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Admission Process

Scottsdale Community College is a SEVP-Approved School, which means it is certified by the US Department of Homeland Security to issue the SEVIS I-20 document to eligible students, so that they may apply for the F-1 Student Visa at a United States Consulate.

To apply for admission to Scottsdale Community College you will need to provide the following documentation; make sure to follow all instructions below:

  1. Please print clearly. Be sure that your name on your application is spelled the same as your name in your passport. Write your date of birth in the USA format: Month/Day/Year.

  2. Original or certified copies of official diploma or certificate from each secondary school (high school), college, or university, and/or technical school you have attended (accompanied by an official, professional English translation). Unofficial photocopies, faxes, and email scans cannot be accepted. Spanish documents do not need a translation.

    Note: If your official documents were issued in a language other than English, you must submit the official documents in the original language AND an official translation of the documents. An official translation is a precise, word-for-word English translation of the documents that has been prepared by the issuing institution or a professional translator.

  3. (waived for students whose native language is English)

    Admission to Academic Degree Programs

    Applicants who wish to enroll in an academic degree program at the college must present evidence of their level of English language proficiency. One of the following different methods can be used to satisfy this requirement:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®): The applicant must attain a score of at least 500 on the paper-based test, or 61 on the Internet-based test (iBT). The TOEFL Code for Scottsdale Community College is 4755.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The applicant must attain an overall IELTS Band Score of 5.5 or better. A minimum IELTS individual Band Score of 5.0 in EACH module is recommended.
    • STEP Eiken test (for Japanese students): Grade Pre-1 or better is required.
    • Appropriate scores on Maricopa Community College’s placement tests: Accuplacer, ASSET, COMPASS, or CELSA. These tests can only be taken in person, in the Testing Center on campus. Sample tests are available here.
       
  4. You or your sponsor(s) must complete the Statement of Financial Support (last page of application form), which states that they have sufficient funds to cover your educational and living expenses, estimated at $20,150 per year, and are willing to use this money to pay for your academic and living expenses while you are attending Scottsdale Community College. Please see the Proposed Budget information for details.

    IMPORTANT: You or your sponsor MUST also include ORIGINAL bank statements or an ORIGINAL letter from the bank showing that the sponsor has sufficient funds on deposit. We cannot accept bank letters that do not state that a balance in excess of $20,150 is available. Faxes, photocopies, and internet printouts of financial documents will not be accepted. Evidence of financial support will be required prior to issuance of the I-20 form. Please note that the US Consulate will require another set of original financial documents when you apply for the F-1 visa. Several months of original bank statements, showing stable account history, is recommended.

    The college has no scholarship or financial aid provisions for international students; therefore, students must be fully prepared to meet the necessary financial obligations for the entire time they will be in the United States.

  5. The copy needs to show the pages with identification information and expiration date. The passport must be valid for at least six months. If your spouse and/or children will accompany you, please provide photocopies of their passports as well.

    • A photocopy of the I-94 card in your passport
    • A photocopy of your current visa in your passport
    • An official transcript from each previous educational institution, sent directly to Scottsdale Community College
    • Photocopies of all prior SEVIS I-20 documents
    • SEVIS Transfer form, completed and signed by both the student and the current international student advisor/DSO.
    • Approval Notice of Change of Status, if applicable
       
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Semester (May 27 to July 31, 2014): April 1, 2014
  • Fall Semester (August 23 to December 19, 2014): July 1, 2014
  • Spring Semester (January 17 to May 15, 2014): November 1, 2014 
    Note: complete transfer student applications may be accepted after the deadline. Please email Ms. Ali Gardner for transfer student application deadlines. 

IMPORTANT: PLEASE VERIFY THAT YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE IS COMPLETE BEFORE YOU SEND IT, AND THAT YOU HAVE FOLLOWED ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS AS DESCRIBED ABOVE. FAILURE TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS AS REQUIRED WILL RESULT IN DELAY OF THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION. PLEASE E-MAIL OR CALL IF YOU NEED CLARIFICATION OF THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.

Please send the completed application form and all required documents to:
Attn: Ali Gardner, International Admissions
Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85256-2626 USA

DO NOT SEND BANK DOCUMENTS OR SCHOOL CERTIFICATES BY E-MAIL AS WE REQUIRE ORIGINALS. THANK YOU.

When you have received your acceptance letter and SEVIS I-20 Form, please make an appointment to apply for the F-1 Student Visa at the US Consulate in your home country. To locate the US Consulate closest to you, please visit the US Embassy site.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Ms. Ali Gardner, International Student Admissions Technician
Telephone: +1 (480) 423-6128
Email: Ali.Gardner@scottsdalecc.edu