First-Year Applicants

At AIC, we believe that you are more than just a transcript, a test score, a part-time job, or an extra-curricular activity - so our application process is designed to help us learn as much as we can about you. First-year applicants are evaluated for admission based on the content and rigor of their high school course work, their grades, standardized test scores, activities and involvement, personal statement, and counselor/teacher recommendations. There are no absolute "cutoffs" or minimums for grades or test scores. We are interested in how your academic experiences combine with your personal experiences, and we seek out students who display academic college readiness and the potential to excel at AIC.

Freshman FAQ!

The following items are required for an application to be considered complete:

The following items are optional, but contribute to our overall assessment of the applicant, and can positively influence the application review:

  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Personal Statement

Application for Admission

AIC's Application for Admission is available online. From start to finish, the application should only take about 20-30 minutes. Before you get started, we recommend having the following information handy: your social security number, the contact information (including email and mailing address) for anyone writing you a letter of recommendation, your guidance counselor's contact information, and your parent's/guardian's email address.

Official High School Transcript

An official copy of your high school transcript is required. All transcripts should be sent to:

American International College
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1000 State Street
Springfield, MA 01109

An application will not be reviewed until an official transcript is received.

Applicants who were home-schooled or do not have a traditional high school transcript should contact their admissions counselor for next steps.

Standardized Test Scores


AIC's SAT test code is 3002
AIC's ACT test code is 1772

AIC requires either SAT or ACT scores from all first year applicants. For students who take the SAT more than once, AIC records the highest scores for each section - critical reading, mathematics, and writing - even if achieved in different sittings. For students taking the ACT, AIC will record the highest composite score.

If you have taken both the SAT and the ACT, we will record the highest score received overall, regardless of exam.

Applicants to our health science programs (including Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy) are expected to have more competitive test scores. To be considered a competitive applicant, the following test score minimums are expected:

  • Physical Therapy: a combined 1050 for the critical reading and mathematics section (21 ACT)
  • Nursing: a combined 900 for the critical reading and mathematics section (19 ACT)
  • Occupational Therapy: a combined 950 for the critical reading and mathematics section (20 ACT)

Additional Health Science Requirements

AIC's health science programs (including Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy) do have additional application requirements. These include the following:

  • Nursing: A labaratory science in Chemistry
  • Physical Therapy: Class rank in upper third, some demonstrated observational experiences in the field of physical therapy

Letter of Recommendation

All first-year applicants are invited to submit a letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation is optional, but does tell us more about you and may positively impact the application evaluation. You may submit more than one letter if you choose; however, the sheer number of recommendations received does not factor into our decision-making process. Rather, we are interested in what your recommenders say about you and your ability to be successful in college.

Personal Statement

All first-year applicants are invited to submit a personal statement (we really read them!) A personal statement is optional, but does provide you the opportunity to tell us about your passions, interests, and goals. If you are worried about your GPA or test scores, or have had a personal experience that impacted your academics, the personal statement provides an opportunity to tell your admissions counselor why you feel you are qualified for acceptance to AIC.

Academic Expectations

The fundamental expectation of each entering student at AIC is that he or she is capable of handling college level coursework and has the desire and motivation to be successful in college. Readiness for college level work generally means having completed a college prep high school curriculum in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. We realize, of course, that no two applicants are the same. Therefore, there is no specific prescribed curriculum. Applicants to our health science programs (including Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy) are expected to have a more rigorous science and math preparation. Nursing applicants are required to have completed a general chemistry course at either the high school or community college level to advance into the nursing curriculum.

Grade Point Average

There is no minimum GPA to qualify for acceptance to AIC. When transcripts are evaluated, consideration is given to courses taken, class rank, improvement over time, and of course, outside factors that may directly or indirectly impact academic performance. Taking all AP courses? Playing two varsity sports? Got off to a rough start your freshmen year? Your GPA is reviewed in the context of your other activities, achievements, and responsibilities. Applicants to our health science programs (including Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy) are expected to have a more competitive high school GPA. To be considered a competitive applicant, the following GPA minimums are encouraged:

  • Physical Therapy: minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • Nursing: minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA
  • Occupational Therapy: minimum 2.8 cumulative high school GPA

English Proficiency

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English Proficiency, most commonly done by taking the TOEFL. AIC's minimum qualifying score for the TOEFL is 80 iBT.

Activities Summary

At AIC, we are particularly interested in learning about your activities outside the classroom. The applicant's activity summary gives you the opportunity to highlight special skills or talents, interesting experiences, and personal accomplishments.

Personal Interviews

Personal interviews are an optional part of the first-year application process. We offer on-campus interviews throughout the fall. Students interview with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The size of our applicant pool precludes us from interviewing every applicant; therefore, this element of the application is strictly optional. Appointments are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. History has shown that there is no appreciable difference in the admission rates of students who are not interviewed.

Learn how to schedule your personal interview here

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