FAQ: Applying for Admission


Should I apply as an international or domestic student?

This is determined by country of citizenship, not where you live.

You are an international student if you are a:

  • foreign national living outside of the U.S., - or -
  • a foreign national living in the U.S. who is neither a U.S. Citizen nor a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR with a green-card)

If you are an LPR or Citizen of the U.S. living overseas, you are considered a domestic student when applying for admission, federal financial aid, and Hiram College scholarships and grants. Learn more about specific application instructions.

What application form does Hiram accept?

Hiram College uses the Common Application. Detailed instructions are available online for:

How do I pay the application fee?

Hiram College does not require an application fee.

When are the intakes?

  • First-year candidates may apply for fall (August) semester only.
  • Transfer candidates may apply for fall and spring (January) semesters.

Can I apply as a first-year candidate if I am (have been) enrolled at a post-secondary institution/institute/university, but want to start my studies over?

No. A candidate who has been enrolled in any post-secondary studies must apply as a transfer student. Hiram must receive credentials reflecting all secondary and post-secondary courses undertaken, as they will be reviewed in the transfer admission process.

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Credentials and Testing

What school records and examinations are required?

Candidates must submit evidence of successful progress toward or completion of secondary school. This can be documented with diplomas, certificates, and/or results of external or school leaving examinations appropriate to your secondary educational program. These may include, but are not limited to SSC/HSC, CXC, Advanced Subsidiary, A Level, WAEC, and other comparable measures. If you are in the process of completing your last year of secondary education and final documents and results are not yet available, Hiram will make the admission decision on the basis of current and predicted grades. Your school can report predicted grades on the International Supplement to the Secondary School Report form which is available on the Common Application website. If you are admitted on the basis of predicted grades, we require original/certified true copies of final credentials after they are issued. If you have questions regarding credentials, feel free to contact us for clarification and assistance.

Am I required to submit the TOEFL?

Hiram requires TOEFL or IELTS unless you can document English proficiency through one of the following or comparable credential (with Admission Office approval):

  • SAT Critical Reading section score: 460
  • ACT English: 22
  • GCE A-level English: Grade B or higher
  • GCSE English- Grade B or higher
  • Singapore/Cambridge O-Level English – Grade B or higher
  • STPM English – Grade A
  • ELS Language Center – Successful completion of Level 112
  • PTE Academic Score – 58
  • ELS Language Center – Successful completion of Level 112
  • Transfer student who has successfully completed of 26 or more transferable credit hours at a two- or four year post-secondary institution in the U.S. and has completed the full freshman English requirement at that school with a grade of C or better.
  • Transfer student who has successfully completed 60 or more transferable semester credits at a two-or four-year post-secondary institution in the U.S.

What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required?

For admission to Hiram, the minimum TOEFL score is 61 for the internet-based (iBT), 173 for the computer-based (CBT), and 500 for the paper-based (PB). Candidates with scores below the minimums will not be considered for admission. The minimum IELTS band score is 5.5 and the minimum PTE score is 51.

Accepted students with scores in ranges listed below will be placed in appropriate English classes during the first year.

  • TOEFL: iBT (61-80), CBT (173-213), or PB (500-550)
  • IELTS: 5.5-6.4
  • PTE: 51-58

What are the minimum scores required for the SAT?

Hiram does not specify a "minimum" requirement for SAT or ACT scores. However, the scores are a significant factor in the admission and scholarship decisions. Students admitted to the class entering in Fall 2012 averaged 1060 on the combined Critical Reading and Mathematics. Hiram does not consider the Writing score in the admission process.

Am I required to take the SAT II?

No. Hiram College does not require results of SAT II subject tests.

Are photocopies of my SAT, ACT, and TOEFL score reports acceptable?

If you cannot afford to have the testing agency send results directly to Hiram, we will accept a photocopy. The photocopy must be attested with an original school stamp/seal and signature of the appropriate school official certifying that the results are true.

What Hiram's codes needed to request official SAT, ACT and TOEFL score reports?

Hiram's SAT and TOEFL code is 1297. Our ACT code is 3280.

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Submitting Your Documents

When are the application and scholarship deadlines?

The fall semester (August) admission and scholarship priority date is February 15. The spring (January) priority date is October 1. Applications received or completed after the priority dates are processed on a space-available basis.

Must I submit all of my documents at the same time?

You may submit them all together or in stages as they are ready. If you choose to send them in batches, be certain that your complete name appears on the documents so that we can match them to your file and process them when they arrive. We notify you by email when your file is complete.

Can academic records/transcripts be in the original language, or must they be in English?

Transcripts must come directly to us from the school. If not already in English, please send us a transcript in the original language and a copy that has been translated into English. One of these must have an original school stamp/seal and signature on it certifying that it is a true copy.

If there is a concern regarding school documents, the admission office will contact school officials to confirm their authenticity.

Can I send photocopies of my WAEC results?

No. Hiram verifies all results online. You must purchase a scratch card and email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) the following information from it:

  • Examination Number (10-digit no. = 7-digit centre no. plus your 3-digit candidate no.)
  • Examination Year
  • Type of Examination
  • Card Serial Number
  • PIN
  • URL where the results may be accessed

Does Hiram accept supplemental materials?

While they are not required, we welcome the opportunity to know you better. We are happy to add music, art, writing samples, and other related materials to your file for the review process.

Where should I send my documents?

The following address can be used for international first-class post or courier:

Frank Bowman

Office of Admission
Hiram College
6832 Hinsdale Street-PO Box 96
Hiram, OH 44234

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Phone: (cc: 1) 330.569.5175
Fax: (cc: 1) 330.569.5169

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Admission and Scholarship Review Process

How does Hiram evaluate applications?

Hiram's approach to admission is holistic. We are a residential school where good students enjoy an opportunity to broaden their horizons, enhance their varied skills and talents, and prepare for successful careers after graduation. As a result, several factors play a role in the admission decision. Strong academic preparation and performance, scores on external examinations, teacher evaluations, and special talents and skills are all considered in the decision-making process.

When will I hear about admission?

A candidate may expect to receive notification regarding admission within two to three weeks of having submitted all required application materials.

Does my family's financial circumstance determine whether or not I am admitted to Hiram?

No. Family financial circumstances do not play a role in the admission decision at Hiram College. However, financial documentation is required before Hiram can issue the Form I-20 required for the F-1 student visa.

Is there funding for international students?

Yes. Hiram College awards Global Scholarships to international first-year and transfer students. The awards are competitive and there is no separate scholarship application. All international candidates automatically receive scholarship consideration based on the application and supporting documents submitted for admission. Hiram College Global Scholarships are awarded to campus residents in varying amounts up to a maximum of $20,000 per year. For commuting students not living on campus, the maximum award is $15,000. Scholarships are renewed annually at the same level for students who maintain satisfactory academic progress.

How do Global Scholarships relate to tuition?

Hiram College has a Tuition Guarantee. This means that the cost of your tuition is locked in for all four years at the rate you pay for the first year. At the same time, any scholarship you receive is renewed on an annual basis. While students at other schools may experience significant annual cost increases for each subsequent year of education, at Hiram there will be no increase in tuition. This means you can plan ahead and your family will benefit from significant savings over the four years of your college career.

When does Hiram notify students if they have been awarded a scholarship?

Candidates selected to receive scholarships are notified at the same time they receive the letter of admission.

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