Step 1: International Application Form

Start the process with our online application. Step-by-step instructions are given throughout the process. Alternatively, you could use or printable application form and submit it by mail.

Step 2: International Transfer Application Based on Immigration Status

  • You are already studying in the United States and wish to transfer to Northwood University. Complete and submit the transfer form. This form needs to be signed by your international advisor at your current institution.
  • You are currently studying outside the United States and wish to transfer to Northwood University AND you want your credits to transfer. Along with your transcripts, you need to submit course descriptions both in original language and in English. Send these as soon as possible as credit transfers are a lengthy process and will take time.

Step 3: Academic Transcripts (your past courses with Final grades)

Official transcripts, both in original language and in English are required as part of your application. Original documents become property Northwood University and cannot be returned. English translation of transcripts should be conducted by a certified translation service.

If a high school graduation exam is required in your country, we will also need a copy of that test result as well.

Step 4: Proof of Funds Available

There are three choices for demonstrating proof of financial ability to study in the United States. All documents must be clear and in typed or printed format (not handwritten). Bank stationery must be identifiable and include the bank's address, phone number, and fax number.  Complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances form and attach to your online application (Supplemental Itemssection) or mail to Northwood University.

1. Financial statement signed by you or your sponsor. If you have more than one sponsor, an official, certified and notarized affidavit of support, including full name of all sponsors, must be sent;


2. Original and official bank statement, updated within the past six months) from you or your sponsor representing funds for at least one academic year (US$35,000). The statement must identify the name of the account holder, their relationship to you, account number, and currency;


3. An original letter from the bank stating the name of account holder, account number, date, currency used, and amount. It must be signed by a member of bank staff whose name, position, and contact information are provided in the letter.

Step 5: A copy of your passport's ID page

Copy of identification page(s) of your passport as well as those of any dependents you will be bringing into the U.S.

Step 6: Proof of English Proficiency

If you have taken TOEFL, IELTS or other approved tests. Proof of English proficiency is needed to enroll in a standard academic program, but is not required if you plan to study in the Intensive English Program.

Proof of English proficiency may not be required if applying from a country in which English is the native language or if the student has completed non-ESL English academic courses at an approved college or university with C grades or above.


All documents must be posted by mail to our office (address below). Scanned documents sent by email are not accepted.

Mail all required documents to the campus you plan on attending:

Florida Campus

Northwood University
Office of Admission
2600 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Michigan Campus

Northwood University
Office of Admission
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640


When will you hear about your acceptance?

We will notify you of your admission decision within two weeks after receiving your application materials. Students who are accepted into the University will be sent a letter of acceptance and the I-20 or DS-2019.

Majors and Degrees

Northwood University offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree, as well as a fulltime Master of Business Administration (MBA) that can be finished in less than 12 months.  Our undergraduate majors vary from campus to campus.  We also offer an Intensive English Program on both our Midland, Michigan and West Palm Beach, Florida Campuses.

To further explore Northwood’s programs, please look through the Academic Catalog.

English Proficiency Policy

The Northwood University policy regarding English Proficiency for international students shall be as follows and is in effect immediately following the date of adoption:


I. Waiver of English proficiency requirement


The university will waive the English proficiency requirement for:


1)      Applicants who have resided for at least five (5) years within and are citizens of a country where English is the, or one of, the official languages (e.g., Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland) as designated in the CIA World Factbook at:;

2)       Applicants who have completed all two (2) years of coursework for an accredited Associate of Arts (AA) degree conducted entirely in English;

3)      Applicants who come from an accredited educational program where the student has been enrolled full-time and taken at least two (2) years of post-secondary instruction conducted entirely in English.


In all cases, applicants must be able to provide documentation verifying these conditions.


II. Evidence of English proficiency


As evidence of language proficiency, Northwood University (NU) accepts scores from: 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • STEP (Japanese exam)
  • UCLES Cambridge exams
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) exams (undergraduate admission only)
  • ELS Language Centers (Level 112)
  • ACT or SAT scores (undergraduate admission only) 

Following are the English Language proficiency requirements for regular admission to Northwood University based on official test scores from each testing service. Official scores must be less than two (2) years old.


Minimum Score - Undergraduate

Minimum Score - Graduate


500 (Paper)

550 (Paper)

173 (Computer-based)

213 (Computer-based)

61 (Internet-based)

80 (Internet-based)


6.0 overall band score

7.0 overall band score

STEP (Japanese based exam)

Pre-1st Grade Level

Grade 1

International Baccalaureate (IB) – Undergraduate only

5 on English A1 or A2 exam

Not accepted for graduate admission

UCLES Cambridge Exams



(minimum score of C)

(minimum score of C)

ELS Language Centers

Level 112

Level 112


ACT – 18 for both composite and reading subscore

Not accepted for graduate admission

SAT – 450 Critical Reading


Our Intensive English Program is for students who do not meet the English proficiency.  Students are admitted conditionally and without test scores and will be placed in one of four levels upon their arrival.