Admissions Requirements

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DOWLING COLLEGE

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATION

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

 International students seeking admission to Dowling College must submit the following:

1.         Application

A completed application for international student admission and an application fee ($35 Undergraduate, $50 Graduate).  The application must indicate a major area of study.

Applications can be mailed to:

Admissions (International)
Dowling College
150 Idle Hour Blvd.

Oakdale, NY 11769
USA

Or emailed as an attachment to:         International@Dowling.edu.

2.         Required supporting documentation

The college requires that international students applying for admission must send Official or Notarized copies of the following documents.

Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants

In addition to the Application for International Student Admission we must receive:

  • An evaluation of your High School transcript made by the World Education Services (WES).  For instructions on how to do this, please go to the WES website at http://www.wes.org/application/apply_now.asp  and request a WES-ICAP evaluation.
  • If you have attended an international university, you must also request a DOCUMENT-BY-DOCUMENT evaluation of your University transcript.   For detailed information on the documents required for this evaluation please see http://www.wes.org/required/index.asp.
  • A copy of the picture and name page of your passport.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an educational professional.
  • A bank statement showing that you have enough money available for your first year of study.  You will be required to show this at your US Consulate visa interview.  For the academic year this amount is about $45,000 USD.  If you are planning to bring dependents you must show additional financial support of $10,000 for your spouse and $6,000 for each child.  If the bank statement is not in your name, you must also include a notarized statement of support from the owner of the bank account, promising to pay your expenses during your education.  You must also include certified proof of the sponsor’s income to show the ability to continue sponsorship during your entire degree program. This will also be required for the visa interview at the US Consulate in your country, to allow you to get a visa for your studies in the United States.
  • Proof of Immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tuberculosis, and Meningitis.  New York Public Law requires as a condition of your attendance at Dowling, that you demonstrate proof of immunization against meningitis, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, and rubella. The same law requires that Dowling College maintain a valid Certificate of Immunizations as part of your permanent student record. If you do not have the necessary immunization documents you will not be allowed into the college. Please have your doctor complete and stamp the Immunization form and send it with your other application documents. Immunizations taken before you were one year old are not acceptable.
  • Unless you have attended an English speaking high school, college or university for at least one year, taking credit-bearing academic courses in English, you must take a test of English Language proficiency and achieve a satisfactory score to be considered for admission.  Undergraduate students must achieve at least an iBT TOEFL 60, PTE 44 or IELTS band 5.0 to be eligible for study at Dowling College.  To enter directly into an undergraduate degree program a score of TOEFL 90 or PTE 58 or IELTS band 6.5 is required.  Applicants scoring between TOEFL 60-79, PTE 44 – 57, IELTS bands 5.0 – 6.0 may be required to take Dowling non-credit ESL courses.  Please see the Dowling College English Language Competency Requirements page for details.
  • A 250-500 word statement of purpose, explaining why you wish to come to college in the United States and what you hope to achieve.

Requirements for Graduate Applicants

In addition to the Application for International Student Admission we must receive:

  • Dowling College does not require GMAT or SAT testing for admission to the undergraduate programs or the Masters in Business Administration (MBA). The Master of Science degree program in Environmental Biology does require the GRE for full admission to the program.
  •  The picture and name page of your passport.
  • A bank statement showing that you have enough money available for your first year of study.  You will be required to show this at your US Consulate visa interview. For the academic year, this amount is about $45,000 USD.   If you are planning to bring dependents you must show additional financial support of $10,000 for your spouse and $6,000 for each child.  If the bank statement is not in your name, you must also include a notarized statement of support from the owner of the bank account, promising to pay your expenses during your education.  You must also include certified proof of the sponsor’s income to show the ability to continue sponsorship during your entire degree program. This will also be required by the US Consulate in your country, to allow you to get a visa for your studies in the United States.
  • Proof of Immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tuberculosis, and Meningitis.  New York Public Law requires as a condition of your attendance at Dowling, that you demonstrate proof of immunization against meningitis, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, and rubella. The same law requires that Dowling College maintain a valid Certificate of Immunizations as part of your permanent student record. If you do not have the necessary immunization documents you will not be allowed into the college. Please have your doctor complete and stamp the Immunization form and send it with your other application documents. Immunizations taken before you were one year old are not acceptable. 
  • Unless you have attended an English speaking high school, college or university for at least one year, taking credit-bearing academic courses in English, you must take a test of English Language proficiency and achieve a satisfactory score to be considered for admission.  Graduate students must achieve at least an iBT TOEFL 75, PTE 50 or IELTS band 6.0 to be eligible for study at Dowling College.  To enter directly into a graduate program a score of TOEFL 95 or PTE 65 or IELTS band 7 is required.  Applicants scoring between TOEFL 70-94, PTE 50 – 64, IELTS bands 6.0 – 6.5 may be required to take Dowling non-credit ESL courses.  Please see the Dowling College English Language Competency Requirements page for details.
  • Completed and translated official or notarized transcripts of your undergraduate academic program with a copy of your Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from educational professionals.
  • A copy of your resume.
  • Additional documents as required by your specific program.

