Application Checklist and Timeline
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is a diverse community where students from all over the world come to discover their academic passions and explore the exceptional opportunities that the College offers. Our campus, just 12 miles north of midtown Manhattan, provides a learning environment that is unique and welcoming. Here, personal attention is routine while the educational, cultural, and business advantages of New York City are nearby.
Who is an International Student?
Students who are not citizens of the United States are considered International Students. Please review the international student admission and financial information.
First-Year Students – Fall Semester
Early Action: November 15
Final Deadline: March 1
Transfer Students – Fall Semester
Final Deadline: March 1
First-Year and Transfer Students – Spring Semester
Application Deadline: October 15
Complete an Application
International First-Year students are invited to apply for admission to the College through either the Common Application, or through the CMSV application on our website.
International Transfer students are invited to apply for admission to the College through either the Common Application, or through the CMSV application on our website.
Online Student Portal
Once you have applied, you will be provided with login information via email, for an easy-to-use, interactive student portal. This portal will give you the ability to check the status of your application at any time, upload required documents at your leisure (in a .pdf format only), view your admission decision, scholarship information, and financial aid awards.
Whether you are a first-year, transfer, or graduate student, international students must meet the same academic requirements for admission to a program as students from the United States. Merit scholarships for international students are available based on review of a complete application. In addition to the standard application requirements, international students must also submit the following:
Transcripts from secondary schools outside of the United States may be reviewed if they are provided in English and adhere to a United States format or are received with an official grading scale.
Transcripts that are not provided in English, do not adhere to a United States format and/or are not provided with an official grading scale must be translated by any NACES approved translation services. Most students opt to use the translation services below:
Proof of English Proficiency
International Students who are not from a country whose official language is English, or whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency by submitting official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing (IELTS), Pearson PTE, GTECH CBT, or Duolingo results. Students may also elect to take the SAT or ACT exams. Minimum passing scores on the English section of those exams will be the determining factor for proper English proficiency.
Minimum scores are as follows:
- Written TOEFL – 550; online TOEFL – 80
- IELTS – 6.5
- Pearson PTE – 58
- GTECH CBT – 1100
- SAT EBR+W – 550
- ACT English – 22
- Duolingo – 105
To find out more about test dates, test center locations, how to apply for the test; visit the TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE, GTECH CBT, or Duolingo.
English Proficiency Waiver Policy
The English Proficiency Requirement may be waived if you meet the following conditions:
- Citizenship, residency, and education completed in a designated English Speaking Nation
- Attend a U.S. high school for four years and achieve B or better in English (non-ESL) coursework, and a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Attend an International High School where the entire instruction is in English and achieve B or better in English (non-ESL) coursework, and a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Previously earned three college credits with a grade of B or better in First-Year English Composition
Please note: all first-year students must submit one form of test score to complete an application for admission.
If the Office of Admission determines that you do not have English proficiency, you will be directed to apply to the English Language Service (ELS) program located on our campus. In this program, you live on the Manhattan College campus and take English courses with other international students. Once you gain the required English proficiency, you can apply for admission and make a seamless transition into our undergraduate program.
Learn more about Standardized Test Score requirements on our Conditional Admission for International Students page.
Copy of valid passport
If admitted to the Mount, students must then submit official bank statements, detailing at least three months of the most recent transaction history from the sources in which the students plan to use funds to pay any outstanding balances they may have to attend CMSV. Bank statements must show a final balance of available funds that are greater than the remaining balance of a student’s cost of attendance.
Complete F-1 Visa Process
Please review the information below. Once your financial documents are reviewed and approved, your respective I-20 and other important information will be sent to you via FedEx. From here, the onus to complete the remaining steps of the matriculation process is on the student and their family. It is imperative that the student remain in contact with their Admission Counselor and update them periodically about their progress through the F-1 visa process.
- Documents Required to Obtain the I-20 from the College of Mount Saint Vincent
- Guide for Obtaining the F-1 Visa
- International Student Pre-Arrival Information
Please note: any student interested in deferring their enrollment and/or acceptance to an upcoming semester must submit the request in writing to the Dean of Admission. The Admission Committee will review the request and notify the student of a decision within one month of the request. A student cannot defer more than two semesters, or one year, from the original acceptance.
Visit if possible
You’ll love our campus—70 acres located in the Riverdale section of New York City and in close proximity to mass transportation that can take you to all areas of this great city. By visiting, you will learn why the College is an exceptional place—and we will know you better than we would from just reading your application. Learn more about campus visits