Admissions Process

The SAE admission process varies slightly depending on whether you are an American or International student. An overview of entry requirements and application process is given below.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted into a program at SAE Institute, prospective students must:

  • Be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident OR obtain the appropriate student visa;
  • Be a High School Graduate or GED Recipient;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Possess English proficiency;
  • Pass an Entrance Evaluation

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Once the enrollment requirements have been met, seats are granted on a first come, first serve basis. Seats fill up quickly so if a class section is full, the Admissions Department will offer the applicant an alternate time or start date.

How to Apply

Applying for SAE programs is a straightforward process involving only a few simple steps. An admissions representative will guide you through the process and identify the best course options for you. We have multiple start dates throughout the year and flexible study options to suit your schedule.

To get started on your application, follow the link below.


Domestic students

 To apply for any program at SAE, all you need to do is complete all the steps in our enrollment checklist:

  1. Go to to complete an application for Federal Aid. Get your desired campus code here. If you aren't interested in receiving Federal Financial Aid, you can skip this step. (Optional)
  2. Fill out an application and return it with your application fee.
  3. Provide a copy of your high school diploma, G.E.D., or sealed high school transcript.
  4. Undergo an interview with an Admissions Rep
  5. Pass the entrance exam.
  6. Meet with your Financial Aid Administrator.
  7. Sign an Enrollment Agreement.

Remember, you can call our Admissions team on 1-866-579-4515 (US callers only) or contact your nearest campus should you have any questions or need further assistance.

International students

Request Information for International Students

Below is an overview of the International Admissions process. For detailed instructions on how to apply for admission to SAE and the appropriate visa, please click here.


Submit a copy of your passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of intended stay in the US.


Submit an application along with the application fee for your desired campus.

Academic requirements

All students that have attended high school outside of the USA must have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation company.  We recommend using this website. Please visit the site for individual country instructions.

English language requirements

International students from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English ability. Please speak with an admissions representative for more details.

Entrance Exam

Schedule and take the entrance exam - a multiple choice test administered online.

Financial Support

Submit a recent bank account statement in order to meet USA Embassy Visa requirements.


If accepted, you must then sign an enrollment agreement and pay the entrance costs.

If you have any questions regarding International Admission procedures, please get in touch with Jesse Fagerhaugh, our International Admissions Coordinator, or visit this website.