Application and Enrollment

ISSA’s College of Exercise Science admissions policy is oriented to adult learners, including military members, who typically have previously completed high school or undergraduate-level courses, military training, or earned credit by examination. To be admitted to ISSA CES's degree program, students need to submit evidence of a high school diploma, GED certificate, or an international equivalent, and a government-issued photo ID. This institution does not accept ability-to-benefit students.

ISSA does not discriminate against and provides equal opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other category protected by local, state or federal laws.

U.S. Residents

Step 1: Apply Online

Prospective undergraduate students complete an online application that can be accessed from the website, www.ISSAonline.edu. Applicants indicate whether they will pursue a Certificate, an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training, or are enrolling for personal enrichment.

Step 2: Admissions Process

ISSA’s Admissions Team reviews an applicant’s expressed goals and assists the applicant with submission of any required documentation, including official transcripts. Once a completed application has been submitted to the Admissions Office, approximately two to three weeks should be allowed for processing and notification of the admission status. Once a prospective student is admitted into a program, he/she will be notified of acceptance via email.

Step 3: Program Confirmation

After an applicant is admitted to the degree program, they must complete a Program Confirmation, which is used to report previously completed coursework, desired start date, desired first course, transcripts being sent, aid sources, intent to graduate.

Step 4: Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transfer credit is welcome and encouraged. Students who have completed past coursework or served in the military are invited to have official college and military transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.

Step 5: Getting Started

Once program confirmation is complete and all required documents are submitted, the student is scheduled to be registered for their first course by the Office of the Registrar. Upon registration, the student is prompted to review and sign their enrollment agreement for the term.

International Students

Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered for admission to ISSA College of Exercise Science on the basis of academic preparation and personal qualifications.

Step 1: Apply online

Prospective undergraduate students complete an online application that can be accessed from the website, www.ISSAonline.edu. Applicants indicate whether they will pursue a Certificate, an Associate’s Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Personal Training, or are enrolling for personal enrichment.

Step 2: Submit academic documentation

Prospective ISSA CES students send official copies of transcripts from secondary schools and colleges and universities to ISSA CES. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Foreign Transcript Evaluation: Transcripts for comparable ISSA undergraduate courses completed in a country other than the United States must be evaluated by an outside credential evaluation company before they are submitted to ISSA CES. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) members are acceptable sources for foreign credential evaluation and translation services.

Step 3: Submit TOEFL/IELTS scores*

All instruction is in English. ISSA does not provide English language services. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of English proficiency through one of the following exams:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 on the TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test) or
  • A minimum score of 61 on the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic exam is also acceptable with a minimum score of 6.0

* Please Note: ISSA’s school code for the TOEFL examination is: 9518. For IELTS simply search for International Sports Sciences Association.

International students who have completed their undergraduate degrees at a nationally or regionally accredited U.S. college or ISSA CES do not need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. ISSA programs are 100% distance education with no residency requirements. No visa services are offered and ISSA cannot verify student residency status.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

ISSA College of Exercise Science (CES) welcomes individuals who are not seeking a degree from the ISSA CES but wish to continue their education for college credit. Non-degree seeking students are individuals who may be taking coursework for personal enrichment, job enhancement, or certification. Non-degree seeking students may either enroll in individual courses or enroll into a certificate program. Non-degree seeking students must formally apply in order to register for undergraduate coursework.

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