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The Center for International Students and Study Abroad (CISSA) has compiled a list of questions that are most commonly asked by prospective international students, via e-mail, telephone and on interviews.

If your question is not listed here, please contact the Center for International Students and Study Abroad (CISSA) International Undergraduate Admissions by:
PHONE: (631) 420-2354, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST
FAX: (631) 420-2780
International Undergraduate Admissions
Farmingdale State University
NY 11735

We are happy to assist you throughout the application process. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.

What is the application deadline for admission?

Complete applications are recommended by March 1st to allow sufficient time to process the necessary documents and provide the best opportunity for course selection. Some programs have limited enrollment and may close prior to the application deadline. Applications must be received no later than June 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester.

How do I apply?

For detailed information about how to apply and required documents please read the International Admissions Directions on the Admissions page of the Farmingdale website

What are the admissions requirements for students applying directly from secondary school?

Secondary school records must reflect academic achievement equivalent to the minimum for admissions (B average) when converted to the American grading scale.

What are the academic requirements for admission for students transferring with post secondary credentials?

Students who have attended post secondary schooling either in their home country or the United States must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better. We require that foreign credentials be evaluated by a member of NACES; World Education Services (WES) is recommended.

Is there an ESL option on campus?

We do not offer ESL preparation on campus. Prior to admittance students must demonstrate English language proficiency.

How is English Language Proficiency evaluated?

There are several ways to evaluate English Language Proficieny:

  • SAT score of 430 on the Critical Reading Section
  • TOEFL score of 68 on the internet-based test (IBT)
  • Completion of a college-level English Composition course with a grade of C or better
  • IELTS score of 6
  • Completion at an Intensive English Language Institute in the United States at the advanced level.

Applicants must meet the minimum score requirement in order to be admitted to the College.

Do you accept scanned documents?  

Yes scanned documents are acceptable for admissions purposes; however, transfer credits are only evaluated with official documents.

Do you offer conditional admission?

Yes. If a student has a proven track record of academic success we can offer provisional acceptance. Please note that I-20’s will not be issued until all required documents are received.

What's the average processing time for applications?

Applicants should receive a decision on their application within three weeks once the completed application is received by the Admissions office.

When will I get my I-20?

  I-20’s will not be issued until all required documents are received. Once cleared academically and financially, I-20’s are sent to the foreign address provided by the student via express mail.

Is a tuition deposit required?

Does Farmingdale offer financial aid to international students?

Unfortunately, Farmingdale does not offer financial assistance or scholarships to international students. International students must be self-supported and prove the ability to cover expenses for their entire period of study. Currently, the yearly obligation is $31,000 and students must prepay the first semester.

Is summer admission an option?


Are there any programs that are not open to international students?

Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and the Professional Pilot program are not offered to international students.

Is campus housing available?

We have new and newly renovated residence halls on campus offering both traditional and suite style accommodations. Rooms are offered on a first come first served basis and it is recommended to apply for housing as early as possible.

When do classes start?

Classes typically begin the last week of August for the Fall semester and the third week in January for the Spring semester. The academic calendar is available on the website at

How do I apply for my F-1 Visa?

Once accepted students will receive detailed instructions about how to apply for the F-1 Visa.   The length of time to process the Visa varies from country to country which is why we strongly recommend having your application in as early as possible.

How do I pay for my SEVIS Fee?

After acceptance students must pay a SEVIS fee directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Students will receive instructions about how to submit the necessary forms and additional information can be found at