Application and Enrollment

The institution's 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 into the 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.

The ISSA College of Exercise Science 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.

Any student who has started an ISSA, LLC certification post April 1, 2018 and had not previously enrolled in or applied to the ISSA College of Exercise Science prior to the April 1, 2018 date cannot be admitted into the College at this time. If this affects you, please email studentaffairs@issaonline.edu  to learn about your options.  

U.S. RESIDENTS

Step 1: Apply Online

Prospective undergraduate students complete an online application that can be accessed from the website, college.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. Applicants will report aid sources, transcripts, desired start date, and desired course schedule.

Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the start of class.

Step 2: Admissions Process

The ISSA College of Exercise Science’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, two 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: 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 4: Getting Started

Once a student has been admitted and all required documents are submitted, the student is scheduled to be registered for their desired course schedule 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 the 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, college.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.

Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the start of class.

Step 2: Submit academic documentation

Prospective students send official copies of transcripts from secondary schools and colleges and universities to the ISSA College of Exercise Science. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Foreign Transcript Evaluation: Transcripts for comparable ISSA College of Exercise Science 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 the College. 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. The ISSA College of Exercise Science 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: The ISSA College of Exercise Science’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 do not need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. ISSA College of Exercise Science programs are 100% distance education, with no residency requirements. No visa services are offered and the institution cannot verify student residency status.

 

NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS

ISSA College of Exercise Science welcomes individuals who are not seeking a degree 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.