International Undergraduate Application Process

Application Form

Candidates for first-year will apply to Hiram College using the new International Student Application.  No application fee is required.

Hiram College bases admission on your prior academic preparation and performance, not your intended field of study. If you have multiple interests or are unsure of your intended college major, specify your primary interest from among those you are considering. After you arrive at Hiram, it is possible to change your major and the I-20 can be updated to reflect the change.

If you are unable to apply online, please use the Information Request link and specify that you were unable to complete the Common Application.  

Priority Dates for Application and Scholarship

Applications and documents received after priority dates are processed on a space-available basis.

Fall (August) Semester 

  • December 1:  Application deadline for Trustee and Presidential Scholarship consideration (U.S. Citizens only)
  • January 1:  File FAFSA for need-based financial aid (U.S. Citizens only)
  • January 15:  Eclectic Scholar Honors Program priority application date
  • February 15:  Priority Application date
  • May 1:  $400 Tuition Deposit due
  • June 15:  Final Application Deadline

Spring (January) Semester 

  • October 1:  Priority application date
  • November 15:  $400 Tuition Deposit due

First-Year Undergraduate Students

To apply as a first-year student you must submit the following required documents:

  • International Student Application
  • Secondary School Transcript (including exit examinations, graduation certificates and diplomas)
  • TOEFL or IELTS, a qualifying score in either exam is required to determine English proficiency
  • Personal essay or Graded Writing Sample (minimum 250 words)  
  • Skype/Phone Interview (required)
    • Skype ID: HiramAdmissions
  • Completed Certification of Finances and Affidavit of Sponsorship (not required for U.S. Citizens/PR)
  • Supporting financial documentation from each funding source (not required for U.S. Citizens/PR)

Secondary School Records

Evidence of successful progress toward or completion of secondary school 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, WASSCE, and other comparable examinations.

Proof of English Proficiency

English proficiency can be documented through any one of the following (or comparable credential with the approval of the Office of Admission): 

  • TOEFL (Code: 1297) = iBT = 61, paper-based = 500 or computer based = 173
  • IELTS band score = 5.5
  • SAT (Code: 1297) = Critical Reading score = 420
  • ACT (Code: 3280) = English score = 20 (22 minimum for Nursing)
  • PTE Academic score = 51 

English Exemptions

A TOEFL/IELTS exam is not required for students meeting at least one of the following: 

  • GCE A-level English = Grade B or above
  • IB Higher Level (HL) English = Score 5 or above
  • AP English = Score 4 or higher
  • Successful completion of ELS Level 112 English for Academic Purposes certificate

Conditional Admission with ELS

Hiram can offer Conditional Admission for students without a qualifying TOEFL Score.  To be considered for Conditional Admission you must either have applied or expressed interest in applying to ELS Language Center at  Transferring to Hiram College requires a Level 112 Completed Certificate from ELS or a qualifying score on the TOEFL or IELTS (see above).  To learn more about Conditional Admission with ELS, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the ELS Cleveland center.     

Academic Documents

  • Hiram College cannot return materials submitted as a part of the application process.
  • Documents such as transcripts, marks sheets, certificates and diplomas must be original or certified true copies sent directly from the issuing institution. We strongly recommend that candidates send certified true copies of irreplaceable documents. A certified true copy is a photocopy of the original official document to which a school, the Ministry of Education issuing the document, or a U.S. consular official has affixed his/her signature and/or official seal indication that it is an attested, true copy of the original document.
  • Documents not in English must be accompanied by literal translations. 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 for clarification.

Submitting Documents

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

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

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Phone: +1 (330) 569.5175
Fax: +1 (330) 569.5169

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