International Admissions

How to Apply

Phase 1: Admissions Process

Ready to apply? Here's how to get started:

  1. Apply online. Our online application is easy and secure! You may also complete our print application or the Common Application.
  2. Submit official transcripts evaluated by a NACES organization, such as WES. Freshmen will need transcripts that meet the U.S. equivalency of a high school diploma. Transfers will need transcripts to be evaluated course by course (see below).

    International Admissions Sample Evaluation Form
  3. Include a letter of recommendation. Mount Saint Mary College requires at least one letter of recommendation in English from a guidance counselor or teacher.
  4. Submit a personal essay of at least 250 words in English. You may write about a life-changing event, ethical dilemma, or significant experience you’ve had, and how it impacted you.
  5. Submit SAT/ACT scores or TOEFL/IELTS scores. We accept TOEFL scores of 79 or higher, or IELTS scores of 6 or higher.
  6. Once you submit the above information, you'll receive an admissions decision and scholarship notification in just a few weeks.
  7. After you've been accepted, submit your admissions deposit to save your seat at the Mount.

Phase 2: I-20 Application Process

After you have paid your admissions deposit, you can begin the I-20 application process. In order to issue the I-20, you must submit the documents listed below to the Mount Saint Mary College Admissions Office no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester:

  • Copy of your current passport. It must be valid up to six months after your intended period of study.
  • Financial documentation (no more than three months old) for each sponsor. Download and complete the Certification of Finances form, which includes a notarized affidavit of support. You must also submit proof of income and bank statements with this form.
  • F-1 Transfer Verification Form, if transferring from another school in the U.S. This will allow Mount Saint Mary College to issue you a Form I-20 to replace your previous school’s paperwork.

Once all of the above documents are submitted, it typically takes up to 2 weeks for the I-20 form to be issued.

Phase 3: Obtaining an F-1 Visa

If you are entering the U.S. as a new F-1 student, you will need to obtain an F-1 visa in your home country. Follow the steps below to apply for a new visa.

Please note: If you already have an F-1 visa that has not expired, you do not have to get a new F-1 visa as long as you have not been out of the U.S. for more than 5 consecutive months. If you have been out of the U.S. for more than 5 consecutive months, then you must obtain a new F-1 visa if you plan on travelling during your studies.

  1. Obtain the Form I-20. You will receive this form by mail from Mount Saint Mary College once you have satisfied all requirements for eligibility.
  2. Pay the mandatory SEVIS fee. You must pay the SEVIS fee prior to your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in your country. In order to pay the fee, you must have your I-20 form, complete Form 901 online, and obtain the receipt or Form l-797. Please note that this process requires the use of a credit card. For more information regarding this topic, please visit 
  3. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160) form. This requires you to upload one (1) passport picture. Please make sure to carefully review the instructions prior to starting the process.
  4. Prepare documents for your visa interview. You must have a valid passport, letter of admission from the school, evidence of financial ability to meet expenses (original documents no older than 3 months), and evidence of intent to depart the United States after completion of studies. During your interview, you will need to speak about (1) who you are, (2) what your intent is in the U.S., (3) your plans to return home after completion of study, and (4) how you will cover the costs of studying and living in the U.S.

Questions? We're here to help! Contact our Admissions Team at 1-888-YES-MSMC or email


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