Important Information for International Applicants2018-09-10T15:46:15+00:00

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 November 15 (Early Decision), December 1 (Early Action) or January 15 (Regular Decision) depending on your application plan.

  • Contact Annie Murphy, our Coordinator of International Admission, for more information about Centre and our admission process. She is available at

  • 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 Deadlines

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

Costs/Comprehensive Fee

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.


Financial Aid

Centre does not offer need-based financial aid to international students but does consider them in our merit scholarship competitionWe 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.


  • Apply for Admission

    Apply online at no charge.


  • Academic Records

    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) or the IELTS (International English Testing System) score reports, 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  Our required minimum for the TOEFL is 90, and our required minimum for the IELTS is 7.0.

    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 For more information on the ACT exam, test location, dates, and registration, visit their Web site at at

    Centre College’s SAT/CEEB code is 1109, and its ACT code is 1506.

  • Teacher Recommendation

    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).

  • Essay

    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.

  • Extracurricular Activities

    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.


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
Before you leave your home country, if these documents are not in English, obtain English translations and have the translations certified by a U.S. educational advising center or a U.S. consulate or embassy. Retain photocopies of all original documents for your records.

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 College will issue the Certificate of Eligibility once we have received two items: 1) the student’s USD 300 enrollment deposit and 2) the certification of finances showing adequate financial support. We will then tell you how to pay the USD 200 fee required to receive an I-20 form.

Admission Office • • +1 859.238.5350