We welcome all international students interested in attending classes at North Central State College. Your presence will help expand our horizons and enrich the experience of our entire student body.
Apply to the College
Applying to the college is the first step towards attending classes. North Central State College has an open enrollment policy, which means all students are considered for admission regardless of grade point average or class standing. You should complete an Application for Admission at least 90 days before classes begin.
To be accepted for admission, international students must also submit other required documents listed on this page. After reviewing your application form and related documents, we will mail you an acceptance letter detailing the next steps you should take.
International students who are accepted by the college will receive an I-20 document. The I-20 document is required to apply for a student visa. Students applying for an F1 student visa should contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate to start the visa process.
More details about obtaining a student visa are covered under Step 2: Applying for a Student Visa.
Choosing ESL or a Major
You must choose English as a Second Langauge (ESL) and/or a major area of study when you apply to the college. North Central State College has many Associate Degrees (majors) with the opportunity to transfer to complete a Bachelor's Degree with other universities.
Our campus is co-located with a branch of the Ohio State University.
If you are not sure which degree is right for you, contact the International Coordinator for assistance.
These pages may also be helpful in choosing a degree:
Required Documents for Admission
All documents must be certified copies of the originals or the originals. "Certified copies" are copies authorized or stamped as being true copies of the original by a person or agency recognized by the law of the person's home country. Certified English translations are required if your documents are not in English.
It is preferred that all documents be received by North Central State College no later than 90 days before the term you wish to attend. Applicants who do not complete the admissions requirements in time for their expected term of enrollment will be required to wait for the next term for admissions consideration.
*Documents must be mailed. Email/scanned copies will not be accepted.
Application for Admission
- Proof of High School Graduation*
The successful completion of high school or equivalent is required.
Proof of Financial Ability*
It is estimated that an international student will need a minimum of USD $19,058.00 per year for tuition, fees, books and living expenses while attending an academic program at North Central State College (based on Summer 2013-Spring 2014, subject to change). An official bank statement must be submitted to show evidence of financial ability to meet these anticipated expenses. The form Affidavit of Sponsor Providing Free Room and Board can be completed if support associated with the costs of living is available to the student. International students may work while in the United States, but it will not be considered a financial source. Financial aid is not available for international students and may not be used as a financial source.
- Proof of English Proficiency*
- Test of English as a Foreign Languages (TOEFL) scores of 500 or above (pbt), or 173 or above (cbt), or 61 or above (ibt)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 or above
- ACT English score of 13 or above
- GED writing skills score of 45 or above
- Graduation from a United States high school with an English final grade of C or above
If a student cannot meet the minimum requirement for academic entry based on the criteria listed above, or if the student chooses not to test as part of admission, the student may be offered acceptance into our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, with conditional acceptance into their academic program. Minimum ESL before testing is one year.
Possible testing following arrival:
ACCUPLACER ESL - Students will be tested after they arrive if they choose not to take the TOEFL/IELTS test. This will determine the number of ESL classes required.
ACCUPLACER - Students will complete this testing after they arrive to determine proficiency in reading, writing, and math. This assessment is used for academic placement as needed.
Computer Literacy Assessment - Students will complete this testing in windows and keyboarding for select programs as needed.
Email all documents to:
(maximum of 2MB per email)
You may also mail documents to:
North Central State College
2441 Kenwood Circle
Mansfield, OH 44906
United States of America
Transferring from Another College
North Central State College accepts credit from domestic as well as foreign colleges and universities. You must submit an official transcript in English from your previous school to Student Records for evaluation. All foreign college transcripts will be evaluated by an outside evaluation service, such as the World Education Service www.wes.org, at the student's expense. Domestic college transcripts will be evaluated by the North Central State College Registrar at no charge.
Please contact Student Records or the International Coordinator for more details on transferring credit to North Central State College.
Transferring to Another College
Most of the classes at North Central State can be transferred to another college or university. If you transfer to another school, the receiving school makes the final decision on how North Central State classes will be credited towards a new degree.
Our campus is co-located with a branch of the Ohio State University. Ashland University and Mount Vernon Nazarene College are within 25 miles and also accept North Central State credit.
If you are planning to transfer to another school, contact the new school before your I-20 at North Central State expires. You will have to obtain a new I-20 from the new school before you can attend classes at the new school. It is recommended that you transfer your North Central State credit when you apply for the new I-20.
Please contact Student Records or the International Coordinator for more details on transferring credit to another college.
You may contact the International Coordinator with any questions you have about attending classes at North Central State College.