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Application Requirements: Undergraduate

Mercy College requires that all applicants are in good academic standing at the time of their application. All students are encouraged to apply regardless of their GPA as Mercy College does consider other factors in the admissions decision such as extracurricular activities, professional experience and English proficiency.

Admission Requirements: Freshmen Students

Admission Requirements: Transfer Students

Admission Requirements: Graduate

Graduate applications are reviewed by the program director and may have additional admission requirements. Prospective graduate students should consult their program’s website for information on specific admission requirements and required supplemental documents. Graduate applicants should contact International Admissions or the program director if they have any questions. Prospective graduate students must be in good academic standing at the time of their application.

Required Admission Documents: All Students

All international applicants - undergraduate freshmen, undergraduate transfer and graduate applicants - must submit the following admission documents:

  1. Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (and/or official American transcripts)
  2. TOEFL or IELTS Scores, or accepted proof of English language proficiency (if English is not your native language)

Please see the dropdown menus below for more information on how to obtain the required documents.

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 TOEFL and IELTS Scores for Admission

Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL IBT: 71 TOEFL IBT: 80
IELTS: 6.0 IELTS: 6.5

 

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, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, St. Lucia, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Trust
  2. Applicants from Sweden with a grade of VG ("C" on the new scale) or above in English
  3. Applicants from Norway with Level 4 or above in English
  4. Applicants who graduated from an American high school in the U.S. or abroad and completed two full years of regular English courses
  5. 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
  6. Applicants who have taken an English course at an American college or university with a grade of a "C" or better
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Applicants who have taken the SAT (although not required for admission) and received a 500 or better on the Critical Reading section
  10. 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
  11. Applicants who have taken the AP English Composition and Literature Exam and received a score of 3 or better
  12. Applicants who have successfully completed a TOEFL Preparation Course or its equivalent 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/IELS requirements, please contact International Admissions.

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.


Where can I get an evaluation?

Mercy College accepts evaluations from NACES, AICE or AACRAO members.


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

Degree Program Undergraduate Undergraduate Transfer (from a foreign university) Undergraduate Transfer (from an American University) Graduate
Type of Evaluation Course Analysis Course Analysis General Analysis Course Analysis
Send Official Copies (not originals) High School Transcript* Undergraduate Transcript
and
High School Transcript*
 
High School Transcript* Undergraduate Transcript

*If you have taken a secondary exam such as the GCSE and A-levils, 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:

Student Services Support Center
Mercy College
2651 Strang Blvd.
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598-9910

Accepted Agencies:

Mercy College accepts evaluations from NACES, AICE, or AACRAO members.

Two New York based agencies, SpanTran and Institute of Foreign Credential Services (IFCS), offer a small discount and an 8-10 day processing time for Mercy College students. Please note that evaluation agencies are third party providers and have their own policies and procedures.


How can I apply for an IFCS or SpanTran Evaluation?

To receive a discount and expedited processing time, please apply using the IFCS Application for Mercy College or SpanTran Application for Mercy College, which can be downloaded on our Brochures and Forms page.

You may also apply using their online applications:

Mercy College considers three year Bachelor degree holders as eligible for graduate-level study. This includes, but is not limited to, applicants from participating European Bologna Process countries and India. If you 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.