Hiram College

International Undergraduate Application Process

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

Application Form

Please begin the application process by filling out the International Student Application form. Common Application is also accepted but please make you submit Hiram’s requirements for international students. 

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.

Application Requirements for First-Year Undergraduate Students

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

  1. International Student Application for the desired entry term.
  2. Credential Evaluation of Secondary School Transcript by WES. For more information please read the WES Guide. Transcripts without a credit evaluation will not be accepted unless the student has secondary school transcripts from a regionally credited international school or a high school in the United States. 
  3. TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT, PTE, or SAKAE. A qualifying score in either exam is required to determine English proficiency. 
  4. Personal essay.
  5. Completed Certification of Finances and Affidavit of Sponsorship with supporting documents (not required for U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents). 
  6. International Student Profile.
  7. Copy of passport page.

Application Requirements for Transfer Undergraduate Students

To apply as a transfer student you must submit the following required documents:

  1. International Student Transfer Application
  2. Post-secondary/university transcript(s) plus the Transfer Credits Evaluation. A course-by-course evaluation must be sent directly to the Office of Admission from the evaluation agency at the address mentioned below. Evaluation is not needed if the student has transcripts from a college/university in the United States. 
  3. TOEFL or IELTS English Exam, required to determine English proficiency (see below)
  4. Personal essay (recommended)
  5. Completed Certification of Finances and Affidavit of Sponsorship (not required for U.S. Citizens/PR)

Credential Evaluation of School Records

A credential evaluation of all foreign secondary or post secondary school transcripts is required to be evaluated for admission. International Students must have their foreign credential/transcripts be evaluated by WES or by an evaluation agency associated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES). 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. 

For transfer students a course-by-course evaluation must be sent directly to the Office of Admission from the evaluation agency at the address mentioned below.

You can find more information about this policy in our guide for a credit evaluation.

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 = 79, paper-based = 550 or above
  • IELTS band score = 6.0 or above
  • SAT (code: 1297) = EBRW = 520 or above
  • ACT (Code: 3280) = English score = 22 or above
  • PTE Academic score = 58 or above
  • SAKAE (SEPT) = 10 or above

Submitting Documents

All documents can be uploaded directly in the Hiram Application Portal. If you are unable to upload and submit all the required documents, you can email the PDFs or files to interal@hiram.edu.

We also accept original documents sent by mail if preferred by the student. The following address can be used for international first-class postage or courier:

Office of International Admission
Hiram College
PO Box 96
Hiram, OH 44234

English Exemptions

An English Proficiency 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.
  • Applicants who have attended high school in the U.S. for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may also be exempt from submitting a qualifying score.

  • Students who are currently enrolled at a college or university in the United States with 26 semester hours or more of transferable credit hours and who have completed the college-writing requirement with a grade of C or better may also be exempt from submitting a qualifying score.

  • Native English speakers from the following countries who attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction are exempt from submitting a qualifying score:

Antigua & Barbuda





Canada (except Quebec)

Cayman Islands







Marshall Islands

New Zealand

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Solomon Islands

Trinidad &  Tobago

United Kingdom


Priority Dates for Application and Scholarship

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

Fall (August) Semester

  • August 1: Application available
  • May 1: Application deadline
  • June 1:  DEPOSIT deadline

Spring (January) Semester

  • August 1:  Application available
  • October 1: Application deadline
  • November 1:  DEPOSIT deadline

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 to WES. Hiram doesn’t accept transcripts sent without the credit evaluation.  
  • 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.

For questions or concerns, you may contact us by email at interal@hiram.edu.