Admissions Process


Classroom-Hybrid, Online, and F-1 applicants applying to an academic program must go through the University’s Admissions process. IAU knows that the application and admission process may seem rather daunting, but it's not a mystery. The Admissions process is a process that assists the student in achieving his or her educational goals. It is an agreement between the college and the student who enrolls for credit. IAU asks that applicants participate in the matriculation process to ensure educational success. If students commit to an educational goal, IAU commits to helping students succeed.

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: Submit Admissions Portfolio (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 to see if applicants meet the admissions criteria for the applied program. The required items are clearly listed on the Application for Admissions. Certain programs may have unique admissions requirements. Applicants must review the admissions requirements of the program to which they are applying. Use the check list to ensure that all required documents are submitted.

All materials must be submitted in English, and applicants must verify any translations by including the original or a notarized copy of the original. Please include non-refundable application fee. Make sure that AP's are submitted before deadlines. The completed AP and any supporting materials (such as transcripts and test scores) become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant or transmitted to a third party. Please note that attending Open House Orientation is mandatory for all applicants in order to submit their Admissions Portfolio.

Step 2: Evaluation


After the Admissions Portfolio (AP) has been received, the Office of Admissions will evaluate to see if the applicant is close to meeting the criteria or are missing an element. IAU reviews every application individually.

If an item is missing, the Office of Admissions will contact the applicant and request the missing item. If satisfactory progress is not made on the application process or the Admissions Portfolio (AP) remains incomplete for over 30 days, the Admissions Portfolio (AP) will be discarded.


Step 3: Decision


One of the following decisions shall be determined:

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

2. 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 4: Accept/Refuse Admission Offer


If applicants wish to refuse the offer of admissions, simply notify the Office of Admissions. Admissions is for stated session only.

If applicants wish to accept the offer of admissions, applicants will be required to sign and submit the admissions enrollment documents provided upon acceptance to the Office of the Registrar.


Step 5: Official Enrollment


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


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Step 6: Registering for Classes


Students are required to register for classes. Staff from the Office of Student Support will assist students with this process.

Registration requires choosing the appropriate classes and paying tuition fees. Payment can be made via check, credit card, or bank wire. Returned checks are subject to a return check fee.