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Mercy College ESL at Manhattan Language

Mercy College offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) conditional admission program through our partner, Manhattan Language. Conditional admission is simple: you can attain English proficiency at Manhattan Language and then transfer to Mercy College after completing a TOEFL Preparation course.

What is Conditional Admission? Benefits
  • After the successful completion of Manhattan Language's TOEFL Preparation course, you can study at Mercy College.
  • If you are academically qualified to study at Mercy College, but have low TOEFL/IELTS scores, conditional admission is for you.
  • Manhattan Language's TOEFL Preparation course satisfies Mercy College's English language requirement.
  • No TOEFL exam required
  • Study English in New York City
  • Enroll directly into Mercy College after completing the TOEFL Preparation course
  • Get adjusted to speaking English and life in New York before beginning classes.


Located just four blocks from Mercy College's Manhattan campus, Manhattan Language is an ACCET and New York State accredited ESL school that offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level ESL courses. After the successful completion of the TOEFL Preparation course at Manhattan Language, students will meet the English Proficiency requirement at Mercy College. For students in this program, the TOEFL/IELTS exam is not required. Students will receive a completion certificate from Manhattan Language.

Conditional Admission Timeline

1. Complete Application

Submit online or paper application to Mercy College:

Complete your application file by submitting:

  • All Applicants
    • Official academic transcript and/or Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (for foreign transcripts)
    • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (Optional, but recommended for placement purposes.)
    • Application fee
    • Send documents to:

      Student Services Support Center
      Mercy College
      2651 Strang Blvd.
      Yorktown Heights, NY 10598-9910
  • Undergraduate Applicants
    • Please note that the Computer Arts & Design, Music Industry & Technology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Veterinary Technology programs require supplemental documents. Please contact International Admissions for more information or visit your program's website.
  • Graduate Applicants
    • Some programs require supplemental documents. Please check your program's website for more information.

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 a TOEFL Preparation course (or equivalent) at one of our partner ESL schools.

3. Contact your ESL school for information on tuition, registering for classes and your I-20.

4. Successfully complete TOEFL Preparation course and submit proof of completion to Mercy College

  • Have your ESL school's counselor submit proof of completion to International Admissions

5. Receive full acceptance letter from Mercy College

6. Submit documents to obtain Form I-20 to the International Students Office no later than 30 days prior to the start of your program

  1. ​1-20 Eligibility Form
  2. Copy of Current Passport (must be valid up to 6 months after your intended period of study)
  3. Financial Documentation (No older than 3 months old for each sponsor)
    1. Affidavit of Support
    2. Proof of Income
    3. bank Statements
  4. F-1 Transfer Form if you are transferring from another school in the U.S.

7. Complete residential life application if you plan on living on-campus

8. Register for classes

  1. Submit payment of first semester tuition, registration fee, and one time international student fee upon class registration.

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

10. Begin your degree program at Mercy College

If your native language is not English and you fall below our TOEFL/IELTS requirement, but you are academically qualified to study for your degree at Mercy College, you are eligible for our conditional admission program. After the successful completion of a TOEFL Preparation course (or equivalent) at one of our partner ESL schools, your TOEFL/taking requirement will be met. Re-taking the TOEFL/IELTS exam is not required. 

All students are automatically considered for conditional admission; however, you may also apply directly to the program. Please note that our partner schools have minimum entry requirements for their TOEFL Preparation courses. You may need to take additional ESL classes or a placement test before you can enroll in the TOEFL Preparation course.

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.

The TOEFL Preparation Course at Manhattan Language is a 12 week course with start dates throughout the year. Please see Manhattan Language's page for more information.

If a student does not submit any TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the application process, we advise that it may take at least one year, possibly more, to gain the necessary English language proficiency for college-level study. 

TOEFL Score IELTS Score Approx. Time in ESL Program*
70-79 6.0 3 month TOEFL Prep Course
60-69 5.5 3 - 6 months
50-59 5 6 months - 1 year
49 and below 4.5 and below 1 year or longer


*Please note that this is only an approximation. Depending on the student's assessment by Manhattan Language, and their level (undergraduate or graduate), their time in an ESL program may vary.


Mercy College student housing is not available to students attending Manhattan Language; however, Manhattan Language works with several student housing providers in the New York City area.

If you have any questions for Manhattan Language, please feel free to contact them directly:

Phone: 1(212)683-5442

In addition to Manhattan Language, conditional admission can be granted to a student attending an approved English language school. Approved English language schools include, but are not limited to:

  • EF English Language School
  • EF University Preparation
  • ELS Educational Services, Inc.
  • Embassy English
  • Global ESL Academy
  • Kaplan International Centers
  • New York Language Center
  • Rennert
  • Zoni Language Centers