International Students

Lamar University welcomes students from around the world for both undergraduate and graduate study. All admission documents, including applications, are processed by the Lamar University Admissions Office. After you are admitted, staff in the International Student Services Office will communicate with you about other documents needed to process your I-20. These offices work together to provide a pleasant admission and enrollment experience. You may always check the status of your application and any missing admissions documents online. Check Admission Status information is updated every 20 minutes.

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International Admission Status Categories

Regular Admission is reserved for students who meet all university, departmental and language proficiency admission requirements.

Bridge Admission is offered to students who meet all university and departmental admission requirements but who have not yet satisfied the language proficiency requirement. These students will be enrolled in academic courses at Lamar University and in language courses at TIEP at Lamar.

Conditional Admission (Undergraduate Students) - Offered to students who meet all university requirements except for language proficiency. Conditionally admitted students are required to enroll full time in TIEP at Lamar. Upon completion of the advanced level English study, these students are eligible for admission to Lamar University. 

Conditional Admission (Graduate Students) - At departmental descretion, conditional admission may be offered to students who have not yet satisfied the language proficiency requirement. Conditionally admitted students are required to enroll full time in TIEP at Lamar. Upon completion of the advanced level English study, these students are eligible for admission to the Lamar University department that offered this admission status.

Intensive English Program Admission is available to students who need significant English language training that prevents their immediate enrollment at the post-secondary level. Students interested in language training only may apply directly to TIEP at Lamar without being considered for Lamar University admission.

International Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Freshman: If you are an international student who has never been enrolled at a post-secondary college or university, you must submit all required documents and show evidence of a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on all secondary school work.

Undergraduate Transfer: If you are an international student who has been enrolled at another post-secondary college or university and would like to transfer into an undergraduate degree program at Lamar University, you must submit all required documents and show evidence of a 2.5 grade point average on all secondary and post-secondary school work.

Graduate: Graduate admission is for international students who hold a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue a master's or doctoral degree at Lamar University. Graduate admission is competitive, and requirements vary by department. Upon receipt of all university-required documents, the Admissions Office will forward your file to your desired academic department for an admission decision. For more information on graduate degree programs, please check the web sites of the individual academic departments that interest you using this directory of Academic Departments.


How to Apply

Please use your name as it appears on your passport on your application and on all other communication with Lamar University.

1. Submit Application. All international applicants should submit online applications through the Apply Texas system. International Freshman applicants should submit the International Freshman Application. International Transfer applicants should submit the International Transfer Application. International Graduate applicants should submit the International Graduate Application.

2. Submit Transcripts. International Freshman applicants should have an official report of course-by-course evaluated transcripts of all secondary work sent to Lamar University directly by the evaluating agency. International Transfer applicants should have an official report of course-by-course evaluated transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary work sent to Lamar University directly by the evaluating agency. 

International Graduate applicants should have an official report of course-by-course evaluated transcripts sent to Lamar University directly by the evaluating agency OR should submit official transcripts from each post-secondary university or college attended. An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. College work from one institution posted on the transcript of another institution will not be accepted. Applicants from an institution that does not issue a transcript in English must submit the native language transcript with an official English translation. Official translations are prepared by a recognized translation service and include all original seals and/or signatures. 

3. Submit Admission Test Scores. International Freshman and International Transfer applicants are encouraged to have scores on the SAT or ACT issued to Lamar University directly by the testing agency. International Graduate applicants must have official test scores sent to Lamar University directly by the testing agency. Applicants for the MBA program should take the GMAT. All other graduate applicants should take the GRE (use school code 6360). Score requirements are competitive and are assessed by each academic department.

4. Provide Proof of English Language Proficiency. International applicants, both undergraduate and graduate, must provide proof of English language proficiency through scores on the TOEFL or IELTS. This testing requirement is waived only for applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years of study at a college or university in the U.S. or in an English proficiency-exempt country. Scores are valid for two years, and must be received directly from the testing agency.

English Proficiency Requirements

   Regular
 Admission
 Bridge
 Admission

Conditional Admission

 TOEFL Internet Based Total   79  61-78  Below 61
 TOEFL Computer Based Total  213  179-212  Below 179
 TOEFL Paper Based Total  550  500-549  Below 500
 IELTS Total  6.5  6.0  Below 6.0

Mailing Documents

Copies of transcripts should be sent to the appropriate address below.

Lamar University
Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 10009
Beaumont TX 77710 
Lamar University
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 11614
Beaumont TX 77710  
By Courier
Lamar University
Office of Admissions
211 Redbird Lane
Beaumont TX 77710

After Applying

After application materials have been received, the Office of Admissions will send the applicant an e-mail with a student identification number and a notice of any missing materials. This ID number, along with the applicant's birthdate, can be used to Check Admission Status online.

After the application file is complete, students should expect at least two weeks of processing time before they receive an acceptance or denial notice via e-mail.

Once a student is academically accepted, he or she should consult the International Student Services office to complete a financial form and submit with proof of funds for I-20 processing.

Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).  Unless exempt, students must take the TSI Assessment to determine their readiness for college-level work before being advised and registering for classes. Exemptions from TSI testing include qualifying SAT, ACT, or TAKS scores. To verify exemption or testing requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center at (409) 880-8822 or advising@lamar.edu. Contact the LU Career & Testing Center to register for the TSI Assessment

Before attending on-campus classes, students who are under age 22 must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet specific criteria for declining a vaccination. For more information on complying with this requirement pursuant to Texas Senate Bill 1107, click here