Different Worlds Come Together
Denison welcomes and celebrates its multicultural diversity. Our strong academic reputation attracts talented students from around the world. Within our close-knit community of individuals representing almost all 50 states and about as many countries, students interact with people of many different faiths and cultural backgrounds.
Denison prides itself on offering a culturally diverse environment for its students. Besides interacting with classmates from various backgrounds, international students are given the opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff, forming long-lasting and very meaningful relationships.
At Denison, the faculty and staff recognize the needs of international students and are supportive of their academic and social endeavors. International students comprise approximately 9% (and growing) of the student body.
Anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students must meet the same admission requirements as domestic students, which can be found by visiting the “Apply to Denison“ portion of our website.
Applicants who enrolled full-time in a college or university after high school graduation are likely considered transfer students. Please visit our transfer admission page for more information about applying to Denison as a transfer student.
|Application Round||Admission Application Submission Deadline||Decision Notification Sent By|
|Early Decision I (binding)||November 15||December 15|
|Early Decision II (binding)||January 15||February 15|
|Regular Decision||January 15||mid-March|
|Early Decision Reply Deadlines Will Be Specified In Offers Of Admission. Regular Decision Candidates Must Reply By May 1.|
An offer of admission is always pending the receipt of the final transcript and its confirmation that the coursework has been completed in good standing.
Denison understands that courses taken and diplomas earned through certain educational systems represent work done beyond the American high school level (i.e., AP, IB, and A-levels). Students presenting these qualifications may receive up to one year of college credit as determined by the Registrar’s Office and the appropriate academic faculty, which is in accordance with the recommendations of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
International students may submit results from the ACT or SAT, but they may also elect to be reviewed as test-optional applicants, in which case they do not need to submit ACT or SAT results. If applicants decide to submit SAT or ACT scores, those scores will be considered in the review of the application and can help demonstrate mastery in different subject areas. Denison “superscores” SAT and ACT results, which means that we consider the highest subject scores from multiple test administrations.
All international applicants to Denison are required to demonstrate adequate English proficiency as a part of the admission process.
English proficiency waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis after a student applies for admission. We consider many different factors when determining whether to grant English proficiency waivers, including the following:
- the primary language of instruction at the graduating high school: English
- first/native language: English
- TOEFL iBT: 80 or higher
- IELTS: 6.5 or higher (overall band score)
- SAT: 580 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing section
- ACT: 24 or higher combined English Language Arts (English, reading, and writing) score
Other factors that may be considered include AP/IB/A-level English examinations, recommendations related to the applicant’s academic English ability from former teachers or counselors, interviews (with a current student, a Denison admission representative, or an alumna/alumnus), and performance in English subjects in school.
International students are considered for need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships the same way that U.S. citizens and permanent residents are. As an NCAA Division III institution, Denison does not offer athletic scholarships. All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships when they apply to Denison.
To apply for need-based financial aid, international students must complete the CSS PROFILE. Please keep in mind that applicants who do not apply for need-based financial aid during the admission process will not be able to apply for need-based financial aid later as a student at Denison.
|Application Round||Financial Aid Application Submission Deadline||Notification Sent By|
|Early Decision I (binding)||December 1||December 15|
|Early Decision II (binding)||February 1||February 15|
|Regular Decision||February 1||April 1|
|Applicants Who Are Not Interested In Being Considered For Need-based Financial Aid And Who Would Only Like To Be Considered For Merit Scholarships Need To Submit A Completed International Student Certification Of Finances With Their Application For Admission.|
The International Pre-Orientation Program (Pre-O) is for international students and U.S. citizens who have been living abroad. Pre-O takes place prior to the August orientation, which is for all first-year students. The three-day program is designed to enable new students to begin their careers at Denison with a firm grounding in academic, social, and extracurricular activities. During the program, students will meet the vice president for student development, the registrar, and faculty and staff who are available to address students' concerns and ease cross- cultural transitions. The program also includes a campus tour, shopping excursions, and a trip to Columbus for dinner and a movie.
During Pre-O, students are informed of the resources, support services, and opportunities available on campus. Participants are also made aware of the rights and responsibilities they have as members of the Denison community and as ambassadors of their own countries.
The majority of international students in the United States enroll with the F-1 student visa. These students are admitted to the United States for “duration of status” (indicated as “D/S” on their I-94 and Form I-201D). In order to maintain status, students must:
- have a valid passport;
- attend the school for which they are authorized;
- be enrolled in a full course of study (12 or more credit hours);
- acquire a signature for travel on the I-20;
- engage only in authorized employment; and
- comply with all immigration regulations pertaining to F-1 status. (Authorized employment for F-1 students entails on-campus employment of a maximum of 20 hours per week when school is in session and 40 hours per week over the summer and during holiday breaks. Additional authorization is required for off-campus employment, as outlined by F-1 student immigration regulations.)
We have study abroad opportunities, faculty and staff who help students achieve their goals, and many different programs that focus on multicultural areas of study.
Besides interacting with classmates from various backgrounds, international students can also join organizations with a multicultural focus, where they can embrace their individuality and get to know other students with similar interests. Throughout the year, we also offer numerous lectures, concerts, and events that introduce our community to new art forms, cultures, and ways of life.
Denison sponsors a non-residential host family program that brings international students together with local families. Host families give international students the opportunity to learn more about our culture, and they can introduce their students to the local community and off- campus life. In turn, local families are able to expand their own horizons through friendships with students from other countries. International students meet their host families upon arrival and occasionally throughout their time at Denison. While there are different levels of involvement that are agreed upon between students and host families, most host families meet their student during the orientation program and make a commitment to spend some time with them during the year. For international students, the program is voluntary, so students requesting host families should be genuinely interested in learning more about family life in the United States and developing personal relationships beyond the college campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Denison offers exactly the same need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships to international students as it does to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International students who are seeking need-based financial aid must submit the CSS Profile. International students who are not seeking need-based financial aid and would like to be considered only for merit-based scholarships must submit the Certification of Finances.
You may apply for need-based financial aid only during the admission process. International students who enroll at Denison without need-based financial aid cannot apply for funding in the future.
Once you are accepted and choose to attend Denison, you will receive the I-20AB Form needed to obtain your F-1 VISA. Please read the information on the form carefully. A reminder: DO NOT OBTAIN A VISITORS VISA. Along with your passport, the VISA is needed to avoid immigration problems during your stay in the United States. For additional information of Immigration concerns, please see the above section, Immigration and Employment Concerns.
Yes we have the Denison International Students Association (DISA). This very active group is student run. The association frequently holds meetings to discuss general student concerns and to plan upcoming events such as holiday celebrations, retreats, International Week, and debates on international issues.
Denison students come from all around the world. 40 different countries and all 50 U.S. states are represented at Denison. 9% are international students and 32% are multicultural from various backgrounds.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Office of Admission by phone at 740-587- 6276 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org