International Undergraduate Admission

Admission Status Categories

Regular Admission:
Offered to students who meet all university, departmental, and language proficiency admission requirements.


LU Pathway Program Admission (formerly known as Bridge):
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 as well as language courses 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 in ELS Language Center classes and must successfully complete Level 112 Intensive Program. Upon completion (Level 112 Intensive Program), these students are eligible for admission to Lamar University. 


International Undergraduate Admissions
  • 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.

    International Undergraduate Transfer from a US Institution:
    An international student who is currently enrolled at an accredited US college or university, and wishes to transfer to Lamar University must meet one of the following criteria:

    • 0-17 Credit hours: Must provide evidence of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CPGA) on all post-secondary school work. Must provide proof of English Language Proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS testing which must meet Lamar’s English Proficiency standards.
    • 18-48 Credit hours: Must provide evidence of a 2.5 CGPA and proof of English Language Proficiency. English Proficiency requirement may be waived with proof of completion of Comp I and Comp II with a grade of “B” or better on a 4.0 grade scale; or completion of 48 credit hours with a 2.5 CPGA.
    • Over 48 Credit hours: 2.0 CGPA and English Proficiency requirement are waived.

    International Undergraduate Transfer from non-US Institutions:
    An international student transferring from a non-US Institution must meet one of the following criteria:

    • 0-48 Credit hours: Must provide evidence of a 2.5 CGPA on all post-secondary school work. Must provide proof of English Language Proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS testing which must meet Lamar’s English Proficiency standards.
    • Over 48 Credit hours: 2.0 CGPA. Must provide proof of English Language Proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS testing which must meet Lamar’s English Proficiency standards.
  • 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.

    2. Submit Official Evaluation of Transcripts. International Undergraduate applicants must 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. Lamar University does not provide an internal evaluation service, and you do not need to send official transcripts to our office.  These agencies may deliver your evaluation by email at LUAdmTran@Lamar.edu, or to the mailing address listed below.

    Lamar University
    International Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 10009
    Beaumont TX 77710 

    3. Submit Admission Test Scores. International Freshman and International Transfer applicants should have SAT and/or ACT scores issued to Lamar University directly by the testing agency.

    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.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    Regular Admission Lamar University Pathway Program (formerly Bridge)
    TOEFL Internet Based Total 71 61-70
    TOEFL Computer Based Total 197 173
    TOEFL Paper-Based Total 527 500-526
    IELTS Total 6.0 Conditional Admission
  • Conditional Admission

    Prospective students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency standard, conditional admission for English may be available through ELS Educational Services.

    Note: PTE test scores are also considered

  • English Waiver Criteria

    English requirements will be waived for students who:

    • Are from an English waiver country
    • Have completed 48 credits of secondary/post-secondary school from an English waiver country
    • Have completed 48 credits of secondary/post-secondary school, taught in English
    • Have completed a level 112 of Intensive English at a U.S. institution
    • Have completed English Composition I and II, or the equivalent, from an accredited US institution with a grade of "B" or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • After Acceptance

    Upon receiving a letter of acceptance, submit students must submit the following documents to internationaladmissions@lamar.edu for I-20 issuing:

    • Copy of your passport
    • Financial statement

    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 under age 22 must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet criteria to decline. Get more information on this vaccination requirement.