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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary significantly from one college to another. Some institutions are very selective, while others accept most applicants. In general, the following components of your application will all be taken into account in the admissions process:

  • Your academic record (the most important factor)
  • Your application essay
  • Your scores on standardized tests such as the SAT I, SAT II or the TOEFL
  • Letters of recommendation, if required

As a general rule, American universities and colleges expect international applicants' records to reflect at least 12 years of primary and secondary schooling, and to meet the entrance requirements of the tertiary institutions in their home country. Pacific Island students have the advantage of adding geographical diversity to the composition of the student body, which many admissions officers find highly desirable.