International Admissions

International students seeking admission to Mid-Atlantic Christian University should submit the following:

1.  Online application for admission 

2. Application fee $30.00 USD (fee is not refundable)

3. Reference form

Applicants must demonstrate good character. A Character Reference Form shall be completed by a current or former employer, supervisor, teacher, counselor, professor, minister, pastor or church leader who can attest to the applicant’s character. No family members may provide this reference. The online application will request the Applicant’s reference provider’s name, title, email address and phone number. The online application system will then email your reference provider with a short electronic form for them to complete. Please contact the Enrollment Director to provide alternatives to the online Character Reference form. 

4. Essay 

A short 250-500 word essay (one page) can be completed online or may be uploaded to the online application. A topic prompt is provided to assist you.

5. High school transcript 

Mid-Atlantic Christian University employs the services of Foreign Credentials Service of America to verify the parity of applicant’s high school education. The service requires applicants to MACU to establish an online account, upload a digital copy of the transcript that is need of verification as well as an exact English language copy of that transcript. The student may translate the transcript into English and all translations must have the name and contact details of the translator located in the translation document. The applicant is responsible for the fees associated with the creation of this verification. The University's address is below for you to direct the official report to be delivered.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Attn: International Admissions

715 N Poindexter Street Elizabeth City NC 27909

6.  University, college or trade school transcripts

Applicants who have attended post-secondary instruction of any type will need to submit transcripts as a part of the application process. Credit for all post-secondary education is a separate action and process from Admissions. The Admissions and Academic offices will work on a case-by-case effort with each applicant to ensure that all possible and potential credit for previous study is granted. There will most likely be an additional expense on per-class basis for an independent assessment for credit, this expense will be carried by the applicant. The University will provide a list of approved vendors to students who wish to transfer international college credits to MACU.

7. English Testing

The vast majority of international applicants to MACU will need to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score to demonstrate their ability and command of the English language. The minimum required test results are:

a) 500 on the paper-based test – OR

b) 222 on the computer–based test – OR

c) 80 on the internet test with section scores of at least:

1. 22 in Reading

2. 21 in Listening

3. 19 in Writing 

4. 18 in Speaking

8. SAT or ACT results

If available, applicants are to submit scores for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the Academic Competency Test (ACT). The minimum guidelines for acceptance are an SAT Composite score of 940; OR an ACT composite score of 18. MACU is a "test optional" university, however students who do not take the SAT or ACT will have significantly less MACU funded scholarship options available to them to offset the cost of their education.

9.    Scholarships

International students are able to participate in scholarship programs that range from $2,500.00 to Full Tuition annually. At this current time, there are not any scholarship options which fund Room, Board, Books or transportation, each of these expenses are the responsibility of the individual student and his or her family. MACU does work with churches and other non-profit organizations who may help a student fund these necessary portions of a college education. The International Admissions Counselor will create for each student an estimated expenses worksheet on a case-by-case basis.

10. I-20 VISA

The University will work with each student to obtain the required I-20 VISA. This step of the application process will require copies of the students’ Passport as well as a verification of available funds for use by the student to meet all of those items not covered by scholarships. This part of the process will begin ONLY after the student has been accepted and all aspects of finance have been satisfied.

11. FAQs

How long does the application process generally take? – Answer: Usually 4 months from application to I-20

Are there extra fees for International students? – Answer: No, the cost of a MACU education is the same for all students. International students will have additional costs like TOEFL testing, and for the required Secondary or High School assessment; plus college transfer assessments.

What about school breaks, holidays and vacations? – Answer: When the University is closed the dorms are empty. The Student Life Office will work with all international students to ensure that they have safe and complete plans for breaks and holidays. International students will return home during the summer break with very few exceptions.

Is there an advantage to being an online student? – Answer: YES! Online students receive the very same education as on campus students. An international online student is able to save all of the travel, room, board and holiday related expenses.