International Students

How to Apply

We welcome international students to our campus, as they play an important role in enriching diversity and fostering an international/global perspective among our student body.  All incoming students must apply for admission by completing the Onondaga admission application (no fee required) by downloading and completing the  International Student Application Package and mailing it to:

Application Mailing Address:

Onondaga Community College
Attention: International Admissions
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, New York 13215-4585

Application Process

  1. After submitting the application packet you should receive your first e-mail notification within three to four weeks.
  2. We will review and make an admission decision on your application when all required forms have been received.
  3. As soon as our evaluation is complete, you will receive an admission decision via international mail.

You may view the status of pending admission or financial aid required information by going to Once there, click on the WebAdvisor link (on the left) and use the Account Information link at the bottom to obtain your ID (What’s my User ID?). Click on “Log In” at the top. Your password will be your date of birth in mmddyy format. Once you have logged in, select Future Students, then My Documents to view the status.

If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact the Admissions Office at (001) 315 498-2221 or email [email protected].

Application Deadlines

To ensure a thorough review of each of the candidate's application for admission to the College, the following deadlines have been established for the submission of all required documents:

  • Fall (August) Semester - July 1
  • Spring (January) Semester - November 15
  • Summer (May) Semester - April 1*

*Summer admission will be limited to international students with English proficiency that exceeds ESOL level. 

Candidates already in the U.S. and need to change immigration status to F1:

Apply before the current immigration status expires. However, prior consultation is required before initiating the process. Note: There are no guarantees for change of status to F1 since the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security adjudicates on a case-by-case basis.

F1 Transfer Candidates:

Apply at least three weeks before the start of the semester if all the Student Exchange and Visitor Information (SEVIS) requirements have been met.

Transfer Requirements

In addition to the application requirements noted above, if you are transferring to Onondaga you may need to take additional steps.

Transferring from a U.S. College or University

If you are transferring from a college or university in the U.S., you must initiate the release of your SEVIS file to Onondaga. Download the SEVIS Transfer-In Verification Form to begin this process.

Transferring Credits from a non-U.S. College or University

If you would like to have college credit level courses transferred from a non-U.S. college or university to Onondaga, contact foreign credential evaluation services. The college recommends the resources on the International Student Support webpage.