Prospective Students

F-1 General Information

International Student Admissions booklet

  1. An international student must register for and maintain a minimum of 12 units each semester while at Mesa College. Part-time F-1 status will not be approved. The registration status of all international students will be monitored by the college.
  2. A recent photograph must be submitted with an application (passport size is acceptable).
  3. The college may restrict the number of international students accepted from a single country so that a variety of nations of the world will be represented in the student body.
  4. Potential international students are advised that they must comply with all requirements of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and of San Diego Mesa College to be admitted as international students.
  5. A transfer student from another accredited United States college or university must:
    • a. Follow set transfer procedures of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS); and
    • b. Have pursued a full-time course of study with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) at the college the student was last authorized to attend (an official transcript must be filed).

F-1 Admission Requirements

The Application packet is available to download and print *here.

The application packet consist of the following forms:

Admission for Fall Semester: Students must complete all admissions requirements no later than June 1 of the year of intended enrollment. Students who meet the deadline will be notified as soon as possible of their admission status.

Admission for Spring Semester: Students must complete all admissions requirements no later than November 1 to be admitted for the Spring semester. Students who meet the deadline will be notified as soon as possible of their admission status.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit the application and supporting documents during the month prior to but no later than the deadlines: June 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring.

Application Fee

All international students are required to pay a US$100.00 non- refundable application fee payable in the form of an international or US money order or by using the Application Fee Payment Form.

Financial Resources

1. Each international student must submit *verification of financial stability. The verification must indicate the ability of the student to finance each year's education and living expenses to the satisfaction of the International Student Advisor (normally $17,500 a school year for two semesters).

2. An international student attending the college must pay all mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, enrollment fees and health services fees.

3. Financial aid is not available to F-1 visa international students. However, international students are eligible to apply for scholarships to defray the cost of attending college in the United States.

4. An international student may not accept off-campus employment while attending college unless approval is granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the International Student Advisor.

Health Clearance

1. Students must be in good health and free of communicable diseases. The "*Report of Health Examination" form or a medical examination report by a physician must be submitted prior to admission. The medical examination must certify immunization against polio, diphtheria, measles, rubella, and tetanus, and must provide tuberculosis clearance.

2. Each student must present and maintain satisfactory evidence of an active medical insurance policy while in attendance.

Academic Achievement

1. An international student must have graduated from high school (or its equivalent) with a GPA of 2.0 ("C") or better.

2. Students who have obtained a GED (General Education Development) must have attained a minimum score of 45.

3. Transcripts of all previous secondary and college/university education must be filed, including an English translation of the transcript, before an application will be considered.

Other Visa Students

All other visa categories or immigrant classifications, must apply through General Admissions and work with the Residency Office to determine residency status.

Students who are residing in the United States on other than F-1 student visas must comply with all restrictions on total units enrolled as specified by the Department of Homeland Security.

F-1 Transfer Students

A transfer student from another accredited United States college or university must:

  • Submit a transfer clearance form verifying maintenance of F-1 status to your current institution to be completed and return with your application package.
  • Submit an official transcript from all USA colleges and universities attended.
  • Upon acceptance follow set transfer procedures of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services including notifying your previous institution to complete a SEVIS I-20 record transfer to San Diego Community College District indicating San Diego Mesa College as your transfer institution.
Contact Information

Ivonne Alvarez
Director of Admissions and Records
Residency and International Student Admissions Supervisor

Adrienne Aeria Dines
Professor/Counselor
International Student Advisor

English Proficiency Requirements

To be considered for admission, an international student whose native language is not English must present a minimum International TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 173 on the computerized version, 61 for internet iBT, or 500 on the paper version. Students may petition to waive the TOEFL requirement under one of the following conditions:

  1. Completion of a transfer level college English composition course at an accredited United States institution with a grade of "C" or higher;
  2. Completion of the San Diego Mesa College ESL assessment and placement test at a level of ESOL 40 or higher; in addition, the student must take the prescribed course work at the level of assessment: or
  3. A minimum ACT English score of 19 or SAT English score of 450.

Advanced Degrees: An international student in possession of an Associate Degree or its equivalent (completion of about 60 semester units) may be considered beyond the course offerings of Mesa College and is encouraged to apply to a four-year college or university.