Quality Education

Freed-Hardeman University provides academically rigorous instruction in approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Once you have selected a major, you will be assigned a faculty adviser from within that department who will work closely with you, guiding you in the completion of your academic requirements.

Your faculty adviser will also prepare you to transition into graduate school and/or career opportunities. FHU graduates enjoy an impressive acceptance rate of 90-100% into graduate and professional programs at some of the world's top schools.

Many FHU graduates have gone on to work for some of the world’s most successful companies, including Amazon, AT&T, Gaylord, HCA Healthcare, Disney, Deloitte, Regions Bank, Bank of America, FedEx, Ernst & Young, ESPN, PwC, and Sony.


Small Class Sizes

FHU’s low student-to-faculty ratio (13:1) and average class size of approximately 18 allow you to build lasting relationships, not only with your peers but also with professors who are committed to mentoring you in and out of the classroom.

Your courses will not be taught by graduate students or teaching assistants, but rather by highly educated and experienced faculty members. Over 77% of our distinguished full-time faculty members hold terminal degrees.


A Safe Location

FHU is located in Henderson, Tennessee, in the Southern United States. Americans in the Southern part of the U.S. are known for their hospitality and friendliness, and the small town of Henderson (population approximately 6,500) is a charming environment in which to receive a U.S. education. Henderson experiences far lower crime rates than most large cities in the United States.



PANGEA is a student-led organization at FHU that is designed to help international students adjust to life in Henderson and on our campus. The organization's student officers plan activities that bring international students together, and the PANGEA club is an understanding and supportive community for international students who may be experiencing culture shock. Through generous donations from the FHU community, PANGEA distributes bedding, clothing, snack foods, personal care products, and other items to international students throughout the year.

International Student Admission

An international student is a student who is a citizen of a country other than the United States. Permanent residents of the United States (“Green Card” holders) or dual citizens (of the United States and another country) are considered domestic students, not international students.

The admissions process for international students is a little bit different than for domestic students, with a few additional steps. Here are some important things to consider as you move forward with the application process:


English Proficiency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must prove proficiency in English with one of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) score of 61 or higher
  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) score of 500 or higher
  • ACT English subscore of 17 or higher
  • SAT Critical Reasoning subscore of 415 or higher

More information about the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) can be found at Freed-Hardeman University's code is 1230. Prospective students can also contact a U.S. Consulate for additional information about TOEFL.

The ACT code for FHU is 3962, and the SAT code for FHU is 1230.


Required Documentation

For an international student to be considered for admission, the following must be the FHU Office of Admissions must receive each of the following:

  1. Online application for admission
  2. Academic credentials (diplomas, matriculation examination results, degrees, etc.) carrying the seal or stamp of the issuing educational institution
  3. TOEFL scores (if native language is not English)
  4. Official ACT/SAT scores
  5. Personal Reference Form
  6. Financial Certificate proving financial resources to enroll at FHU
  7. International Student Health Form completed by an authorized medical professional
  8. A tuition deposit of $9,000 (U.S.).


F-1 Student Visa

Once the tuition deposit is received, applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance, and the I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility) will be issued. The I-20 Form, a valid passport, and financial certification must be presented to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the student’s country of citizenship or permanent residence to obtain the F-1 student visa necessary for study in the United States.

Students admitted to study in the U.S. on an F-1 visa must attend the university on a full-time basis to maintain status. International students may not engage in unauthorized employment. All international students must purchase and maintain health insurance through the university.