Admissions Portfolio


The Admissions Portfolio checklist is to be used by applicants who are applying to IAU. Please include the check list found in the IAU Application Form with your Admissions Portfolio (AP). Check off each item enclosed. Missing paperwork will delay the admissions processing. If there are additional details that will help expedite your processing, for example, you are a “change of status” international student. Please add additional notes in section 5 of the Application for Admissions. Knowing the complete details will ensure expedited processing. Submit the Application Portfolio (AP) before the deadline.

Sample Admissions Portfolio (AP) Classroom-Hybrid or Online applicant
Sample Admissions Portfolio (AP) F-1 applicant

Part 1. All Applicants Must Have

Application for Admissions

Complete all items on the Application for Admissions form. Using a computer, type on the form ensuring that the details are legible, save as a PDF. Emailed forms are acceptable, except official transcripts.

Application Outline on Page 3 of the Admissions Application:

  • Part 1 will be your U.S. Address and addional personal information
  • Part 2 will be your FOREIGN address and additional personal information
  • Part 3 will be your Dependent’s information – additional dependents can be listed on another application page with only part 3 filled out.
  • Part 4 will be information pertaining your program
  • Part 5 will be your electronic or live signature indicating that all the information on this application is current and true

Make sure that Application Portfolio (AP) is submitted before the deadline.

Application Fee

For classroom-hybrid, online, or F-1 applicants, submitting an application requires payment for the following items:

  1. Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable
  2. F-1 students must remit an I-20 processing fee: $100.00
  3. Notary Fee: $10.00 (optional, if submitting foreign unofficial transcripts)

Please keep your receipt of payment as you will need to include it with your application.

Personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks, cash, and debit/credit cards are all acceptable. For online payments, please go to and under Admissions, add the required items to your shopping cart.

Academic Credentials (Official Transcripts and/or Foreign Credential Evaluations)

Official Transcripts: We require Official Transcripts and or Foreign Credential Evaluations to suffice that you have met the requirements for your respective Degree. We allow our students to transfer up to 45 units into our Associate Program, 90 units into our Bachelor Program, 6 units into our Masters Program, and 9 units for our Doctorate Program.

Transcripts from institutions located in the United States MUST BE OFFICIALS. For Transcripts from institutions located outside of the United States, Transcripts must be in English or translated in to English. In the event that applicants cannot obtain official copies due to circumstances, notarized (or otherwise certified) copies of academic documents are acceptable.

NOTE: If you are applying to the ASBA/BBA PROGRAM, you must provide proof of high school diploma, GED, or official transcripts any completed degree program.  If you are applying to the MBA PROGRAM, you must provide official transcripts of your completed Bachelor degree.

Applicants must request an official original transcript from every U.S. college or university attended to be sent to the IAU Office of Admissions. An official original transcript is one that is sent directly to IAU from the issuing institution. Scanned or photocopies of the original are not considered official. Prior college and university transfer courses and/or degrees must be earned at an institution accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a foreign institution.

For schools outside the U.S., please see Non-U.S. Education Policy below.

Non-U.S. Education with English Transcripts: If the education is obtained in a non-U.S. country and the transcripts are in English, then please submit official original transcripts. Scanned or photocopies of the original evaluations are not considered official.

Non-U.S. Education without English Transcripts: Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript. In this case, the evaluator must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin and include an English translation of the review. Scanned or photocopies of the original evaluations are not considered official.

NACES is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. See list of NACES-approved agencies.

In the event that applicants cannot obtain official copies due to circumstances, notarized (or otherwise certified) copies of academic documents are acceptable.

Course-By-Course Report: If an applicant wants to receive transfer credit for coursework completed at a foreign (outside of the United States) college or university, the applicant will need to submit a professional course-by-course English-translated evaluation of the coursework.

General Report: For purposes that require showing evidence of an earned degree, a professional English-translated general report evaluation of the degree is acceptable.

