Homeschool & International
Admission Requirements

Homeschool Admission Requirements

CSU will require homeschooled students to show proof that they successfully completed their state’s requirements for high school graduation.  Homeschooled students are responsible for compliance with all requirements for their state.  An official transcript is required to demonstrate that high school graduation requirements are met. The following are examples of the required transcript:

  • GED, if required by state in which high school was completed
  • Accredited official transcript provided by authorized third-party
  • Authorized official transcript provided by a family source that includes detailed course descriptions with curriculum, grades, and records of attendance. The person in charge of the home school program will be responsible for verifying the transcript as official.  Students who submit documents provided by a family source and have successfully completed the ACT with a minimum composite score of 18, or SAT with minimum score of 440 Math and 440 English will be admitted.  If the ACT or SAT is not provided with family source transcripts, the student will be enrolled conditionally as described below.

Conditional Status

All undergraduate applicants are reviewed by qualified evaluators.  Those who do not meet the specific requirements above or who only have documents provided by a family source may be eligible to enroll conditionally as a non-degree seeking student (not FSA eligible).  While on conditional status, students will be required to successfully complete all of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each, or the student will be subject to academic dismissal:

  • LSS 1300 Learning Strategies for Success
  • EH 1010 English Composition I
  • Math
  • Science or History

International Admission Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following for admission:

  • Undergraduate:  A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 44 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Score Report. 
  • Master’s Degree:  A minimum score of 530 on the TOEFL PBT or 71 on the iBT, 6.5 on the IELTS or 50 on the PTE Academic Score Report.
  • Doctoral Degree:  A minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL PBT or 80 on the iBT, a 6.5 on the IELTS or 58 on the PTE Academic Score Report.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS English as a Second Language Placement Test;
  • A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows:
    • ESL Language Use: Score of 85
    • ESL Listening: Score of 80
    • ESL Reading: Score of 85
    • ESL Sentence Meaning: Score of 90
    • ESL Writeplacer: Score of 4
    • Comprehensive Score for all exams of 350 and a 4 or higher in ESL Writeplacer
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam;
  • A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge
  • A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “C” or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English.  A  “B” or higher is required for master’s degree or doctoral degree;

Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript.  In this case, the evaluator must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin and include an English translation of the review.

Student Visas

CSU is an online university and does not issue I-20 Forms (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Certificates of Eligibility for student visas) and therefore cannot fulfill requests for student visas.