International Admissions

We are excited that you want to join the Rivier community! We're here to share admissions requirements, important deadlines, and other resources that will help you complete your application and get ready to start your Rivier experience.

International Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester. Submit all required documentation by July 1
  • Spring semester. Submit all required documentation by November 1

Admission applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and there is no admission deadline. Please ensure that there is enough time to review your application before your start term begins, generally 60 days prior to the intended term start date to allow enough time for admission review, visa processing, and travel plans. Normal processing time for Suggested International Transcript Evaluation Agencies admission response is two to four weeks from when your completed application material submission is received in Admissions.

What You Need to Apply to Rivier

As an international student, you have an advisor who will support you every step of the way. They will assist you in maintaining your F-1 status and addressing any other questions that you may have about the items that are required for enrollment. For starters, here is the list of items that you will need to apply. Please don’t hesitate to ask for information or help on any of these:

  • Application for Admission. Complete the online application.
  • Application Fee. A nonrefundable $25 fee is submitted with paper applications. Checks should be made payable to Rivier University. Applications for Graduate and Professional Studies (Undergraduate) programs submitted online do not require a fee.
  • Statement of Purpose Essay. These topics are listed on the application as well. In one to two pages, please give your reasons for deciding to do graduate study at Rivier University, and in the field you have selected. We are particularly concerned that you cover these points:
    • What previous experiences and commitments have brought you to consider pursuing a graduate program?
    • What are your chief objectives in applying now?
    • How do you think Rivier University’s graduate program will help you in the pursuit of your objectives?
  • One Letter of Recommendation. This should be from a current or former professor or work supervisor. This may be submitted by email directly from the author.
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, undergraduate and graduate.
  • Evidence of English Proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.
    • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) are accepted.
    • Test scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to Rivier University from the Educational Testing Service.
    • Rivier’s school code is 3728.
    • Our minimum acceptable scores for standard English tests are TOEFL (61), IELTS (5.5), PTE (43). Some applicants may require higher test scores depending on educational background and program of entry. Exceptions to the English testing requirement:
      • A college or university degree has been earned in the United States prior to applying to Rivier.
      • Students who have successfully completed two years of full-time academic study in a degree-granting program in the United States.
  • Other Test Scores. Rivier University Master’s degree level programs do not require G.R.E., G.M.A.T., or M.A.T. results for entry.

What You Need to be Admitted as a Student at Rivier

  • Register as a full-time student:
    • 12 credit minimum for undergraduate
    • 9 credit minimum for graduate
  • Hold a valid passport
  • A copy of your current VISA
  • Produce a I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
  • Provide evidence of financial resources:
    • Official bank statements, employment verification, letter of award, etc. that demonstrates all sources of funds to be used while at Rivier University. All statements must be current and must be sent from the bank or employer directly to Rivier.
    • Certificate of Finance filled out on the back page of the application
    • For Undergraduate admissions—proof of financial statements reflecting a balance: resident (U.S.) $45,710 and commuter (U.S.) $44,800
  • Rivier University acceptance letter and evidence of student status
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Name and contact information for your designated school official, including a 24-hour emergency contact number at the school.
  • Submission of documentation below directly to one of the three documentation centers. Please forward an official copy of the evaluation and the following original high school and college documentation to Rivier:
    • Official high school or secondary school transcripts, diplomas, and leaving certificates (originals and English translations)
    • If you have attended college prior to enrolling at Rivier, official college or university transcripts, diplomas, and leaving certificates (originals and English translations)
    • The Center for International Documentation’s evaluation of your academic records
    • A copy of your current visa

F-1 Visa | SEVIS Form I-20 Information

  • If an international applicant is requesting an I-20 form to apply for an F-1 student visa you are also required to submit:
  • Photocopies of the applicants’ current passport/visa
  • An international applicant is required to submit a certificate of finances before a SEVIS Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Status) is issued. This is a federally required document for issuing the immigration form I-20. The Certificate of Finances for International Students reflects the required financial sources.
    • Acceptable documents are:
      • Letter of Support and official certification of funds available to the applicant in U.S. currency.
      • Letter of Support and documentation with bank certification.
      • Scholarships, Assistantships, and Other Support Documentation. (If an applicant is awarded a scholarship, attach a copy of your admissions letter which indicates your scholarship and/or documentation from your country’s issuing institution).
    • Non-acceptable documents are:
      • Certificate of Finances without bank documentation.
      • Bank documentation that does not specify the USD currency.
      • Bank documentation that does not have the name of the sponsor.
  • Graduate applicants
    • $35,490 (U.S.) for non-nursing programs
  • Undergraduate applicants
    • $50,440 (U.S.) off-campus/commuter
    • $51,410 (U.S.) on-campus/resident
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
    • $27,384 (U.S.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
    • $32,484 (U.S.)

SEVIS I-20 Issuance for Dependents

  • If the principal (F1) student is accompanied by a dependent(s) an additional $3,000 (U.S.) must be reflected on the certificate of finance submitted.
  • A copy of the dependent’s passport, and a marriage certificate (spouse) and birth certificate (child) must also be submitted to the Office of Global Engagement.

I-20 forms cannot be produced by the Office of Global Engagement prior to an admission acceptance decision.

Suggested International Transcript Evaluation Agencies

Full course-by-course evaluations are required.

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116, Boston MA 02117
Tel: 617.338.7171 Fax: 617.338.7101

Education Perspectives
134 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: 312.421.9300

World Educational Services
P.O. Box 745 Old Chelsea Station, New York NY 10013-0745
Tel: 212.966.6311 Fax: 212.966.6395

International Education Research Foundation, Inc. 
P.O. Box 3665, Culver City CA 90231-3665
Tel: 310. 390.6276

AACRAO Educational Evaluation Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.296.3359

Scholaro International Transcript Evaluation Services
29 E. Madison Street, Ste. 1005, Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: (312) 373-0952

Or any current agency that is a current member of or

Completed International Transcript Evaluations will be sent directly from the evaluation agency to:

Graduate Applicants
Rivier University
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions
420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Undergraduate Applicants
Rivier University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060


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