Application Checklist and Timeline
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is a diverse community where students from different backgrounds and 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?
If you are not currently a US citizen or permanent resident, then you are considered to be an International Student. Please review the international student admission and financial information.
Early Action: November 15 (Receive notification by December 15)
Priority Application: March 1
Rolling Admission: Apply between December 1 and April 1 and receive your decision within four weeks of completing your application.
Please note: if you’re applying for admission as a transfer student, follow the procedures outlined for Transfer Admission.
Complete an Application
Applying using our online application is convenient, easy, and free! You can also apply using the Common Application.
Whether first-year, transfer, or graduate students, 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:
Standardized Test Scores
You must provide the official results from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the GTEC CBT. A minimum score of 550 on the written based TOEFL exam or a minimum score of 80 on the internet based TOEFL exam are required for admission to the College. A minimum score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS exam. A minimum score of 1100 is required on the GTEC CBT.
You are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or GTEC CBT if you have been taking classes in an English-speaking curriculum for a minimum of three years.
Learn more about Standardized Test Score requirements on our Conditional Admission for International Students page.
All international secondary school transcripts must be official and translated into English. You must have your transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service, such as World Educational Services (WES). We will accept credential evaluations from other members certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. We also accept official secondary-school transcripts that meet the following requirements: the transcript is (1) sent directly from the high school, (2) translated into English, and (3) includes an official grading scale.
It is highly recommended that a letter of credit from a United States bank or a certified check from a financial institution in the amount of one academic year’s tuition, room and board and fees is also submitted when applying. If admission is granted, this information will be used to issue an
Student Visa and Immigration
Please review the information below and provide the necessary documents:
- 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 Director of Admission. The Admissions 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