Admissions

International Student Application for Undergraduate Admission

An international student is one who is not a U.S. national, a U.S. permanent resident, a permanent resident of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a permanent resident of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Academic Readiness:

Applicants must have completed a college preparatory program in secondary school. This program should include coursework in the humanities, laboratory sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and history. Applicants must have ranked in the top one-third of their secondary school class.

English Proficiency:

All applicants for admission must demonstrate their ability to participate in college courses where English is the language of instruction by achieving acceptable scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with TWE (Test of Written English) Essay Rating or the IELTS. Minimum scores of 550 on the paper based TOEFL or 213 on the computer based TOEFL or 79 on the internet based TOEFL and 4 on the TWE Essay Rating are required for admission. The TOEFL code for The College of St. Scholastica is 6107. The minimum score on the IELTS is 6.5.

Transfer Requirements:

Students transferring from another institution may apply for admittance for any academic semester. Transfer applicants must have earned a minimum of a C average (2.0 GPA) or equivalent and be eligible to return to the college or university he or she is leaving to attend St. Scholastica.

If international students have taken International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) or College in the Schools (CITS) credits through accredited institutions, these credits may transfer to CSS. However, the College will need to perform an official transcript evaluation to see exactly which of the IB, AP or CITS may transfer to St. Scholastica. International students will need to have an official transcript sent to CSS from the institution that the IB, AP or CITS courses were taken.

Application Procedures:

International Students applying to The College of St. Scholastica must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed College of St. Scholastica International Student Application Form, which includes a written essay.* 
  2. Original or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary school transcripts. English translations must be included with these transcripts.
  3. Photocopies TOEFL test scores, including the TWE (Test of Written English) Essay Rating or IELTS Test Scores (if the student has these available). For direct reporting of your TOEFL test scores, use code 6107. 
  4. One photocopy of your ACT or SAT test scores. For direct reporting of your ACT or SAT test scores, use code 6107.
  5. A completed certification of finances form
  6. An essay on a significant event that has happened in your life and your reaction to it. Must be no less than three double-spaced pages in length.
  7. One photocopy of the photo and information page of your passport.  
  8. An affidavit of support (INS for I-134) for students with U. S. sponsors
  9. To be compliant with Minnesota State Law, ALL incoming students are required to submit documentation with the dates of immunizations against tetanus, diphtheria (Td or Tdap must be within the last 10 years) and measles, mumps rubella (MMR).
  10. Two letters of recommendation from teachers or college advisors if applying for scholarship are required.

*For those working with students who have limited access to computers or the Internet, you may download a PDF of the application, print it and provide it to students.

These materials must be received no later than 90 days prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester. While The College of St. Scholastica does not offer an early decision program, we strive to evaluate complete international applications within 30 days of submission and advise the student of acceptance or denial. Once these materials have been received by the College, the standing committee on international students will review the application and recommend granting or denying admission to the College. Students will be notified in writing of their admission status as soon as possible after the committee review.

Campus Housing:

International students are required to live on campus their first two years. Students must return the required housing contract and deposit as soon as possible after receiving an offer of admission. 

Financial Aid:

In general, international students who are admitted to the College are responsible for securing the funds necessary to attend The College of St. Scholastica from sources outside the College. The College has a limited number of partial tuition grants for exceptional international students. The College awards these grants based on an estimate of financial need, efforts to maintain diversity, and perceptions of the student’s potential to contribute to the College. Students who wish to apply for a grant must return all application materials and the Application for International Student Financial Aid 90 days prior to the start of the semester of entry. Please note that graduate students are not eligible for any college-based financial aid. Major scholarship applicants must apply for admission by February 15.

Notification of Financial Award:

After an international student has been accepted to the College, the applicant’s request for student financial aid will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in writing if they are awarded one of a limited number of partial tuition grants for international students. Students who receive these grants are required to live on campus. To assure that international students have no financial difficulties when they arrive at St. Scholastica, the College requires every international student to make a minimum deposit of U.S. $500. This deposit is due within 30 days of acceptance. Failure to make this deposit will result in delayed processing of INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Form I-20A, which is required to obtain an F-1 student visa. Upon arrival and registration at the College, international students must make an additional deposit in their student accounts to pay for the entire first semester; payment to cover the second semester must be deposited by January 10.  Students requiring more financial flexibility must make alternative arrangements through the International Admissions Representative.

Estimated Annual Expenses 2013-14 (in U.S. dollars)

Tuition: $31,416

Room and Board (need to supply own linens, meals not available during quarter breaks and vacation times): $8,348

Lab fees, miscellaneous supplies: $300 (varies based on academic focus)

Books: $800 (estimated cost)

Other fees: $196

  • Health Service Fee: $196
  • Student Health Insurance: Health insurance is mandatory for all students. Coverage is available through the College of St. Scholastica. Please inquire with any questions.
  • Housing deposit $500 (the housing deposit is returned when room is vacated and left in satisfactory condition)

Personal expenses: $2,000

  • Meals during breaks [estimated $15 per day for 36 days, to account for time between fall and spring semester]: $1,000
  • Personal supplies
  • Please note: For those coming from warm climates, it will be necessary to buy winter clothes the first year. Winter clothing can be purchased in Duluth. 

Transportation Expenses: $0 There is a city bus service available free of charge to all CSS ID card holders. The city bus stops on campus with connections throughout the area.     

For more information or to send completed applications:
International Undergraduate Admissions
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811 USA
Telephone: (218) 723-6046
Fax: (218) 723-5991
Email: admission@css.edu
Web site: www.css.edu

The College of St. Scholastica is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.