Ryan Donaldson ’15

Major: Medical Laboratory Science
Hometown:North Canton, Ohio

When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.

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 undergraduate students with international students from 20 countries.

Seventy-four 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.

Quality Education

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.

Residence Halls

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

Consideration for admission to Mount Union is based on a variety of academic indicators, including English skills level.  International students who are admitted with a TOEFL total score between 61 and 78 (iBT) [500 to 547 paper based] or an IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) score between 5.0-5.5 will be required to enroll in at least two ESL courses (10 credit hour minimum) in their first year as part of their full-time course load. 

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)
  • Results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


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