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International Student Admissions

International Student Admissions

With its small size and capacity for individual attention to students, Oakland City University is an attractive place for students from all backgrounds. Below you will find the steps for completing your application process. Contact the admissions office with any additional inquiries.

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Admissions Requirements

International students from about 16 different countries are studying at Oakland City University. There are many reasons international students choose OCU:

  • Athletics
  • Small class size
  • Personal attention
  1. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited, approved, or commissioned high school
  2. Minimum SAT score of 1250 or minimum ACT score of 19; OR
    Minimum TOEFL score of 500 (paper based), 200 (computer based), or a minimum of 70 on the IBT and 6.5 on the IELTS (for students from non English speaking countries)
    The official website for TOEFL is

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Score of 6.5 overall total with minimum section requirements of:

  • Listening‐6
  • Reading‐6
  • Speaking‐6
  • Writing‐6

** Note that if you meet only the minimum required in each section you will not meet the overall requirement of 6.5

Paper based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Score of 500 with minimum section scores of:

  • Section 1 Listening Comprehension‐45
  • Section 2 Structure and Written Expression‐45
  • Section 3 Reading Comprehension‐45
  • TWE (Test of Written English)‐4.5

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)

Score of 1250 with minimum section requirements of:

  • Critical Reading‐420
  • Math‐410
  • Writing‐420

ACT (American College Testing)

Score of 18 with minimum section requirements of:

  • English‐18
  • Math‐17
  • Reading‐18
  • Science‐17

IBT (Internet based TOEFL)

Score of 70 with minimum section requirements of:

  • Reading‐19
  • Llistening‐18
  • Speaking‐19
  • Writing‐18

**Note‐If an applicant is below the required score in one section of the required testing the University may choose to “conditionally accept” that student after review by the University Admissions Committee.

The following is a list of all the information we need to process your application. From here you can download the pages that are required and that need your signature or you can fill out the necessary paperwork online and submit it along with your application fee. The items listed below are needed for acceptance and to complete your file. Once you have all the items please mail to the address listed below.

  1. The International Application for Admission can be found here. 
  2. Tuition Deposit of $250.00 (This has to be sent in American currency)**
  3. Housing deposit of $100.00 (This has to be sent in American currency)**
  4. International Student Emergency and Health Insurance - Insurance must be from a U.S. approved provider and meet Federal, State, and University guidelines. If you are an athlete, insurance must cover sports injuries.
  5. High School transcript original-Translated into English and converted into a 4.0 grading system. This must be done by an official organization such as WES (World Education Services). There is a fee for this, but we will not accept any transcripts without the conversion by an authorized organization or person.
  6. High School graduation certificate (copy)-Translated into English
  7. College transcripts (if applicable)-Translated into English. This must be done by an official organization such as WES (World Education Services). There is a fee for this, but we will not accept any transcripts without the conversion by an authorized organization or person.
  8. TOEFL scores for non-English speaking countries/ACT or SAT for English speaking countries. There are requirements for each section of TOEFL/SAT/ACT tests.
  9. Housing Application
  10. Documentation of financial support. This has to be a bank statement for the past 3 months of the current year until now, converted into American currency (your bank can help you with this). The statements can be a combination of checking, saving, and retirement accounts.
  11. When we have received all of the required documents and you have been officially accepted then we will issue the I-20 form for acquiring a VISA.

**These fees have to be paid in American currency. We will accept Credit Card (the preferred method of payment) or American Express Money Orders. Please do not send checks without contacting us first. No drafts (checks) will be returned!


Send all items to:

Oakland City University
Office of International Admissions
138 N. Lucretia Street
Oakland City, IN 47660
812-749-1433 fax

Financial Aid

All scholarships are based on Grade Point Average.


The SEVIS fee is charged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as of 06/24/2019 the cost is $350.00. It is generally a one time fee and is required of those who are applying for an F-1 visa based on an I-20 issued for initial attendance or change of status. When paying your fee you will need your new I-20 and a completed copy of Form I-901. You can pay your fee online by credit card. You must also have the receipt from your SEVIS fee with you along with your new I-20 for your visa interview at the embassy.

To pay your SEVIS fee online by credit card go to, you will be asked to enter the school code of the university you will be attending. Oakland City University’s School Code is CHI214F10115000. You will be required to also enter your SEVIS ID number which is located in the upper right hand corner of your I-20 and begins with the letter N. Make sure you print a receipt, you must have this for your student visa appointment. Do not exit the receipt page until you have if fully printed as you cannot go back to that page.

For more information on the SEVIS fee go to

Applying for Your F1 Visa

To apply for an F-1 visa, please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy. Or go online to Be sure to ask which documents are needed for the appointment as each embassy may ask for additional items. Following are a sample list of questions that may be asked at your interview.

  • Why do you want to study in the United States?
  • Why have you chosen this particular major to study?
  • What career will you try to have when you return to your home country?
  • Why did you select Oakland City University? (cost, scholarship, location, etc.)

Here are a couple of tips for your interview:

  • Make sure you can prove you have enough finances to cover your expenses in the United States. For example, if your parents own a business or if they own property then take the deeds to the interview.
  • It is very important that the interviewer believes that you fully intend to return to your home country and not stay in the U.S.
  • Do not talk about working in the U.S. Employment is not allowed off campus unless it is required by a class for credit, such as an internship.
  • Do not mention any family ties in the United States unless you are asked.
  • Always be very truthful.

Items to Purchase After Arrival

There are several items you should purchase after your arrival on campus.  These items include:

  • Sheets-extra long twin
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Back Pack
  • Laundry supplies
  • Dishes/Bowls/Drinking glasses/silverware
  • Can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Telephone
  • Personal Care items (deodorant, hairspray, toothpaste and toothbrush) ect.
  • Alarm Clock
  • Microwave (this is a necessity) the cafeteria closes over breaks
  • School supplies
  • Phone cards (for calling home)
  • Clothing suitable for climate. (Heavy coat for winter) It does get cold here in the winter and hot in the summer.
  • TV(optional)

*Money for any emergencies or illness (medications, doctor,) etc.*

OCU will take the International students shopping to purchase these items.