 and May 1, or until all spaces are filled
  • Collection of Declaration of Finances and Affidavit of Support between March 1 and June 1
  • I-20s sent beginning June 1

Spring Admission Schedule

  • Apply between August 1 and November 1, or until all spaces are filled
  • Collection of Declaration of Finances and Affidavit of Support by October 15
  • I-20s sent beginning November 1


We are committed to making Elmhurst University an affordable option for students from around the globe. That’s why we offer unusually generous merit-based scholarships to international students. The University also awards international student grants to help support the cost of tuition.

No separate scholarship application is required—we make award decisions based on your application for admission to the University.

Scholarships for F-1 Transfer Students

  • Excellence: Up to $20,000
  • Achievement: Up to $15,000
  • Recognition: $12,000
  • Heritage: $10,000
  • $5,000 to any international transfer student currently studying outside of the United States
  • $2,000 to any international transfer student currently studying inside the United States

In addition, you may be eligible as a traditional transfer student for scholarships listed on the Scholarships & Other Awards page.

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