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|
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.
1. Complete Application
Submit online or paper application to Mercy College: www.mercy.edu/apply-now
Complete your application file by submitting:
2. Receive conditional admission acceptance letter from Mercy College
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
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
7. Complete residential life application if you plan on living on-campus
8. Register for classes
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.
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: