International Students

Stark State College welcomes qualified F1 visa holders from other countries and seeks to make their educational experience pleasant and meaningful.  According to 8 CFR 214.3(a)(2), the following schools are eligible to enroll F students:

Community college or junior college (provides instruction in liberal arts or in the professions and awards recognized associate degrees)

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certification allows institutions to issue Forms I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” to prospective international students after admitting them for a course of study. Prospective international students then use the Form I-20 to apply for a visa to enter the United States.

Start on your path to career success today! The following procedures pertain to international students holding an F1 visa who apply for admissions to SSC.

International Student Admissions Procedure

An application must be completed and submitted to SSC using the international application available online.

Submit original or certified copies of the record in the original language with English translations of the records that shows completion of an equivalent level of education to a 4 year high school in the U.S.  Submit original or certified copies of the official transcripts and/or examination results issued by the high school or examination board.  Photocopies may be submitted in addition to the originals if requesting to have original returned.

  1. Official U.S. College or University transcript
  2. Foreign College Records:  If you would like to have request transfer credits for courses completed, please have your original or certified copies in the original language and English translations of the records are required.

Please note that Stark State College has limited resources to evaluate foreign transcripts and may not be able to determine equivalent course and grade credit for your previous college experience.  We recommend that you submit your foreign transcripts to a professional foreign transcript evaluation service in the United States if you wish to pursue the possibility of receiving transfer credit(s).

Students that have foreign college transcripts and high school transcripts need to have them evaluated through a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  This will ensure if these courses/programs allow transfer credits into our programs/curriculums and validate degree completion.

This hyperlink will guide a student through 19 different choices for current members of NACES that we can use for evaluation.


  1.  TOFEL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – SSC institutional code is:  1688.  Paper based test (PBT:  minimum score of 500) or Internet-based Test (iBT:  minimum total score of 61 AND no score below 18 on both reading and writing sections).
  2. IELTS (International English Language Test):  Minimum score of 6.0
  3.  ACT (American College Test):  Minimum English score of 18 or higher
  4.   AP (Advanced Placement Exam):  English Composition and Literature test score of 3 or higher
  5.  Transfer credit in college-level English with a grade of  “C” or better from an accredited U.S. college or university

Please note: Test results must not be more than two years old.  Testing may be waived if you have earned a degree from an accredited U.S. college/university or have completed a college level English Composition course with a grade of “C” or above from an accredited college/university within the U.S.

An original letter on official letterhead from a bank or other financial institutions in which the sponsor has saving deposits, or other types of accounts containing readily available funds.  Please provide:  1) date accounts opened, and 2) specific amount of funds in the account. Names listed as account holder on Bank Statement must match names and signatures on Affidavit of Financial Support form. The statement must be in English, signed and sealed by the appropriate bank or government official.  This information must be dated within 6 month of the intended date of enrollment. No business accounts will be accepted.

Submit photocopies of your passport pages, including visa page, front and back of the I-94 and if transferring your current Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-20 along with any transfer forms.