3 months ago
Admissions Advice

Should I apply to Minerva

Due to some issues at home I can't take the SAT/ACT or TOEFL etc. I am an international student. I am not a native speaker of English, but it is my first language. I want to be a professor of English in future. In this situation, should I apply to Minerva and attend if I get in, or should I stick to colleges in my country?


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3 months ago

Minerva is actually harder than Yesh indicated. Two cycles ago, they received 25,000 applications and a mere 200 were admitted. That's a 0.80% acceptance rate.

What schools to apply to as an Int'l applicant without test scores is very challenging since many admits still had the opportunity to take them and submit them. COVID-19 has highlighted the inequity of college admissions because if you come from a country that had suffered more from COVID-19 or didn't have the resources to vaccinate its population, you are penalized in the admissions process.

It is wise to hedge your bets by applying to college in your country or alternatively you could take a GAP year and focus your efforts on test prepping for college entrance exams and fortifying your EC and any other gaps in your application narrative.

Best of luck to you.

3 months ago

Just to add: since Minerva has such a low acceptance rate, I'd apply to both Minerva and colleges in your country to make sure that you're able to go to college either way. I totally agree with the other answers here, though!

3 months ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question. Minerva University is currently not in our database of schools on CollegeVine because it only just became accredited in 2021 by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WASC_Senior_College_and_University_Commission). Additionally, the acceptance rate for this schools is incredibly low, at 2% with a current undergraduate class size of roughly 250 students who attend per year.

Given all of this information, I cannot give a definite piece of advice for Minerva University. However a few things to think about:

1) Not having an SAT score as an international student may make admissions difficult because of the diversity of applying international applicants with various grading scales and classes available. However, if you are taking the most rigorous coursework available to you, and stand out academically, despite any obstacles you face, you will be an impressive applicant.

2) Another item that will strengthen your application is the extracurriculars you have in your field of interest. Minerva wants to "provide an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education to the top students in the world", so make sure your extracurricular activities express this!

3) And finally, Minerva seems to be unbiased in its selection of international versus domestic students so you may be on the same playing field with US students.

4) If you want to apply to Minerva and see if you get in, go for it! I would consider this school in the reach range for any applicant given that we do not have much data on it and its acceptance rate is so low, for reasons we cannot ascertain.

Hope this helps!


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