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International Students

Though a small community, Antioch College enrolls students from 27 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Our faculty and staff come from equally diverse origins, including Haiti, the Bahamas, Japan, Puerto Rico, and India, among others. We celebrate diversity in all of its manifestations, and our curriculum provides students with the tools to engage in dialogues across difference, gain oral proficiency in a second language, and become active agents for positive, social change. We are happy to invite inquiries and applications from international students.

The College participates in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) students. Please note the application process for international students is not need blind; in addition to demonstrating an interest and readiness to fully participate in the academic and community life of the college, international students must have the financial resources to live and study in the United States. 

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Financial Aid for International Students

While Antioch offers generous merit scholarships to international students, we do not offer scholarships or grants for housing, meals, and other costs (such as books, personal items, flights to and from campus, etc). Prospective international students (and/or their sponsors) need to be able to contribute at least USD 20,000 annually financially. International students are not eligible for federal student aid like Pell Grants or Federal student loans.

Submitting an Application

Like U.S. citizens, prospective nonimmigrant students must apply to attend Antioch College by submitting an Application for Admission. 

  • First-Year Applicants: Students who have not previously attended a college or university submit the First Year Application
  • Transfer Applicants: If you previously attended a college or university awarding a bachelor’s or associate degree, we ask that you complete the Transfer Application

If you’re unsure of which application you should complete, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us at

Most successful candidates for admission provide evidence of the following:

  • A strong academic record
  • Foreign language study
  • Four years of English, math, science and social studies
  • A history of work, volunteer and/or leadership experience
  • Participation in extracurricular activities

Students must provide documentation of having completed secondary education prior to enrollment. Evidence may include official high school transcript, successful completion of GED, or a homeschool report.

Your application will include:

  • Essay: In an essay of no more than 500 words, please tell us about your interests, your passions, and why you believe Antioch College is the right school for you.
  • Recommendations: Recommenders should submit letters directly to Antioch College through Common App or electronically to Students applying as first-time college students must have a school-based recommendation submitted in support of their application.
  • Transcripts and Secondary School Report: Official high school transcripts and Secondary School Report should be sent electronically through Common App or mailed to  Antioch College, Office of Admission, 1 Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. If you completed courses at an accredited college or university, please have those transcripts submitted directly to the Office of Admission.
  • Homeschool/Unschool Report: Antioch College welcomes applications from students who are homeschooled or unschooled. We ask that homeschooled or unschooled applicants submit a Homeschooling Report. That document should include the following 1) A list of all courses taken or areas of study covered, 2) Narrative or graded evaluations of student performance in each subject, 3) A short research paper, preferably completed within the last year.
  • Portfolio: Send us your artwork, poetry, short stories, academic papers — or anything else that might help an application review committee to get to know you better. Portfolios are required for students hoping to pursue a major in the arts. Email your work to
  • Interview: While the interview is not required in most circumstances, the Admission Committee may ask that you submit to an alumni interview in order to learn more about why you’ve chosen to apply to Antioch.

International Transcript Evaluation

Education acquired outside of any state of the U.S., the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or any territory or possession of the U.S. must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Students are responsible for the cost of evaluating and translating international transcripts. Fees are paid directly to the credential evaluation service.

Click here to find a recognized evaluation service. 


Demonstrating English-language Proficiency

Non-immigrant students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate an appropriately high English proficiency as a condition of admittance to Antioch College. Antioch College accepts the items listed below as demonstrations of appropriate English proficiency, provided the tests were completed within the last two calendar years.

Proficiency Demonstration Minimum score
Duolingo English Test $49 USD 105
TOEFL (Internet-Based Test) Fees vary by testing location. 80*
TOEFL (Paper-delivered test) $160 USD 550*
IELTS $215 – $250 USD 6.5*
Additional Options for Proficiency Demonstration
SAT Evidence-based writing and reading 650
ACT English/Reading/Writing composite 11
AP English Language and Composition 5
IB English Language and Literature, HL 6


*These demonstrations of proficiency do not exempt a student from taking the writing placement exam required of all students upon entry to Antioch College.

Financial Ability

Prospective F-1 students must have the financial resources to live and study in the United States. This includes being able to cover the cost of tuition, books, living expenses and travel. Antioch College is required to collect evidence of the student’s financial ability before issuing a Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. Evidence of financial ability includes but is not limited to:

  • Family bank statements
  • Documentation from a sponsor
  • Financial aid letters
  • Scholarship letters
  • Letter from an employer showing annual salary

Applying for a Visa

U.S. Consulates around the world have different rules for applying for an F-1 Student Visa. Contact the consulate in your country to determine procedures.

Keep copies of all documents that you submitted to the college. You will be required to submit all of them with your application. All transcripts and financial documents must be translated into English.

You must also present the Acceptance Letter and I-20 Form from Antioch College when you apply. Bringing a school catalogue or pamphlet may also be helpful. Your I-20 will be issued with the name of your major. If you will be attending ESL when you first arrive, that will be noted on your I-20. Usually, F-1 Student Visa’s are not issued for ESL study only.

Prepare as strong a case as possible for financial support. Bring all bank statements, proof of ownership of property, tax returns, salary statements, etc. of yourself and/or your sponsor. You may have multiple sponsors who give a part of your financial support. Each of these must provide a letter of support for a specific amount and documents showing that they have sufficient income to provide that amount. Prepare as much detailed documentation as possible. This must be presented with your F-1 Visa Application. You may also be asked to show the documents when you pass through Immigration.

Most F-1 Student Visa Applications are refused on the grounds of lack of “compelling ties.” You must prove that you intend to return to your country after you complete your studies. “Compelling ties” may include ownership of property, a family business, promise of employment after you graduation, family responsibilities, etc. Document this with letters or copies of official documents. Prepare a detailed statement of what you plan to do after returning to your country and why your education in the U.S. will be important toward achieving that goal. Speaking about family or friends that you have in the U.S. may give the interviewer the mistaken impression that you plan to stay in the U.S. permanently.

Have all documents in hand when you apply. You may have to wait months to reapply if you are refused. If you are given an appointment, contact us immediately and we will send a message of recommendation to the consulate.

After receiving your visa, arrange your transportation to arrive at Dayton International Airport.  Send your Registration Fee and let us know your arrival time. When you pass through Immigration, make sure that your I-20 is stamped and that you receive an I-94 card inside your passport.

Once You Are Admitted

If you are accepted to the college and your documents are in order, you will receive an official acceptance letter.

  1. Respond to the Offer of Admission and submit your Enrollment Deposit.
  2. Complete the International Financial Statement, which must be certified by a bank official. Deposits must show funds sufficient to cover one year of tuition and related college expenses. 
  3. Upon receipt of this document, we will issue an I-20 which you will need to take to the U.S. Consulate to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.
  4. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee ($200). The SEVIS fee CANNOT be paid to Antioch College, to a U.S. embassy or consulate, or at a U.S. Port of Entry. View methods of payment for the SEVIS fee on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.
  5. You must then report to the College and enroll within 30 days of the program start date on your Form I-20   


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