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International Undergraduate Student Admissions

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As an International Student at Mount St. Mary's University, you will find a distinguished, safe, student-friendly learning environment, and inclusive culture. When you are transitioning to life and study in the U.S., the Mount staff are here for you to help you explore your options every step of the way. Our goal is to enable you to achieve your educational pursuits and to further your academic study all while being part of our very special community.

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Mount St. Mary’s University is a vibrant and diverse intellectual community that values and welcomes international students from all countries. Hear from student Eldana Arega, C'27 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) on her unique experience at the Mount.

Why do international students come to the Mount?

Campus Community

With 75% of students living on campus, and a faculty to student ratio of 14:1, this is a small community where everyone supports each other.

Support Services

Our Center for Student Diversity helps all students on campus, but specifically focuses on underrepresented student populations to meet specific needs.

Academics

The University offers numerous programs within our Schools of Business, Education, and Science and College of Liberal Arts. In addition, there are many opportunities to study abroad.

Location

Centrally located between Baltimore and Washington D.C., yet being able to live in a rural, safe environment is an ideal location for many students.

For a step-by-step guide of the international admissions process, view the International Student Life Cycle (F1/M1) pdf provided by studyinthestates.dhs.gov.

Application Steps

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Admissions staff members are here to guide you through the enrollment steps and to make it an easy path to follow.

Step 1 - Complete free online application

Step 2 - Submit all required documents

  1. Provide certified copies in English translation of all college/university level courses, grades, and conferred degrees. The university requires an official transcript evaluation and highly recommends the use of World Education Services WES so that we can best assess your candidacy. Please request a course-by-course evaluation.
  2. Provide proof of demonstrated English language proficiency. International students for whom English is not the native language are required to provide test results showing English proficiency. Tests and required scores are: TOEFL (internet-based): 83; IELTS: 6.5; PTE: 54; Duolingo: 105; Cambridge: B1; iTEP: 4.5; SAT: 530; ACT: 18 in English.

Step 3 - Check your status on your Application Status Portal

Check your status on your Application Status Portal. It is essential to check your portal often to see important communications from the university along with a list of any materials we still need to make an admissions decision. You can also upload supporting documents in your portal.

Step 4 - Complete the Decision Form

Once admitted, complete the Decision Form. Upon acceptance to the degree program, the international student must complete the Decision Form through their application portal. This form lets the university know that you are accepting our offer of admission.

Step 5 - Follow I-20 process

Follow the process in the I-20 Requirements section to obtain an F-1 Visa to study in the United States.

Contact International Undergraduate Student Coordinator Brandon Rockwell at 301-447-5605 or email him at b.w.rockwell@msmary.edu.

I-20 Requirements

Mount St. Mary's University has the approval of the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to enroll foreign students into its degree programs. An international student wishing to study in the United States must have a non-immigrant F-1 Student Visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold other legal status, you need an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. Visas are issued by United States embassies and consulates not colleges or universities. In order to obtain your F-1 visa, you will first be required to obtain an I-20 issued by the university. You cannot be issued an I-20 until after you have been admitted to Mount St. Mary's University, submitted your enrollment deposit and completed the proper paperwork.

Step 1 - Submit these required materials that are needed to review prior to issuing an I-20

  • Provide a copy of your passport through your Student Portal. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry into the United States.
  • Upload your Financial Affidavit and certified bank statements through your student portal. A Financial Affidavit is a certified bank statement or sworn statement of support documenting that adequate funds are available to pay the full educational and living expenses in the United States for each year of enrollment.
  • Complete the International Student Information form that is located in your Student Portal.

Step 2 - The Mount DSO will issue a Form I-20

The Mount DSO will issue a Form I-20: Certificate of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant Student Status after all I-20 documents have been reviewed and verified. This I-20 will be uploaded to the student admissions status portal for students to use to obtain their International F-1 student visa.

Step 3 - Get the International F-1 Student Visa Stamp

International students must work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to obtain the international F-1 Student Visa Stamp which is needed to enter the United States.

  • Student (or delegate) will have to complete the electronic I-901 form and pay the $350 SEVIS fee with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. An electronic form I-797 is then issued as a receipt proving the fee was paid (note: no paper receipt will be issued).
  • Student completes the electronic DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application and prints out the confirmation for submission to the U.S. embassy/consulate. (Canadian citizens do not need an F-1 visa to study in the USA but must have a valid I-20 and proof of payment of the SEVIS fee.)
  • Students then make an appointment with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate office for visa interview.
  • After the embassy grants the visa stamp (it may take four or more days for processing), the student can make travel arrangements for arrival in the U.S. (no sooner than 30 days before the I-20 “beginning” date, and no later than that date).

I-20 Transfers

International students with a previous I-20 record that is being transferred to the Mount do not need a new F-1 Visa stamp to attend Mount St. Mary's University. The old F-1 Visa stamp in the passport is still valid for travel into the USA (even though a different school is listed) as long as the date has not yet expired. In addition, the international student must have maintained status with a current I-20.

Once you have completed Admissions Steps and I-20 requirements you will need to follow the Current Student/Admitted International Graduate Steps that are located here (provide link)

Important Notes

  • An I-20 will not be issued for a conditional or provisional admission to an academic degree program.
  • If you are transferring a SEVIS I-20 please contact the primary DSO for your degree program.
  • It is your responsibility to maintain your lawful nonimmigrant status at all times. Should you fail to maintain status, there may be serious consequences and you may have to end your program and leave the United States.

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Alice Creasman

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Brandon Rockwell

Designated SEVIS Official (DSO)

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Orientation

We want your experience at the Mount to be amazing, so we start it off with an orientation that gives you a chance to meet other new students. New Student Orientation is when the college transition starts to feel real for both students and parents, and provides new students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about course offerings.
  • Learn about the campus community and resources.
  • Meet with faculty and academic advisors.
  • Connect with other new students (maybe even find a roommate).
  • Learn about campus, including the residence halls.
  • Discover what it means to be a Mountaineer!