First-Year Admissions for International Students

Fisher welcomes applications from qualified international students for study.

Application Requirements

First-year applicants for undergraduate study must submit the following:

  • Fisher's Application for Admission (apply through the Common Application). The application must be signed and dated and all required information must accompany the application when it is submitted.
  • Original or notarized copies of academic records from all secondary (high school) schools attended. If any of the student's high school years were completed outside of the United States, those transcripts must be submitted through a transcript evaluation vendor verified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Review the list of NACES-verified vendors.
  • International students must submit at least one of the following:
    • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (American College Testing) test scores.
    • Results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if a student's first language is not English. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 550 on the paper-based exam, a 213 on the computer-based exam, or a 79-80 on the internet-based exam. Our school code for the TOEFL exam is 2798.
    • Results of the DuoLingo exam if a student's first language is not English. The minimum acceptable score on the DuoLingo exam is a 105.
    • Results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if a student's first language is not English. The overall band score on the IELTS must be at least a 6.5.
  • A Counselor/Teacher Recommendation.
  • A 250-word minimum personal statement or essay on a topic of the applicant's choice.

Once the items above have been received, an admissions decision can be made.

Additional Requirements for Accepted International Students

Once accepted, international students must:

  • Submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of U.S. $300 payable to St. John Fisher University.
  • Complete and submit the I-20 Application for New Students and the Statement of Financial Support [pdf] documents certifying the availability of adequate financial resources to cover a minimum of one year's financial expenses, which include tuition, room and board, fees, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

The documentation submission deadline for international applicants for fall admission is June 1, unless currently in the U.S. in valid F-1 student status. Details and important timeline considerations are available on the Accepted International Students page.