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International Students

We believe that openness is the key to making sure every student is successful. If more colleges were open to all kinds of students, then all kinds of people would have new opportunities. And with every new opportunity, the world transforms.

Mercy College will help position you for success with access to all New York City has to offer. The College is located on three campuses in the New York City area. In fact, two of our campuses right in New York City, in Herald Square and the Bronx and our beautiful Westchester campus is just a train ride away from  the New York City.

Our more than 90 programs that will connect you to careers with some of New York’s most prestigious institutions.

At Mercy you will be joining a community of students from around the US and the world who study, learn and have fun together. Countries represented on campus include: Norway, Spain, Japan, China, Korea, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and many more.

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Students are the life and spirit of Mercy College and our fall 2020 reopening plan is centered around ensuring our students have the support needed to continue their education.

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With three campus locations a degree in NYC has never been easier. And no matter which campus you are on, the best way to experience it is by getting involved. 

International Undergraduate Academic Merit Scholarships 

All incoming full-time undergraduate (freshman and transfer) students are automatically reviewed for scholarships based on their current academic standing.  

Undergraduate: $1,500 - $5,000 per year 

3 Campuses in the New York City Area

Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan and Bronx 

90+ Degrees and Programs 

Explore our undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs

Test Optional
 

Mercy College is SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT Optional 

Helping You Every Step of the Way

The dedicated staff of the Mercy College International Admissions Office and International Student Services Office are here to help you every step of the way. We will:

  • Assist with your application and transition to the United States
  • Issue your I-20 and assist in obtaining your F-1 Student Visa
  • Host an International Student Orientation where you will take a trip to New York City and learn about studying in the United States as an international student
  • Set up your course schedule and register you for classes
  • Introduce you to the Mercy College Community - clubs, activities and our exciting New York City environment
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Your Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT)

Our PACT program pairs you with a professionally trained mentor for every aspect of your college experience. Together you will create a customized plan designed to guarantee success.


Applying to Mercy College

STEP 1 | Complete the online application

Students are able to apply at: www.mercy.edu/apply-now

STEP 2 | Complete your application by submitting the following

All Applicants: 

Official academic transcripts and/or Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (FACE)* for all foreign transcripts. Evaluations of foreign transcripts are accepted from any NACES or AICE member such as WESIFCSScholaro, or SpanTran.

Freshman Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign high school transcripts
Transfer Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts, and, General Evaluation with GPA for foreign high school transcripts
Graduate Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts

*Mercy partners with Scholaro and SpanTran to offer special evaluation rates to Mercy Applicants. 

*Mercy College also waives the FACE requirement depending upon academic program, please contact Mercy's International Team for details regarding the FACE waiver and special rates at sbrauchle@mercy.edu (Sonya Brauchle, Associate Director of International Admissions) or blim@mercy.edu (Brian Lim, Director of International Programs and Admissions). 

Minimum Required Score for English Language Proficiency

  Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL 71 80
IELTS 6.0 6.5
Duolingo 100 105

Undergraduate Applicants:

Please note that the Music Production and Recording, Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy Assistant and Veterinary Technology programs require supplemental documents.

SAT or ACT: Mercy College is a test-optional institution, with the exception of our traditional Nursing program. We do not require ACT or SAT for international undergraduate students. If you have taken a standardized test, you are welcome to submit your scores for consideration with your application.

 

Graduate Applicants:

MBA
  • Résumé
M.S. in Business Analytics (STEM)
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement (motivations, career plans, etc.)
  • Interview
  • Advanced Excel competency. In order to prove advanced Excel MS Excel certification is preferred, or candidates may justify in their personal statement of significant professional experience with Excel or advanced coursework
M.S. in Public Accounting
  • Two-page written Professional Goals Statement stating the reasons for applying to the program and how the applicant can benefit by its completion
  • Interview with the Accounting Department chairperson or designee
M.S. in Computer Science (STEM)
  • One letter of recommendation that provide evidence of personal and/or professional qualifications
  • Résumé
  • Pre-Requisites: One cours in Discrete Structures, two courses in Calculus, at least one course in Data Structures
M.S. in Cybersecurity (STEM)
  • One letter of recommendation that provide evidence of personal and/or professional qualifications
  • At two-page written personal statement about why you're applying and what you expect to get out of it
  • Résumé
M.S./M.P.A. in Health Services Management
  • Two Professional Recommendation Letters
  • A personal statement three to five pages on why you would like to work in Health Service Management
  • Résumé
  • Upon receipt of all transcripts and completion of all requirements and interviews, qualified applicants will be admitted and assigned an advisor
For all other graduate programs
  • Please check program's website for more information

 

Please send all required admissions documents to:

Mercy College
Student Support Services Center
828 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
USA

Important: Please submit an online application to Mercy College before sending your admissions documents to the above address.

