Rockford Admission Requirements

Application requirements for International Students at Rockford University:

  • Completed written application
  • $50 application fee (US dollars)
  • Proof of financial support
  • Personal essay

 

Additional information required for all Rockford University First-Year International Students:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Official scores from either the SAT or ACT (native English speakers), or
  • Official scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS-academic (non-native English speakers)
  • Official copy of high school diploma or equivalent
  • Foreign credential evaluation of transcripts if schooling was from outside the US

 

Additional information required for all Transfer International Students:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Official scores from either the SAT or ACT (native English speakers), or  
  • Official scores from either the TOEFL or IELTS-academic (non-native English speakers)
  • Official copy of transcripts from any college or university attended
  • Foreign credential evaluation of transcripts if schooling was from outside of the US

 

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:

  • Minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum overall band of 6.0 on the *International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - academic version
  • Students with a TOEFL score of 547 (paper-based), 210 (computer-based), or 77 (internet-based) or an overall band of 5.5 on the IELTS (academic version) may be considered for conditional admission.

 

Exemptions to the English testing requirement:

Applicants whose native language is not English but choose to take the SAT, receiving a score ≥ 890 (Critical Reading & Math only) or take the ACT, receiving a score ≥ 19 (with no subscores lower than a 17)

 

Rockford University has provisional guidelines for admission of international students if the international student cannot meet the English language proficiency requirements stated above. The university encourages applications from a diverse population and recognizes that, for some prospective students, English is not the first language. Through the admission evaluation process, the university may determine that, although students are academically prepared for university course work, their knowledge of and skills in written and spoken English are not sufficient for participation in university level classes.

 

Applicants who may be included in this group are foreign nationals and other non-native speakers, as well as immigrants who have citizenship or legal resident status. In such cases, non-native English speaking international applicants to Rockford University will be granted provisional admission to Rockford University pending verification of the following:

  • The student meets the specified grade point average requirement for admission (undergraduate admission requires a 2.65/4.0 or greater for first-year applicant, 2.3/4.0 or greater for a transfer applicant).
  • The student provides proof through a notarized affidavit of support and official bank statements that they can afford to pay for a year of tuition after any and all merit-based financial aid has been factored in.
  • The student has submitted all additional materials outlined above to the school.
  • The student’s TOEFL score is below the accepted score of a 77 (Internet-based test), the IELTS (academic version) score is below the accepted 5.5 band score, or the student cannot provide Rockford University with a TOEFL score for unique reasons.
  • Declaration of a major.

 

As a provisional admit, the student would be required to begin their studies at the appropriate level of Rockford University’s I program. The student would be provided with an I-20 tying their ELI studies into a four year degree program. The student’s provisional status will be removed and they will matriculate into accredited course work after the following stipulations have been met:

  • The student has successfully completed their required studies in the English Language Institute at Rockford University;
  • The student has provided the school with an official and appropriate TOEFL or IELTS score.