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

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 establish an online account, upload a digital copy of the transcript that is in need of verification as well as an exact English language copy of that transcript.

The applicant must have the transcript translated into English. The contact details of the translator must be located in the translation document. The applicant is responsible for the fees associated with this verification. Please deliver the official report to the address below.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Attn: International Admissions

715 N Poindexter Street Elizabeth City NC 27909

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 process handled through the academic department.

The applicant must have the transcript translated into English. The contact details of the translator must be located in the translation document. The applicant is responsible for the fees associated with this verification. Please deliver the official report to the address below.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Attn: International Admissions

715 N Poindexter Street Elizabeth City NC 27909

English Testing

Students may demonstrate competency in one of six ways:

  1. by submitting scores from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall band score of a 6.5 or higher,
  2. by submitting scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall score of 80 for iBT, or 550 paper exam,
  3. by submitting scores from Cambridge English Assessment on C1 Advanced exam, formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) with a score of 180 or higher (CEFR Level C1, grade C),
  4. by submitting scores from Duolingo with an overall score of 105,
  5. by submitting scores from SAT or ACT. The minimum score for SAT Writing and Language is 27 and SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing is 470 and minimum score for ACT English/Writing is 20, or
  6. by completing twenty-four semester credit hours at an accredited US college or university that includes the equivalent of EN101 English Composition I with a grade of “C” or better.

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 have a SAT or ACT score will receive less MACU funded scholarship options.

Scholarships

International students should communicate with an admissions counselor for scholarship options.

I-20 VISA

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

FAQs

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

Are there extra fees for International applicants? No, the cost of a MACU education is the same for all applicants. However, there may be additional costs like TOEFL testing, the required Secondary or High School assessment, and college transfer assessments.

Can I remain in the dorms during school breaks and holidays? The dorms are closed during school breaks and holidays. The Student Life Office will work with international students to ensure they have safe and complete plans for breaks and holidays.

Is there an advantage to being an online student? Yes, online students receive the same quality education as on campus students. International online students are able to save on travel, room, board and holiday related expenses.

Current international High school students may apply for admission as a dual-enrolled non-degree seeking student. Dual-enrolled students will not be permitted to enroll for more than six credits per semester. No more than 12 credit hours may be earned as a non-degree seeking student. Individuals who have earned 12 credit hours must meet application/admission requirements for degree seeking status to be eligible to enroll in additional hours.

1. Application for admission 

Students may apply online

2. Application fee (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

A current high school student should submit a secondary or high school transcript showing all course work completed to date. Transcripts should reflect a cumulative GPA.

6. 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.

7.    Course Delivery and Tuition

Course delivery will be online only. Course offerings are restricted to 100 and 200 level courses. Tuition is $100.00 US per credit hour. Payment is expected at registration. If the student becomes a full time, on-campus residential student, all of the tuition paid by the student for his or her first 12 credit hours as a dual-enrolled student will be credited back to the student in his or her student account.

FAQs

  • All applicants secondary or high school transcripts will be reviewed for parity with the American high school system before an admissions decision will can be completed. These verifications are generally performed by Foreign Credentials Service of America
  • International students will pay their tuition and purchase their books at the same time. MACU generally is able to obtain digital text books both for sale or rent for the students to use. You will use the macuniversity.edu website to make this payment. The exact webpage for your intended course will be emailed to the applicant.
  • Admission decisions will be based on the applicants’ application, references and demonstrated ability to learn and work in English. Unlike other programs, dual enrolled high school students are not required to have a TOEFL score to enroll at MACU. This difference places a great amount of weight on the applicant’s essay and other application process sections.
  • MACU is a SACSCOC accredited school, and as such our 100 and 200 level courses should transfer without issue to another regionally accredited University in the US.