College of the Marshall Islands

P.O. Box 1258 Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands MH

+692 625-3394

Admission Process

The admissions policy is established by the Board of Regents and administered by the President of the College through the Enrollment Management Committee. The committee includes representatives from the faculty, student services and administration. All admissions applications are submitted to the Office of Admissions, and will not be returned in any form to the applicant.


Application requirements

CMI requires the following from the prospective students by the deadline; admission is not guaranteed by completing these requirements.

  1. File a complete application for admission by the published deadline
    1. CMI Application for Admission
    2. $5.00 application processing fee
    3. An official High School Transcript or official copy of GED test results or a RMI Equivalency Diploma
    4. Health Evaluation Form
    5. Copy of Birth Certificate
    6. Copy of Social Security Card
    7. Valid State ID
  2. Complete the CMI Placement Exam
    1. Must be taken within three 3 years prior to the semester the student intends to enroll.
    2. English and Math levels must be of sufficient to ensure the ability of the applicant to benefit from CMI instruction/courses.

Placement tests are given to prospective students only once per calendar cycle. Once a person has taken the placement test, they are not allowed to re-take the placement test again in that cycle.

  1. Complete application for financial aid
    1. CMI Financial Aid application
    2. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Students will not be allowed to register without confirmation of finances available to cover college costs, even if offered admission to CMI.

  1. Complete application for housing, if needed


Admission and Financial Aid Application deadlines

For admission beginning Fall -------------------------------- June 30

For admission beginning Spring ----------------------------- November 30

For admission beginning Summer -------------------------- April 30


Admission Standards

Admission to the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) is based primarily upon the evidence of the applicant’s ability to benefit from the educational programs at the College. Once a complete application is submitted, the following will be evaluated to assess applicant ability:

  • High School Transcript with Grade Point Average (G.P.A.)
  • GED/RMI/NVTI transcript
  • Placement test scores
  • Application essay (optional)


Offers of Admission

The Enrollment Management Committee oversees the reviewed of all applications; each file is reviewed to determine if the applicant will benefit or will not benefit (at the time) from the educational programs available at the College. The Enrollment Management Committee may request more information from applicants during the review if deemed necessary to make a final determination.

Applicants are given offers of admission if the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. There is a complete application for admission. See Application Requirements
  2. The applicant is identified as “will benefit” from the educational programs available at the college.
  3. The college is able to offer admission and maintain education services.

Applicants offered admission must deliver a signed Letter of Acceptance/Intent to enroll prior to registration.


Conditional Admission

The Director of Admissions may establish a Conditional Admission for missing application documents (not including required financial aid documentation). The Director of Admissions will provide a letter to the applicants, and place a copy in the applicant file, providing the specific date missing documents must be submitted.

Conditional Admissions related to missing documents automatically requires the specific documentation to be submitted on or before the final day of registration for that semester.


Admission Appeal

If an applicant with appeal conditions is offered and accepts admission, that student is identified as having Conditional Admission until such time as those requirements are met. Conditions and/or requirements from an appeal must provide specific deadlines. See Admission Appeal Procedure for more information.


Admission Appeal Procedure

Applicants may submit appeals on admissions decision, in writing, to the Dean of Student Services. The applicant must provide circumstances related to why they believe the decision should be changed. Additional information may be requested of the student once an appeal has been submitted/ failure of the applicant to respond to this request is grounds to deny the appeal.

The Dean of Academic Affairs and the Dean of Student Services will consult on appeals and either may grant/deny appeals. If they disagree, the Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs will decide. If an appeal is rejected, the applicants will be informed by the Dean of Student Services in writing and a copy will be placed in the applicant’s file.

If an appeal is accepted, the decision, conditions, and requirements or the granted appeal will

  1. Have a deadline for completion (when applicable)
  2. Be provided to the applicant in writing
  3. Be documented in the application file



Inactive students

CMI students that have not registered for three 3 years are classified as inactive. Inactive students must meet all application requirements as listed. Re-admitted students must meet current (year of re-admittance) catalog requirements for graduation.



After Academic Dismissal

Students dismissed for academic reasons may apply for reinstatement by letter no sooner than three 3 full semesters after the semester dismissal. Students are readmitted based on the recommendation on the Enrollment Management Committee and will re-enter on academic probation.

After Disciplinary Dismissal

Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons may apply for reinstatement by letter no sooner than three 3 full semesters after the semester dismissal. Students are readmitted based on the recommendation of the Student Conduct Board and may re-enter with conditions established by the board.


Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet all application requirements as listed, unless otherwise indicated. The CMI placement exam may be waived if the applicant has previous credit-level coursework. Students with satisfactory grades (C or above) from another accredited college or university may apply for admission with advanced standing at the College of the Marshall Islands. The transfer student is responsible to provide the College with official college records for transfer credit. Transfer credits will not be calculated into CMI’s grade point average and the final twelve (12) credits in any CMI degree program must be earned at CMI.


International Students

Applicants from countries other than the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of Palau (ROP), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (NCMI,) Guam, or the United States (USA) are classified as international students. International students should write to the Office of Admissions at least six months prior to their expected date of enrollment to ensure admission and registration for courses.

International students must submit all standard application requirements as listed. In addition, the following must be provided to the Office of Admissions.

  • Additional Application process fee of ($10.00)
  • Proof of English proficiency with a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 500 for any applicant whose first language is not English OR completion of CMI placement test.

International students must also obtain several documents/permits before arriving in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to attend the college.

  • A valid passport
  • Medical and Police clearance forms from his/her home country-if the applicant has not resided in the RMI for five 5 or more years.
  • The RMI student entry permit. The entry permit must be obtained from the Marshall Islands Immigration Office before arrival. To receive a student entry permit, applicants must send a copy of their letter of acceptance to CMI and a request for entry permit to: RMI Immigration Office, PO Box 890, Majuro, MH 96960, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Confirmation of financial resources for tuition, fees, and living expenses for one year
  • Confirmation of a round trip ticket to the Marshall Islands

International students who graduate from high schools within the Republic of the Marshall Islands and are not citizens of the RMI, FSM, ROP, CNMI, Guam, or the USA must meet the additional requirements for international students as specified.

Prospective international students who have gained independent status and wish to attend CMI must return home and follow the international student admission procedures. If the international student is a dependent, he/she must obtain the necessary immigration documents from the RMI Immigration office.


Contact Information

Office of Admissions & Records

College of the Marshall Islands

P.O. Box 1258

Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands 96960

Phone (692) 625-3291/3394 ext: 323, (692) 625-6823

Fax (692) 625-6823

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