Admission Requirements for International Students

English Proficiency

You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English at a level that will allow you to successfully complete your college academic work. You pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam with a minimum score of 173 on the computer test, 61 on the internet based exam or 500 on the written test. You must provide verification of your TOEFL score with your application. Include a copy of your test results or request that the TOEFL office send your test scores directly to us. The school code number for Miramar College is 4728. Applications without TOEFL score verifications will not be accepted. Official scores sent directly from TOEFL must be received by the application deadline.

The TOEFL requirement can be waived if you come from a county where English is the language in its educational system or if you have completed a college level English composition course in the United States with a grade of C or better. The Institutional TOEFL is not acceptable.

TOEFL information, registration forms, and score reports are available from:

TOEFL, P.O. Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154, USA.

Web site/email address:

Additional Requirements

  1. All International Students must become familiar with the regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and assume responsibility for complying with those regulations.
  2. All International Students must attend a mandatory 2-day orientation session to be held approximately three weeks prior to the start of the semester.
  3. International students must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 units each semester. Part time enrollment will not be approved. Students may enroll only in Miramar College courses.
  4. Students must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average.
  5. Each International Student is required to obtain Health Insurance while attending college.

Academic Achievement

Prospective students must meet one of the following academic requirements:

  • Graduation from a foreign secondary school that is equivalent to an American high school (12 years) with a 2.0 Grade Point Average.
  • Students who graduated from a U.S. High School must also have a 2.0 Grade Point Average.
  • If you have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), you must have passed with a minimum score of 45.
  • You must have maintained a 2.0 GPA for all college work completed.
  • You must provide original, official, sealed transcripts proving your education. These must show all courses taken for all years and the grades received. Graduation certificates alone will not be accepted.


You must request official transcripts and include them with your application. Official transcripts are ones that are issued directly from the school or educational institution, with the school stamp, sealed in an enveloped, and unopened. Transcripts must be in English or sent with a certified English translation. Do not send photocopies as they are not acceptable.


Financial Requirement

Please refer to the application for the required financial amount. You must submit proof that you have sufficient financial resources to support you while you are attending school.


Health Certification

Students must be in good general health and free of communicable diseases. The health examination report must be completed and signed by a licensed medical doctor. The medical examination must certify current immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and tuberculosis clearance.



Miramar College does not have on-campus housing or dormitories. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing off campus. Although there are no provisions for on-campus housing, apartment rentals are usually available in the vicinity of the college.  

Application Processing

Students will receive notification of the decision on their acceptance or denial approximately 30 days after the application deadline.

Notification of Acceptance

If you are accepted to San Diego Miramar College you will be sent an acceptance letter and I-20 form, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. You must apply to the nearest United States Consulate or Embassy in your country to apply for an F1 visa (student visa). In addition, there is a mandatory SEVIS fee charged to all new F-1 visa applicants. Information on this fee is available at You will also receive information on this fee with your acceptance packet. If you are already here in the U.S., please meet with the International Student Advisor and Admissions Supervisor. You will be instructed how to apply for a change to an F-1 student status or how to complete your transfer to our college.