International Application - Missing Items Detailed Description

Below you can find detailed descriptions of all the items that can be missing from an application for admission. Please refer to only those items listed in your email, and disregard the rest.

Address Outside of the U.S.

A permanent street address (not P.O. box) is required for us to process a Form I-20 which will allow you to apply for a student visa. Please also send a phone number (perhaps for your family) outside the United States.

Choice of Major

Most international students need to declare a major prior to enrolling. Without having a major, your chances of obtaining a student visa are greatly diminished. Consult the list of academic majors for details on our course offerings.

College/University Transcript

If you have ever attended a post-secondary educational institution (for example, college or university), you must send official college or university academic records, with English translation (if applicable), certified by appropriate school official with original stamp and signature of school official. This requirement applies to students who took a single class, who were enrolled in college but never successfully completed a course, or who attended classes but did not do well.  If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend finding a translator through the American Translators Association.

Complete Mailing Address

We need a complete and accurate mailing address (including postal code, if applicable) to send you an official admissions decision.

Educational Data Form

If you did not complete this section of the application, we will ask you to email us the Educational Data Form that you can download on our Forms page.

English Proficiency Exam Scores

All applicants for admission are required to submit proof of English Proficiency. The most common way of demonstrating proficiency is through standardized exams such as the TOEFL Internet-based (iBT), IELTS, SAT, or ACT. Students who have taken these exams can either order an official score report from College Board/ETS or the British Council, or enter their online profile username and password for verification on the English Proficiency page.

Essay

Please submit a personal essay using at least 250 words. Please answer these questions in your essay:

  1. Why are you choosing SUNY Plattsburgh for your university study in the United States?
  2. Why are you choosing your particular major? What are your educational/career goals after graduation?
  3. Briefly describe your family and your home. How many siblings do you have? Who lives in your house?
  4. What do your parents do for a living?

Financial Aid Application

If you are from a developed country (as determined by the World Bank), and you would like to be considered for need-based aid, you must submit the Financial Aid Application found on the Forms page. You must also send official documentation of income and assets by post. See application for details.

GAP Information

If you were out of school for six months or more since beginning secondary school, please send us an email explaining your activities during that time. For example, have you been working, going to college/university, traveling, etc.?

High School Diploma

Copy of the graduation certificate issued by the high school you attended certified by appropriate school official with original stamp and signature of school official.

High School Transcript

Original secondary school academic records (last 3-4 years of secondary work) indicating graduation/completion date (if applicable), with English translation if original is not in English, or copies certified by appropriate school official with original stamp and signature of school official. If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend finding a translator through the American Translators Association.

International Application Fee

Submitted applications will not be processed until we have received payment of the $50 application fee. You may pay the fee with a credit card on our secure site or send a bank draft, check, or money order payable to "SUNY Plattsburgh."

Official Bank Statement

In compliance with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, all international applicants must provide evidence of sufficient funds available for their studies. We require a current bank statement (dated within the past two months) on bank letterhead, with the name of the account holder and currency clearly indicated in English. An Affidavit of Support cannot be used in place of a bank statement. If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend finding a translator through the American Translators Association.

If the family name (surname) of the account holder on the financial statement is different from your own, you will need to provide a letter written in English from that individual stating his or her relationship to you and intention to financially support your education.  

Reference Letter

In compliance with the State University of New York (SUNY) common application system, you are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Letters composed in English are preferred, but we can sometimes accept a letter written in another language.

SAT/ACT Scores

If you wish to be considered for merit scholarships, you are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores. You can order an official score report from College Board/ACT or enter your online profile login information on our secure site.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about international education, admission, or financial aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Email: GEO@plattsburgh.edu

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