Conditional Admission: Everything You Need to Know

This is when students are admitted to an academic institution only if they fulfill certain outlined requirements. Many schools in the United States offer conditional admission (also known as conditional acceptance) to transfer students, graduates, and undergraduates to fulfill a certain requirement that they don’t currently meet. Conditional admissions are available for many reasons, including granting international students additional time to enhance their English skills.

Conditional admission may be given to international students who’re academically qualified to get admitted to an institution but don’t fulfill the minimum English language requirements for full admission. Once the applicants successfully meet their requirement(s), they’re granted full admission.

It’s important to note that not all institutions offer conditional admission, so students need to research which institutions offer it before applying. For instance, some institutions only offer conditional admission for specific levels of study or programs.

Here’re the general steps students need to follow to apply for conditional admission.

Apply to a school: Students need to remember that the documents they must provide will vary depending on the school and level of study. Therefore, they must be aware of the terms and conditions for individual schools’ conditional admission. Students also have to be aware of the time limit the schools set for their conditional admission.

Meet the requirements: Once students receive the conditional admission letter, the institution may require them to complete an IEP  (Intensive English Program) or other requirements. These are meant to help students gain proficiency in English, a skill that’s necessary for succeeding both inside and outside the classroom.

Contact the admission officer: Once students fulfill the criteria for admission requirements, they need to contact the admission officer in charge of their status and ask the person to update their admission status from conditional to full-time. Lastly, students should follow up and ask the admission officer to confirm that the status has been changed.

Students should accept conditional admission if they want to improve their English skills in an English-speaking country. They should also accept it if their dream school offers it. However, students, who aren’t interested in enrolling in an IEP or paying additional money for English courses, perhaps be better off rejecting the conditional admission offer and improving their English skills on their own. Also, students, who’ve already received a full acceptance to another institution, may consider rejecting the conditional offer, especially if they want to immediately attend a full academic program.