Sampoerna University is Indonesia’s only American-style university that offers a unique and rewarding learning experience.  All of our degrees include an American-style general education core—just like that offered in the best universities in the United States.  We even offer students an opportunity to earn U.S. academic credits and degrees through our partnerships with American institutions.

Sampoerna University believes in technology-driven learning, creativity, and innovation so you can do things smarter and better, and challenge the conventional norms.

Never settle – choose what’s best, not just what’s available. By admitting yourself into Sampoerna University, you can be work ready, world ready, and ready to lead.

Admissions Requirements and Student Profiles

Sampoerna University seeks to admit students who are interested in an international-standard higher education and have the basic skills to succeed in an American-style university environment.  As a university that teaches all of its programs in English, successful applicants should have at least a working knowledge of Academic English.  In many cases, admitted students come from private, international high schools and the very top performing public high schools.

Our admissions policies identify the minimum necessary qualifications for acceptance. To be considered for admission, there are minimum required scores that you need to meet.

I. For first-time-in-college applicants, this includes a minimum cumulative high school grade point average and minimum grade point averages in English and Mathematics (7.0 on a 10-point grading scale.)

    • The minimum necessary qualifications for acceptance for first-time-in-college applicants are:
      • Cumulative high school GPA of 7.0 on a 10-point grading scale
      • GPA of 7.0 (on a 10-point grading scale) in English and Mathematics
      • Scores above 50% on all sections of SU College Readiness Placement Test


II. Applicants must also demonstrate college readiness in English and Mathematics by completing a standardized assessment or by providing a basis for an exception (i.e. completion of college-level English and Mathematics courses from a regionally accredited institution).

  • Sampoerna University Common Placement Testing for College Readiness Criteria

The purpose of Common Placement Testing (CPT) for College Ready is to determine accurate course placement based on a student’s skills, abilities, and language needs in reading, writing, and mathematics. There are different kinds of placement tests for different purposes. Each type has specific testing criteria. Placement tests are Not Pass or Fail but are instead designed to place a student into the most appropriate course that matches their current skill level in that area.


Exams Included:

Test Reading Writing Math
ACT (EACT) > 19 > 17 21 – 36
SAT  > 24 > 25 26.5 – 40
Accuplacer NG 245+ 245+ 258 and above (QAS Math)
Course Placement to SU GCOM 1304 Composition I GMAT 1301 College Algebra

Note: eligible for Higher Level Math Test


Math Placement

Test Type Score Course Placement
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) Below 258 GMAT 1512 Extended College Algebra


Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)


258 and above GMAT 1301 College Algebra

Note: eligible for Higher Level Math Test


Higher Level Math Test (HLM)


* HLM test is recommended for Business and Engineering Majors except Visual Communication Design concentration and it’s optional for Faculty of Education with English Language Education concentration.


Advanced Algebra Functions (AAF) >= 250


GMAT 1304 Calculus for Business, Social & Life Science
Trigonometry Bypass Exam (TBE)

Note: eligible if AAF >= 280

>= 21 GMAT 1505 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I
Trigonometry Bypass Exam (TBE)


< 21 GMAT 1511 PreCalculus & Trigonometry




III. Applicants who show promise but fall below the required scores in English and/or Mathematics may be admitted into a Sampoerna University English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes. Students may take a combination of credit and non-credit courses while they address their deficiency in English and/or Mathematics. If you are admitted in the Fall semester, you can complete your EAP course requirements in the summer session that paves the way to Fall semester. If you have any questions, please contact the admissions office for more information.

    • Exams Included:
Skill Area LOEP TOEFL iBT TOEFL ITP IELTS EAP Course Placement
Listening 86 – 100 17 – 21 54 – 63 5 – 6.5 EAP 4
101 – 120 22 – 30 64 – 68 7 – 9 EAP 5/6
Reading 90 – 113 18 – 23 56 – 62 5 – 6.5 EAP 4
114 – 120 24 63 – 67 7 – 8 EAP 5/6
n/a 25 – 30 n/a 8.5 – 9 EAP 5/6
Writing 4 17 – 23 53 – 63 5 – 6.5 EAP 4
5 24 – 30 64 – 68 7 – 8 EAP 5/6
6 n/a n/a 8.5 – 9 EAP 5/6

Cohort 2018 Student Profile – Fall 2018

High School Type# of students%
Private High School10057.80%
State High School6638.15%
Private Vocational School74.05%
State Vocational School00.00%
Madrasah/Religious School00.00%
Developmental Ed Participants
Attended AEP8046.24%
Not attended AEP9353.76%

Planning For Success - Advising At Sampoerna University

Sampoerna University is committed to quality academic advising for all students. Advising serves a critical function for students. We support you in understanding academic expectations and will help you navigate academic curriculum, opportunities, and resources.

Each student at SU has an academic advisor who will provide guidance as you transition from high school to SU and will support you through graduation. Advisors ensure students are meeting the requirements of the general education curriculum, students’ chosen major, and will monitor their academic progress.

All students will create a degree plan that meets Sampoerna University’s education requirements and their educational and career objectives. The degree plans are a comprehensive list of the courses students must complete to satisfy their program requirements. Academic advisors will help develop and assess the educational degree plans created jointly between advisor and student.

To discuss options and craft your degree plan, you should consult your academic advisor in the Student and Parent Advisory Center.

How To Apply