Admissions Requirements

International Students
Admissions Requirements

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

1. Application

  • Completed application for admission and application fee ($35 Undergraduate, $50 Graduate).   YOU MUST SELECT A MAJOR AREA OF STUDY!
    Applications can be mailed to
    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
    Dowling College
    150 Idle Hour Blvd.
    Oakdale, NY 11769
    USA
    or completed online at www.dowling.edu.

2. Documents required

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:

  • Picture and name page of your passport.
  • Bank statement showing that you have enough money available for your first year of study.  You will be required to show this at your visa interview. For the 2013-2014 school year this amount is about $45,000 USD.  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 U. S. Consulate in your country, to allow you to get a visa for your studies in the United States. (See note 6 below)
  • Proof of Immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tuberculosis, and Meningitis (see note 9 below).
  • The Immunization Form MUST be filled out by your physician and filed with our office before you can enter the college..  Immunizations taken before you were one (1) year old are not acceptable.
  • Your official High School transcript with proof of graduation, along with a certified translation if not in English. (See note 3 below)
  • At least one letter of recommendation.
  • Unless you have attended a U.S. college or university for at least one school year, taking credit-bearing academic courses, you must take a test of English Language knowledge and achieve a satisfactory score, to be considered for admission.  For details, please see note 4 below and the Dowling College “English Language Competency Requirements” which are provided at the end of this section.
  • A 250-500 word statement of purpose, discussing why you wish to come to college in the United States and what you hope to achieve.
  • All undergraduate and graduate applicants must request a Course-by-Course evaluation of all high school and college or university courses taken at schools outside the United States, by going to the World Education Services website (http://www.wes.org/application/apply_now.asp ) and requesting a WES-ICAP Course-by-course evaluation. If you have never attended any other college and you wish to be considered for an academic scholarship, you must take the SAT or ACT examination and have the scores sent to Dowling College.
  • If you wish to be considered for an athletic scholarship, you must have your athletic coach contact our coach for your specific sport.

Requirements For Graduate Applicants

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

  • Picture and name page of your passport
  • Bank statement showing that you have enough money available for your first year of study.  You will be required to show this at your visa interview. For the 2013-2014 school year this amount is about $45,000 USD.  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 U. S. Consulate in your country, to allow you to get a visa for your studies in the United States. (See note 6 below.)
  • Proof of Immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tuberculosis, and Meningitis (see note 9 below).
  • The Immunization Form MUST be filled out by your physician and filed with our office so we can send your I-20 to you.  Immunizations taken before you were one-year old are not acceptable.

●  Unless you have attended a U.S. college or university for at least one year, taking credit-bearing academic courses, you must take a test of English Language knowledge and achieve a satisfactory score, to be considered for admission.  For details, please see note 4 below, and the Dowling College “English Language Competency Requirements” which are provided at the end of this section.

  • Completed and translated official or notarized transcripts of your undergraduate academic program with a copy of your Bachelor’s degree. (See note 3 below.)
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A copy of your resume.
  • Additional documents as required by your specific program.

3. Educational Credentials

All international applicants must request a Course-by-Course evaluation of all high school and college or university courses taken at schools outside the United States, by going to the World Education Services website (http://www.wes.org/application/apply_now.asp ) and requesting a WES-ICAP Course-by-course evaluation.  Be sure the results are sent to Dowling College.

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.

For more information on these types of services, please email us.

4. TOEFL or IELTS or Pearson Test of English (PTE):  Required to determine your English language knowledge
These test your ability to use the English language in your studies. If you do not demonstrate proficiency in English, we will require that you enter our English as  a Second Language (ESL) program before beginning your college courses. For full details, please see “English Language Competency Requirements” provided at the end of this section.

5. Undergraduate Academic Scholarship Requirements

If you are an undergraduate student and wish to be considered for a scholarship you must take the SAT or ACT examination.  If you have excellent high school grades and the SAT or ACT tests are not given in your country, please contact us about other scholarship opportunities. To receive a free bulletin and registration material, please contact the SAT program at the following address:

College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
Tel: (609) 771-7600
Email: sat@etc.org
Download the SAT bulletin at http://www.collegeboard.org

6. Affidavit of Support

An original or certified copy of a current bank statement within 6 months of the start of class. If the statement is not in your name, you must include a Notarized affidavit of support document from your sponsor (the owner of the bank account) promising to pay the costs of your education and stay in the United States. The minimum amount of required is $45,000. 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. YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW THESE BANK DOCUMENTS TO THE CONSULATE TO REQUEST A STUDENT VISA.

 7. Transfer Students

Transfer students currently in the U.S. 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 school 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 mentioned above along with all of your immigration documents.

8. Non-Immigrant Visitor to the U.S.

If you are a non-immigrant visitor already in the U.S. using a B1/B2 visitor visa, you may not begin study at any institution without receiving a change of status to F-1 Student Visa. If you are admitted to Dowling, we can give you an I-20 Application for a Student Visa, you can 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.

9.  Immunization Records

A completed Immunization Form is required before you can attend Dowling College.  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 along with your other application documents.

10.  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.

Once you receive your I-20, READ THE CONTENTS OF YOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTER CAREFULLY.  IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU!! Make arrangements to visit or make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country. Bring the I-20 along with your acceptance letter, Notarized Affidavit of Support and bank statement and other documents required by the Consulate

11. 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.

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 listed your I-20. Please make living arrangements accordingly. YOU MUST SEND US AN EMAIL TELLING US WHERE YOU PLAN TO LIVE WHEN YOU COME TO THE COLLEGE.

12.  Applying For a Space in our Dormitory

A $200.00 Dormitory Deposit is required by the Residence Life Office, to hold a room. This amount is NOT REFUNDABLE unless you do not receive your visa.  Space is limited so make your request as soon as you can.  If you are interested in living in Dowling College’s Residence Hall, you must reserve your space by completing an Request for Housing application.
Please send to:
International Student and Scholar Services
Dowling College
150 Idle Hour Blvd
Oakdale, NY 11769
USA

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.

Please see our Preparing For Arrival page for more important information

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS

Effective for the term beginning in May 2014, Dowling College will REQUIRE any international student — a student who is NOT a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident –  to submit the result of an English Language evaluation with their application in order to be considered for admission to the college.  The only exceptions will be for students who have studied for at least their last year in a school in the U.S. or the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and English-speaking Canada.

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). These tests are not required if the student has received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or the U.K.

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.  Students who achieve less than iBT TOEFL 75, PTE 50 or IELTS band 6.0 will not be eligible for graduate study.

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.

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.

Students whose scores are above our minimum requirements but less than those necessary for full entry into all courses, will be required to enroll in and successfully complete courses in the Dowling College ESL Program.

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