International Student Admissions

Under federal law, Claflin University is authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students. International students seeking admission to Claflin University must meet all entrance requirements. International students are advised to inquire about necessary tests at least one year in advance of the anticipated date of admission.

To apply to Claflin University, international students must submit application materials by
March 1st for the fall semester
August 1st for the spring semester
February 1st for the summer term

Except in countries where English is the official language, the applicant is required to show proficiency in oral and written expression as evidenced by satisfactory achievement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Test Systems (IELTS). Probationary admission will be considered for applicants who lack proficiency in English. Such students will be given special instruction in English before admission as a regular student is granted. The applicant is also required to provide sufficient evidence that adequate financial resources are available to defray the cost of his/her educational expenses while attending Claflin University.

The following must be sent to Claflin University and on file in the Admissions Office before a decision regarding admission can be made:

  • A $65 application fee in U.S. dollars should be sent in the form of a money order or certified check, made payable to Claflin University. Cash should not be sent.

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  • Official certificates and/or final secondary school records, university transcripts and mark sheets with official translations if the document is in another language should be provided. For evaluation, international applicants should send their transcripts to World Education Services (WES): World Education Services, P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087 (e-mail:

  • Acceptable results from the SAT or ACT tests are required for regular degree seeking students

  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Test Systems (IELTS) are required for applicants whose native language is not English. Once the application has been received, the Office of Admissions will inform the student whether he/she must take this test.

  • For information on the test, applicants may write to:

    Test of English as a Foreign Language
    Educational Testing Service, Box 899
    Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Applicants must be prepared to sponsor themselves. Limited scholarships and/or financial aid are available for entering students from other countries. The I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility) is not issued until the applicant has (1) been accepted by the Office of Admissions, and (2) submitted a financial statement indicating how fees will be paid while attending Claflin University.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules governing non-immigrant “F-1” foreign students require that all persons in this category pursue a full course of study. This means that undergraduates must register for a minimum of 12 credits. Any modification of this requirement that results in a course load of less than this minimum must be authorized by the Registrar. Failure to observe these requirements will cause students to be ineligible to receive the I-20 form to support their nonimmigrant status.

Your application packet should be submitted via mail, fax or e-mail to:

Claflin University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Fax Number: (803) 535-5385

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