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International FAQs

SAT/ACT Test Flexible Policy

What is Fordham's SAT/ACT Test Flexible Policy for Overseas Applicants?
Submission of SAT/ACT results is optional for first-year applicants to Fordham who meet the criteria below.

Who is eligible to apply with this option?
Students who meet both of the following criteria:

1) International or American citizens and eligible non-citizens who are completing secondary education outside of the United States.


2) Those expected to receive one of these secondary education credentials prior to enrollment:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Diploma  
  • French Baccalaureate
  • German Abitur  
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato (Maturita)
  • Mexican Bachillerato  
  • Singapore Cambridge GCE A levels  
  • South African National Senior Certificate 
  • Spanish Bachillerato
  • UK GCE Advanced Levels (3+ required) 

Predicted results for IB and GCE A Level credentials must be submitted for admission consideration.

Failure to successfully complete the secondary education credential specified on your application to Fordham may result in an offer of admission being rescinded.

Who is required to submit SAT/ACT testing?
The following students are required to submit official standardized test (SAT/ACT) scores to be considered for first-year admission:

1) International or American citizens and eligible non-citizens who are completing secondary education within the United States (including those pursuing the curricula above).

2) International or American citizens and eligible non-citizens who are completing secondary education outside of the United States and are completing any other curriculum not listed above.

3) All home-schooled students.

If I meet the criteria for a test flexible application, may I still choose to submit my SAT/ACT scores?
Yes, eligible students may choose to submit their scores to be included in their application review.

How do I indicate my intention of applying without standardized test (SAT/ACT) scores?
Eligible students may select the test-flexible option via their answers in the Questions section of their Common Application.  

Is SAT/ACT score submission required for scholarship consideration?
Fordham will continue to offer partial merit scholarships to international applicants who qualify.  SAT/ACT score submission is not required from overseas international candidates who are completing one of the indicated secondary credentials.

Where can I learn more about admission and testing requirements?
For more information about admission requirements and admitted student data, please review our How to Apply and Class Profile pages.

If I apply with the test flexible option, are English language proficiency exam scores required?
The test flexible option does not extend to TOEFL/IELTS testing.  All non-native English speaking international applicants to Fordham are required to submit English language proficiency exam scores (TOEFL/IELTS).

Financial Aid And Scholarships

Who is eligible for international student need-based financial aid?
New first-year applicants who will study at Fordham on a non-immigrant visa and who meet the following financial contribution guidelines.

To qualify, the CSS Profile Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) must demonstrate, at minimum, sufficient funding for all indirect annual costs of attendance: at least $30,000. This includes room and board, textbooks, travel expenses, health insurance, and miscellaneous expenses, along with annual estimated increases in tuition. 

What is the range of available need-based awards? 
As available funding for international students is limited, need-based awards do not cover the complete annual cost of attendance. The annual awards may range from a few thousand dollars up to the cost of a student’s first-year full tuition charges.

What types of need-based awards are available? 
Fordham offers need-based institutional grants. Loans and work-study positions are not offered as part of a financial aid package. More information about employment opportunities with an F-1 student visa can be reviewed here.

Are merit awards also available?
All complete applications for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarships. No supplementary materials are required to apply. Merit award notifications are included within the online admission letter.

How and when do I apply?
1) Select “Yes” when asked if you are applying for financial aid on the Fordham University Member Questions of the Common Application.
2) Submit the CSS Profile (school code: 2259) and any supporting documents by the financial aid application deadline for your chosen admission plan:

  • Early Action, Early Decision and Priority Performance: 
    • Admission Application: November 1 
    • CSS Profile November 1
  • Regular Decision: 
    • Admission Application: January 1
    • CSS Profile January 1

Can I apply for financial aid after I am offered admission or enrolled at Fordham?
No - all requests for financial aid must be made at the time of application for admission. Requests after admission or at any time during enrollment at Fordham will not be considered.

Can financial aid awards be increased in future years?
Initial awards will not be adjusted for future years of study. All awards are offered at the same amount annually for up to four years provided the student meets minimum GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Students and families must budget their finances accordingly, expecting estimated annual cost of attendance increases of 3-5%.  

Is Fordham’s admission review for international students need-blind?
Fordham is need-sensitive in the international application review. Due to limited available funding, the amount of demonstrated need may impact the final admission decision. 

How many international students receive financial aid? 
In the incoming Fall 2019 class, 7% of international students who applied for financial aid were selected for awards.

Are CSS Profile fee waivers offered?
As Fordham does not commit to meeting full demonstrated need and requires a substantial minimum EFC to qualify for aid, CSS Profile fee waivers are not offered. 

I live abroad but have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Am I qualified for these awards?
Eligible non-citizens and U.S./dual U.S. citizens living abroad who wish to be considered for financial aid will complete the domestic student aid application process

Are international transfer students eligible to receive financial aid?
Transfer students are not eligible to apply for need-based aid. Information on available merit scholarships can be found here.

English Language Proficiency

I am an international student currently in an English language high school.  Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
Yes.  Fordham requires TOEFL or IELTS results from all non-native English speaking international applicants.  If you do not submit TOEFL or IELTS results, this may impact your admission decision.

Does Fordham waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if I study in high school in the USA or if I meet a minimum SAT score?
No. Fordham requires TOEFL or IELTS results from all non-native English speaking international applicants.  If you do not submit TOEFL or IELTS results, this may impact your admission decision.

What should I do if I am an international applicant but am not submitting TOEFL or IELTS results as part of my application to Fordham?
International students who are not submitting required TOEFL or IELTS results must complete the English Language Proficiency Test Waiver Request Form linked within the online applicant portal after an application has been officially submitted.

Does Fordham University offer English as a second language (ESL)?
Fordham University offers a full-time ESL program at the Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) at our Lincoln Center campus. The IALC also offers part-time courses for enrolled non-native English speakers at Fordham University.

International Curricula For Credit

Does Fordham University recognize the International Baccalaureate (IB)?
Fordham University does recognize the academic challenge of the International Baccalaureate program. Fordham University issues college credit for International Baccalaureate Higher Level exam scores of 5, 6 or 7. Please instruct the International Baccalaureate Organization to send your results directly to the Fordham University Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Does Fordham University offer credit for international leaving exams/maturity certificates?
Fordham University will consider some international leaving exams/maturity certificates for college credit, depending on the exam, subjects and specific results. Please email with specific questions.

General Questions

If I am a United States citizen or permanent resident, but I live abroad, do I apply to Fordham University as an international student? 
All applicants to Fordham University use the Common Application. There is not a separate application for international students or Americans living abroad. 

If I attend a United States High School, but do not have United States citizenship or permanent residency, how should I apply to Fordham University? 
All applicants to Fordham University use the Common Application. There is not a separate application for international students. Fordham University will be able to determine your international student status through your answers to the application questions. 

If I have begun university level study at another institution, can I choose to apply to Fordham University as a first year and not transfer any credits?
No. If you have begun university level coursework, you will apply to Fordham University as a transfer applicant. This is the case even if you do not think any of your current courses will transfer. A World Education Services (WES) evaluation or your college/university transcript is also required.