As an international student, you bring a new perspective to an already diverse college community. While U.S. industries and job opportunities expand, the demand for talented individuals with your diverse background will continue to grow.

Apply as an International Student if you:

  • wish to study in the U.S. under a student visa (F-1), or if you currently hold a F-1 or F-2 visa.

Required Application Materials

  • an application submitted via our online application or the Common App
  • official transcripts*
  • an English proficiency exam, with the following minimum scores if your language of instruction is not English:
    • TOEFL (web-based): 85+
    • IELTS: 6.5+
  • a personal essay on a topic of your choice

* If your language of instruction is not English, the transcripts must be evaluated. Visit or to see acceptable evaluation services.

Applying for an F-1 Student Visa

  • Receive an acceptance letter from Russell Sage College Office of Admission.
  • Submit the International Student Financial Form.
  • Submit a copy of your current passport.
  • Submit a copy of your visa, if you are transferring from another college or university within the United States.
  • Once you have completed the Financial Eligibility form and submitted the supporting documents, you will be notified of your I-20 eligibility. Note: Students are not guaranteed an I-20.

After you receive the I-20 document

  • Pay the SEVIS fee and complete the visa application.
  • Schedule and prepare for your interview with the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. To schedule a visa interview,  you must locate the nearest US Embassy. You may do so by visiting
  • For interview preparation, please visit for tips and advice.


All application materials should be sent by mail or email. For a fall semester start, application materials must be submitted by May 1 and I-20 eligibility documents by June 1.

For a spring semester start, application materials should be submitted by October 1 and I-20 eligibility documents by November 1.

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