Application Requirements

Who can apply to Agnes Scott College?

Agnes Scott College enrolls students of diverse backgrounds, interests and talents whose academic and personal qualities promise success. Qualified students of any race, age, creed or national or ethnic origin are encouraged to apply to Agnes Scott.

In addition, as a learning community that embraces its identity and mission as a women’s college and its commitment to inclusive excellence, we admit students who were assigned female at birth, as well as those who were assigned male or female at birth but who now identify as female, transgender, agender, gender fluid or non-binary. Read more about our Gender Expression and Gender Identity Policy.

How to Apply

Important Application Tips

The recommended high school academic program is a minimum of:

  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • 3 years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II and geometry)
  • 2 years of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry or physics)
  • 2 years of a social science

Credits and diplomas must be earned at recognized institutions. Students may be admitted without the recommended number of courses in a particular field on a case-by-case basis.

* You must arrange to send your official transcripts to Agnes Scott College in a sealed envelope. If that is not possible, the official document may be attested and verified by your high school principal, headmaster or an administrator in the U.S. Education Center in your country. Unattested photocopies or documents that have been faxed or scanned are not acceptable.

The submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional for international applicants. However, applications must include at least one of the following:

  • SAT/ACT scores (SAT school code is 5002; ACT school code is 0780)
  • Evaluative interview with an Agnes Scott admission counselor. Students who are unable to complete an evaluative interview with their admission counselor may instead submit a video interview through InitialView or the Duolingo English Proficiency Test (Should be completed and submitted prior to application deadlines. Please note: there is a cost associated with these third-party services. InitialView allows you to participate in an unscripted interview, discussing your academic and personal background to help your Agnes Scott admission counselor get to know you better. Duolingo's English Proficiency Test consists of a graded section that evaluates overall language skills and a ten-minute video interview so we can learn more about you.)

You will have the opportunity to tell us which option you have selected on the supplement to the Common Application, and we will use your choice as an indication of academic readiness for college.

Note that Agnes Scott does not require the ACT's writing portion or the SAT's optional essay.

To be a student at Agnes Scott, you must be able to proficiently communicate in English from the first day of classes. Because of this expectation, if your native language is not English, you are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Test (DET), Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or provide alternative evidence of English language proficiency. Agnes Scott accepts TOEFL MyBest Score.

Accepted Tests and Minimum Scores

  • TOEFL iBT - 80
  • IELTS - 6.5
  • DET - 110
  • CAE - 176
  • ELS - Level 12 Certificate
  • SAT Verbal/ACT English - 520/20

While a valid TOEFL, IELTS, DET or CAE score can satisfy Agnes Scott’s English language proficiency requirement, this requirement can also be met through the following alternatives:

  1. Your country of origin is also an English-speaking country and English is your native language. English test scores are not required of applicants from the following countries:
    Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (Except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), the Grenadines, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom, United States
  2. You have earned at least one of the following:
    • An associate's degree from a U.S. institution of higher education meeting Agnes Scott’s English course equivalency
    • Graduation from a U.S. high school following three years of continuous enrollment.

You have earned a minimum score from one of the following tests:

  • ELS Language Centers - Level 12 Certificate
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Examination* - C in English Language (not English as a Second Language)
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Examination* - C in English Language (not English as a Second Language)

*Arrange to send the official examination result directly from the examination council to Agnes Scott College in a sealed envelope. If that is not possible, the official document may be attested and verified by the high school principal, headmaster, or an administrator in the U.S. Education Center in your country. Unattested photocopies or documents that have been faxed or scanned are not acceptable.

If you must obtain an I-20 document (F-1 Visa) in order to attend Agnes Scott, you are required to show proof of financial support. Additionally, if you are an F-1 Visa holder in the U.S., you MUST provide a copy of your current Visa status. Applicants who are in the U.S. with any other Visa type (e.g., H-4, L-2, etc.) must also show proof of financial support.


Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions:

Does Agnes Scott offer full-ride scholarships to international students?

Agnes Scott College does offer one full tuition, room and board scholarship to an international student each year. This scholarship, known as the Marvin B. Perry Presidential Scholarship, is the college’s most competitive academic scholarship. Top first-year applicants may be invited to compete for this prestigious award. Students selected as Agnes Scott Presidential Scholars excel in academics, leadership, character, and personal achievement.

Will I keep my scholarship all four years?

All merit-based scholarships at Agnes Scott are renewable for up to four years of study. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to renew their scholarship each fall. Additional details on merit-based scholarships will be included in a student’s scholarship letter.

Does the cost of attendance stay the same each year?

Most colleges and universities in the U.S. (both private and public) raise tuition and fees annually. Over the past three years, Agnes Scott tuition, room, board and fees have increased on average 4% annually. Although costs are likely to increase, student scholarship awards will remain the same.

Does Agnes Scott offer loans for international students?

