Admissions Process


The admissions process is designed to assist the student in evaluating and assessing their educational goals by coming to an agreement with the institution to enroll and receive credit for the desired program. All applicants applying to an academic program must go through the institution’s admissions process.

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. There are six (6) enrollment terms per calendar year. Applicants are urged to apply in a timely manner for the desired enrollment term. For F-1/I-20 applicants, Admissions Portfolio (AP) should be submitted 30 days prior to the term of enrollment to ensure timely processing. F-1 applicants with a “change of status” should submit 60-90 days prior.

Spring (Jan-Apr)
Session 1 (Jan-Feb)
Session 2 (Mar-Apr)


Summer (May-Aug)
Session 1 (May-Jun)
Session 2 (Jul-Aug)


Fall (Sep-Dec)
Session 1 (Sep-Oct)
Session 2 (Nov-Dec)


Step 1: Sign-Up for Online OHO


IAU offers a voice over Open House Orientation (OHO) powerpoint which provides information on how to apply for admission into the IAU degree programs. Online OHO is mandatory for all applicants and is required in order to complete the application process.

Step 2: Submit AP


Applicants must submit a completed Admissions Portfolio (AP). The AP is an accumulation of all the necessary documents for the Office of Admissions to evaluate and determine if applicants meet the admissions criteria for the applied program. The required items are clearly listed on the Application for Admissions. Applicants must review the admissions requirements of the program to which they are applying as certain programs may require additional documentation. Use the checklist to ensure that all required documents are submitted.

The AP shall be evaluated upon receipt of the non-refundable application fee. In order to initiate the evaluation process, applicants should include the application fee with their AP. All materials must be submitted in English. AP’s should be submitted a minimum of 15 days prior to the admissions deadline.

Step 3: Evaluation


After the Admissions Portfolio (AP) has been received, the Office of Admissions will evaluate to determine if the applicant is close to meeting the criteria or if there are any missing elements. If an item is missing, the Office of Admissions will contact the applicant and request the missing item(s). If the AP remains incomplete for over 30 days, it will be properly discarded.


Step 4: Decision


Within 7-10 days of receiving a completed application, one of the following decisions shall be determined:

Denied: If the applicant is not accepted, the Office of Admissions will send a letter to the applicant informing the applicant of the decision and stating why their qualifications are deficient. Denial can be appealed.

Accepted: If the applicant is accepted for admission, an acceptance letter will be sent to the applicant along with an enrollment agreement and other admissions documents to formalize the acceptance into the program.


Step 5: Accept/Refuse Admission Offer


If the applicant wishes to refuse the offer of admissions, they should simply notify the Office of Admissions. If the applicant wishes to accept the offer of admissions, the applicant will be required to sign and submit the admissions enrollment documents provided upon acceptance to the Office of the Registrar.


Step 6: F-1 Visa


If the applicant is applying as an initial F-1 student from outside of the U.S., the applicant must secure an F-1 visa, enter the U.S., and inform the Office of Admissions of their arrival prior to the program start date.


Step 7: Official Enrollment


Once the admissions enrollment documents are received, applicant will be issued an official NSO package, which includes an official enrollment letter, and student identification number (SID#). The official IAU ID card is issued at New Student Orientation.

Step 8: Register for Classes


Students are required to register for classes. Staff from the Office of Student Support will assist with this process. Registration requires choosing the appropriate classes for the term.

Step 9: Tuition Payment Plan


In order to make monthly payments for tuition, students can arrange a Tuition Installment Plan by meeting with the Office of Student Finance.


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Step 10: NSO


IAU holds a mandatory online New Student Orientations (NSO) to inform students of academic policies, IAUonline, and answer any questions along the way that may help them adjust to being a new student at IAU. NSO is a requirement for all new students. Students who fail to complete NSO shall be administratively withdrawn from the program.