How to apply (international)

Congratulations on your decision to apply to Ithaca College! Here are the next steps you need to take as an international applicant.

Step 1: Apply for undergraduate admission via the Common Application.

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you are not required to pay an application fee. (Ithaca College waives that requirement.) Select the Institutional Fee Waiver on the Common Application.

    Step 2: Submit the following supporting materials to Ithaca College.

    • An original secondary school transcript or marks sheet (grades) that bears the school seal and certifying signature of a school authority. Also submit official transcripts from any and all universities attended. Provide a certified English translation of all transcripts that are not in English.
    • Letter of recommendation from the principal, school head, or college counselor, sent directly from your school to Ithaca College
    • Proof of English proficiency (see "English proficiency," below, for additional information).
    • SAT or ACT with Writing test results (optional)

      Step 3: Special program requirements for applicants to music and theatre programs

      • Applicants to music and theatre programs at Ithaca College must audition or interview.

      Step 4: Apply for financial aid

      Undergraduate international students may qualify for Ithaca College ("institutional") aid, including scholarships, grants, and campus employment. To be considered for institutional aid, you must complete the CSS Profile.

      International students do not qualify for U.S. federal or state aid.

      For more information about financial aid, see

      Step 5: Apply for a student (F-1) visa

      If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need an I-20 form (certificate of eligibility) in order to apply for an F-1 student visa. Ithaca College issues I-20 forms to candidates who have been offered admission, have paid their advance deposit, and have provided requisite financial documentation.

      You may apply for an F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. You will need to show the letter of acceptance, the I-20 form, your passport, and proof of financial ability to attend Ithaca College. You may also need to pay a $200 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee.

      Maintaining Lawful Student Status

      Visa Information

      English proficiency

      Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test of English proficiency. (Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college, or university where English is the principal language of instruction and who have earned passing grades in English courses for at least three years are exempt from this requirement.)

      Please contact the Office of Admission if you have additional questions about English fluency certification.

      For more information

      Sandy Kelley, Associate Director of Admission
      Ithaca College
      Office of Admission
      953 Danby Road
      Ithaca, NY 14850-7020

      + 1 607 274 3124