Evidence of English Proficiency (Required for Foreign Students)

IAU requires writing skills at the appropriate level. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to your success at IAU. If English is not the applicant’s native language, or if an applicant has not had his/her secondary education taught in English, s/he will be required to provide proof of English Proficiency. Since classes are taught in English, an applicant must demonstrate his/her ability to read, write and speak English.

Students can demonstrate proof of English Proficiency by providing one of the following:

  1. A passing TOEFL PBT/IBT, IELTS, ACT Compass, Eiken English Proficiency Exam score. Visit the F-1 Admissions Page and view the English Proficiency PDF for more information.
  2. High School Diploma. For undergraduate applicants only, provide evidence of a high school diploma completed at an appropriately accredited / recognized high school (where the medium of instruction is English).
  3. Completed 24 credit hours in English. For undergraduate or graduate degree applicants, provide a transcript indicating completion of at least 24 semester, or 36 quarter hours of credit from an appropriately accredited institution where the language of instruction was English with an average grade of “C” or higher or “B” or higher, respectively. Units from English language training institutions do not count towards this requirement.
  4. Completed Degree from a U.S. Institution/ College/ University. Provide a transcript indicating completion of degree from an appropriately accredited college or university.

Government-Issued Identification

Your I.D. cannot be expired. Acceptable forms of identification can be:

  • U.S. passport
  • Permanent resident card
  • Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Foreign government-issued passport / identity cards or National identity cards / Driver’s license

Photo Headshot

A current 2″ x 2″ passport photo of the applicant that is no older than 6 months is required. The photo shall be used for the student identification card and uploaded to the student’s profile. Photo should be facing straight forward in front of a solid color background (JPG is acceptable).

Pre-Enrollment Disclosure

Prospective students must review the Pre-Enrollment Disclosure. Once you understand the information, you must initial and date the Pre-Enrollment Disclosure document and submit it with the Admissions Portfolio (AP).


As an undergraduate business student, it is helpful to have professional experience at the time of application. As a graduate business student, it is vital. Please submit a professional resume that outlines your academic and professional work experience. It should list the position held, the name of the company, and the dates employed. A brief job description should also be included so that an understanding of what responsibilities held can be made. If applicants do not have a resume already created, applicants may use this resume template.

School Performance Fact Sheet

As a prospective student, students are encouraged to review the catalog as well as review the School Performance Fact Sheet found on our downloads page prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

On the downloads page there will be a Performance Fact Sheet for each respective program IAU offers. Please select the Performance Fact Sheet that reflects the program you are interested in applying for.

Our Performance Fact Sheet is a projection of our enrollment, graduation, and also success rates for each respective program within the past 2 years. Once you understand this information, you must sign and date the first page and initial rest of the pages of the School Performance Fact Sheet and submit it with the Admissions Portfolio (AP).

Part 2. All F-1 Applicants Must Have

If not an F-1 applicant, please skip to Part 4.

Financial Capability (Required)

Before a U.S. consul will grant a visa, you must prove that you will have sufficient money to meet all your expenses while studying in the United States. You must explain the source of your funds and guarantee that you will receive them while at the University. Unless you are able to provide written evidence demonstrating you have adequate financial resources for the entire time needed to complete your degree program, the consul will not grant a student visa.

Applicants must be able to provide bank statements, Affidavit of Support, business accounts, or a certified statement by a bank or acceptable official agency to show proof of available funds to cover all expenses while in attendance at the University (approximately $13,770 USD per year).

Applicants may combine sources of income such as personal bank statements, Affidavit of Support (Form I-134), or business accounts. Immigration laws only permit employment in special cases and only on a part-time basis.

For each dependent the applicant has, s/he must add an additional $2,000 per dependent (if applying from outside the U.S. or filing for F-1 Change of Status).

For example, if a student is applying to the MBA program from outside the U.S and is coming alone with NO dependents, they must reflect a minimum of $13,770. If they have ONE dependent, they must reflect a minimum of $15,770.