3.         Transfer Students

Transfer students currently in the US must submit copies of all I-20 forms previously issued.  A Transfer Recommendation form (sent to you when you are accepted to Dowling College) must be filled out by an International Advisor at the college you are currently attending.  If you wish to transfer into Dowling College, you must submit an official copy of your latest college transcript, as well as all required documents listed above along with all of your immigration documents.

4.         Non-Immigrant Visitor in the US

If you are a non-immigrant visitor already in the US using a B1/B2 visitor visa, you may not begin study at any institution without receiving a change of status to the F-1 Student Visa.  If you are admitted to Dowling, we will give you an I-20 Application for a Student Visa. You will need to return to your home country and apply for the F-1 Student Visa. For further information, please contact Dowling’s International Student and Scholar Services Office at International@dowling.edu

5.         Obtaining your I-20 Form

Please allow sufficient time for the I–20 Form to be processed and mailed to you along with your Acceptance letter and joining instructions.

Once you receive your I-20, read the contents of the package carefully.  It contains extremely important information for you.  Make an appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate in your country for the F-1 student visa application interview.  Check the Consulate website and bring the I-20 along with your acceptance letter, Notarized Affidavit of Support and bank statement and any other documents required by the Consulate.

6.         After your F-1 Visa is approved

When you receive approval of your F-1 visa, please tell the Dowling College International Student and Scholar Services Office immediately:  International@dowling.edu

We need to know your scheduled arrival date in the United States. Please note: You may not arrive in the United States more than 30 days before the start date stated on your I-20. Please make living arrangements accordingly. You must send us an email stating where you plan to live and the date you expect to arrive in the US.

7.         Applying for a space in our residences

A $200.00 Housing Deposit is required by the Residence Life Office, to reserve a room for you. This amount is not refundable unless you do not receive your visa.  You may pay the deposit online at www.dowling.edu.

Space is limited, so make your request as soon as you can by completing an International Student application for residence and either scanning it and sending it as an email attachment to international@dowling.edu or mailing it to:

Admissions (International)
Dowling College
150 Idle Hour Blvd
Oakdale, NY 11769
USA

Please don’t assume that a room is reserved unless you have received confirmation of the reservation. Your application cannot be processed without the $200.00 deposit.

Do not delay, space is limited!  

Download the Housing Request/Deposit Form here

 

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 If you have any questions about any of the information in this document or if you require further information, please email us at international@dowling.edu  – we are here to help you in any way that we can.

We look forward to welcoming you very soon to the Dowling family!

The International Admissions Team

 Dowling College

150 Idle Hour Blvd.

Oakdale, NY 11769

USA

international@dowling.edu

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT

 Dowling College will require any international student — a student who is not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident –  to submit the results of an English language proficiency evaluation with their application in order to be considered for admission to the college.  The only exceptions will be for students who have attended an English speaking high school, college or university for at least one year, taking credit-bearing academic courses in English.

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and to submit their test results when they apply.  (TOEFL test results can be sent directly to Dowling, code #2011).  Students whose scores are above our minimum requirements but less than those necessary for full entry into all courses, may be required to enroll in and successfully complete courses in the Dowling College ESL Program.

For Graduate Student Applications:

Dowling College’s requirement for taking the College’s ESL examination (and, if necessary, courses in the ESL Program) is waived for graduate students with an overall TOEFL iBT score of 95 (or computer/paper TOEFL equivalent score) and with a minimum score of 24 for the reading and writing components and 20 for the listening and speaking components; a band score of 7.0 on the IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or a PTE score of 65 with a minimum of 59 in each component.   Graduate students whose scores range between iBT TOEFL 75, PTE 50 or  IELTS band 6.0 and the required scores of  iBT TOEFL 95, PTE 65 or  IELTS band 7.0 will be required to enroll in and successfully complete courses in the Dowling College ESL Program.  Students who achieve less than iBT TOEFL 75, PTE 50 or IELTS band 6.0 will not be eligible for graduate study.

For Undergraduate Students Applications:

Dowling College’s requirement for taking the College’s ESL examination (and, if necessary, courses in the ESL Program) is waived for undergraduate students with an overall TOEFL iBT score of 90 (or computer/paper TOEFL equivalent score) and with a minimum score of 20 for the reading and writing components and 20 for the listening and speaking components; or a band score of 6.5 on the IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or a PTE score of 58 with a minimum of 50 in each component.  Students who achieve less than iBT TOEFL 60, PTE 44 or IELTS band 5.0 will not be eligible for study at Dowling College.

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