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The small campus atmosphere of Notre Dame College is the main reason so many international students come here to study and develop as a person. We currently have 45 international students who hail from 10 different countries.

As an international student you will receive personal attention from faculty and staff that will help students build strong and lasting friendships at Notre Dame College. This is due to the small class sizes that we offer to our students and the supportive campus environment that we have built.

International Recruiter Carl Nolan is available to answer questions and provide assistance for both prospective and current Notre Dame College students. He can be reached by phone at 216.373.5384 or by e-mail at

Residence Life

Information on our residence halls.

Admission Information

International students are those who legally reside in a country other than the United States. Notre Dame College requires the following credentials from each international student seeking admission:

  1. Official academic transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary education (if the academic transcripts are in a language other than English, the original transcripts must be submitted along with notarized/certified English translations)
  2. Competency in English – (see below-applicable only to non-native English speakers who graduated or will graduate from a secondary school outside the USA)
  3. International Student Financial Aid Form: Select this link to access and print a PDF version of the form.
  4. Verification of Country of Birth and Citizenship form: Verification of Country of Birth and Citizenship PDF version
  5. Admissions Essay (recommended but not required).This document must be notarized and be accompanied by a copy of your passport photo page.

For Transfer Students ONLY:

  1. Verification of F-1 Status form, and
  2. College credit may be offered for completion of coursework, at a “C” level or better, equivalent to the NDC General Education requirements at a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Non-U.S. college/university transcripts may need to be sent to an evaluation service such as SCHOLARO (


FULL ADMISSION – A student will be granted Full Admission when the following conditions have been met.


  • Competence in the English language as evidenced by, one of the following:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) minimum score of 550 PB (paper-based) / 213 CB (computer-based) (
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0 (
    • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English) minimum score of C (pass)
    • ELS Language Centers level 112 Proficiency Examination (
    • General Certificate of Education minimum score of C (pass) on either O (ordinary) or A (advanced) level. Scores must be no more than 2 years old.
  • 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale (most recent academic work)
  • ACT 19
  • SAT 900 (Critical Reading/Math)

ADMISSION DENIED – A student who does not meet the College’s standards necessary for full admission will be denied admission to Notre Dame College. At the time that admission is denied, the dean of admissions will recommend an appropriate course of action for any student interested in pursuing a degree at Notre Dame College at a future date.

A Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant F-1 Student Status, is issued by the Office of Admissions upon receipt of a signed Confirmation of Attendance form. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require foreign students on a student visa to carry a full course of study during each term of enrollment at Notre Dame College in order to maintain F-1 Student Status while in the United States.

Financial Aid

Notre Dame College provides financial aid to international students in the form of:

In addition, please call or e-mail Carl Nolan at 216.373.5384 or for assistance or additional details on financial aid options.

Safety Information

Select this link for information on the College’s emergency preparedness plan and for links to outside resources.

Application Procedures

Please fill out an Online Application or Information Request click here or on the link at left) to begin the application process.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Notre Dame College Title IX Statement on Non-Discrimination:
Notre Dame College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, or age in its programs and activities. This policy extends to employment with and admission to the College.