Global Education


International Student Admission Process

Central State University welcomes international students from around the world. The infusion of multi-cultures enriches the collegiate experiences of all students, promotes global thinking, and develops students to succeed in a global society. If you are considering pursuing or continuing higher education in America, a rewarding experience awaits you at Central State University!

Consideration for admission requires the completion of the online application forms. Completed applications must be submitted before the deadlines listed below. Students who are attending other schools in the United States should not withdraw until they have received a letter of acceptance.

Criteria for International Student Admission

In order for you to be considered for admission to Central State University, you must follow the instructions below. As soon as items listed below are received, you will be informed of the admission decision.  Accepted students will receive an I-20 to apply for their F-1 student visa. Students with a visa status of PERM, H1-B, H-4, or DACA can apply as domestic students.

1- Official Application

The application form must be completed fully in English. All international students must apply as full-time students and must specify a major. Receipt of your completed application is required by the deadline dates listed below:

In order for you to be considered for admission to Central State University, you must follow the instructions below. As soon as items listed below are received, you will be informed of the admission decision.  Accepted students will receive an I-20 to apply for their F-1 student visa. Students with a visa status of PERM, H1-B, H-4, or DACA can apply as domestic students.

When filling out the application, you should use your complete name and be consistent in its use. Please use the same order of your first name, middle name, and last name in all of your correspondences with Central State University offices. Any inconsistency in name order may prevent the proper processing of your application.

Click to access the online application form.

2- Application Fee

All applicants to Central State University are required to submit a nonrefundable application fee of $35 in U.S. currency. Please make draft checks or money orders payable to Central State University. Fee waivers are not accepted by international applicants.

3- Academic Records

Official transcripts of all secondary schools and universities previously or currently attended should
accompany your application for admission. Any transcript for credits earned outside the United States
must be sent to a credential evaluation agency listed below. Transcripts for credits earned in the United
States do not need to be evaluated.

A high school transcript is a record of all the courses/subjects you have completed and the grades
(marks) attained for each class of the four years of study prior to graduation from high school. An official
transcript of the General Secondary School Examination administered by your country must also be
submitted with your high school transcript and other documents. 

Send an official copy of your international transcripts to one of the following credential evaluation

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 

Request that the credential evaluation agency sends a copy of the evaluated transcripts and a copy of
the credential evaluation report to: 

Central State University
Admissions Department
1400 Brush Row Rd
Wilberforce, OHIO 45384-1004

Photocopies of original documents must have the signature of the registrar and the seal must be original
and separate from the photographic image. All documents not issued in English by the officials signing
them must be accompanied by notarized English translation. All official documents must be received in
our office by the deadlines outlined above.

4- English Proficiency Requirements
It is essential that you, as an international applicant, be proficient in the English language. The ability to understand, speak, read, and write in English effectively is essential to a successful academic career. No student is exempt from this requirement unless his/her native language is English. English proficiency is a university requirement that can be met through one of the following:

• Meet the current score requirements on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 500 (Paper-Based Exam), 173 (Computer-Based Exam), or 61 Internet-Based Exam. Only official test scores received directly from the testing authority ETS will be considered valid (
• Pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 5.5 (
• Score a C (Pass) or better in English on the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). The score must be no more than 2 years old.
• Score a C (Pass) or better on the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE).
• Successfully complete English language studies (Level 112) from any of the ELS Centers (
• Score a 90 or higher on the Duolingo English Test (

If you are already in the U.S. and attending a school, a university, or a college, you need to provide us with the following:

1. College: Transcript indicating successful completion of 36-quarter or 24-semester credit hours of college-level courses (remedial courses are not accepted).

2. High School: Transcript indicating completion of 12th-grade schooling and having successfully passed the 12th grade English college prep unit. ESL courses are not accepted. If you graduated from a USA high school, you are required to take the ACT or SAT at least once.

5- Financial Support

Central State University does not guarantee any scholarship or financial assistance to international students. Therefore, it is mandated that students show proof of financial support. Estimated expenses for the academic year 2019-2020 are as follows:


Estimated Tuition & Fees $  8,762.00
Estimated Room Charges $  5,600.00
Estimated Board Charges $  4,880.00
Estimated Health Insurance $  1,630.00
Estimated Cost of Books & Supplies $  1,500.00
Estimated Yearly Cost $22,372.00

This amount does not include travel expenses to and from the United States. It is calculated on a full-time basis for a two-semester academic year. Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration for courses. Room and Board fees are due at the beginning of each semester. No exceptions are made for these requirements. Students must have adequate finances to cover all expenses for the entire time that is required to earn the degree. Your first month in the United States demands more financial outlay than any other single period. An additional $1,000 should be available to meet these expenses. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Students with a family should budget approximately $4,000 per year for a spouse and $2,000 per year for each child.

The financial forms are included with the application forms. They are required before an I-20 (the form required to obtain an F-1 student visa) is issued. International students must complete a financial sponsorship form including bank verification of funds, the sponsor may be the student, if he/she has personal funds, a relative, organization or government, either foreign or American. 

6- Passport Photocopy

Please include a photo of your passport which includes your full name, birthday, and passport number.

7- Immunizations

Refer to the Student Health Services website to see the full list of health and vaccine requirements.

8- Shipping your I-20

Upon acceptance to Central State University, you will be issued an I-20 document. 



If you are transferring from a school within the USA, you can have your SEVIS record (I-20) transferred to Central State University. Contact the Center for International Education ( to request a SEVIS transfer form. If more than 5 months have passed between enrollment periods you will be issued a new SEVIS record (I-20) and be required to pay the I-901 fee.

If you are transferring from a school outside the USA, please send your transcripts to an evaluation agency listed in step 3.

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