After acceptance, the International Student Services office will contact you within one week of your acceptance to begin the Mercy College I-20 application process. Please see the Getting your I-20 section of the International Students Office website for more information on your I-20 and F-1 student visa , or SEVIS Record transfer. 

STEP 3 | International Student Services Office

After the acceptance, the International Student Services Office will contact you within one week of your acceptance to begin the Mercy College I-20 application process. Please see the Getting your I-20 section of the International Students Office website for more information on your I-20 and F-1 student visa, or SEVIS Record transfer.

Application Deadline

Mercy College operates on a rolling admissions schedule, so we accept your documents at any time. However, we ask that you submit your documents for admission and an I-20 at least 30 days before the start date of your program so you have enough time to get a visa or transfer your SEVIS record from your current US institution. 

You can check the start date of your program on our Academic Calendars page.


Admission Requirements

Proof of English Language Proficiency

International applicants whose primary language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). 

Required Minimum TOEFL, IELTS, and other accepted English Tests Scores for Admission:

  Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL 71 80
IELTS 6.0 6.5
PTE 48 53
Duolingo English Test (DET) 100 105
EIKEN Pre-1 Not Accepted
GTEC 1140 Not Accepted

 

TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy
International applicants are eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver under certain conditions, in which case they do not need to submit need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

A TOEFL/IELTS waiver may be granted by demonstrating proof of English proficiency based on one or more of the following requirements:

  1. Applicants from the following countries:
American Samoa Anguilla Antigua
Australia Bahamas Barbados
Belize British Virgin Islands Canada
Dominica Gambia Ghana
Grand Cayman Grenada Guyana
Ireland Jamaica Kenya
New Zealand Nigeria Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Scotland St. Lucia
Singapore South Africa Swaziland
Tanzania Trinidad/Tobago Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda United Kingdom U.S. Pacific Trust
Zambia Zimbabwe  

 

  1. Applicants who graduated from an American high school in the U.S. or abroad and completed two full years of regular English courses
  2. Applicants who received an American GED
  3. Applicants who completed 12+ credits at an American college or university in the U.S. or abroad with a cumulative GPA of a 2.0
  4. Applicants who have taken an English course at an American college or university with a grade of a "C" or better
  5. Applicants who have taken the SAT (although not required for admission) and received a 500 or better on the Critical Reading section
  6. Applicants who have taken the Pearson Test of English (PTE) and received overall score of a 48 for undergraduate programs and 53 for graduate programs
  7. Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) English B Standard Level (SL) and received a score of a 4 or better, or have an 80%/B average in English B HL/SL at the time of application
  8. Applicants who have taken the AP English Composition and Literature Exam and received a score of 3 or better
  9. Applicants from Sweden with a grade of VG ("C" on the new scale) or above in English
  10. Applicants from Norway with Level 4 or above in English
  11. Applicants who have completed a professional certificate program at U.S. institution
  12. Undergraduate applicants who have received a Cambridge English Language Assessment certificate in one of the following levels: Cambridge English – First (FCE), Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE).
  13. Graduate applicants who have received a Cambridge English Language Assessment certificate in one of the following levels: Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE).
  14. Graduate applicants who have completed at least two consecutive years of post-secondary full-time study or completed a bachelor's or first master's degree at a U.S. institution
  15. Graduate applicants who have completed a degree in a country where English is the primary language and this degree is from an institution where English is the primary medium or instruction
  16. Applicants who have successfully completed an equivalent of B2 level on Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for undergraduate and C1 level on CEFR for graduate programs through an approved English language school.

Mercy College reserves the right request additional documentation to determine a student's English language proficiency. Although it is rare that we request additional information, in doing so we hope to ensure your success at Mercy College. If you have any questions regarding the TOEFL/IELTS requirements, please contact International Admissions

Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (FACE)

What is a Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (FACE)?

A foreign academic credential evaluation is a document that equates foreign degrees to American degrees using the American degree using the American grading scale and credit system. Since Mercy College receives applicants from around the world and has a relatively small International Admissions Office, we require or students to have their credentials evaluated for equivalency and authenticity. A credential evaluation will provide an American equivalent of the courses you have taken, your final average and your American degree equivalency. A credential evaluation ensures that your application will be reviewed fairly and under the same academic guidelines as your American peers.

