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Admission Process

We are glad that you have decided to submit the Online Application for admission to Bethesda University.

Step 1. Carefully review the admissions requirements before you begin the application process.


 In order to apply for admission to Bethesda University, you must complete the following steps:

• Complete the online application.

• Submit application fee ($100).

NOTE: The application fee has been waived for all Summer/Fall 2023 applicants.

• Official transcripts (must be mailed/emailed directly from your school to

• The latest school diploma

• Christian testimonial essay (specifically for Religion program students). Personal essay for all other major students.

• Copy of Photo I.D.(e.g. copy of driver's license or passport).

• International students must complete all the application requirements and submit the following documents additionally:

1) Documentation of Financial Support ( statements with the account holder’s name and available funds clearly listed). The document or statement must be in English and US dollars.    

2) Signed and Notarized Affidavit of support (if the bank statement is not under the student's name).
3) Copy of Passport
4) Copy of visa or I-94 (applicable to transfer students).

5) Copy of current school I-20 (applicable to transfer students)

6) English Language Proficiency Tests

A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Bethesda University.  Applicants who meet any one of the criteria listed below are considered proficient in English (Need to fill out English Waiver Request Form)

  • Attended a US high school for at least three full years

  • Attended a full-time international educational institution at the secondary level or above for at least three years, where English is the native language of the country or it is the primary language of instruction.

  • Undergraduate: Completed at least 60 units from an educational institution in the U.S. with a minimum of 30 units in general education courses for oral communication(speech), and English composition with passing score “C” or above.

  • Graduate: Attended a U.S. educational institution for three years, full-time (72 units).

  • Earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from an educational institution in the U.S

If neither of these statements is true, applicants are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test to demonstrate English proficiency. 

Type of Test                                                  Minimum Requirement (Undergraduate)     Minimum Requirement (Graduate)

TOEFL, Internet-based test (iBT)                                  61                                                                             70

TOEFL, paper test (pBT)                                                500                                                                          525

IELTS                                                                                 6.0                                                                            6.5

​​Duolingo                                                                           95                                                                            105

  • Test must be taken within the past two years

  • Request official score to be sent to Bethesda University (Institutional Code: 032663)

  • If students do not demonstrate English proficiency, they need to take the English Placement Test. The English Placement Test consists of four sections: listening, reading comprehension, speaking, and writing. Based on the result of the test, students will be required to enroll in English language classes. Additionally, students may enroll in their respective undergraduate or graduate courses. You will get more information about the English Placement Test on the Registration page.


Step 2. Click one the application below to start your application process.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office at 714-683-1204 or send us an e-mail at

Step 3. Bethesda University's Admission Committee will notify the applicant once the application review has been completed.


Step 4. New students will attend Student Orientation.

  • International students are required to submit proof of health insurance every semester.


Step 5. New students can register for their classes on Orientation Day. 

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