International Students Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for admission?
Students seeking admission to Fisk must apply by the appropriate
deadlines. A student applying must have completed 15 or more units in
grades 9-12, at least 12 of which must be in academic subjects. Fisk
University is particularly interested in students who have taken the
strongest of academic programs in high school. Students who have been
home-schooled should submit a transcript or record. Prospective
students with a GED must provide evidence of successful completion
Course curriculum should include four units of English, three units
of mathematics (algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra and
trigonometry are strongly recommended), two units of the same foreign
language, two years of social studies and two years of science
(preferably biology and chemistry) including a lab.All applicants must
take either the SAT I or the ACT and have official scores
(21ACT/SAT1500) forwarded to the Office of Admission. Test requirements
are waived for transfer students who have completed at least 30
semester hours, of full-time study at an accredited college.
How do I get an application?
You may download an application by clicking here. You can also contact the Office of Admission to receive an application by calling 888.702.0022 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Fisk University does accept the common application. You may download the application at app.commonapplication.org.
How long will it take to get my application?
Requests for applications are processed within 2 weeks.
Do I need to apply as a transfer or international student?
If you have or will need a student visa, then you are considered an
international student, and you should use the international student
application form. Click here
What are financial documents?
Financial documents are the sponsor’s official, original bank statement
on bank letterhead and an Affidavit of Support form filled out and
signed by the sponsor.
Can I apply online?
You can download the Fisk University application for admission online here or submit the common application.
What if I fall short of the admission requirements?
Students who make application to Fisk but fall short of the
3.0/21ACT/SAT1500 minimum for regular admission will be subject to an
evaluation from the Office of Admission. The admission evaluation takes
into consideration grades, test scores, service, leadership,
outstanding talents/contributions, and a personal interview. Also, it
can be helpful to keep the Office of Admission informed of any changes
in academic records (better test scores), etc. Fisk also offers
restricted admission to a few students called "conditional admits."
What does “conditional admission” mean?
“Conditional admission” means that something about the application fell
below the minimum standard but the University saw potential and has
offered restricted admission. Typically, students coming to Fisk with a
conditional status must follow a prescribed set of steps until they
have established a solid grade point average in college-level work (B
or better). Once that has been accomplished, the limitation is removed
and the student continues as a regular student.
What is the “enrollment deposit”? Do I have to pay it?
All international students have to pay the enrollment deposit. The
“enrollment deposit” is a student’s way of demonstrating that they are
serious about enrolling at Fisk. It is non-refundable after May 1 and
serves as a reservation of your seat in the class as well as space in
on-campus housing. It is only after a student has submitted the
admission deposit that they receive housing contracts and other
important forms. The enrollment deposit is eventually applied toward
tuition and fees.
How many credits are needed to graduate?
A minimum of 120 credits is necessary in order for a student to receive
a bachelor's degree. Some degree programs require more. Please check
the University Bulletin for information on specific degree requirements.