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 students representing almost all 50 states and about as many countries, you'll interact with people of many different faiths and cultural backgrounds.
How to Apply
Denison uses the Common Application. There is no application fee for students applying online or from overseas.
- Common Application for International Students
- CSS Profile (required for students seeking need-based financial aid)
- International Student Certification of Finances Guidelines (required for students not seeking need-based financial aid)
Denison prides itself in 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, in many instances 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. Non-US students comprise approximately 5% of the student body.
Denison understands that diplomas attained through certain educational systems represent work done beyond the American high school level. Students presenting these diplomas may receive up to one year of college credit as determined by the Registrar and the appropriate academic faculty, which is in accordance with the recommendations supplemented by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrar's and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). To receive further information regarding these issues, please contact our Office of Admissions.
An offer of admission is always pending the receipt of the final transcript and its confirmation that the course work has been completed in good standing.
Testing & Requirements
While there are no specific course requirements for admission to Denison, admission is competitive. Most competitive applicants are completing a rigorous curriculum in high school, including courses in English and math. International students are required to submit official results from an English proficiency examination, such as the TOEFL or IELTS. Most competitive applicants have earned at least an 80 on the TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS. The English proficiency examination requirement is waived for students whose first language is English and for those who attend a high school where English is the primary language of instruction. International students may submit results from the ACT or SAT, but they may also elect test optional admission, in which case they do not need to submit ACT or SAT results.
International Student Orientation
The International Student Orientation Program takes place prior to the August Orientation 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 of Student Affairs, 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.
For more information, view the International Pre-Orientation section.
During the orientation students are informed of the resources, support services and opportunities available on campus. Participants are also made aware of the rights and responsibilities which they bear as members of the Denison community as well as ambassadors of their own countries.
Immigration and Employment Concerns
Requirements for Maintenance of Student Visa Status
F-1 are students admitted to the U.S. 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 credit hours
- Acquire signature for travel on the I-20
- Engage only in authorized employment
- Comply with all immigration regulations pertaining 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.
Academic Diversity and Support
We have a number of academic programs that focus on multicultural areas of study, study abroad opportunities, and faculty and staff who will work closely with you to help you achieve your goals. In addition, we offer need and merit-based financial aid awards that can help you pursue your future endeavors.
- Multicultural Activities
Besides interacting with classmates from various backgrounds, we also have organizations with a multicultural focus, where you can embrace your 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.
- Host Families
Denison sponsors a non-residential Host Family Program that brings international students together with local families. Host families offer the opportunity to learn more about our culture and can provide entrée into the local community and off campus life. In turn, local families are able to expand their own horizons through friendship with a student from another country.Local families who are part of this program offer their hospitality to a student when s/he arrives 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 U.S. 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.