Mercy College also waives the FACE requirement depending upon academic program, please contact Mercy's International Team for details regarding the FACE waiver at sbrauchle@mercy.edu (Sonya Brauchle, Associate Director of International Admissions) or blim@mercy.edu (Brian Lim, Director of International Programs and Admissions). 

Where can I get an evaluation?

Mercy College accepts evaluations from NACES or AICE members such as WESScholaro (Discount code: MERCY)IFCS (Discount code: DISNY)SpanTran, or any members of NACES / AICE.

What kind of evaluation do I need and what should I submit to the agency?

Freshman Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign high school transcripts*
Transfer Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts, and, General Evaluation with GPA OR Course-by-Course Evaluation for foreign high school transcripts*
Graduate Course-by-Course Evaluation of foreign college transcripts
*If you have taken a secondary exam such as the GCSE and A-levels, CXC, WAEC or a national secondary exam; please send your official scores to the evaluation company. 

 

Please arrange for the evaluation agency to send the evaluation directly to Mercy College and include copies of the official documents when available.

*If you have taken a secondary exam such as the GCSE and A-levels, CXC, WAEC or a national secondary exam; please send your scores to the evaluation company.

What is a Verification Pending evaluation?

If you submitted unofficial university transcripts to an evaluations agency, your documents will have to be verified by the evaluations agency for authenticity. This usually means that the evaluations agency will call or email your home institution to verify that you attended the university and the transcript you submitted is authentic. While Mercy College will accept unverified evaluations for an admissions decision, a verified evaluation must be sent to Mercy College by the middle of your fist semester to complete your application file; otherwise you will not be able to register for the next semester's classes. In short, an unverified evaluation is treated the same way an unofficial transcript from a college or university. It is the student's responsibility to contact their evaluation agency to send a verified evaluation to Mercy College by the required date.

Where should I send my transcripts - to Mercy College or to the evaluation agency?

Please have your transcripts sent directly to your evaluation agency. Mercy College does not require a copy of your foreign transcripts.

Where should I have my evaluation sent?

Please have your evaluation sent to our Student Services Support Center:

Mercy College
Student Services Support Center
828 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
USA
 

Three Year Bachelor Degrees

Mercy College considers three-year Bachelor degree holders to be eligible for graduate-level study in some cases. This includes, but is not limited to, applicants from participating European Bologna Process countries and students from India who have completed a Bachelor's degree with Division I from an institution ranked "A" or higher by NAAC. If you have a three-year Bachelor's degree and have questions regarding your eligibility for graduate-level study, please contact International Admissions. 

Please note that certain graduate programs such as Public Accounting, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy and the graduate Education programs have specific pre-requisite and degree requirements that may affect your eligibility. Pre-requisite work as an undergraduate student may be required. Please check your program's website or contact International Admissions if you have any questions.

Conditional Admissions at Mercy College

If your native language is not English and you fall below our TOEFL/IELTS score requirement, but you are academically qualified to study for your degree at Mercy College, you are eligible for our conditional admissions program. After the successful completion of English as a second Language (ESL) courses at one of our partner ESL schools, your TOEFL/IELTS requirement will be met. Retaking the TOEFL/IELTS exam is not required. All students are automatically considered for conditional admission. 

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Mercy College ESL at Manhattan Language, New York Language Center, and Global ESL Academy

Mercy College offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) conditional admission program through our partners including Manhattan LanguageNew York Language CenterGlobal ESL Academy, and other approved ESL schools listed in this page.

What is Conditional Admission? Benefits
  • If you are academically qualified to study at Mercy College, but have low TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores, conditional admission is for you.
  • Manhattan Language, New York Language Center, Global ESL Academy and other approved ESL schools listed in this page satisfy Mercy College's English language requirement.
  • After the successful completion of an equivalent of B2 level on Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for undergraduate and C1 level on CEFR for graduate programs, you can begin your study at Mercy College
  • No TOEFL exam required
  • Study English in New York City
  • Enroll directly into Mercy College after completing of B2 level on Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for undergraduate and C1 level on CEFR for graduate programs
  • Get adjusted to speaking English and life in New York before beginning classes.

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Approved ESL Schools

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Conditional Admission ESL Program

1. Complete Application

2. Receive conditional admission acceptance letter from Mercy College

  • This letter will state that you are eligible to enroll at Mercy College after the successful completion of an equivalent B2 level on Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for undergraduate and C1 level on CEFR for graduate programs form Manhattan Language or New York Language Center, you can begin your study at Mercy College. 

