International Student FAQ

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Where is Mount Aloysius College located?

Mount Aloysius College is located in scenic Cresson, Pennsylvania, just off Route 22. The College is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, between Altoona and Johnstown, and is approximately 2 hours from the Commonwealth’s Capital of Harrisburg and 1 and 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh.

How accessible is Cresson, PA?

Mount Aloysius College is accessible from the Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as a few smaller airports located in Altoona, Johnstown and State College.  Amtrak Train Stations and Greyhound Bus Stations are located in Altoona and Johnstown. A Greyhound Bus Station is also located just a short drive from campus in Ebensburg. PA.

What is the weather like?

Cresson experiences beautiful four season weather throughout the year. In the fall – August, September and October, average temperature is 72ºF (22ºC). During the winter months – November through February, average temperature is 35ºF (2ºC). Spring weather – March and April, 53ºF (12ºC) is average and in the summer months about 80ºF (26ºC). Cresson does experience snow in the winter months and can get windy at times.

How well known is Mount Aloysius College?

Mount Aloysius College is consistently ranked in the US News and World Report each year. It has been named a College of Distinction since 2007, along with other high honors.  Mount Aloysius College is also one of the oldest Catholic institutions in the United States. With a wide variety of majors and small classes, Mount Aloysius College is known for providing a quality education with great hands on experience.

Who is considered a foreign or international student?

For purposes of applying for admission to Mount Aloysius College or for financial aid, anyone who is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered a foreign or international student.

Who is eligible to apply as an international freshman candidate?

Any student who is currently enrolled in their final year of secondary school (high school), or any student who has completed secondary school but has not begun studies at the university level is eligible to apply to Mount Aloysius College as a freshman. Students who have enrolled at a college/university and completed 15 credits or more after the completion of secondary school will apply as transfer candidate.

Is there a separate International application for foreign or international students?

Yes.  It is located on our website:

There is also a paper-version that can be downloaded as well. This is our traditional undergraduate application.

What are the application deadlines?

Mount Aloysius College has rolling admissions but we encourage all international students to apply as early as possible to ensure all required paperwork is completed. Please keep in mind that on-campus housing is guaranteed until April 1. If you make your required $125 housing deposit after April 1, you could be assigned on a waiting list.

Can the application fee ever be waived?

The application fee of $30 may be waived if you request a waiver by sending an email to Your counselor or school advisor can also request a fee waiver by sending a letter to the Office of Admission. Otherwise, the application fee should accompany the application.

Are SATs/ACTs required?

Mount Aloysius College is a Test Optional College where students are not required to submit scores for the majority of academic programs. Students are required to submit SAT/ACT scores if they wish to be considered for cooperative academic programs in Dental, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy. Nursing applicants are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and submit scores for consideration for direct acceptance into the program. Four Year students wishing to be considered for the Mercy Presidential Scholarship Program should submit SAT/ACT scores or submit a letter of recommendation from your high school principal and two letters from high school teachers from academic course of study.

Is the TOEFL or IELTS required?

A TOEFL score or IELTS test score is required as part of the application for an individual whose native language is not English.

For the TOEFL, students must score above a 173 (Computer Based), 61 (Internet Based), or 500 (Paper Based).  For the IELTS a 5.5 is required as the minimum score. Students below a 500 on the SAT verbal section may be required to take our college placement exam.  However, everyone is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and admission is never guaranteed.

Do I have to submit everything all at the same time?

You may submit your documents all at once, or you may submit them individually (or in small batches) as they become available. Each document must contain your full name and your date of birth so that it can be correctly assigned to your application file.

Do I have to live on campus as an International Student?

Housing is available and is mandatory for traditionally aged full-time international students during their entire time at MAC. Additionally, Mount Aloysius College requires traditional freshmen and sophomore students to live on campus if they live outside the approved commuting zone. During major college breaks, the residence halls will be closed. For non-traditional international students, they must find off campus housing on their own. If you have questions about the Housing and Residence Life office, feel free to email or call them at (814) 886-6388.

Sometimes rooming with another person can be difficult, so the residence life department will help students deal with common issues that arise between roommates. Living on campus is exciting and there are a lot of opportunities to get involved with campus and community organizations. Visit the MAC Student Life webpage for more information. Campus Safety Officers are available in both emergency and nonemergency situations around the clock. Their offices are located in both the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center and in St. Gertrude Hall on the 1st floor. Feel free to contact their nonemergency number at (814) 886-6327.

Does Mount Aloysius College offer financial aid to international students?

Yes, Mount Aloysius College does offer significant merit based financial aid to international students. International students are also eligible for MAC grants and scholarships. There is a $17,000 cap on the amount of aid any student receives from Mount Aloysius College.

I am applying as a transfer student. Can my credits transfer to Mount Aloysius College?

Yes!  Please submit all transcripts to be considered for admittance to MAC. Courses from international colleges and universities will be considered for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. These courses must be equivalent to a “C” or better and comparable to a Mount Aloysius College course after a full credential evaluation is completed.

I am applying as a graduate student. What do I need?

Graduate students are required to submit two letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement and resume, along with undergraduate final transcripts. An entrance exam may also be required.


When is my first semester bill due?

Your tuition and room and board fees for the semester must be paid in full to the Business Office by the billing due date and prior to arriving to the United States. For more information, check out our Student Billing page


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