Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?

Applicants can apply online by visiting and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link. The application fee is $50.00 USD. For detailed information about how to apply and required documents please read the International Admissions Directions.

What is the application deadline for admission?

Complete applications are recommended by March 1 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 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester. 

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 (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) External link. The World Education Services (WES) External link 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 Proficiency:

  • SAT score of 400 on the Critical Reading Section
  • TOEFL score of 79 on the internet-based test (IBT)
  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based)
  • Completion of a college-level English Composition course with a grade of C+ or better
  • IELTS score of 6

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

Do you accept scanned documents?

Yes, scanned financial documents are acceptable for admissions purposes; however, admissions decisions and transfer credits are only evaluated with official academic 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-20s will not be issued until all required documents are received. 

When will I know if I am accepted?

Applicants should receive a decision on their application within three weeks after all academic records and test scores are received by the Admissions office. 

Is a tuition deposit required?

Yes. A tuition deposit of $100.00 is required to hold your spot in the upcoming class.

Is summer admission an option?

No, students can only be admitted to the Fall and Spring semesters beginning in August and January. 

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

Students attending on an F-1 Student Visa must be enrolled in either an AS or BS degree program (enrollment in a certificate program is not an option for F-1 students). Nursing and Dental Hygiene are also not offered to international students. 

How can I check the status of my application?

Applicants can check the status of their applications online via OASIS (Online Administrative Student Information System).

Where do I send my official academic records?


Sealed official academic records can be sent to our processing center at the following address:

Farmingdale State College
Attn: Admissions Processing
279 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204

Does Farmingdale offer financial aid to international students?

Unfortunately, Farmingdale does not offer financial assistance to international students. For students living on-campus, Tuition Access Grant (TAG) is available. International students must be self-supporting and prove the ability to cover expenses for their entire period of study. Currently, the yearly obligation is $33,000.00 (for students with local sponsors who will provide room and board, the estimated cost of attendance is $22,000.00) and students must prepay the first semester. Please note that additional fees of approximately $18,000.00 are required for students entering the Professional Pilot program. 

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 we recommend you 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 FSC website to give you exact timing.

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 mailing address provided by the student via express mail. 

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 External link directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Students will receive instructions about how to submit the necessary forms . Additional information can be found at . 

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International Education & Programs

Laffin Hall, Room 320A
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm


James Hall
Acting Director


Jeannette Sinnott
Assistant Director of International Programs


Samantha Somma
Senior Staff Assistant


Elizabeth Hamberger
Study Abroad Specialist


Donna Onorato
Administrative Assistant 2