- Austin Raper ’13
- Hometown: Uniontown, Ohio
- Major: Biochemistry
I chose to attend Mount Union because I believed, and still do, that Mount Union would go the furthest in helping me achieve my goals.
Prospective International Student Information
Small, Safe Campus
The University of Mount Union, located in Alliance, Ohio, a community of 25,000 residents, is home to approximately 2,200 students with international students from 15 countries.
Seventy-five percent of the students live in our residence halls. This arrangement, coupled with students’ high participation in any of 80 student organizations, gives students the opportunity to meet new people and to solidify friendships.
Our international students, and especially their parents, feel comfortable knowing that the students are living in a city with a low crime rate and an environment which is safer than that of large cities.
The University of Mount Union has more than 127 full-time faculty members, 75 percent of whom have terminal degrees in their areas of study. They have completed as much formal education as possible in their areas of specialty in graduate programs from such highly respected institutions as Columbia University, University of Notre Dame, Harvard University, Yale University, Pennsylvania State University and The Ohio State University.
At Mount Union, your classes will be taught by these talented faculty members, not by graduate assistants. As an undergraduate institution, the University of Mount Union takes pride in the faculty members who focus on teaching you.
The Center for Global Education
The Center for Global Education assists students with the transition to Mount Union and American culture. The office facilitates New Student Orientation for all incoming international students. In addition, the office coordinates trips to various cultural destinations throughout the academic year, including fall and spring breaks.
International students have the opportunity to participate in the Community Friend Program. The Community Friend Program matches students with individuals or families within the surrounding Alliance community for a friendship-based host family experience.
The Association of International Students (AIS) is a student-governed organization designed to bring American and international students together. International students can participate in a variety of activities such as the International Dinner and day trips to Cleveland or experience an amusement park. AIS makes it possible to create friendships which may last a lifetime.
Our residence halls are open year round for international students so they do not have to move out of their rooms during break times. During the summer, international students may live on campus for a weekly fee.
Many institutions require students to find other places to live during breaks in the academic term. Such a situation will not occur at the University of Mount Union.
English Skills Level
An international student who has a TOEFL total score between 45 and 79 (iBT) [450 to 550 paper based], an IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) score between 4.5 and 6.0 or has completed the ELS Language Center’s level 109, 110 or 111 may be offered admission to Mount Union but will be required to enroll in one or two ESL classes in addition to their regular curriculum courses. The specific ESL courses which the student must complete will be chosen in consultation with the director of ESL programs. To matriculate out of ESL courses, a student must complete the ESL curriculum as recommended by the director or achieve a test score, or ELS course level, higher than those listed above.
What others are saying about Mount Union...
U.S. News & World Report
Mount Union has been consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. Most recently, Mount Union was promoted to the “Best Liberal Arts College” category, placing Mount Union among the top 248 colleges and universities in the country.
Colleges of Distinction
Mount Union also has been selected as a College of Distinction in recognition of its reputation of excellence, strong focus on teaching undergraduates, innovative learning experiences and active campus. Colleges of Distinction profiles the best values in higher education as designated by selected educators, college admissions professionals and high school counselors.