How to Apply

Undergraduate Applications

Undergraduates who wish to be considered for admission must provide:

  • A completed application form
  • Proof of high school or GED completion, plus SAT or ACT score results for prospective athletes
  • A non-refundable $20.00 application fee

Transfer students must arrange to have official academic transcripts, personal records, and financial aid transcripts sent directly from all previous colleges to SIU.

International Undergraduate Applications

International students who wish to study at SIU must obtain a valid F-1 Visa. They must commit to a minimum of 8 months’ continuous study at SIU.

International undergraduates must be able to demonstrate high school completion equivalency. SIU requires:

  • Copies of official high school transcripts, diplomas, or certificates in both the original language and with a certified English translation
  • A credential evaluation, arranged and paid for by the student, performed by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credentials Evaluator (ECE)
  • Provide official proof of English language proficiency, through test results showing a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 500 (written version) or 173 (computer version), an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or better, or a passing score on an SIU placement test
  • Demonstration of sufficient financial resources for supporting the student at SIU for the first year

Students who attended a secondary school where English was the language of instruction may be able to have the language test requirement waived.

Nursing Applicants – RN to BSN

Applicants to the RN to BSN program must:

  • Complete an application form
  • Provide transcripts proving the applicant holds an Associate of Nursing Degree or Diploma (applicants are awarded 60 credits for their diploma or degree)
  • Write a one-page essay outlining their personal philosophy of nursing
  • Provide two letters of reference from unrelated individuals who can speak to the applicant’s professionalism and character
  • Pay the $20.00 application fee

Graduate Applicants

Graduate students must provide:

  • A completed application form
  • Official transcripts showing proof of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. university or college, or from an international university with credential evaluation. For Master of Education students, this must show a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Proof of appropriate prerequisite courses (e.g. accounting) if necessary
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership applicants must provide proof of a valid teaching certificate and access to sites for field work
  • M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction applicants must provide a statement of purpose, proof of a valid teaching certificate, and access to sites for field work
  • A $20.00 application fee

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