International Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Please review all of this information prior to submitting your application online. Alderson Broaddus has specific admission criteria that must be met. Some programs may have additional criteria not listed here so please check the program’s web site for the most complete information.

Who is an international student? You are considered an international student if you are not a United States citizen. That includes foreign nationals living with their parents in the United States and attending United States high schools.

Admission requirements for new students:

All international applications must be made on our international platform at From your mobile phone, go to Alderson Broaddus > apply > international. The application is free.

You are a freshman student if you have never attended a college or university after secondary/high school graduation. Students who have taken post-secondary or college courses while enrolled in high school are considered first-time freshman.

  1. Official transcripts from your high school that shows a cumulative grade point average that translates to 2.0 on the American scale. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation. You may be required to furnish a professional transcript evaluation. Click here for a list of approved outside companies that can do that for you for a fee.
  2. Any student transferring from a college or university outside the United States must absolutely file a transcript evaluation. The evaluation should have a course-by-course evaluation, accreditation, and grade point average equivalence. No credit will be given for courses taken outside the U.S. without this evaluation. Click here for a list of approved outside companies that can do that for you for a fee.
  3. Acceptable English skills. International students who come from English speaking countries are exempt. Click here for a list of exempt countries. All other international applicants will need to have a TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based test) or 61 (internet test). See to register. We also accept the IELTS overall band score of 5.0. See for more information. Please be sure to indicate you wish your results to be sent to Alderson Broaddus University.
  4. Demonstrate that you can be successful in an American college by taking the ACT or the SAT test. AB requires a combined score of at least 910 on the SAT or 24 composite score on the ACT. See these web sites to determine which test is available in your area. or The tests are offered on a limited number of days so be sure to take the test early. You may take the test more than once and students often do better the second time. Just like the language test, be sure to have your results sent to Alderson Broaddus University.

Your Name on Documents

Materials for applicants are filed alphabetically under the family name (surname) as indicated by the applicant on the application form. The family name on the application should be the same name as on your passport. It is important that you use the same name and spelling on all forms, documents and correspondence. Any changes or variations in names on academic records need to be carefully explained by a cover letter and accompanied by a copy of the identification page of your passport. Variations may also cause needless delays in the acceptance process.

Can I apply as an international student if I have dependents?

Yes, but we cannot accommodate spouses or children in AB Housing at this point; however, bringing dependents would qualify as an exemption from campus housing. Be advised that apartments in Philippi are not always easily available. You will need to document that you have enough financial capabilities to pay for yourself AND your dependents. Remember that the U.S. does not permit an F-2 spouse to work. Please refer to the Student Services section on the left then choose the Dependent Visas section.

Meet your International Student Coordinator

Jill Nussel

International Student Coordinator/Designated School Official
Jill Nussel

International Student Coordinator/Designated School Official

(304) 457-6296

College/University Attended and year graduated:
University of Toledo: BA 1992; MA 2001; Ph.D. 2006

BA in Journalism
MA and Ph.D. in History

My favorite thing about ABU is:
Everybody here is so friendly and ready to help.

My favorite spot on campus is:
The Quad between Burbick Hall and the Hamer Student Center. It’s always full of students either rushing on their way or having fun with all sorts of activities.

My best piece of advice to a student in the college search process is:
My job is to help International Students get through the maze of regulations and feel comfortable at a school sometimes half way around the world. My advice is for International Students to decide early and get documents completed several months before your embassy appointment.

My favorite meal in the dining hall is:
The salad bar is always fresh and nutritious…but I like the pizza, too.

Dr. Jill Nussel is the Alderson Broaddus International Student Coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience teaching and working with international students at the college level. Dr. Nussel is the SEVIS Designated School Official (DSO) you will see most often. Contact Dr. Nussel any time you have a question about your immigration status, if you plan a trip outside the United States, apply for internships, or if you plan to look for work.

Dr. Nussel’s office is in Burbick Hall #129 in the Admissions Office on the first floor.