Denison prides itself on offering a culturally diverse environment for its students. Our strong academic reputation attracts talented students from 50 states and nearly as many countries, so our students interact with people of many different faiths and cultural backgrounds. International students (anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States: 8% of our student body—and growing) are also given the opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff, forming long-lasting and meaningful relationships. Faculty and staff (including our president) recognize the needs of international students and are supportive of their academic and social endeavors.
Dear Prospective Students and Families,
We are so glad you are considering Denison as the place you will live and learn for the next four years.
Denison is a special place. Our community is warm, diverse, and filled with people who are committed to an intensive academic program. We approach learning through mentorship, and you’ll find that all classes are taught by faculty who are committed to your success. Professors meet with you outside of class, they attend concerts and events, and they become part of your life by helping you succeed.
You’ll remain close with your Denison friends for the rest of your life. Over and over, our alumni tell us how much they cherish the friends they made here and how important they have been in their lives – both personally and professionally. With more than 30,000 Denison alumni living across the globe, chances are you’ll find a Denison connection in your corner of the world.
As an international student, you’ll be part of a large global community right here in Granville. Our students come from all 50 states, 8 percent of our students are international, and about one- third are multicultural. About one-fifth of our faculty are from countries other than the United States, and more than half of our students study abroad. Denison has sister colleges in 17 countries, and we are building connections with four sister schools in Asia, Africa, and Europe. We believe in the power of global learning, and we integrate it across the campus in classrooms, programs, and events.
The outcomes for alumni highlight the value of a Denison degree. Within five years of graduation, 99% of alumni reported that they are employed or in graduate school (at prestigious institutions like Yale, Cambridge, and Harvard). Career readiness is a top priority of our strategic plan, and the newly named and endowed Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration has doubled in size over the past few years. The center provides robust internships, workplace skills training, national and global networking ventures, and new learning-by- doing programs, all designed to prepare Denison students for a competitive global job market.
We look at your time at Denison as a very unique moment in your life. During these four years, you’ll acquire knowledge that you haven’t even imagined of, build inner resources that will hold you steady in the future, and excite your curiosity about the world around you. In other words, you’ll learn how to fulfill your potential — and we’ll be beside you every step of the way.
President, Denison University
In evaluating your application to Denison, we take a number of things into consideration about you as an individual. We are seeking students who have demonstrated a seriousness toward their academic life and who, in addition, would bring a variety of interests, characteristics, and personal qualities to our dynamic campus community. Our admission committee gives careful attention to the following components of your application:
Once you submit your application, you will be emailed a confirmation that includes login information for your online portal (where you can keep track of your other application materials). A personal essay is included in this application.
Your counselor will submit this recommendation directly to us.
High School Transcript
Your counselor must send us a copy of your official transcript. We will use this to recalculate your GPA and evaluate your academic performance and course selection*.
Your counselor will submit this form directly to us.
At least one teacher of a core course must submit a teacher evaluation form for you. You can invite your teachers to do this online, which is how they will submit the evaluation to us.
English Proficiency Demonstration
All international applicants must demonstrate adequate English proficiency to qualify for admission. English proficiency waivers are considered on a case-by-case basis after a student applies for admission. Considerations include, but are not limited to, the following: English as the primary language of school instruction; English as the first/native language; TOEFL of 80+; IELTS of 6.5+; SAT Reading of 600+; ACT English Language Arts of 26+; and an admission interview.
CSS Profile (for financial aid applicants)
You must submit this form to be considered for need-based financial aid.
Certification of Finances (for applicants not seeking need-based financial aid)
You must submit this form if you do not want to be considered for need-based financial aid.
Early Decision Agreement
This contract—signed by you, a parent/guardian, and your counselor—is required for early decision applicants.
Submission of test scores is optional, per Denison’s test optional policy. Submitted scores will be “superscored,” meaning we will consider the highest subject scores from multiple test administrations.
Interview (to set up an interview, email email@example.com)
Interviews are optional but recommended when logistically possible.
Students interested in creative writing, dance, music, studio art, or theatre may submit supplementary arts materials for evaluation. This is done through the Denison Applicant Portal, which is available once the Common or Coalition Application has been submitted.
* We strongly recommend that you complete four years of a primary language and at least three years of mathematics, a secondary language, science, and social studies during high school. We also encourage you to challenge yourself with rigorous courses, when available and within reason.
Decision Notification Sent By
Early Decision I (binding)
Early Decision II (binding)
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, and Denison meets 100% of each student's demonstrated financial need. 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.
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 multicultural focuses, 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.
International Friendship Program
Denison sponsors a non-residential host (International Friendship Program) 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 together 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.
International Student Services
International Student Services offers students who have been educated abroad the tools, guidance, and instruction to engage and perform at their optimal level in the U.S. academic domain. ISS provides a pre-orientation program for entering students, one-on-one advising on the academic, social, and personal challenges associated with living and learning in an unfamiliar culture, and continuing education on the immigration regulations, requirements, and expectations pertinent to the non-immigrant student visa.
Once you are admitted and choose to attend Denison, you will receive the I-20 Form needed to obtain your F1 visa (NOT a visitor visa). Please read the information on the form carefully. Along with your passport, the visa is needed to avoid immigration problems during your stay in the United States.
Yes, we have the Denison International Students Association (DISA). This very active group is run by students. 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. They represent 40 different countries and 50 U.S. states, 8% (and growing!) are international students, and 25% are domestic multicultural students from various backgrounds.
Denison University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, religion, creed, or disability.
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