International Admissions Policies

International Admissions Policies

International Admissions Policies

Who is an "International Applicant"? 
Rowan considers international applicants students who entered or plan to enter the United States on a non-immigrant visa (e.g., F-1 or J-1) and maintain non-immigrant status throughout their study at Rowan University. This includes those who have submitted residency application documents to USCIS, but have not received formal approval verifying that you have become a permanent resident of the United States of America. Domestic (or U.S.) applicants are students who are United States citizens, permanent residents of the United States (“Green Card” holder), asylees, refugees, undocumented students, or DACA students. 

Application Fee
International undergraduate applicants (freshmen and transfer applicants): None
International graduate applicants (masters coursework-only applicants): $25.00 (USD) non-refundable
*There are no waivers available. 

Enrollment Deposit
International undergraduate applicants (freshmen and transfer applicants): None
International graduate applicants (masters coursework-only applicants): $100 (USD) non-refundable
*Deposits are required prior to receiving an I-20. There are no waivers available. 

English Language Proficiency
Prospective international students must submit proof of English language proficiency. For accepted English Language Proficiency Tests and exemptions, view our Language Policy

Admission Decision Process
Rowan University’s Office of International Admissions releases admission decisions on an ongoing basis throughout an admission cycle. Once a decision is released it will be posted in the Application Portal.

Each year, we receive thousands of applications for our international graduate class, and competition for graduate admission to Rowan has continued to increase over the past several years. The Office of International Admissions will preemptively deny international graduate applicants that do not meet the University standards of a minimum 2.5 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale, based on the foreign credential guiding principles for U.S. equivalency by The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Course-by-course foreign credential evaluations will be produced by Rowan University for qualified applicants only (as needed).  

Students interested in submitting an appeal related to their admission decision or an admission deadline may contact the Office of International Admissions for assistance.

Deadlines
International admissions operates one term at a time. Only one enrollment term is listed on the applications at a time, and the next term will appear after each term’s deadline. 

Term

Application Submission

Document Submission

Fall 2022

April 29
*Application opens January 2022

May 6
(Thesis applicants: March 1)

Spring 2023

October 22
*Application opens July 2022

November 5
(Thesis applicants: Nov 1)

If applicants do not provide all required checklist items to complete their application by the document submission deadline, we are not able to complete our evaluation and the application remains incomplete. All incomplete applications are withdrawn after the document submission deadline and students must reapply to Rowan University. 

Deferrals
International freshman and graduate applicants can defer their admission offers with no penalty or fees. 

International transfer applicants cannot defer their admission. They must reapply to Rowan University.

International freshman and graduate students are allowed to defer their admission once. International freshman can only defer one consecutive semester. Graduate students can defer up to one year. For example, a graduate student admitted to Fall 2021 can defer to Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. Students must have confirmed their original offer of admission for their deferral request to be accepted.

Research Assistantships or Fellowships awarded will be re-evaluated by the program committee and are not guaranteed for the new term. 

Rowan University only offers Fall and Spring terms to international students. If students cannot enroll for the term requested, their admission is void and they need to reapply to Rowan University.

The deadline to request to defer is by Rowan University's Regular Add/Drop deadline of the term you were expecting to enroll. 

Students interested in deferring their admission should contact the Office of International Admissions for assistance.

Foreign Credential Evaluations & Academic Transcripts
We conduct a course-by-course evaluation of the student's transcript at free of cost. If students already have a foreign credential evaluation, we will accept the unofficial copies for admissions purposes. Rowan accepts Foreign Credential Evaluation Reports from service providers ​which are members of NACES. Official copies will be required if admission is offered.

Rowan also accepts scanned unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates for admissions purposes only. We require the individual mark sheets showing all courses attempted, withdrawn and repeated, as well as the consolidate transcript, provisional certificate and University-issued original degree certificate. 

Official transcripts are required for admitted students, prior to enrolling at Rowan. Students should request these to be sent to us via postal mail or electronically prior to applying for an I-20.

Official e-transcripts (electronic) can be sent to Electronic-Transcripts@rowan.edu. 

Official paper transcripts can be sent through postal mail to:
Rowan University International Admissions
Hawthorn Hall, 3rd Floor
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

If we do NOT receive students' official academic transcripts and proof of graduation/degree by Rowan University's Regular Add/Drop deadline of the term enrolled, students I-20 status can be cancelled.