International Admissions Requirements

              Steps for Admissions if you are a first time international freshman:

1. Application
Complete the application for international admissions online at

2. Transcripts

Official evaluated transcripts are required for admittance. You will need to submit your high school and/or college transcript for evaluation and have the results sent to USW. The university will accept evaluation results from any of the following:

  • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
         P.O. Box 6908, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
         Phone: 310-275-3530 Fax: 310-275-3528

3. English Proficiency
All international students coming to the United States to study are required to submit official English proficiency score reports to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at USW. This can be in the form of one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based exam, a 213 on the computer-based exam or a 79 on the internet-based exam
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • International Students are required to prepay their first semester’s tuition, fees, and room and board.

4. Financial Statement
Submit an official bank statement or current financial letter of support (within the last 6 months) showing the ability to finance the estimated cost of attendance for one year of
$24,000 which includes tuition, books, room, and board. A prospective student must demonstrate that s/he can meet all expenses incurred while a student at USW. ALL BANK STATEMENTS AND LETTERS OF SUPPORT MUST BE OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, NOTARIZED OR ATTESTED.

5. Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required by all international students. Please submit proof of health insurance coverage at the same time you submit your transcripts and test scores. If proof of insurance is not provided or you do not have coverage, health insurance is available through the University at a reasonable cost and can be purchased through the Office of Admission and Recruitment.

6. Housing
All unmarried freshman and sophomore students under the age of 21 are required to live on-campus. Please complete and submit the online housing application at
A housing deposit of $325 is required and must be submitted at the same time you submit your transcripts and test scores. The deposit can be paid by credit card or mailed to the school: University of the Southwest - 6610 N. Lovington Hwy. – Hobbs, NM 88240.
If you do not plan to live in university housing, a local address must be submitted on the application for admissions.

7. I-20
(Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students). Your I-20 will be issued only after you have been officially admitted to USW.