Application Process for International Students

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Allegheny College proudly welcomes the international students of the Class of 2022!

Application Process

Allegheny Application – or – Common Application – or – The Coalition Application
We want you to choose the application that is right for you. We treat all three applications equally and there is no application fee required.

If using The 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).

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Required Documents and Deadlines

Submit all of the application Required Forms AND the International Student Certification of Finance Form (see below). The Admissions Committee cannot reach a decision until we receive all of your supporting documents.

The deadline for first-year applications for Fall 2020 has been extended to March 20. Please contact us at regarding applying after this deadline.

Application Deadlines

  • Early DecisionNovember 15(binding)
  • Early ActionDecember 1
  • Early Decision IIFebruary 1(binding)
  • Regular Decision – March 1 (extended)

An early decision application is ideal if Allegheny is your first choice school and you will accept an offer of admission if granted. We recommend you send us your required documents as soon as they become available to you; you may send them at any time and in any order.

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. Allegheny became test optional with the 2015-16 application cycle.

Learn More: Why test optional?

Beginning with the tests administered in March 2016, the College Board has redesigned the SAT. Applicants for Fall 2017 may submit scores from this new version of the SAT, the previous version from prior to March 2016, or both. We will continue our policy of superscoring , but can superscore only among results from pre-March 2016 tests OR among test results from post-March 2016. Test scores from the old version and new version cannot be combined. However, we will use the concordance charts provided by the College Board to compare and determine your highest score.

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)

Standardized Test Scores remain a requirement for home-schooled students.

Note that it is not necessary to send your scores via SAT or ACT if you confirm with your school that your test scores are included on your high school transcript.

For Non-Native English Speaking International Applicants only:
Allegheny College requires the submission of proof of English proficiency. English proficiency can be proven with one of the following official score reports sent directly from the testing center.

  • 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 whose native language is not English may apply for exemption from the above standardized tests by completing our English waiver form.

Certification of Finances

  • Submit an updated Certification of Finances. Once the fill-in fields are completed you can print the file and obtain the necessary signatures. When filling out form, please make sure to SAVE the file to ensure that your progress is saved.
  • Make sure to have your parent and/or sponsor sign the Certification of Finances form.
  • Send by email, mail, or fax. Keep your originals with you and bring to campus.

Bank Statement

In addition to Certification of Finances, you must 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. Documents must be in English with currency converted to USD.

Additional Details

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.

We take the Certification of Finances very seriously. Providing false information can jeopardize your status as a non-immigrant as well as your status as a student at Allegheny College.

Financial Considerations

The amount that you must certify for the first year is $67,500 (total expenses for 2019-2020), which includes College fees, books, estimated health insurance, and estimated personal expenses. Keep in mind that Allegheny offers generous merit based scholarships ranging from $5,000-$37,000. You would be required to pay the difference of the total expense minus any scholarship you receive.

For example a student receiving a $30,000 award would need to certify $37,500 for the first year, and be able to estimate about a 4% increase per year.

InitialView Interviews—Recommended For International Applications

Allegheny College is dedicated to a holistic application review process. The more we can know about you—the better we can assess your fit for Allegheny College. While this is not a required part of the application, we strongly recommend that international applicants participate in an interview conducted by InitialView as part of their application.  InitialView will conduct and record an interview with you and provide it directly to us for our review.  InitialView does not rate or grade the interview. Evaluation of the interview is done by our admission office. You may learn more about InitialView at Please arrange to have your interview completed as early as possible in the application cycle. The deadline for completing the interview is February 1st.

Counselor Recommendation / School Report

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

Send email request via Allegheny App Portal
Send email request via Common App (only if applying via Common App)
Download and request in person (complete the top section in advance)


High School Transcript & College Course Transcripts
Request that your guidance counselor forward an official copy of your high school transcript to Allegheny College along with the Guidance Recommendation/School Report (see previous item). In addition to your high school transcript, please share a copy and request the Common Application Mid-year Report from your counselor once your grades are available. As a courtesy, provide a pre-addressed, stamped envelope to your counselor. If you have taken college courses for credit, forward an official transcript from the appropriate institution.

Transferring Credits
Credits for advanced work completed in high school may be eligible for transfer according to the conditions outlined under the section titled “Academic Regulations” in the College Catalogue. Students may also earn college credit by achieving a 4 or 5 acceptable score on the AP exam (4 or 5), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Allegheny also accepts most “College in High School” credits.

Teacher Recommendation

Request at least one recommendation from a teacher who has taught you in a major subject (English, history, mathematics, science or foreign language). Although not required, you are welcome to submit more than one.

Send email request via Allegheny App Portal
Send email request via Common Application (only if applying via Common App)
Download and request in person (complete the top section in advance)

International Transfer Students

International students who wish to transfer from another institution should follow the same general application procedures as for domestic transfers. In addition, all international transfer applicants must also complete the Certification of Finance Form.


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