Degree students are those who enter Sophia University planning to earn a bachelor’s degree. The Faculty of Liberal Arts admits degree students in both the spring and autumn semesters. There are two ways to apply for admission to the degree program: regular application and admission by recommendation. While most applicants for degree student status enter as first year students, the Faculty also accepts a small number of transfer students into the third year. Transfer students must have completed two years of study at their previous college or university and seek admission through regular admission.

Regular Admission

All applicants applying through regular addmission are required to apply on-line from 2013. They must submit results from at least one of the following standardized tests: SAT (Reasoning Test), ACT (with Writing Scores), IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma. For applicants whose educational background is not in English, TOEFL or IELTS scores are required.  Transfer students should also submit their university transcript. For the application schedule and details of application materials, please refer to the Sophia University Admissions page.

Admission by Recommendation

Applicants who wish to apply for admission by recommendation must be enrolled in a Japanese high school approved by the Ministry of Education. Applicants submit an application form, high school records, and TOEFL or IELTS scores. To be eligible to apply under this category, the applicant must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT (550 PBT, 213 CBT or IELTS 6.0) and a high school GPA of 4.0 on a 5.0 scale. Applications are accepted in November and in late November applicants must take an examination to determine their overall suitability for the program. The examination is held entirely in English and includes reading, lecture and writing components, and an interview by members of the faculty.

Further Information

1. For complete information about Regular Admission visit Sophia University Admissions page.
2. For complete information (in Japanese) about Admission by Recommendation visit Sophia University Admission by  Recommendation page.
3. E-mail the Admissions Office representative: Admissions Office.
4. Visit us during Open Campus.