International Students

International Student Admissions

Your Journey Starts Here

The Oakland City University admissions staff is here to guide you through the application process to ensure your experience is as stress free as possible. Below you will find all the necessary information needed to apply, enroll, and attend OCU.

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Admissions Process


To gain admission to the university, international applicants must submit evidence of graduation from an approved, accredited, or commissioned high school.  Applicants may be admitted to Oakland City University based one of the following requirements:

  •  A high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  • A high school grade point average (GPA) or 2.0 -2.49 and an SAT score greater than 960 or an ACT score of eighteen (18) or greater.
  • Six (6) or more hours completed post high school at an accredited institution, and a 2.0 or higher-grade point average in college-level coursework.

*As a proud member of the NAIA, Oakland City University requires all international student athletes to utilize InCred for transcript evaluation and strongly suggests all international students utilize InCred to avoid any discrepancy or repetitive work being performed.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

Oakland City University requires all international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants who do not meet this requirement within the last two years may be required to submit additional proof of English proficiency.

You can do this by:

  • Submitting acceptable results for one of the English proficiency tests listed below
  • Submitting acceptable results from the SAT or ACT exam listed below
    Holding citizenship from or completing at least three full years of secondary school in a predominantly English-speaking country (defined below)
  1. Complete and submit application for admission HERE.
  2. Send official high school / college transcripts to [email protected].
  3. Create an InCred profile ( and complete required steps on behalf of OCU.
  4. Send SAT scores (1585) or ACT Scores (1228)
  5. Send TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo
Next Steps

After Oakland City University has received all required documents and has offered you acceptance, your I-20 will be issued to you via mail.

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Visa & Travel

Once you have received your I-20, you will need to pay a one-time SEVIS fee at least three days before going to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for an F-1 VISA. The Consular officer will review your application, confirm that the SEVIS fee has been paid, run a required security check, and grant the F-1 VISA.

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Policy for Accepting International Students for Graduate Programs

On 11/05/2019 it was decided that an international student can be accepted into a graduate program with the following guidelines.

  1. Completed an undergraduate or master’s program here in the United States.
  2. Potential program cannot be a fully online program.
  3. Provides all original transcripts requested. All transcripts that are not in English must be evaluated by a professional company and converted to a 4.0 grading system.
  4. Provides the requested financial support documentation.
  5. Has a current legal status with an I-20 from previous school.
  6. Student is responsible for their own housing and transportation unless housing becomes available on campus.

List of English-speaking countries

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grand Cayman Islands
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Singapore
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
  • United States
  • Zimbabwe

Required English Proficiency Test Scores

Undergraduate applicants can meet our English proficiency requirement for admission by attaining the necessary score on any one of the following tests:


Test Score
TOEFL (internet-based test) 70
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5
Duolingo English Test (DET) 100
SAT  960
ACT  18

Transferring from an American University

If you are transferring to Oakland City University from another American university, please complete the online application and ask your international counselor to forward this International Transfer Form.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Lantrip, International Admissions Counselor, by e-mail at [email protected]

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