International Student Support & Resources
Our welcoming and knowledgeable staff members will help you navigate the admissions, enrollment, and immigration process.
Before You Arrive
We will help you complete enrollment paperwork; assist with student visas and other immigration documents; and provide travel guidance and resources.
When You Get Here
Attend a special orientation that introduces you to the area where Centre is located, and your fellow international students. You’ll meet your international student mentor who will become one of your friends and help you acclimate to campus life.
During Your Time at Centre
The International Student Services office will support your academic and personal needs, such as getting a driver’s license or finding employment. The International Student Association and Diversity Student Union are two (of many) organizations that enrich our campus and celebrate Centre’s diversity.
This Preliminary Application is for international applicants who are interested in applying to Centre College for entrance in Fall 2024.
- Demonstrate your interest in considering Centre as a college choice.
- Ensure you receive updates about our admission process, scholarships, and important deadlines.
- Receive invitations to special online programming for international applicants.
Apply for free online using the Common Application at www.commonapp.org. Centre does not charge an application fee.
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.
Proof of English Proficiency
All international applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency. An international applicant can demonstrate proficiency in the following ways:
- Test reports from either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Testing System), Pearson PTE, OR the Duolingo English Test (DET). Our required minimum for the TOEFL iBT is 93, TOEFL Essentials is 9.5, IELTS is 7.0, Pearson PTE is 64, and DET is 125.
- Completion of a high school curriculum in English, such as an IB or A-Level program, or attendance at a high school where English is the primary spoken language will also demonstrate English proficiency.
- English is the student’s first/primary language.
If you believe our TOEFL/IELTS/DET requirement should be waived for you, please complete our waiver request form.
Note that we are only able to evaluate these forms after a student has completed their admission application, including supporting materials. Please note that all students who submit this waiver may be required to complete an interview and/or submit test scores to be considered for admission.
Optional: SAT or ACT Scores
An SAT or ACT test score is not required for consideration for admission for international students, but may be submitted if available. Centre College’s SAT/CEEB code is 1109, and its ACT code is 1506.
How to send us your scores: Score reports may be sent from the respective testing services, included on a student’s high school transcript, or emailed to email@example.com by the applicant’s school counselor. Or, an applicant can self-report scores by submitting a screenshot or PDF of the score report via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Centre superscores both the SAT and the ACT, meaning that if you have taken either test more than once, you should submit all your scores, and we will add your highest section scores together to give you the highest possible combined score.
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 500-650 words written in English, included in their Common Application. The content of the essay should address one of the specific questions posed on the application.
We invite you to include activities that you have been involved with outside the classroom on your Common Application. Activities may be in the form of volunteer work, leadership offices held, school clubs, research, athletics, etc.
Certificate of Finance Form
All international students MUST submit Centre’s online financial form in order to be considered for admission and scholarships. We do NOT require a separate financial aid application or copies of bank statements for international applicants. Centre does not accept the CSS profile.
Certificate of Finance Form
Optional: Additional Information
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. This should be included on your Common Application or submitted separately to email@example.com.
Scholarships for International Students
International students are automatically considered for merit scholarships ranging from USD $7,500 to $29,000 per academic year. *You may apply separately for Centre’s competitive,
full-cost plus, premier scholarship program and for the special scholarships listed below.
|General Merit Scholarships
||$7,500 – $29,000
|Lincoln Scholars Program
||$3,000 – $5,000
||$3,000 – $5,000
||$3,000 – $5,000
Learn more about scholarships for international students
Financial Aid for International Students
Centre provides need-based financial aid to highly qualified admitted students.
Over the last three years, need-based grants for international students ranged from $3,000-$21,000, with the average grant of $11,000 awarded to admitted students who required additional financial support. In most cases, financial aid grants are added to merit scholarships in order to meet the student’s financial need.
If you are an international student looking for full funding, you should apply separately for one of our competitive premier scholarships. On average, four international students per year receive these full-funding scholarships.
For students receiving financial aid, the college has limits to the aid available, leaving an average annual contribution of $25,000 USD per year for an international student receiving financial aid.
All international applicants must submit documentation that states your ability to afford college fees.
Certificate of Finance