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Application Checklist

Am I an International Student?

The International Admissions Office of Mercy College assists prospective international students with their application and student visa. If you are a dual citizen or permanent resident of the United States, please visit our Admissions page to complete your application. If you are studying at Mercy College through an exchange program at your home university, please visit our Center for Global Engagement.

The information on this page is meant to serve as a guide for the F-1 International Student application process and the F-1 student visa process.

If you are already in the United States and have another non-immigrant status that permits you to study - such as H-1B, J, O, or E - please only follow the instructions in Step 1, Step 3, Step 4 and Step 5 since you do not need a Form I-20. 

A one page PDF version of the Application Checklist for F-1 International Students can be found on our Brochures and Forms page.

Important: Please submit an application to Mercy College before sending your admissions documents.

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.

Step 1 - Complete Application

  • Submit online or paper application
  • Complete your application file by submitting
    • All Applicants
      • Official academic transcript and/or Foreign Academic Credential Evaluation (for foreign transcripts)
      • TOEFL or IELTS scores, or accepted proof of English language proficiency
      • Application fee
      • Send documents to: Mercy College, Student Services Support Center, 2651 Strang Blvd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598-9910
    • Undergraduate Applicants
      • Please note: the Computer Arts + Design, Music Industry & Technology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Social Work and Veterinary Technology programs require supplemental documents. Please contact Vincent Rickey 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

Once you are admitted, submit the documents listed below obtain Form I-20 form to the International Students Office no later than 30 days prior to the start of your program:

  • I-20 Eligibility Form
  • Copy of current passport (must be valid up to six months after your intended period of study)
  • Financial documentation (no more than three months old) for each sponsor
    • affidavit of support
    • proof of income
    • bank statements
  • Refund Certificate Form
  • F-1 Transfer Form (if you are transferring from another school in the U.S.)

Complete Residential Life application if you plan on living on-campus.

Register for Classes

  • Submit payment for first semester tuition, registration fees and the one time international student fee upon registration for classes

Submit Meningitis and MMR Immunization Forms before the first day of class.

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

Arrive in the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date of your program.