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Undergraduate Admissions

First-Year International Students

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Admission Standards

There are five basic factors considered in an admission decision:

Demonstrated Academic Success

Successful completion of secondary school, equivalent to American grade 12.

English Proficiency

International students applying to North Park University must meet North Park’s English language proficiency requirement. North Park accepts current TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge test scores. We may also make exceptions for students who have studied English or are from specific countries. Learn more.

Satisfactory Test Results

North Park accepts official ACT or SAT scores. North Park’s ACT code is 1098 and our SAT code is 1556.

To see if you qualify for a waiver of this requirement, contact our international recruiter, Michael Drake, at

Third-Party Recommendation

A satisfactory recommendation from a current or previous teacher is required. If it is not possible to obtain one, we will accept a recommendation from another person, such as an employer, a minister, pastor, or a coach, provided that individual is not a relative or family member. You may submit several recommendations to strengthen your application.

Demonstrated Interest in North Park University

As part of your application, you are required to write an essay describing your interest in North Park and how you believe the University can help you meet your goals.

Financial Resources

All applicants must show they have the financial resources necessary to meet the costs of attendance, including tuition, room, board, books, personal expenses, and insurance. This proof is required in order to apply for a visa for studying in the United States.

In order to demonstrate your financial resources and obtain the required I-20 form from North Park, please submit:

  • A completed International Student Financial Resources Form (must download, print, and submit)
  • Official copies of bank statements showing available funds
  • Copies of letters from sponsors or other organizations who guarantee to provide scholarships of other funds

North Park may offer you an International Student Grant (scholarship), which may be included as a part of the plan to finance your education. International Student Grant awards are made following an admission decision. You may also be eligible for additional North Park scholarships; learn more.

Application for Admission Process

  1. Complete the online application, including:
    • The required essay
    • Academic and optional personal reference. (Instructions are included at the end of the online application
  2. Submit official school transcripts
    • Either in English or accompanied by an English translation
    • North Park reserves the right to have transcripts evaluated by a third-party expert.
    • North Park recommends One Earth Evaluations.
    • For most students, a “General” Evaluation is sufficient.
    • If you think you are eligible for university credit for courses taken as a high school student, or if you are transferring to North Park from an institution outside the US, a “Course-by-Course” evaluation may be to your advantage. Ask your North Park International Admission Counselor for advice.
  3. Provide proof of English proficiency
    • Submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge test score. Click here for instructions and information about exceptions
    • A writing sample, in addition to the required essay, is welcome and may be requested in some instances.
  4. Submit a copy of your passport and of a current U.S. visa (if you have one)
  5. Provide your SAT or ACT test scores
    • North Park’s ACT code is 1098; our SAT code is 1556
    • This requirement may be waived for some students. Contact to see if you qualify for a waiver.
  6. Submit financial resources information; see details above

Important Official academic transcripts and test results must be sent directly North Park. Submit your other required documents by uploading them to your online application or by emailing them to We strongly recommend submitting PDF versions of these documents.

Following Admission

  1. If you’re accepted for admission, you will receive:
    • A letter of acceptance
    • Notification of a financial aid award or grant, if awarded
    • The International Student handbook, which you should read and understand
    • An I-20 form from North Park University to be used in scheduling a visa appointment
  2. To accept the offer of admission, you must:
  3. Apply for a U.S. visa:
    • The first step is paying the I-901 SEVIS fee online. Instructions are included in the International Student Handbook.
    • You must schedule a visa interview at your local American Embassy, allowing at least one week between payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee and the scheduling of your interview.
    • During your interview, you must present proof of payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee. You will also need to present other documents during your interview. (See the International Student Handbook for details.)
  4. Register for classes
    • If possible, attend a Registration Day event
    • Registration is open starting in mid-April for the fall semester (August) and in October for students enrolling in the spring semester (January).
    • We will send instructions about registering for classes after you have paid your tuition deposit and completed the housing forms.
  5. We meet all new international students at O’Hare or Midway airports, if we know your arrival schedule. When you confirm arrangements to travel to the United States, complete and submit an International Arrival Form so we can arrange to meet you at the airport.

After 125 years, we’ve learned how to streamline the process of helping qualified applicants seek admission to North Park and find affordable ways to attend. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on our website, please contact us directly.

If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please contact the Admissions office.

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