Admissions Requirements (International): First Time in College

Applying for acceptance

Applying for acceptanceAfter acceptance
  1. Complete an application to the university
  2. Submit official transcripts from all secondary and post secondary institutions
  3. Submit final end of schooling testing results, if applicable
  4. Submit your official TOEFL scores, if applicable
  5. If documents are in a language other than English, submit official translation of all documents
  1. Submit enrollment deposit
  2. Provide evidence of financial support (Affidavit of Support form)
  3. If transferring from another US educational institution, submit Transfer Eligibility Form
  4. Submit proof of health insurance and immunization records
  5. If on-campus housing desired, submit housing deposit

Admission Requirements

An international freshman student is an applicant who is not a citizen or a legal resident alien of the United States and in addition has never attended a college or university; is coming to Barry with less than 12hours of transferable college credits; or is a high school student with advanced placement and college credits.

There are two parts of the process of becoming a Barry University international freshman student. First of all, you must become an accepted student to the university. After that, you must comply with all the documentation necessary for us to provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20A) that you must present to the US Embassy or Consulate to apply for a student visa.

Barry University accepts applications on a rolling basis. However, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors. Consult the academic requirements for your academic area of interest. Also, please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

Applying for acceptance to the University:

  1. Complete an online undergraduate application by creating a myBarry account. Applying online is highly encouraged because it expedites the admission process.
  2. There is no application fee when you apply online.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions. Incomplete transcripts must be updated with final official transcripts as soon as all coursework is completed.
  4. If applicable, submit final end of schooling testing results, such as the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).
  5. Submit your official TOEFL or IELTS scores. International applicants who do not give evidence of being native English speakers are required to submit either a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a minimum score of 500 on the paper version of the TOEFL or a minimum 6.0 on the IELTS.

    Consideration may be given to waiving the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for an international freshman applicant who presents a composite SAT or ACT test score (English version) which meets the admission standard and also reflects a verbal score that demonstrates English proficiency.

    Internet-based Test (iBT)PAPER-BASED TOEFLIELTS
    61 or higher500 or higher6.0 or higherMay be admitted to Barry University and enrolled in academic classes.
    60 or lower499 or lowerbelow 6.0Must improve English proficiency before being admitted to Barry University.  Intensive English instruction is offered at Barry University through the ELS Language Center. Students who complete Master's level 112 at the ELS Language Center are not required to sit for the TOEFL or IELTS examinations.

    For additional information about the TOEFL examination and application to take the test, visit or write to:

    The TOEFL Program
    Box 899
    Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

    Students who wish to study in the ELS Language Centerprior to applying for an academic program should visit:

    ELS Language Centers
    c/o Barry University
    11300 NE 2nd Ave.
    Miami Shores, FL 33161
    Phone: 305-899-3390
    Fax: 305-892-2229
  6. Submit official translations of all documents and educational credentials if they are not in English. Barry University requires that all documents be evaluated and/or translated by companies that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a complete list of accepted evaluation services, please visit:
  7. We invite you to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to set up a visit to Barry University.

After Acceptance

  1. Submit an enrollment deposit of $1,000(USD). This enrollment deposit will secure your place in the incoming class. $225 of the $1000 deposit is non-refundable after May 1st for fall admissions, and after December 1st for spring admissions. The remaining $775 is refundable.

    After you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you will be sent information regarding on-campus living and detailed medical insurance requirements from various university offices. You will also be sent detailed information regarding your I-20 issuance and international student orientation from the Barry University Inter-Cultural Center.
  2. Provide documentary evidence of a means of financial support by submitting an affidavit of support letter and a bank letter addressed to Barry University. The bank letter must state that you or your sponsor have the funds available to pay the total cost associated with attending Barry University for one year (two semesters). Please note that the bank letter must bear a date within six months of the date it is submitted.

    If sponsored by a government or an institution, submit a government sponsorship letter or a notarized letter of support guaranteeing payment of tuition and fees, books, room and board, medical insurance, and personal expenses for one academic year (two semesters).
  3. Submit a Transfer Eligibility Form if you have attended, or are currently attending, any high schools or higher education institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, or Guam. A form must be signed by the school advisor or counselor of each school attended.

Medical Requirements

Once accepted, but before being registered for classes you must meet the following medical requirements through Barry University's Health Center.

It is assumed that applicants are in good health and able to maintain a serious program of study. Please see the Student Health Services section of the catalog or refer to for health requirements for international students residing in Barry University housing.

Note: Students may not reside in University housing or register for classes without having met the requirements of Barry University's Student Health Services.

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