International Student Application Process

International students applying to Dominican University must have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary school education.

  • Submit a photocopy of your passport and current visa.
  • Freshman applicants who have been out of high school for less than 5 years must submit official ACT or SAT scores*. The results may be forwarded directly to the Admission office from the testing agency or via the secondary school transcript.
  • Adult students are defined as those who have been out of high school for five years or more. If adult students give promise of being successful, and can provide suitable evidence of a comparable body of work (i.e. successful work experience, creative/artistic works, etc.) the Admission Committee may waive some of the entrance requirements.
  • Letters of Recommendation are suggested, but not required.
Application Deadlines

We cannot begin to review your application until all required materials are received. Review our requirements to ensure you submit a complete application.

Period Application Deadline
Admission Fall 2019 June 1
Admission Spring 2020 November 1
English Language Proficiency
Minimum Score Program
Level 112 ELS
213 Computer-based TOEFL
79-80 Internet-based TOEFL
7 or better International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
53 Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA)

*If your test scores are not included on your high school transcript, request the testing agency to forward a score report to Dominican using our college code numbers: SAT 1667 and ACT 1126.

Admission Process
SOAR, ISO, New Student Registration

Once admitted to the university, Dominican is authorized by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue SEVIS I-20s forms to admitted international students.

Pay a nonrefundable $200.00 tuition deposit.

International Student Orientation (ISO)

Residence Hall move-in day for International Students is Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

All new undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate students are also required to attend International Student Orientation (ISO) on Thursday, August 22, 2019, even those who have attended a SOAR in the summer. This one-day program will cover academic expectations, student life, and available services and resources.

ISO is specifically aimed at assisting international students adjust to the academic and cultural climate at Dominican University, and is in addition to the SOAR. At ISO, you will meet other new as well as current international students.

At ISO you will also learn about the required, one credit course (ID 092) for which you’ll be enrolled in your first semester. For more information, please contact Robbie Byrdsong-Wright, Assistant Dean for Academic Success Services, at The dates vary by semester, but you should plan to arrive in the U.S. or Chicago a few days before the start of classes.

Upcoming ISO Session

International Student Orientation (ISO): Thursday, August 22, 2019

Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

All admitted students who are able to attend should register for Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR). This mandatory, two-day program for all new students will cover academic expectations, registering for classes, student life, and available services and resources.

Upcoming Transfer SOAR Sessions

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 and Saturday, July 20, 2019

New Student Registration

As an international student, we are aware you may not be able to attend SOAR. The New Student Registration in August is required for international students unable to attend the SOAR in the summer. You will take placement exams, meet with an advisor, and register for classes at this meeting.

Additional Expenses
  • Health insurance must be obtained from Dominican University. For information, refer to the Wellness Center, or call (708) 524-6229.
  • University fees, books, and personal items.
  • Housing and living expenses for resident students when the college is not in session.
Visa Requirements

Following admission, Dominican will assist you with immigration requirements. We are authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to issue SEVIS I-20 and DS 2019 for students living abroad or those wishing to transfer their SEVIS records. F1 & J1 international students must show evidence of sufficient funds to cover a full year of tuition, fees and living expenses including:

  • Housing costs, whether room and board in a university residence hall or off-campus housing. These costs are the student’s responsibility.
  • Medical insurance (F1 & J1 international students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan via the Dominican University Wellness Center unless they can document existing coverage that is equal to or better than the student plan offered.
  • Books and personal items
  • Support during such times when the university is not in session

For more information on immigration and visa matters, visit Dominican’s International Student Services page.

For More Information
Admission Questions

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at

Immigration and Visa Concerns

Contact Sue Ponremy, International Student Advisor, at

English Language Center

Contact ELS located on Dominican University’s campus at, or call (708) 488-5010.


Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
Laurie Riggin
(708) 524-6469

International Student Advisor
Sue Ponremy
(708) 524-6965