International Admissions

Students Studying Outside

Welcome, International Students!

Each year, more than 100 international students from nearly 30 countries come to the University of Mary to receive a world-class education rooted in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.

We're committed to supporting our students from around the globe with a full range of programs and services. If you're ready to join us on campus, we're ready to help you map your journey.

    Jimena Alvardo

    My international advisor has definitely helped me the most at Mary. As an international student, there are many extra details I have to address, and while it isn’t always the hardest thing to figure out, having my advisor always present and willing to help me answer any questions I might have has been a tremendous help.

    Jimena Alvarado, Costa Rica

    Applying to Mary

    You should apply as an international student if you:

    • Are not a U.S. citizen.
    • Are not a legal permanent resident or refugee.
    • Are a dual citizen who completed your secondary education abroad.

    Not sure if you qualify as an international student? Contact us at or 

    How to Apply

    1. Complete and submit your online application for admission. 
    2. Have your transcript(s) evaluated.
    3. Submit your English language proficiency scores.

    Have Questions?

    Our admissions team is happy to answer any of your questions! Call us anytime at 1-701-355-8030 or 1-800-288-6279 (MARY).

    Visa and Immigration Advising

    For guidance regarding visa regulations, travel, and any other immigration-related concerns, please feel free to reach out to our International Student Office.

    Transcript Evaluation Process

    If you completed your secondary education outside of the United States, you must submit proof of a course-by-course transcript evaluation. 

    • Arrange for your transcript evaluation with one of the following third-party agencies:
      • Span Tran
      • World Education Services (WES)
      • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
      • Any agency belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES
    • Once your chosen agency has completed your evaluation, have your official assessment sent directly to us at
    • We require only your official evaluation — no need to submit your official international transcript.

    Please get in touch with our admissions office at 1-800-288-6279 or

    Minimum English Language Proficiency Scores

    Non-native English speakers can meet our English language proficiency requirement by submitting one of the minimum TOEFL, IELTS, GTECT, or Duolingo scores listed below.* Please send your scores to for verification.

     TOEFL Website (school code: 6428);

    • Undergraduate
      • IBT (Internet Based TOEFL) – minimum 71
      • PBT (Paper Based TOEFL) – minimum 500
    • Graduate
      • IBT (Internet Based TOEFL) – minimum 80
      • PBT (Paper Based TOEFL) – minimum 550

    IELTS Website

    • Undergraduate — minimum score of 6.0
    • Graduate — minimum score of 6.5

    GTEC Website

    • Undergraduate — minimum score of 1140-1165
    • Graduate — minimum score of 1204-1226

    DET Website

    • Undergraduate – minimum score of 95
    • Graduate – minimum score of 105

    *These scores represent a set of minimum standards for general admission to the University of Mary. Certain programs of study may require proof of a higher degree of English competency.

    Support for English Language Learners

    We offer free support services for those in the process of learning English. To learn more, get in touch with us at 1-701-355-8264 or

    International Student Office

    We offer a wide selection of customized support services — including student visa and immigration assistance, academic advising, career counseling, and much more — through our International Student Office. Call us at 1-701-355-8134 or email Our dedicated staff are just a call or a click away!

    Featured Staff

    John MacLeod

    Undergraduate Admissions Representative

    I am an undergraduate admissions representative at the University of Mary. My is to guide first-time students through the application and college decision-making process. I am honored to assist international students and students from Puerto Rico with their admissions process. In addition, I help prospective students from North and South Dakota, Illinois, Georgia, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii.

    We're Just a Phone Call or Email Away

    Our admissions team can't wait to help you enroll and start your classes! Call us anytime at 1-701-355-8030 or 1-800-288-6279 (MARY).