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An applicant who is a citizen or a permanent resident of a country other than the United States is classified as an international student.

English Proficiency: An international student or permanent resident whose native language is NOT English must satisfy one of the following prerequisites:

  1. Submit a minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 173 on the computer-based TOEFL (CBT) or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT).
  2. Submit a transcript showing graduation from an American high school.
  3. Submit a transcript from another U.S. institution showing satisfactory completion (a minimum grade of C must be achieved in college-level English Composition I).

It is the responsibility of the international student to be familiar with the regulations of the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and assume responsibility for complying with these regulations.

The following should be submitted to the Student Enrollment and Recruitment Office no later than 45 days prior to the beginning date of the term the applicant wishes to enroll.

  1. Apply using the online application for admission located at
  2. Official copies of academic records from secondary schools, colleges, or universities accompanied by notarized or certified English translation of these documents.
  3. International students under 21 years of age must submit ACT or SAT scores.
  4. Placement assessment may be required dependent upon age, admissions category (new or transfer), and ACT/SAT scores. Enrollment in courses indicated by results of the assessment is mandatory.
  5. For F-1 (student) visas, evidence of financial resources adequate for all expenses for at least one year of enrollment is required. The first-year fees and expenses total $25,000. (This figure is an estimate and is subject to change.) Additional funds are required if the student plans to bring a spouse or dependent into the country. An official statement from a U.S. bank verifying these resources will meet this requirement. If original statement is in foreign currency, an official conversion to U.S. dollars from the foreign bank must accompany the statement.
  6. Provide documentation substantiating official status with the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Passport, visa, I94, etc.) Official documents must be presented in person to the Student Enrollment/Recruitment Office for validation.
  7. All international students are required to have health and accidental insurance from a Roane State approved U.S. company.
  8. Provide proof of two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines if born in or after 1957.
  9. Provide proof of two doses of the Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine if born in or after 1980.
  10. Submit a Hepatitis B form. (PLEASE NOTE: if you filed an online application and you were 18 or older, this requirement is waived.)
  11. Submit proof of lawful presence in the United States unless you are an F1 student, which is verified through SEVIS.  All other visa types should submit 2 of the following:
  • Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94)
  • Valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with valid visa
  • Notice of Approval of Status with bottom I-94 portion attached (Form I-797)
  • Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766)
  • DS-2019 for J-1 visa holders
  • Non-Resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card and
  • Any other document determined by the US Department of Homeland Security to be acceptable through the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) program.

NOTE: On October 26, 2001, Congress enacted the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The act amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to permit institutions to disclose education records to federal law enforcement officials without student consent if the appropriate United States official, certifying that “specific and articulable facts” support the request, obtains a court order that requires an educational institution to turn over education records that are considered relevant to a terrorism investigation.

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