There are two elements which need to be addressed sequentially and separately as a potential international student: 1) the admissions process, and 2) services provided to help you establish lawful F-1 status.
To be admitted to the college, the very first step is to complete the free online application by visiting Apply.sfc.edu
If you are a first-time freshman, you will need to then submit:
- Official high school transcript
The transcript must be in English and must express a grade point average that is similar in nature to a US grading system (4.0 scale or 100-point scale). If the transcript does not satisfy these two elements, you must arrange to have the transcript evaluated by an independent credit evaluation service. Recommended and reputable companies are World Education Services, Globe Language Services, and Langalo. However, you may use any accredited member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. These services will review your transcript and forward to the SFC admissions office a certified report of your academic history.
We strongly encourage prospective applicants to take either exam multiple times. The Office of Admissions will always take the highest super score. You can register for the SAT exam at www.CollegeBoard.org and the ACT exam at www.ACTStudent.org.
- Proof of English proficiency
If you attended a high school in a country whose language of instruction or native language is something other than English, you must provide evidence of English proficiency. This is done by taking the TOEFL exam (www.ETS.org/toefl) or the IELTS exam (www.IELTS.org).
- International Student Services
St. Francis College fully complies with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As an SEVP-certified school, the College is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant F-1 students for the purpose of completing a degree.
After you have been formally accepted into the college, your focus should now shift towards obtaining lawful F-1 status and visa (if you are applying from outside of the United States).
Before reviewing the requirements to be considered F-1, you should familiarize yourself with the difference between the terms status and visa.
Status refers to the amount of time granted to you to participate in an activity; in this case, it is the amount of time given to you to complete a degree.
Visa refers only to the document (a sticker) placed into your passport which allows you to lawfully travel to the United States.
Think of the student visa as the key to your house: you need it to enter, but once inside, it serves no purpose. This applies to the status/visa relationship, with the visa being secondary to status, because F-1 students must observe all regulations associated with international study to remain in lawful, good standing- to remain “in status.” The document which demonstrates F-1 status is called the Form I-20.
The Form I-20 is the next document you will need to receive from St. Francis College after you have been accepted. You will need the Form I-20 before you can apply for the student visa at the U.S. embassy in your country.
To obtain the Form I-20, you must complete the SFC Application for a Form I-20 and submit with it copies of bank statements and pay stubs from financial support sponsors. More information on how to complete the Application for a Form I-20 can be found by reading the supplemental SFC I-20 Instructions. Please read both documents carefully to determine how to submit acceptable evidence of financial support.
After you have submitted the Application for a Form I-20 along with the evidence of financial support, St. Francis College will send you your original, signed Form I-20 along with detailed instructions on the final step in the process: appearing for your student visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.
If you are already enrolled in a high school, college, or university in the U.S. as an F-1 student, you will need a new Form I-20. You must also supply the SFC SEVIS Transfer Recommendation Letter to your current international student coordinator so that your SEVIS record may be transferred to St. Francis College.