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?
Students who are not citizens of the United States are considered International Students. 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 March 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.

Required Documents

Complete an Application
Complete your application either through the Common Application or through the CMSV application on our website.

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:

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 either of the following services:

Proof of English Proficiency
International Students 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) or GTECH CBT results.

Minimum scores are as follows:

  • Written TOEFL – 550; online TOEFL – 80
  • IELTS – 6.5
  • GTECH CBT – 1100

To find out more about test dates, test center locations, how to apply for the test; visit the TOEFLIELTS or GTECH CBT.

If you do not have English proficiency but would still like to be considered for admission at CMSV, you can 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.

Personal Essay
Please submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

CMSV Supplemental Essay
Please submit an essay of 250-300 words.

Copy of valid passport

Financial Verification
An official bank statement, letter of credit from a U.S. Bank or certified check from a financial institution will be requested from International Students after acceptance to file an official I-20 Form with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Student Visa and Immigration
Please review the information below and provide the necessary documents:

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