Requirements | Financial Assistance
Thank you for your interest in applying to Monmouth College.
Monmouth College has a longstanding tradition of welcoming students from every part of the world. We know that international diversity within our student body benefits all students, inside the classroom and beyond. When engaged and enthusiastic young people from many countries and many cultures study, reflect, and socialize together, good things happen – friendships are established, understanding is increased, communicative skills are enhanced, patience is deepened, and an endlessly rewarding curiosity about the world bursts into life.
The international students who come to Monmouth flourish here, academically and socially. We are proud of their accomplishments and are delighted that so many remain connected with the College as active and engaged alumni.
Applying for admission into a United States college or university can be overwhelming. We will assist you through the process. For a great deal of further information about the application process at Monmouth College, see our application information page.
The College accepts applications at any point throughout the year. Try to complete your application process as early as you can: you will want to have time to apply for your student visa after you are admitted to Monmouth College and have received the necessary paperwork from us. However, please note: we will certainly accept international student applications in the summer before the start of the new academic year!
We cannot award scholarships or send you the paperwork you will need for the student visa process until we have received your complete application (with letters of recommendation, transcripts/course marks record, certificate of finances, essay, etc.). We need all the pieces of your application before we can make an admission decision! So - be in touch with us, ask us any questions you might have, and be prompt and thorough in sending in the required documents (and in having your high school, recommenders, and testing agencies send their materials to us directly). We are here to help you!
Monmouth College does not require a fee for application.
- Fully complete the application for admission.
Official or certified transcripts from all secondary schools and universities attended. All transcripts (i.e., course marks record), certificates and score cards must be translated into English and forwarded to the Monmouth College Office of Admission directly from the institution. Final examination results, which are often not available until the summer following graduation from high school, will be required of admitted students (as proof of completion of high school), but do NOT need to be provided as part of the application itself.
- Completed and signed International Student Financial Certification Form
- Original TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score report or ELS Language Center completion certificate for Intensive English for Academic Purposes* if your first language is not English. TOEFL or IELTS scores / ELS certificate should be sent directly to Monmouth College from the testing agency/ELS program. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or of 79 (internet), or an IELTS score of 6.0. TOEFL/IELTS scores / ELS certificate must have been issued within the past two years. The Monmouth College code for TOEFL and SAT is 1484 and for ACT is 1084. (The language proficiency requirement may be waived upon request with adequate documentation if you have completed three or more years of high school in an English-medium school within the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand; attended one of the United World colleges schools; or transferred as a sophomore from a US college or university with satisfactory grades in humanities and social science courses.)
A thoughtful essay of at least 850 words and no more than 1200 words describing your academic interests and goals, and your reasons for studying in the United States at Monmouth College. Include in this essay some information about yourself that would be helpful to us as we consider your application: academic interests, service activities, leadership experiences, artistic and athletic interests, hobbies and special skills, and career goals.
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors.
Letters of recommendation from EducationUSA advisors are especially welcomed: we would happily take one letter from an EdUSA advisor instead of two letters from high school teachers and counselors where this is an option. See http://www.educationusa.info/centers.php to find an EducationUSA Advising Center near you.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the supporting documents requested by the Office of International Student Admission are sent directly to our office.
* Monmouth College and ELS Educational Services, Inc. have an articulation agreement encouraging international student enrollment at Monmouth. Successful completion of the ‘ELS Intensive English for Academic Purposes’ program fulfills Monmouth’s English-language-proficiency requirement. ELS students are warmly welcome at Monmouth College.
Monmouth College offers scholarships to international students with demonstrated records of academic achievement and the promise of future potential. The College's merit-based financial assistance ranges from approximately $18,000 per year up to $21,000 per year (total assistance over four years averages $76,000).
Scholarships for international students include, but are not limited to, the following:
- International Distinguished Young Leaders Scholarships are designated for students with outstanding potential as scholars and leaders. The highly competitive scholarships are offered to a limited number of students each year and provide a tuition waiver of up to $21,000. All admitted international students are automatically considered for these scholarships, which are renewable for three additional years of study with the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or above.
- International Merit Scholarships are awarded to admitted international applicants who demonstrate strong scholastic abilities and potential. Award amounts vary, with a maximum of $18,000, and may be renewed for three additional years of study. An applicant does not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible.
- Merit Scholarships for International Baccalaureate Students will be awarded to admitted international applicants who have completed the IB Diploma program at an IB World School (http://www.ibo.org/school/). Award amounts will vary, with a minimum of $10,000, and may be renewed for up to three additional years of study. The applicant should provide proof of graduation from the IB World School in the form of the high school transcript (course marks), sent directly from the high school. An applicant does not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this scholarship. Monmouth College welcomes IB students!
No additional applications, forms or essays are required for consideration for any international-student scholarship. You will be considered for financial assistance once you have fully completed your application and we have received the necessary paperwork (school records, letters of recommendation, your essay, etc.). So - be sure to get everything in as quickly as possible!
Costs / Comprehensive Fees
Monmouth College sets its cost each year as a comprehensive fee. This fee includes full-time tuition, room and board: i.e., on-campus student housing and a 3-meal per day / 7-day per week meal plan. (Additional charges will be incurred if you choose to live in premium housing facilities or you choose a premium meal plan.) All students must be covered by health insurance. If you are not covered by adequate U.S. health insurance, then you will be billed an additional annual insurance fee. Please keep in mind that colleges do increase their tuition each year.
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