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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are admitted and choose to enroll at Centre College, you will need to remit a USD 400 non-refundable enrollment deposit by either February 1 (for Early Decision) or May 1 (for Early Action and Regular Decision) to secure your admission. Centre issues 1-20 paperwork after receiving the enrollment deposit.
Important information from the United States Department of Homeland Security can be found by visiting Study in the States.
Centre does not offer need-based financial aid for international students, but it does offer a variety of merit scholarships for international applicants. These scholarships range from $7,500 up to the full cost of attendance.
Application for Admission
Apply online at no charge using the Common Application at www.commonapp.org.
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. Our required minimum for the TOEFL is 90, and our required minimum for the IELTS is 7.0. English proficiency can also be demonstrated by strong performance on the reading/writing sections of the SAT or ACT, and strong performance in a curriculum taught in English.
Centre College’s CEEB code for the TOEFL is 1109.
Optional: SAT (Reasoning Test Score) or ACT (American College Test) An SAT or ACT test score is not required but is recommended if the test is available in your country. If you are already proficient in English, you must submit the SAT or ACT in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS.
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 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.
Certificate of Finance Form
All international students MUST submit the College Board’s Certificate of Finance (CoF) in order to be considered for admission and scholarships. You may choose your preferred method for completing this form. Option 1: PDF Version – Print, complete and submit a scanned copy of the CoF to email@example.com or the applicant portal. Option 2: Online Form – Complete the CoF form online and submit directly to Centre (no printing required). We do NOT require a separate financial aid application or copies of bank statements for international applicants. You may submit the ISFAA in lieu of the Certificate of Finance. Centre does not accept the CSS profile.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- All international students must submit the College Board’s Certificate of Finance (COF); this is our only required financial form. We have two versions of the Certificate of Finance Form, and you may choose your preferred method for completing this form.
- If an applicant cannot obtain the signature of a bank official on the COF, they may omit that portion of the form. Please know that if a student later intends to enroll at Centre College that they will need to show proof of financial support at the US consulate in order to obtain a student visa.
- We do NOT require a separate financial aid application (ISFAA), copies of bank statements, or the CSS profile for international applicants. A student may submit the ISFAA in lieu of the Certificate of Finance by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or uploading to the applicant portal.
Centre does not offer need-based financial aid to international students but does consider them in our merit scholarship competition. International students are eligible for international student merit scholarships ranging from USD $7,500 – $27,000, and may apply separately for two of our full cost scholarship programs, the Lincoln Scholars Program and the Brown Fellows Program. International applicants must complete the College Board Certification of Finances Statement to be considered for admission and scholarships. If you prefer, you can also complete an online version of this form here: https://admission.centre.edu/register/2020cof
Centre has two scholarship programs that offer full funding for international students. These competitive scholarship programs, the Lincoln Scholars Program and the Brown Fellows Program, require a separate online application. Centre does not offer full need-based funding for international students, and students who require a full scholarship should make plans to apply for the Lincoln or Brown programs as the best and only ways to secure full funding at Centre.
Centre sets its cost each year as a comprehensive fee. The estimated total cost for international students for 2019-20 is USD $59,000. This includes the base comprehensive fee of tuition, all academic fees, student housing, board (meals), and most cultural and athletic events on campus + required health insurance, books, transportation to campus, and personal expenses. The cost for each student vary will vary depending on scholarships that may be awarded. Please keep in mind that colleges do increase their tuition each year. For information on scholarships, please visit here.
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. This policy applies to SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and IELTS. 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. If an applicant who self-reports scores decides to attend Centre, they must submit official copies of test reports prior to enrollment.
Centre College requires one form of standardized testing in order to be considered for admission (SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS). More than one form is acceptable, if that is appropriate for the applicant.
Centre requires proof of English proficiency, which may be demonstrated in the following ways.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Testing System) score reports, for all applicants who are from a country where English is not the primary spoken language. Our required minimum for the TOEFL is 90, and our required minimum for the IELTS is 7.0.
- 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 requirement should be waived, please send an email to email@example.com detailing how you meet our proficiency requirements. If we choose to waive the TOEFL/IELTS, the applicant must then submit the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission.
When Centre reviews an international applicant for admission we need some reassurance that, if admitted, the student will be able to afford to attend our institution. That is why we ask for the Certificate of Finance which states the family’s ability to pay for education. It is sometimes the case that while a student’s credentials would make them a very qualified applicant, we will not be able to offer admission due to a lack of finances. We do sometimes place students on a financial aid waitlist which indicates that while we would like to offer admission, we are unable to do so unless the student: a) receives a premier scholarship from Centre, or b) the family amends the Certificate of Finance to show a greater capacity to pay educational expenses.
If a student needs a significant amount of financial assistance to afford to attend Centre College (beyond our general international student merit scholarships), they should apply separately for one of Centre’s premier scholarship programs that provide full financial support. These programs, the Lincoln Scholars and Brown Fellows programs, are open to international applicants and require a separate online application. The deadline for these competitive programs is late January; finalists are named in March and recipients are named in April.
- For general information on applying to Centre as an international student, please visit here: https://www.centre.edu/international-applicants/
- For a specific checklist of required application materials, please visit here: https://www.centre.edu/important-information-for-international-applicants/
Interviews are optional for international applicants. Students who apply to Centre will be invited via email to sign up for an optional virtual interview (Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, or WeChat) after they submit their application. Interviews are available on a limited basis, and are not mandatory.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
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|
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. The total cost for international students for 2019-20 is $59,000. International students are eligible for merit scholarships. Centre College does not offer need-based financial aid for international students.
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 international student merit scholarships, for which there is no additional application. The total fees for each student will vary depending on scholarships that may be awarded. International applicants must complete the College Board Certification of Finances Statement. We do not require the CSS profile.
If a student wants/needs full funding in order to attend Centre, they can apply separately for two of our premier scholarship programs, the Lincoln Scholars or Brown Fellows programs, which are Centre’s only options for covering the full cost of attendance.
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.