Recap of Financial Capability Minimums:

Undergraduate: $12,600

  • Transfer: $1,000 per dependent
  • COS and Initial: $2,000 per dependent

Graduate: $13,770

  • Transfer: $1,000 per dependent
  • COS and Initial: $2,000 per dependent


Copy of Passport

Passport must be valid 6 months from the program start date.

Copy of Passport - Dependents

Submit a current passport copy for all dependents (cannot expire within 6 months of program start).

If applicant plans to bring a spouse and/or children, the dependent will need to be listed on the financial documentation form. Please list their names at the bottom of the form along with their date of birth, country of citizenship, and relationship to the student. Applicant must add $1,000 USD per dependent per trimester to the total available funds.

Part 3. All Transfer F-1 Applicants Must Have

If not a Transfer F-1 applicant, please skip to Part 4.

I-20 Copies

Provide a copies of all previous I-20’s from all previous institutions.

I-94 or I-797 Copies Indicating Change of Status Approval

The Form I-94 indicates the arrival departure record for a student’s F-1.
The Form I-797 Notice of Action indicates that the applicant changed status to his or her present visa.

Provide a copy of I-94 Card (front and back). For those students who arrived to the U.S. after April 2013, the I-94 is only available through the U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal for retrieving I-94 Admission number.

Digital I-94 can be obtained by going to:
Instructions on how to retrieve the I-94 online can be found at:

SEVIS Status Form

If the applicant has been studying at another U.S. institution in F-1 status and plans to enroll at IAU, the applicant will need to submit a completed SEVIS Status Form with the AP. The SEVIS Status Form, completed by the previous school’s DSO, does not initiate the SEVIS record transfer but attests that the F-1 applicant is in active SEVIS status and eligible to transfer. Download the SEVIS Status Form.

Part 4. Optional

High School Completion

If applicant is applying for undergraduate degree program and has no prior college coursework completed, applicant must provide evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent.

An applicant who does not have a high school diploma or GED may demonstrate eligibility for entry into those undergraduate degree programs if the applicant achieves acceptable scores on the Ability To Benefit (ATB) Examination. Passing the ATB exam does not take the place of having a high school diploma or GED for those programs that require a diploma or GED for admission purposes. See list of acceptable exams.

Letter of Recommendation

Academic references are those people who can address applicants’ abilities in areas of scholarly or academic activity. These may come from instructors, faculty members, deans, program directors, internship supervisors, etc.

Professional references are those people who can address applicants’ abilities in their chosen career field and your overall work ethic. These may come from current or past supervisors, co-workers, human resource managers, etc.

Personal references are able to discuss personal traits. Be careful not to include family members. While these people may give applicants great recommendations, they are irrelevant. These may come from sports teammates, fellow organization members (i.e. fraternities, sororities, clubs, etc.), fellow volunteers, mentors, etc.

Standardized Exams Credit (SEC)

The University recognizes a full range of standardized exams, which measure mastery of college-level, introductory course content in a wide range of disciplines. Students who obtain the credit-granting score required can earn credits and course exemptions. The University establishes standards that are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Standardized exam credit (SEC) is awarded only for undergraduate programs and the maximum amount of credit can be found on each respective program description.

DSST Institutional Recipient Code: 8476

Transfer Credit (TRC)

The University will consider accepting transfer students from other schools as determined by the Office of Admissions. IAU’s policy allows transfer of course credit successfully completed at accredited or foreign equivalent universities, colleges, or institutions that comparably meet university course work requirements and standards, and documented on official transcripts. Credit earned for courses for which a grade of “C” or higher will be considered for transfer. See policy in Academic Credentials in Part 1.

Once an Enrollment Agreement is signed, the transfer credit (TRC) is ‘locked’ and IAU can no longer award TRC for courses that applicants took in the past. However, IAU can award TRC for courses taken ‘after’ a student signs the enrollment agreement, the submission of official transcripts.

The Office of Admissions has the sole discretion to award transfer credits based on official transcripts submitted. Unofficial evaluations may be conducted using unofficial transcripts. See “Official Transcript” policy herein.

Maximum transfer credit (TRC) awarded can be found on each respective program description web page.