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International Student Resources

As an international student, you’ll apply as either a first-year or transfer, but with additional requirements. Use this page to learn more about our application process, financial aid and scholarships, and English language proficiency requirements.

The University of Rochester is home to over 4,800 international students and scholars from around the globe. More than 140 countries are represented in the University’s international community, making our campuses vibrant and eclectic.

With such a diverse student population and numerous cultural events and activities, the University of Rochester prides itself on being a global village. The City of Rochester, like the University, provides a welcoming environment for students from all over the world. We hope you’ll consider becoming a part of our dynamic and engaging community.

Applying as an International Student

To become a student at the University of Rochester in the undergraduate College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, you must apply either as a first-year or a transfer applicant. Please click on the appropriate box below to see all the required and recommended application materials.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The University of Rochester is committed to welcoming international students each year who represent cultural and ethnic diversity from a wide variety of countries. We understand that there are numerous factors that may affect a student’s ability to pay for his or her college education. In some cases, the University will work with students and their families to identify available financial resources to make it possible for the student to attend.

During the application process, international applicants are required to demonstrate they have the financial means (either through private funds or sponsorship) to attend the University of Rochester. The documentation you must submit will depend on your citizenship or financial situation below.

Applicants who are able to meet the full cost of attendance must submit a completed International Financial Support Form (IFSF) with their application for admission.

  • Your application will remain incomplete without a completed IFSF on file.
  • Acceptable sources of funding are listed on the IFSF.
  • Applicants securing funding from their government, a private sponsor, or other source of funding not listed on IFSF should submit a copy of a sponsor letter as supporting documentation.

Questions about this form can be directed to

If you are unable to meet the full cost of attendance for Rochester without need-based aid or sponsorship from the University, you must submit the CSS Profile.

  • The CSS Profile is used to determine your potential eligibility for need-based University of Rochester grant funding and must be completed each year of attendance.
  • Due to limited resources, only a small number of international applicants will qualify for need-based financial aid from the University.
  • Applicants unable to secure the needed funding to cover the cost of attendance either through private funds or sponsorship cannot be admitted to the University.

Merit Scholarships

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, are considered for merit scholarships. No additional documentation is required to compete for a merit scholarship. Since merit scholarships are awarded independent of a student’s need, you must still submit the appropriate documents with your application as described above to complete your application for admission.

English Language Exams

If your native language is not English and you completed your secondary or higher education in a non-native English speaking country, you must take a test of English language proficiency.

Exam Recommended score Typical ‘strong’ score
IELTS 7.5 8.0+
TOEFL PBT Test (Prior to June 2017) 600
TOEFL iBT Test or
Revised TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test
(June 2017 or later)


PTE Academic 66 73+

Admission to the University of Rochester is based on a holistic review process. Applicants whose test scores fall outside of the ranges displayed above are still encouraged to apply. If your scores are slightly lower than the recommended guidelines listed above, and your application is strong in other ways, you may earn access to Rochester through the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP).

Regardless of scores, if we evaluate your English proficiency to be at a level that would benefit from additional support to succeed at Rochester, you may also earn access to Rochester through EAPP. Applicants to Rochester cannot apply to EAPP. EAPP is not a remedial or pre-matriculation English program. Students in EAPP begin coursework toward their Rochester degree in their first semester. If you are granted access to Rochester through EAPP, you will take undergraduate classes alongside EAPP courses.

Requests to Waive English Proficiency Exams

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may submit an English Proficiency Requirement Waiver Request after you have submitted your application for admission and your academic transcripts:

  • You are a native speaker of English in your home environment.
  • You completed three or more years of secondary education at an American or International School where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • You are a transfer applicant who has completed a year or more of college-level courses taught in the United States, including at least one writing-intensive course.

Waivers submitted prior to a completed application or transcripts will not be reviewed until the application is complete. If approved, your application status will automatically be updated. International applicants must submit either an English proficiency exam or request a waiver by their application deadline.