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 2,100 undergraduate students with international students from 17 countries.
Seventy-six 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 128 full-time faculty members, 90 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.
Services for International Students
The University of Mount Union assists students with the transition to Mount Union and American culture. The University facilitates New Student Orientation for all incoming international students. In addition, the University 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 during the academic year 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. Applicants whose native language or language of secondary school instruction is not English must submit for review one of the following: results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or certification of the level completed at an English Language Center.
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