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International students who attend Ithaca College enjoy all of the benefits of the U.S. higher education system in a community that values diversity and promotes cross-cultural understanding. Ithaca College students come from nearly every state in the U.S.A. and from 78 other countries.

On IC's campus, you'll have opportunities to attend events and lectures that will extend your experience of the world and further prepare you for success as a global citizen. In the past few years, Ithaca College has welcomed to campus the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Salman Rushdie, and the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland, among others. In addition to bringing the international community to campus, students in every major are encouraged to venture out into the community, the region, the nation, and the world.

Application requirements

  • Application for undergraduate admission (apply via the Common Application)
    • Non-U.S. citizens are not required to pay an application fee. (Ithaca College waives that requirement.) Select the Institutional Fee Waiver on the Common Application.
  • A complete and 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.
  • A 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)
  • Applicants to music and theatre programs at Ithaca College must audition or interview.

Proof of 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.

Financial aid

Undergraduate international students may qualify for Ithaca College ("institutional") aid, including scholarships, grants, and campus employment. To be considered for institutional aid, applicants to Ithaca College should also submit the CSS Profile.

International graduate student aid is typically limited to graduate assistantships.

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

For more information about financial aid, see ithaca.edu/finaid/international.

Applying for a student visa

Non-U.S. citizens need an I-20 form (a 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

Additional resources

Contact these offices or programs for additional information:

For Additional Information

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