No, Agnes Scott does not have a student loan program. Some international students may be eligible to apply for student loans in their home countries for study in the U.S. Other international students are eligible to apply for student loans through U.S. banks if they have a U.S. citizen cosigner for the loan application.

Can I work on campus to help cover the cost of attendance?

Agnes Scott does have a small number of work study awards that are awarded as part of the admission process. Additional work study opportunities, like tutoring positions in the campus learning centers, may be available once a student arrives on campus. Please note that most work study positions earn $2,300 per academic year and will not cover the full cost of attendance. Instead, most international students use their work study earnings to help cover living expenses.

Who should I contact with financial aid questions?

If you have additional questions about financial aid and scholarships for international students, you can reach out to Emily-Davis Hamre, Associate Director of Admission, at ehamre@agnesscott.edu.

Who qualifies as an international student?

Agnes Scott recognizes and celebrates the many international experiences represented in our student body. For the purpose of admission, students who do not hold a US passport are considered international students. This includes students who intend to apply for an F-1 Visa as well as those who are in the U.S. with any other Visa type (e.g., H-4, L-2, etc.).

Who is my admission counselor at Agnes Scott College?

Emily-Davis Hamre, Associate Director of Admission, works with all international students as well as U.S. citizens attending high school outside of the United States. If you have questions about the admission or scholarship process at Agnes Scott, you can reach out to her at ehamre@agnesscott.edu. You can also send her a message on WhatsApp or WeChat (ID: edhamre) if you have specific questions relating to your application. Please keep in mind that Agnes Scott is in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

How do I apply to Agnes Scott?

International students interested in Agnes Scott College are encouraged to complete the Common Application at commonapp.org as well as submit supplemental application documents through their Agnes Scott admission portal. You can view the international application checklist here.

After I submit my Common Application, am I done with my application?

Once Agnes Scott receives your Common Application, you will get an email from the Office of Admission granting you access to your admission portal. There, you will be able to see what documents the college has received and which documents the college is still waiting on before considering your application for admission. You can view the international student application checklist here.

How do I know what is missing for my application?

You can access a checklist of your application items in your Agnes Scott admission portal. Access to this portal will be emailed to you once you have submitted your Common Application to Agnes Scott College. If you are having trouble accessing your portal, you can reach out to your admission counselor.

How can I access my admission and scholarship decision?

All admission and scholarship decisions will be released in your Agnes Scott admission portal. Access to your admission portal will be emailed to you after you submit your Common Application to Agnes Scott. If it has been over a month since you submitted your application and you have not yet received an admission decision, you can email your admission counselor at ehamre@agnesscott.edu.

Do all documents need to be submitted in English?

If your transcript, recommendations or other Agnes Scott supplemental items are not in English, please submit a notarized translation as well as the original documents.

Do I have to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission?

Agnes Scott College is a test-optional college, meaning that students do not have not to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application process. Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores are instead asked to complete an InitialView interview or Duolingo English Proficiency Test as part of the admission process. Please note that there is a cost associated with this service.

What does it mean to be a liberal arts college?

Liberal arts colleges are very popular in the United States and emphasize undergraduate study in the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts) and the sciences (natural science, social sciences). They offer the opportunity to have a well-rounded education and to succeed in many fields after graduation.

There are so many liberal arts colleges in the United States; how is Agnes Scott unique?

There are hundreds of liberal arts colleges in the U.S., and we know it makes it hard to find the right school for you. Agnes Scott is known for SUMMIT, our signature experience which reimagines the liberal arts and sciences for the 21st century. By focusing on leadership development, global connections and preparation for the future, SUMMIT prepares Agnes Scott’s students to be global change agents. Because of this, US News & World Report has ranked Agnes Scott the #1 Most Innovative School among national liberal arts colleges two years in a row!

What is SUMMIT?

SUMMIT is Agnes Scott’s signature experience which reimagines the liberal arts and sciences for the 21st century. By focusing on leadership development and global connections, SUMMIT prepares Agnes Scott’s students to be global change agents. During your four years at Agnes Scott, you can expect to increase your understanding of leadership and your own strengths, as well as engage with a community that prioritizes global connections and preparation for your future.

Do I have to apply to be a part of SUMMIT?

No, because SUMMIT is integrated into Agnes Scott’s general education curriculum all students are able to experience SUMMIT at Agnes Scott.

What are the benefits of attending a women’s college?

Most graduates of women’s colleges will probably say that they never saw themselves attending a women’s college. Post-graduation, research shows that the women’s college experience is almost uniformly positive.

In “Four Critical Years,” Alexander Astin found that students in women’s colleges “become more academically involved, interact with faculty frequently, show increases in intellectual self-esteem and are more satisfied with practically all aspects of the college experience compared with their counterparts in coeducational institutions. Women’s colleges increase the chances that women will obtain positions of leadership, complete the baccalaureate degree and aspire to higher degrees.”