3. Contact one of partner ESL schools for information on tuition, registering for classes and your I-20

4. Successfully complete the ESL program at one of partner ESL schools and submit proof of completion to Mercy College

  • Have your ESL school's counselor submit proof of completion to International Admissions (Submit the equivalent B2 level on Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for undergraduate and C1 level on CEFR for graduate programs form one of partner ESL schools)

5. Receive full acceptance letter from Mercy College and submit documents to obtain Form I-20 to the International Students Office no later than 30 days prior to the start of your program

6. Make appointment to obtain visa in your home country or transfer SEVIS record from another school in the United States

7. Begin your degree program at Mercy College

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I-20 Issuance Requirements

Please note that you will be receiving an I-20, the government document that allows you to enter the US on an F-1 student visa, from your ESL school first. It is important to remember that you will have to meet the financial requirements for Mercy College after you complete your program at your language school. 

The financial requirement for a Mercy College I-20 is approximately $32,000 per year for undergraduate-level studies and may be higher for graduate-level studies depending on your program. To be issued a Mercy college I-20, you will need to show that you have the financial means to pay for one year of study and financial responsibility for future semesters. Manhattan Languages ELS students are considered as Mercy College students upon registration for courses at Mercy College.

For Scandinavian Students

Mercy College welcomes Scandinavian students and enjoys the academic and cultural contributions that they make on campus. In an effort to streamline the admissions process, we offer several unique advantages for students from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Learn More.

Accepted Students

Congratulations on your recent acceptance to Mercy College! We are looking forward to meeting you at our International Student Orientation. The next steps to becoming a Mercy College student are (1) obtaining your Form I-20 for an F-1 student visa or SEVIS Record Transfer, and (2) registering for classes. 

Form I-20 and F-1 student visa

The International Students Office will contact you within one week of your acceptance to begin the Mercy College I-20 application process. Please see the Getting your I-20 section of the International Students Office website for more information on your I-20 and F-1 student visa, or SEVIS Record transfer.

Registration

Registration for the Fall semester usually open in March or April, and registration for the Spring semester usually opens in October or November. Undergraduate students register with the International PACT Office and graduate students register with the International PACT Office and graduates students register with the International Students Office. 

Undergraduate Students 

After you are accepted, Mercy College's International PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) Counselor will contact you to teach you how to register using our online system platform, Mercy Connect. Your International PACT Counselor will help you create a personalized plan to reach all of your academic, personal and professional goals; and will serve as your mentor for your entire program at Mercy College.

Graduate Students

After you are accepted, Mercy College's International Student Services Office will contact you to teach you how to register using our online system platform, Mercy Connect. The Director of International Students will serve as both your academic and international advisor for the duration of your graduate program.

Form I-20 & F-1 Student Visa


Brochures & Forms

International Student Brochure

International Student Fact Sheet

I-20 Eligibility Forms

Please visit the Getting Your Form I-20 section of our International Student Services Office website for more information on getting your I-20 and Eligibility forms.

Residential Life Application Form

Meet the International Team

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Sonya Brauchle
Associate Director, International Admissions
sbrauchle@mercy.edu
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Brian Lim
Director of International Programs and Admissions
blim@mercy.edu

FAQs for International Students

Where is Mercy College located?
Mercy College has three campuses in the New York City area. Our main campus is located in Dobbs Ferry, along the Hudson River. Our Manhattan Campus (New York City Campus) is in the heart of Midtown, Manhattan and boasts all new infrastructure with student housing opened in Fall 2020. With campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, and Bronx, our diverse student body sustains a vibrant on-campus culture.

Do I need a visa to study at Mercy College?
Yes. You will need to submit documentation to apply for an I-20. After you are admitted to Mercy College, the International Student Services Office will contact you to begin the I-20 application process.. If you would like to learn more about our I-20 Eligibility Forms, I-20 application process, financial requirements and obtaining an F-1 student visa, please visit our International Student Services Office website.

Am I an international student?
At Mercy College, an international student is an individual who will hold a non-immigrant F1 visa while enrolled at the College.

The following are not considered international students:

  • U.S. citizens living abroad
  • Students from U.S. territories
  • U.S. Permanent Residents (green-card holders)
  • Documented refugees or asylees.

Please note that certain visas restrict college attendance. F1 is the only visa type specifically designated for full-time study.

What programs and majors does Mercy College offer?
Mercy College offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences.


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