International Admission

Step 1 – Complete an International Application

Step 2 – Complete a Financial Documentation Form

Complete and submit the form along with Supporting Evidence as required in Section II of the instructions on the form. If you will be staying with a host family in the U.S. that is providing room and board, they must submit a notarized statement stating what support they will be providing. You must show that you have adequate finances (must be an amount sufficient to cover tuition, books, transportation, living expenses, etc.) to live in the U.S. for at least one year to be considered for admission.

Step 3 – Submit TOEFL Results

Submit the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum test score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 80 (iBT) with no section score below 51 (PBT), 18 (CBT), or 16 (iBT). Information on TOEFL testing can be found at The institution code for Southern State is 1752. Test results must be less than two years old.

Step 4 – Submit Transcripts

Submit both official copies and certified translated copies of your secondary school transcripts and, if applicable, official college transcripts.

Step 5 – Submit U.S. College Transcripts

If applicable, submit official transcripts from any U.S. college previously attended.

Step 6 – Complete a School Transfer Report

If applicable, this form is required of international students who are applying to transfer to Southern State from another U.S. educational institute.


The fall semester 2019 international admission deadline is May 24, 2019.

All documents should be mailed to the Office of Admission.

All documents must be received at least 60 business days before the subsequent fall semester begins. Documents submitted to Southern State will not be returned.

Applicants approved for admission will be issued an I-20 which will be mailed to the address on the application for admission.

Additional Information

Southern State is located in rural southern Ohio. Since we are a commuter college, we do not have any college housing or public transportation.

Students must make arrangements for their own housing and transportation. No on-campus employment opportunities are available for international students holding an F1 visa.

Estimated costs for academic year 2018-2019 (3 Semesters): Tuition: $11,835, Books/Misc. Expenses: $2050, Estimated Living Expenses/Transportation: $14,463, Total: $28,348. *Please note estimated expenses are subject to change.