Is Agnes Scott a welcoming place for international students?

Agnes Scott’s signature experience, SUMMIT, aims to increase global and cultural awareness among our campus community. Students, staff and faculty at Agnes Scott therefore choose to be part of our Agnes Scott’s community because they are interested in engaging with cultures and communities around the world. Agnes Scott welcomes all international students who share these same values and intentions.

Is housing guaranteed on campus?

Yes, Agnes Scott is a residential community, meaning housing is guaranteed on campus for all four years. This includes community-style residence halls, suite-style residence halls, living learning communities and campus apartments.

Where is Decatur, GA?

Decatur is a historic residential community about 9 kilometers from downtown Atlanta. With great restaurants, shops and festivals, Agnes Scott students get to experience the small-town feel of Decatur while still being in the thriving Atlanta metropolitan area.

Atlanta is located in the southern United States in the state of Georgia. It is a very diverse city with many great resources for international students. You can see this represented in the restaurant options (from Ethiopian to Korean to Mexican to Colombian to French to Thai to Hawaiian) and festivals that take place every year.

What’s the weather like?

Agnes Scott is located in the southern United States in the state of Georgia. When students first arrive on campus in August and September the weather is normally sunny with temperatures around 30° - 35° C and occasional rain. In the winter, temperatures often range from 0° C to 10° C. Agnes Scott does not generally receive any snow during the winter, although students may enjoy a small amount of snow every few years. Temperatures begin to increase again in March and April.

A maximum of 32 credits may be earned from qualifying examinations (a sum of all below). Credit will not be granted for scores from two programs which appear to be equivalent.

College Board Advanced Placement: Scores of 4 and 5 on most examinations result in credit and/or placement. See Agnes Scott's AP credit policy.

International Baccalaureate: Scores of 5, 6 or 7 on higher-level examinations may result in credit and/or placement. See Agnes Scott's IB policy.

French Baccalaureate: In general, scores of 12/20 or higher on examinations in a variety of subjects may result in transfer credit and/or placement. Students with qualifying scores should consult with their SUMMIT Advisor and the appropriate department chair to determine the specific transferred credits and course placement. Language credit is awarded after completion of an internal placement test.

German Abitur: In general, scores of 10/15 or higher on examinations in a variety of subjects may result in transfer credit and/or placement. Students with qualifying scores should consult with their SUMMIT Advisor and the appropriate department chair to determine the specific transferred credits and course placement. Language credit is awarded after completion of an internal placement test.

Cambridge ACE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) and Cambridge General Certificate of Education (British A-Level Examinations): Agnes Scott requires at least five O levels with at least one in Mathematics and one in English for matriculation purposes. A/AS levels with examination grades of A, B and C are considered for advanced standing. A final GCE statement of results is required for evaluation.

In general, grades of A and B may result in credit and/or placement. Students with qualifying grades should consult with their SUMMIT Advisor and the appropriate department chair to determine the specific transferred credits and course placement.

Financial Aid for International Students

In addition to the cost of attendance, international students are required to purchase mandatory health insurance (currently $1,500 per year).

The costs for room and board during summer and winter breaks are not included in the international student cost of attendance, but should be kept in mind when considering the costs of college. Meal plans are also not available during these breaks. For more information on summer and winter break housing costs, please refer to the Office of Residence Life website.

Additional costs for international students vary and include personal expenses such as travel, personal items and books. Depending on your academic major, the cost of books could be higher than the estimate.

Scholarships for International Students

Agnes Scott’s merit-based scholarships are highly competitive. The academic qualifications determining scholarship awards are dependent on the strength of the applicant pool. Priority consideration will be given to students completing all application requirements by the Early Action II deadline.

Scholarship offers and award amounts will be determined by a holistic review of the application for admission and thorough evaluation of academic indicators, including (but not limited to) rigor of coursework, high school GPA and standardized test scores or test option choice.

Scholarships are automatically renewed for four years, provided the student maintains the academic requirements as stipulated in the offer of scholarship award letter.

Important Notes

  • Most schools in the U.S. (public and private) raise tuition and fees annually.
  • Over the past three years, Agnes Scott tuition, room, board and fees have increased on average 4 percent annually. Although costs are likely to increase annually, student scholarship awards remain the same.
  • International students may not apply for additional forms of financial assistance once enrolled at Agnes Scott College.
  • A few international students are eligible to apply for student loans in their home countries for study in the U.S. Other international students are eligible to apply for students loans through U.S. banks if they have a U.S. citizen co-signer for the loan application. Agnes Scott does not have a student loan program.

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Applications by the Numbers

65%
Acceptance Rate
1140-1330
Mid-range SAT
24-30
Mid-range ACT
3.75
Average GPA
25%
of Class of 2023 applied test optional
28
Countries represented in student body
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