Admission of International Students

Students who are citizens of other countries must complete the State University of New York (SUNY) Application or the SUNY Adirondack Application and all supplemental information forms which are available on the college's website at

In addition, students must submit English Proficiency exam results per the following table:

     Table I: English Proficiency Type    

   Requirement Minimum

Completion of a registered ESL Program or
SUNY ADK non-credit ESL Program

Completion certificate of the program
ENG 101 completed at a post-secondary institution in a location where English is the local or predominant language Transfer credit
TOEFL-Paper Based* 500
TOEFL-Paper Based, Revised* 46
TOEFL-Internet Based** 61
IELTS* 5.5
PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) 43
iTEP Academic Plus* 4
STEP/EIKEN (Japan) Grade Pre-1
SAT scores 480 (total on the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing score)
ACT scores 18 (total, and on reading and English sections)
High School Marks (India, Nepal, and Pakistan) 60% in English at X and XII in Certificate
High School Marks (Kenya) 75% in English in Grade 10 and Grade 12
IB (International Baccalaureate) 4 or better on English: Literature or Language & Literature
Duolingo English Test 90
Cambridge English Scale (80-230) 180
Caribbean Examinations Councils (CXC) – CSEC English 111
British O Level C
ELS Language Center 112
WAEC WASSCE (West Africa) C

*Note: SUNY Adirondack's code is 2017
**Currently accepting TOEFL, Internet based at home test.

Students must submit an official high school transcript that is translated into English and displays a clear date of completion. The college reserves the right to request a student complete an official document-by-document evaluation of their high school transcript from WES,, if the previous conditions are not met. Students looking for transfer credit must request an official course-by-course evaluation of your college-level classes from WES, and submit this to the Registrar’s Office.

The international student application and supplemental information forms must be completed and on file in the College Access (Admissions) no later than July 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester.  Please note, all official documents must be on file in the Admissions Office by the application deadline to issue an I-20.

Non-matriculated international student registration requests, with accompanying English proficiency scores, must be completed and on file five business days prior to the start of a semester.

English Proficiency Exemption Requirements

Citizens of these countries do not have to submit English proficiency scores due to English being the native language:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Helena
  • South Africa
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Students from secondary schools where English is the primary instructional language are exempt from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or similar English language proficiency college threshold scores. Students from secondary schools where English is not the primary instructional language will be held to the same college English proficiency standards listed above in Table 1: English Proficiency Standards.


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