Important Information for International Applicants
Read below for important information specifically for international students that are interested in applying to Centre.
- All international applicants are considered for fall term enrollment, which begins in September.
- Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Admission by 11/15, 12/1 or 1/15 depending on your application plan.
- If you are admitted and choose to enroll at Centre College, you will need to remit a USD 300 non-refundable enrollment deposit by either February 1 (for Early Decision) or May 1 (for Early Action and Regular Decision) to secure your admission.
Important information from the United States Department of Homeland Security can be found by visiting Study in the States.
Application Requirements for International Students
International students with U.S. status (resident, refugee/asylee) should apply as U.S. students; international students who will have non-immigrant status (usually F-1) follow a slightly different procedure.
We give careful attention to every application that we receive. The most important criterion for admission is academic promise at our college. Centre encourages qualified students to apply for admission.
Only completed applications will be reviewed for admission.
|Application Plan||Deadline||Admission Notification Date||Deposit Deadline|
|Early Decision (Binding)||November 15||Early Jan||Feb 1|
|Early Action (Non-binding)||December 1||Feb 1||May 1|
|Regular Decision (Non-binding)||January 15||April 1||May 1|
Documents to Bring
When you come to the U.S. you should bring with you any important documents that relate to your academic, medical, and legal history:
- Official transcripts from secondary schools, colleges, or universities
- Medical and dental records, including certificates of immunizations and vaccinations
- Information about medical conditions or treatments, prescriptions for medication and eyeglasses
- International driver’s license
Certificate of Eligibility
Students outside the United States will need a Certificate of Eligibility to apply for a student visa and to enter the United States (INS Form 1-20 for F-1 student). F-1 students who are already in the United States will need a Certificate of Eligibility to continue their current status.
Centre sets its cost each year as a comprehensive fee. This fee includes tuition, all academic fees, student housing, board (meals), and most cultural and athletic events on campus. Please keep in mind that colleges do increase their tuition each year.
Centre does not offer need-based financial aid to international students but does consider them in our merit scholarship competition. We consider every international applicant for merit-based scholarships, for which there is no additional application. On average, we expect international students to be able to contribute USD 28,000 annually toward their Centre education. International applicants must complete the College Board Certification of Finances Statement.
International Transfer Students
Centre accepts international transfer applications. However, we only accept the transfer application of international students who are enrolled or attended institutions in the U.S.
Academic and Housing Help
If you need extra help with your English, our Language Specialist, Sean Flaherty-Echeverria, holds office hours for one-on-one assistance as well as weekly conversation groups to help develop academic skills. During his office hours, students can receive assistance with understanding difficult grammar points, editing papers, preparing presentations, practicing pronunciation, and developing organizational and study skills. We also have a Writing Center to help with content for any writing assignment. We will do everything in our power to help you succeed academically while you are here.
If you need to spend the summer on campus, we offer a variety of on-campus employment. In the past, students have collaborated with their professors in conducting in-depth research projects or taken more typical summer jobs also available often in office support. The College offers low-cost housing for those students wishing to remain on campus during the summer months.
Apply for Admission
Apply online at no charge.
Official or attested copies of academic records must be submitted from all secondary schools attended, as well as from any university or other post-secondary institution attended. Records should include the subjects studied and the grade, mark, or other evidence that each subject was completed satisfactorily. Records should explain the grading system.
If records are not in English, records should be submitted in the original language accompanied by a certified literal translation. Records will not be returned.
Official Test Scores
Required: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Official or attested copies of TOEFL score reports must be submitted, as evidence of English language proficiency, for all applicants who are from a country where English is not the primary spoken language. Information about the TOEFL is available at US Consulates, USIS offices, and the TOEFL office (TOEFL, P.O. Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154, USA). For more information regarding this test please visit www.TOEFL.org.
Centre typically expects scores of 237 on the computer-based TOEFL, 580 on the paper-based version, and 90 on the Internet-based TOEFL.
Centre College’s CEEB code for the TOEFL is 1109.
Optional: SAT I (Reasoning Test Score) or ACT (American College Test) An SAT I or ACT test score is not required but is recommended if the test is available in your country. Official or attested copies of SAT or ACT score reports must be submitted. Information about the SAT is available at US Consulates, USIS offices, and the SAT office (SAT Program, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200, USA). For more information on the SAT exam, test location, dates, and registration, visit the College Board Web site at www.collegeboard.com. For more information on the ACT exam, test location, dates, and registration, visit their Web site at at www.ACT.org.
Centre College’s SAT/CEEB code is 1109, and its ACT code is 1506.
One letter of recommendation must be submitted as well as the School Report found in your application. Teachers who are familiar with your recent academic performance should write recommendations. The writers of recommendations may use the forms provided in the application or submit letters on a separate sheet of paper. The forms in the application can be copied. Recommendations should be mailed from the writers directly to the Office of Admission (or given to the applicant in a sealed envelope with the writer’s signature across the flap).
Applicants are required to submit at least one essay of 250-500 words written in English. The content of the essay should address one of the specific questions posed on the application.
We invite you to share with us activities that you have been involved with outside the classroom. This may be in the form of volunteer work, leadership offices held, etc.
Optional for Students
We invite you to share, on a separate sheet of paper, any additional information that you believe could be important in our evaluation of your application and that the other parts of the application have not given you the opportunity to convey.
Financial Aid Application
All international students MUST submit the College Board’s Certificate of Finance.