Application Process for International Students

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Decision Plans & How to Apply

  • Early Decision – November 1 (binding)
  • Early Action – December 1
  • Early Action II – February 1
  • Regular Decision – February 15

Allegheny Application – or – Common Application – or – Apply Coalition, Powered by Scoir

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2024. Submit your application today!
Please note, there is no application fee required.

If using Apply Coalition or Common Application, be sure to add Allegheny to your list of schools and submit once you have completed all sections of your profile and college specific questions.

All other credentials should be submitted via the same system as your application (e.g. if you submit the Allegheny Application, your Teacher Recommendation cannot be requested/submitted via the Common App website and must be done via the Allegheny Application Portal or in person).


Secondary School/High School Transcript(s)
Transcripts should be set from all secondary schools attended. Your transcripts must be provided in English. They should come directly from a school official and sent to Allegheny College. Your school can send them via email to

For International Transfer Students: If you wish to transfer from another undergraduate institution, all official transcripts of university-level coursework must be sent to the Office of Admissions (please send to If you are attending a university outside of the US or Canada your transcript must be sent through a NACES member credential evaluation service like WESCED or SpanTran. A transcript that is stamped “Issued to the Student” is not considered official.

Personal Essay

Your essay is an opportunity to express your individual creativity and share more about who you are with the admission and scholarship committees. You can submit any essay following any of the Common Application prompts regardless of which application you apply with.

English Proficiency Scores

Allegheny accepts the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum total score of 80 on the internet-based test (iBT). Submit Your TOEFL.
  • International English Language System (IELTS) exam with a minimum overall band score of 6.0
  • Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 105 (new test)
  • Cambridge IGCSE (formerly O Levels) with a level of B or higher on the English – First or Second Language subject test
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition scores of 4 or higher
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) score 5 or better on the higher level examinations for English A Language and Literature or English A Literature
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score of 580 or higher
  • ACT (English and Reading) score of 24 or higher
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English II exam (merit in all four skills)

International students attending high school in the U.S. or those whose secondary school instruction is in English may be eligible to have their proficiency exam waived. Note: to access the our English waiver form, you’ll need to first submit your application and then use the login credentials emailed which are automatically emailed to you within the following 24-48 hours.


Request at least one recommendation from your secondary school counselor or a teacher who has taught you in a major subject (history, mathematics, science or English).

Certification of Finances

The Allegheny College Certification of Finances form can be found here Please note the log-in information needed to complete this form is only provided after you submit your application. You may submit a copy of your International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) or CSS Profile if you have filled it out for other institutions.

The amount that you must certify for the first year is for the total cost of attendance (minus the scholarship if received), which includes college fees, books, estimated health insurance, and estimated personal expenses.  Please account for a 3-4% increase in the cost of attendance for each academic year.  This is normal for all colleges and universities.

The Certification of Finances document is required before an application will be reviewed.

If you are admitted and submit your enrollment deposit, you will be asked to provide a bank statement dated within the last six (6) months. We can accept a letter of sponsorship in place of a bank statement, also on official letterhead.

By United States law, we cannot issue the SEVIS Form I-20 until we receive authoritative documentation that you have adequate financial support for your education. This is to ensure that you will have adequate financial support through your entire education at Allegheny College.  Providing false information can jeopardize your status as a non-immigrant as well as your status as a student at Allegheny College.

Optional Materials

Standardized Test Scores

Allegheny College is Test Optional.

Students who apply for admission will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores with the application. The Admissions staff will focus on other important indicators—overall high school performance, character, determination, and love of learning. The 2023 application cycle marks Allegheny’s 8th year as test optional.

Test scores are just one of the many factors that we will take into consideration as we get to know you better. While we are test optional, we encourage applicants for admission to submit their test scores if they feel the scores are an accurate representation of their potential for success at Allegheny. While the SAT test may have changed, Allegheny’s commitment to its test-optional policy remains.

Submit Your SATs (code: 2006) | Submit Your ACTs (code: 3520)

School Official’s Report

Request the School Report form and a written recommendation from your high school guidance office.


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