Frequently Asked Questions from Agents

How do I become an agent at Montana State University?

We have a very selective process and only work with a few top agents in each region. The first step is to complete our Agent Application form. A committee will assess your application and conduct reference checks before making a decision.

Do you pay commissions?

Yes. We pay a standard 10% commission to contracted agents for the first two semester’s tuition for their students who enroll at MSU. Our A.C.E. Language Institute also pays a commission for students that study ESL prior to university study.  That requires an additional contract with A.C.E. directly.  If you are interested in applying for their contract as well, please contact enroll@cultural.org

 

Do you waive the application fee for agents?

We are not able to waive the application fee for any agent, counselor or student due to Montana Board of Regent regulations. The undergraduate online application fee is US$38 and the paper application fee is US$30. The graduate application fee is US$60 for both paper and online applications. Application fees can easily be paid with a credit card when using the online application system or with a bank check for paper applications. For students seeking conditional admission to MSU, we do not require any separate application or fee to the A.C.E. Language Institute. We take care of everything for you.

Are the students who apply through my agency guaranteed admission to Montana State University or offered any special consideration?

No. We promise to give you the best service possible, however there is no special consideration for applications sent through agents. Our standards and admission policies are the same for all applicants.  What we provide is regular communication and updates about your applicants and direct contacts to ask questions. We attempt to process applications as quickly as possible!

Where will I-20's be sent and by what type of mail?

I-20’s will be sent to the agent’s address indicated on the cover letter of the application. An email will be sent to inform you that the admission documents are completed and in the mail. Our standard policy is to send documents through FedEx. Please be aware that this service can take up to a week. We will provide you with a tracking number so that you can monitor the package's arrival.

How long will it take to process my student’s application?

Undergraduate applications generally take 2 – 3 days once all of the application documents are received.  This means we can have admission materials to you within a week.

The graduate application process can be slower because all decisions are made internally by each department.  In general, the process can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months.  Please be aware that graduate deadlines are firm and that most strong applicants apply by the priority deadlines of September 1st for spring semester and January 15th for fall semester.

Do you offer conditional admission to students who have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS?  What about students who do not meet your English requirements?

Yes, we offer conditional admission at the undergraduate level for any student who either has not taken the TOEFL exam or does not meet our minimum requirement of a 71 TOEFL iBT or 6.0 IELTS. To view a complete list of the examinations and scores we accept, visit these webpages for undergraduate English requirements or graduate English requirements. In order to offer full admission, we require official results directly sent from the testing centers.

Conditionally admitted undergraduate students will be automatically enrolled in the A.C.E. Language Institute and required to take an English Placement Exam upon arrival at MSU.  There is no separate application fee or process for conditionally admitted students.

in general, there is no conditional admission for graduate students, unless it is a government sponsored applicant.  Each department sets their own TOEFL standards, but in general the minimum is 80 TOEFL iBT and 6.5 IELTS and we do require official scores from the testing centers.  For a government sponsored applicant we have a process of requesting provisional admission from the departments.

Who should I contact if I have general questions about our contract, application requirements or anything else pertaining to Montana State University?

For all general questions, please contact Megan Prettyman, Manager for International Recruitment & Admissions, at megan.prettyman@montana.edu.