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Application Checklist and Admissions Requirements
for International Students


To expedite the application process, you should submit the required documents at time of application.


  1. Fill out the application completely. Please send all necessary supporting documents to the following address:
    Winthrop University
    Office of Admissions
    Joynes Hall
    Rock Hill, SC 29733

    If mailing documents via express mail (FedEx, DHL, etc.), please use the following address:
    Winthrop University
    Office of Admissions
    349 Columbia Ave
    Rock Hill, SC 29733 USA

  2. You will be notified by email when your application is received. You will also be assigned a Winthrop University Student ID that should be referenced when corresponding with the University. Note: Your date of birth is requested to ensure that all supporting documents are correctly matched with your application (if applicable).
  3. To check the status of your application online, you may log on to using your Winthrop Student ID number and birthdate (mmddyyyy).
  4. Winthrop's institutional codes for the ACT, SAT and TOEFL are: ACT:3884, SAT:5910 and TOEFL:5910
  5. A non-refundable application fee of U.S. $60 is required to process your application. Acceptable methods of payment include credit card or electronic check. Payment is requested when you submit your online application. This fee includes a delivery charge for admissions material.
  6. Official and original transcripts from all previously attended high schools, colleges and universities as applicable. All documents must be submitted in the native language and accompanied by a precise, word-for-word, English translation, as applicable. For the purposes of admissions and transfer credit, an official document is a document that has been sent directly to Winthrop University from the issuing institution or examining body.
  7. Evidence of English language proficiency (see below for English language requirements.)
  8. Photocopy of identity page of passport, if available.
  9. Evidence of financial support through an official bank letter or original bank statements dated no more than six months prior to date of admission to Winthrop University. This document must indicate sufficient funds to support your education and living expenses for your first year of study at Winthrop University. Immigration documents cannot be issued without this documentation. For current cost information, please visit


Admission to Winthrop University’s undergraduate degree program requires one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of at least 520 paper-based or 68 internet-based;
  • A band score of 6.0 on IELTS with no sub score lower than 5;
  • Successful completion of level 112 of the Intensive English for Academic Purposes Program from an ELS English Language Center (official academic report required);
  • SAT verbal score of 450 or higher;
  • Graduation from a high school where English is the primary language of instruction;
  • Successful completion of four (4) semesters of full-time study at an accredited U.S. college or university;
  • Successful completion of two semesters of English Composition from a U.S. institution (online courses are not accepted).


Applicants for freshmen admission who attended a US high school for at least two years and graduated from a U.S. high school must also submit official SAT or ACT scores.


Transfer credit will not be considered if all prior institutions are not listed on this application. Winthrop University may request complete course descriptions or course syllabi for all courses you have taken to allow for a full evaluation for transfer of credit.

You must submit an official transcript if you have taken a college course: part- or full-time, attempted or completed, even if you do not wish to receive transfer credit for the course(s). You must also submit an official transcript or letter from the college registrar showing that you withdrew from classes (if applicable). If accepted to Winthrop University before completing your studies at another college/university, you must request that official, updated transcripts for additional work you complete are sent to Winthrop.


Transfer credit will not be considered if all prior institutions are not listed on this application. In addition to official transcripts, you must submit an official course-by-course credential evaluation of all coursework completed at foreign institutions prior to your initial enrollment at Winthrop. The credential evaluation must be performed by World Education Services ( or by an agency that is a member of NACES ( The evaluating agency/service should send the final evaluation directly to the International Center of Winthrop University.


Academic Merit Scholarships
Priority preference for merit scholarships will be given to freshman applicants who submit a complete application for admission (application, application fee, high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores) to the University by March 15. Transfer applications will be reviewed for scholarship upon receipt of the final college transcript.

International Ambassador Scholarship
The International Ambassador Scholarship is the University's most prestigious award for international students. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to selected international undergraduate students (new freshmen and transfer) who wish to serve as International Center Ambassadors. Complete information can be viewed online at

For full scholarship consideration please apply by the following priority deadlines:
Fall semester: May 1
Spring semester: October 1


Winthrop awards credit for a minimum score of 3 on College Board Advanced Placement Examinations. Complete information can be viewed online at


Winthrop awards advanced college course credit for scores of 4 or above on higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. A minimum score of 5 is required to receive credit for Math with Further Maths and Computing Studies. Complete information is available online at


Information on admission to the Honors Program can be viewed at

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