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  • International Students Admissions

    Welcome to Monroe College’s source for International students. Thinking about studying in a foreign country is so exciting and we are here to help. Please note that Monroe College provides a caring, nurturing, supportive environment with a faculty and staff who do everything they can to ensure students’ personal and academic success. Once you submit your application, you will be assigned a personal Admissions Advisor who will help you navigate the process. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Director of International Admissions, Gersom Lopez at

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    Overview of Admissions Process

    Before students submit an application, please review the steps outlined below.

    Step 1: Online Application & Personal Essay

    Students will need to complete and submit an online application, which includes a personal essay.

    Step 2: Submit Credentials

    After completing and submitting the online application, students will need to provide the Monroe College admissions office at either campus location with the following:

    • High School Transcript or Diploma
    • Transfer Credit (if students are transferring credits from a previous institution, they must submit official academic transcripts)
    • Admissions Fee ($35 for undergraduate students, $50 for graduates; we accept check, money order, certified bank draft or cash)
    • Professional References (direct admit bachelor’s students must submit two letters of recommendation)
    • SAT scores (only required for students interested in scholarship consideration)

    Step 3: Admissions Interview

    Students will need to schedule an interview with an admissions advisor from Monroe College to discuss their educational goals, career aspirations and outside interests. International students may conduct their interview over the phone with their admissions advisor.

    Step 4: Educational Expenses and I-20 Requirements

    Once issued the Form I-20AB, this step outlines important information for completing the Embassy Interview and receiving a Student VISA.

    The educational and living expenses that students may incur during the first academic year (two semesters, totaling nine months) are dependent upon the student’s campus choice, educational level, and living arrangements. Students planning to participate in Monroe’s Accelerated Degree Program (three semesters per year) must also account for the costs associated with the third semester.

    Step 5: Required Personal and Financial Documents

    After students complete their online application, they will need to provide the Monroe College admissions office at either campus location with the following:

    Personal Documents:

    • Documentation of birth (birth certificate, driver’s license and passport are all acceptable)
    • Social Security Card
    • Immunization documents (measles, mumps and rubella; if not available, students may receive this at Monroe College before registration)
    • Alien Registration Card or Green Card (for legal nonresidents)

    Proof of Income Documents (one or more may be required):

    • SIGNED Federal and State Returns for previous year and W-2
    • W-2 Statement & SIGNED Affidavit of Income (if tax forms were not filed)
    • Final Pay Stubs & SIGNED Affidavit of Income (if tax forms were not filed)
    • Proof of Unemployment Insurance (form 1099-G)
    • Current P.A. (Public Assistance) Budget Printout and Medicaid Cards
    • SIGNED Affirmation of Non-Taxable Income
    • SSA or SSI Award Letters for previous and current years
    • Statement of Financial Support

    Step 6: Placement Test & Registration

    Once students have been accepted to the college, they will need to take a one-hour placement test to determine the appropriate Math and English courses for enrollment. They will also be given an appointment for registration and “freshmen day” before the semester begins.

    Programs for International Students

    English Language Support

    Monroe’s innovative EASE (English with Academic Support) program provides language assistance on campus, allowing students to learn English at the same time they are engaged in their studies. Students who demonstrate academic success may be selected to enter the Monroe Honors Program, which allows gifted students to participate in enhanced intellectual coursework.

    ESL Program

    As many of our international students come from non-English speaking countries, Monroe’s ESL program, known as ELLI (English Language Learning Institute), provides students whose primary language is not English with the reading, writing and verbal skills necessary for success in the U.S. Students will become fluent in English through language instruction, cultural immersion, intensive lab experiences and courses in U.S. culture and art, such as drama, music, film, dance and graphic arts.

    One-On-One Support

    All students at Monroe, including our international students, are assigned an Academic Advisor at the beginning of their studies to monitor their progress and ensure they are receiving the support and assistance they need to succeed. Our Office of Career Services is committed to working with students one-on-one to help them prepare their resumes, apply to jobs and conduct mock interviews. Additionally, tutoring is available to every student throughout his/her academic career.

    OPT and CPT

    Practical training is a benefit available to eligible F-1 students during and after their academic program at Monroe College. As the name suggests, practical training allows students to gain practical experience by working in a position directly related to their academic program. There are two types of practical training: curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT). Find out more here.