• Admissions Process

    Preparing to study in a foreign country can be very exciting, but the steps to enrollment can seem a little overwhelming at times. The following steps are designed to help you make a smooth transition to HSU. Click on the "steps" below for details!

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    • Step 1: Complete the Undergraduate Admission Application

      There is no application fee. Create a profile and use it to submit the online application. To get started, go to Applying to HSU.

      Click here to check your application status.


    • Step 2: Submit the Required Credentials for an Admission Decision
      1. Submit either an official SAT, new RSAT, ACT, or TOEFL score. They must be either original documents or photocopies signed or stamped by a school or government official. These may be sent directly from the testing agency. HSU school codes: SAT-6268, ACT-4096, TOEFL-6268
      2. Transcripts of all secondary work including any exit exams completed. Transcripts from non-U.S. institutions will require evaluation from IACE or WES. The previous high school or university will send your official transcripts to IACE or WES. Please follow the Step-By-Step guide for all WES Evaluations. 

      3. One of the following as proof of English proficiency if your native language is not English:
        • Official transcript showing the completion of one year of full-time study at a school located in the US or at a school where English is the official language of instruction.

        • Official SAT verbal score of 470, RSAT verbal score of 510, or ACT English score of 18
        • Official TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam or 79 on the internet-based exam. 
      4. Statement of Purpose. Submit a one to two-page essay on why you wish to study in the United States.
      5. Copy of Passport.

      Click here to check your application status.

    • Step 3: Statement of Financial Backing

      Submit the completed and signed form and include supporting evidence; i.e. bank statements, savings accounts, etc.. You will also submit these documents to the U.S. Consulate when applying for your visa. See "Immigration & Visa" on the right-hand side of this page.

    • Step 4: Health Form

      Submit your record online at secure.medproctor.com. Contact MedProctor at help@medproctor.com with questions. A live agent is chat-ready to assist students and may be reached through the website. Texas state law requires students under age 22 to have a meningitis vaccination within the last 5 years and at least 10 days prior to attending class. It may be included on the health form with the signature or stamp of the administering doctor or clinic. Valid meningitis record must be received before a student registers for classes.

      At this point, a letter of acceptance or denial will be emailed.
    • Step 5: Pay $300 Enrollment Deposit

      At this point you will have been approved for admission. Upon receipt of your Enrollment Deposit, your I-20 will be sent to you. You will need your I-20 to submit your SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for your F-1 visa. See “Immigration & Visa" on the right-hand side of this page. A Scholarship letter will be emailed if you qualify.Your login to HSU Central will be emailed. 

      At this point an I-20 will be sent via Fed-Ex. An I-20 is required to submit your SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for your F-1 visa with your consulate.
    • Step 6: Submit Housing Request

      By now you will have received your Student ID number and login information to the HSU Central student portal. Be sure to set your own password and activate your HSU email account. In HSU Central, click “Res Life Central” and submit your housing request.

    • Step 7: Register for Classes

      Accept your Terms of Agreement in HSU Central. Go to Self Service > Students > Registration > Accept Terms of Agreement. Accept and Submit. Next, to register for classes contact Mr. Jim Jones at jjones@hsutx.edu. He will contact your faculty advisor to assist you in registering for your first semester classes via email.

    • Step 8: Payment

      Pay your bill by the Payment Due Date using CashNet Bill Pay in HSU Central. For instructions on how to wire funds contact the HSU Business Office, businessoffice@hsutx.edu, 325-670-1217.

    Inform us about your arrival plans in Abilene. Fill out the Arrival Form so we can meet you and help with checking you in.

    Admission & Process for Transfers from US Colleges

    Transferring to HSU is easy and quick!
    Transfers also undergo the same application process as an undergraduate student. Even though you won’t need a test score in order to get admitted, you do need to complete these few steps instead.

    • Step 1: Mail Your Transcript 

      Go to your university’s Registrar’s office and request that your official transcript be mailed to Hardin-Simmons University. The address is:
      2200 Hickory Street
      HSU Box 16050
      Office of Enrollment Services
      Abilene, TX, 79698

    • Step 2: Complete Required Documents

      See steps above for details.

    • Step 3: SEVIS Transfer

      After you are admitted, talk to your DSO (Designated School Official) or International Student Advisor to get your records transferred in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) from your current school to HSU. Our DSO will then be able to accept you into Hardin-Simmons. This process takes several days.

    Graduate Student

    If you are a graduate student looking for a Master’s or Doctoral program, please contact Steven Barnas at steven.a.barnas@hsutx.edu for more information about the admission process or apply online! 

    Change of Status

    If you are currently in the US under certain visas (B1, B2, etc.) and decide you want to attend HSU, you can either file a change of status here or apply for a visa back home. For more information, please contact an international admissions counselor!

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