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International Coordinator


You may contact the International Coordinator with any questions you have about attending classes at North Central State College. The International Coordinator can help you with the application process and with finding local housing and transportation.



International Students

small town Atmosphere, world class Value






Experience the culture of a small mid-western U.S. town while taking classes that will transfer anywhere. We believe in the word "community" and we treat you that way. The stress level is low and so is our price.
3 Reasons to Choose NC State



Student covered with international flags

#1: World Class Value

North Central State College credit is accepted by many public and private colleges in Ohio and the United States. That means you can get the same basic classes you need for a 4 year degree while still enjoying the low tuition cost of a community college.

The Associate of Arts degree and the Associate of Science degree are particularly valuable because every class is guaranteed to be accepted by any other public college in Ohio. You could transfer to the Ohio State University with 2 years of credit without paying the big city prices!

Some Bachelor's degrees can be completed entirely on campus. The Ohio State University shares the campus with North Central State and regularly accepts our graduates. Miami university teaches classes using an interactive video link allowing NC State students to complete a 4 year engineering degree entirely on campus. Franklin University is offering a 3+1 Bachelor's degree in business where 3 years are completed on campus at NC State prices!

If you plan to get a Bachelor's degree and take your first two years of classes at North Central State, you will save a substantial amount of money. Why pay extra money at a 4 year school when you can get similar classes at a lower price?

#2: Small Town Atmosphere

As a small college we take pride in treating our students with extra personal service. We believe in the word "community" and we treat you that way.

The professors will get to know you by name, not a number. Most classes have a low student to teacher ratio, so you have a chance to get one on one answers to your questions.

Our International Coordinator and the Student Success Center will help you solve many problems you may face: English as a second language, culture differences, scheduling, class registration, tutoring, career counseling and personal counseling. We want to help you succeed, so we are always exploring new ways to make your college experience better.

One of the benefits of a small town is the lower cost of living. Living in Mansfield costs about 10% less than living in Columbus or Cleveland. That means the money you have set aside for college will last longer!

You can also expect a lower stress level while living in Mansfield. Who really wants to deal with long drive times and noisy living spaces? It only takes 20 to 30 minutes to cross town from any direction which makes getting to our main campus and local shopping easy. There are only a few major highways running through town, so it's very likely you will be able to rent an apartment or house in a quiet neighborhood.

There are a variety of recreational activities available in Mansfield and the surrounding counties. You can go snow skiing, hiking at a state park, or zip-lining through the trees. Attend a show at the local theatre or watch an indy car race at a national sports car course. Check with the local tourism website for more details.

Mansfield isn't the only metropolitan area nearby. Columbus and Cleveland are about a hour drive away which means you have a chance to visit a major American city as well. Attend a Cleveland Indians game, spend a day at Cedar Point, or go boating on Lake Erie.

#3: At a Good Price

Tuition and fees are $299.20 per credit hour. A full-time international student taking 12 credit hours per semester would only spend $7,180.80 a year for tuition and fees! We are well below the Ohio public college average of $17,815.00 per year. For two years of college you could easily save over $25,000.00!



Upon Arrival

Plan to arrive in the U.S. 20 to 30 days before classes begin. If you want to enter earlier than 30 days, you will have to get special permission from your local U.S. embassy.

Settle into Housing

The International Coordinator will show you to your temporary housing when you arrive. Take time to settle in and familiarize yourself with Mansfield and the surrounding area.

Mansfield and Richland County Information:

Ohio Information:

Meet with International Coordinator

International Students are required to meet with the International Coordinator within 3 days of their arrival.


International students must attend an orientation session before classes begin. Contact the International Coordinator to arrange a date for your orientation. You should take the orientation two to three weeks before classes begin.

Orientation includes:

  • Tour of the campus
  • Meeting with an Academic Advisor
  • How to get books
  • Tour of local shopping centers
  • Getting a bus pass
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) class availability
  • Who to contact if you have a problem
Assessment Tests

All first-time students are evaluated with assessments to determine which entry level classes are best for each student. Students with higher scores will take higher entry level classes and students with lower scores will take lower entry level classes. 

International students will be required to take the COMPASS assessment. This assessment is used to determine which entry level classes in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics match the skills of the student. The COMPASS is not an admissions requirement and is only used to determine appropriate entry level classes for each student. College credit may override COMPASS placement.

Students who are taking computer related degrees must also take the Computer Literacy assessment. This assessment is not an admissions requirement and is only used to determine appropriate entry level classes for each student.

Students who are taking health related degrees must also take the TEAS V assessment. This assessment is not an admissions requirement and is used to determine who enters clinical classes first. Those who score high on the TEAS V will be allowed into clinicals before those who score low. Health degree students can still take the basics classes required for the degree, but they may have to wait to enter clinicals depending on the outcome of the TEAS V test.

Register for Classes

You must have a valid student username and password before registering for classes. Most students register for classes online using MyNC with help from an Academic Advisor. You may also contact the International Coordinator for help with registering classes.

You will receive a curriculum worksheet which details the classes necessary to complete your degree. You may sign up for your first semester of classes online using MyNC when registration is open. Use the curriculum worksheet to find the classes you need. Check the Academic Calendar for a listing of registration dates.

International students must take enough credit to be a full-time student. Twelve (12) credit hours are necessary to be considered a full-time student.

Pay for Classes

You must pay for your first semester of classes before the term begins. See the Cashier's Office Bill Payment page for acceptable payment types and payment dates. You cannot attend classes until payment is received.

International student tuition and fees are $299.20 per credit hour. A full-time international student taking 12 credit hours per semester would pay $3,590.40 per semester in tuition and fees. Two semesters of classes would cost about $7,180.80. Your actual costs will vary depending on how many credit hours your classes are worth. Books, housing and living expenses are not included in tuition and fees.

Financial Aid is not available for international students. International students cannot claim the in-state tuition rate regardless of how long they have been in the United States.

Buy Books

All books necessary for classes are available at the campus bookstore. You may also order books online if you have the correct ISBN number. ISBN numbers for books are listed under each class on MyNC.


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