General Guidelines

Admission to the College normally takes place at the beginning of each session. A student interested in pursuing studies at the College should submit a completed application package at least three months (or five months for international students) prior to the start of the session in which he/she intends to first enroll. In special situations, applications may be accepted at other times.

Applicant Types

Before submitting an application for admission, prospective applicants should review the categories below to understand how the application will be considered. The categories are not mutually exclusive.


Freshman, or first-year, applicants for undergraduate admission are typically either in high school or have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education but have not enrolled in a degree-seeking program.

Applications in this category are evaluated based on the strength of the applicant’s high school coursework, grades, GPA, class rank, and relative level of competition in the applicant’s high school. When applicants have comparable academic records, strong performance in high school English and history classes is a plus; participation in extracurricular activities, especially in arts and culture, will also be valued. In addition, the application essay is an opportunity for applicants to discuss the experiences that motivate them to pursue advanced studies in classical and traditional arts in a bilingual and multicultural environment in the United States.

Admitted students in this category must present proper evidence of the attainment of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent by the time of initial enrollment.


Transfer applicants are individuals who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education and are currently, or have been, enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a college or university that is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an international institution recognized by Fei Tian College.

Evaluation of applications in this category focuses on the applicant’s recent performance in college and high school. In addition, the application essay is an opportunity for transfer applicants to discuss the experiences that motivate them to pursue advanced studies in classical and traditional arts in the unique environment at Fei Tian and their desire to make a positive contribution to Fei Tian.


See the International Student Information section for details.

Resumed Education

Applicants for resumed education are individuals whose formal high school or college education was interrupted for several years.

Admission in this category is based primarily on an appraisal of the applicant’s experience, maturity, commitment, motivation to complete a degree program at Fei Tian, prior training, and future academic and professional potential.

Readmission or Reinstatement

Applicants for readmission or reinstatement are individuals who
were previously admitted to the College but have not registered for courses at the College for one year or more. A written statement explaining the circumstances for the break in studies must be submitted with the application.

Second Degree

Second degree applicants are individuals seeking an additional degree at the same level but in an essentially different area of study, typically after conferral of the first degree.

Admission in this category is based primarily on the applicant’s audition, recommendations, and motivation to complete a second degree program at Fei Tian.


Applicants for non-matriculated status are individuals seeking to take course(s) at the College but without being enrolled in a degree program. The College reviews applications for non-matriculated studies on a selective basis.

Declaration of Program and/or Major

All applicants must declare their intended program and/or major at the time of application. No double program or major is offered at the College. Those wishing to apply to multiple programs at Fei Tian must apply separately to each and indicate which program they would enroll in if admitted to more than one.

Applicants to the music degree programs are admitted through audition on the basis of their principal instrument. An applicant who is equally proficient on a second instrument and wishes to be auditioned on it must list the instrument in the appropriate space on the audition form. However, music students are permitted to major in only one instrument.

English Language Proficiency

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in the admission decision.

All applicants who do not fall into any of the following categories must include in their application a test score establishing English-language proficiency:

  • Applicants whose primary language is English and who have graduated from a high school that uses English as the language of instruction.
  • Applicants who have earned at least three semester credits of freshman English composition with a grade of at least C+ at colleges or universities accredited by U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting bodies.
  • Applicants who have studied for at least three years in a high school or college that uses English as the primary language of instruction.

English proficiency is preferably demonstrated through an official score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). It may also be proven through performance on other tests and measures such as IELTS (The International English Language Testing Service), the SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing section), the ACT exam, or a combination of Lexile (reading) and Accuplacer (writing). The following table lists the minimum scores required.

English Proficiency Test Minimum Scores

Test Type Minimum Score
SAT (EBRW) 500
ACT 20
Lexile & Accuplacer (W) 1100 & 4

Use code 7077 to submit an official TOEFL or SAT score to Fei Tian College.

Chinese Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Chinese is desirable but is not required for admission to the College’s programs. Applicants who do not demonstrate Chinese proficiency should be prepared to take the Chinese language courses required to graduate.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Fei Tian College admits students of any race, color, sex, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College.

Rescission Policy

The College reserves the right to rescind admission for any applicant whose application materials are found to be insufficient or to contain false information.