We are pleased that you are considering William Jewell College. The Office of Admission assists all international students who have interest in attending William Jewell College. We are also your primary point of contact for questions about the application process, admission requirements, immigration, and general information about the College. If you have questions about William Jewell College or about any aspect of being an international student on our campus, contact us:
Mary Parsons, Senior Admission Counselor for Transfer and International Students
Applying for Admission
The application process for an international student differs from the application process for students who are citizens of the United States or who have completed their secondary education in the United States. Students who would require a visa (usually F-1) in order to enroll at an American college or university are considered international students. The primary differences have to do with the required TOEFL or IELTS and the required Documentation of Financial Support. Students in the U.S. on any type of visa other than F1 must take the necessary steps to apply for and obtain a F1 visa before enrolling at the College.
- Step 1: Complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission
- Step 2: Provide a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet based test). The equivalent IELTS score is 6.5
- Step 3: Submit official or attested copies (in English) of your secondary and postsecondary transcripts. You must submit a minimum secondary school GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a college preparatory curriculum. In addition, if you have postsecondary work from a foreign college or university, you must contact World Education Services (WES) at www.wes.org and request that a course-by-course evaluation of your postsecondary work be sent to William Jewell College. College credit may be awarded based on the evaluation provided by WES.
- Step 4: Submit a letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your academic potential, such as a former teacher, school counselor, or administrator.
- Step 5: Submit official Documentation of Financial Support showing your ability to pay for a William Jewell College education and support yourself throughout your educational program. The college cannot send an I-20 to an admitted student until it is determined that the student will have the financial support required to cover the costs of attendance.
- Step 6: If you have not yet completed postsecondary coursework and wish to be considered for an academic merit scholarship, you must provide ACT or SAT scores.
The materials mentioned above must be sent to the Office of Admission by the following deadlines in order for a formal offer of admission to be granted:
- Fall Term: July 15
- Spring Term: December 1
- Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarship
- International Undergraduate Academic Recommendation
- Documentation of Financial Support
International students are eligible to receive financial assistance from William Jewell College by submitting the 2017-2018 CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is required of all international applicants.
- Jewell Grant
- Based upon financial need according to CSS Profile results
- Talent-based Scholarship
- Music, Theatre, Debate and Multi-media Journalism (Complete the talent scholarship application)
- Academic Scholarship
- Requires ACT or SAT for consideration
- Requires professionally evaluated international transcript or transcript from American high school, college, or university for consideration.
- Academic Scholarship levels are considered on an individual basis by the Scholarship Committee
International students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid programs.
Serving International Students
The Office of Admission, in partnership with the Office of Student Life, is here to serve the needs of international students from the time they begin inquiring about William Jewell College to the time they graduate. In many cases, our relationship with international students continues far beyond that time, as they seek to live, work, or pursue further studies in the United States.
Here are some of the ways that international students are served:
- I-20 created and sent to admitted students and advising offered in regard to F-1 visa application process
- Orientation for new and transfer students upon arrival to campus
- Arrangements for campus housing during academic year and, by request, during breaks
- Assistance with application for social security number, as required, for on-campus employment
- Assistance with opening a bank account
- Assistance with application for off-campus internships and employment through CPT (Curricular Practical Training) or OPT (Optional Practical Training)
In addition, the College has a faculty member dedicated to the needs of international students who serves as a Faculty Advisor and advocate.