International Admission Instructions (F1 Visa)
This page is for international applicants who:
- Need a student visa (F1 visa) to travel to the United States to complete a degree with Columbus State Community College
- Already have an F1 visa from another school and wish to transfer to Columbus State and receive a new I-20
- Have a different non-immigrant visa/status and wish to change to F1 status
Please follow the instructions below to be accepted to Columbus State Community College.
Step 1: Apply
Step 2: Check your email
Monitoring your email after submitting the application is essential to know if your application was accepted. In some cases, we may contact you at the email address you provided when completing the application to verify any information. Once your application is accepted, you will receive an email with your student ID number, called a Cougar ID.
Step 3: Review the admission requirements
F1 students have specific requirements for admission which must be met before you can receive an acceptance letter. The admission requirements are listed below. Be sure you are submitting evidence of each requirement; failure to do so will delay our admission decision.
Step 4: Submit your admission documents
Once you have all the documents ready, submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org We accept documents in PDF or JPG format. Admissions deadlines can be found below.
Please do not mail documents to Columbus State Community College as this will prolong our admission decision.
Step 5: Await our admission decision
After submitting your documents, please allow up to 14 business days for our office to review and verify your documents. If we have any questions, we will reach out to you at the email address you provided when completing the application.
Step 6: Receive your acceptance letter
If accepted, we will email your admission letter and Form I-20 to the provided email address. If you are already an F1 visa holder at another college/university, you will receive an acceptance letter to send to your DSO. Your I-20 will be processed after your school releases your F1 SEVIS record to Columbus State. Discuss your SEVIS record release date with your current school/DSO.
Step 7: Discover and activate your CSCC student username and email address
Once you are accepted, begin checking your student email account regularly. We will send your orientation invitation and any other important information to your student email account. We will no longer contact you at the email address you provided on the application.
Proof of Completion of Secondary Education
- You must have completed secondary education which is equivalent to a US high school diploma. Only submit a copy of your diploma, or the certificate your received when you graduated from secondary school. If the document is not in English, provide a translation of your documents with the original copies.
- If you have completed a bachelor’s degree, you may submit a copy of your degree or transcripts in place of the high school diploma.
- If you have not completed secondary school, you may submit a letter from your school which states the date of your graduation and the award to be received (high school diploma). You must submit final transcripts prior to starting classes at Columbus State.
Students applying to programs with competitive or selective admission (such as nursing) must obtain a credential evaluation from a NACES organization to Columbus State Community College. Please contact your program’s department directly for more information.
English placement information
You are required to submit valid test results from an approved exam to satisfy placement requirements. Placement information helps us put you into the first English, math, and science courses you will take at Columbus State. The following results or transcripts listed below are the only documents that will be accepted for this requirement. No exceptions can be made.
- SAT, 480+ in reading and writing
- TOEFL, 79+ with 20+ in reading and writing
- IELTS, 6.5+ with 6.0+ in each band
- ACT, 18+ in English
- Official transcript* from a US college/university showing completion of college-level English
- Columbus State English/ESL placement test (requires prior approval from ISS office)
If you are eligible to take the English/ESL placement test, the ISS office will send you detailed instructions to reserve your testing appointment. Registering for the exam prior to ISS approval will result in the cancelation of your placement testing appointment.
Evidence of financial ability
You must submit bank statements which show you or a financial sponsor can cover the cost of attendance for 1 year. Only a recent statement from a checking or savings account will be accepted. The following information must be listed on the bank statement:
- Account holder’s name
- Currency type
- Available balance of $24,492 or higher
Bank statements should be submitted with a completed financial affidavit.
The minimum amount of $24,492 must be shown to satisfy this requirement unless you have evidence of a scholarship which will cover part of your tuition. No exceptions can be made even if you will be living with a relative once you arrive in the U.S.
F1 applicants with dependents should refer to the financial affidavit for additional funds which must be shown in the bank account per each F2 dependent you will have.
Immigration documents and student information form
- All applicants must submit a valid and unexpired passport
- If you already have an F1 visa, submit copies of your passport, F1 visa or I-797, I-94 and your current I-20
- If you are applying for a change of status, submit copies of your current visa and I-94
- All applicants must complete the Student Information Form
Our office must receive all of your admission documents by the dates below to issue an acceptance letter for the given semester:
|.||Applicants outside the US||Students inside the US|
|Autumn Semester||June 1||July 15|
|Spring Semester||October 1||November 15|
|Summer Semester||Not available||Not available|
Columbus State does not issue I-20s for the summer term.
Our office works in a hybrid format. Please contact email@example.com with any questions. If you prefer an in-person appointment, we are available during the following days and times:
|Tuesday||10:00 – 12:00
1:00 – 3:00
|Thursday||10:00 – 12:00
1:00 – 3:00
|Friday||Virtual appointments only|
Our office is located in Madison hall, lower level. Upon arrival, check-in with the front desk representative.