Welcome to the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA) at Shawnee State University, a university focused on you and your goals.

Welcome International Students

We are pleased that you have chosen to consider Shawnee State for your studies in the US. At CIPA, we are committed to helping international students reach their educational goals. We will assist you through the application process, taking you from applied to accepted.

Our commitment to you doesn’t stop with your acceptance—all international students who enroll at Shawnee State University receive personal guidance and have access to valuable resources, including a variety of programs designed to help students navigate the transition to collegiate life in the US.

We collaborate with academic departments, housing, dining services, the Student Success Center, the community at-large and many more resources to create an inclusive, global campus.

Whether you need a ride to the airport, academic support, or volunteer opportunities, CIPA is here to assist you through the university system.

Go to the Office of the President for a welcome message from our university President Rick Kurtz.

We look forward to meeting you.

Applying for Admission

If you are interested in applying for admission to Shawnee State University, please visit our Application Information page to review and begin the application process.

International students are required to accept the cost of university health insurance or produce proof of adequate insurance while in the United States. Undergraduate international students are required to live on campus for their first year at SSU. For more information, go to Housing and Residence Life Web page.

To be considered for admission, all required materials described in the International Students Application Packet Checklist (PDF) must be received six months before the beginning of your planned enrollment term. Those international applicants who are accepted for admission will receive an acceptance letter and an I-20 form from SSU.

Please Note: The acceptance letter and I-20/DS-2019 will not be issued until the Office of Admission has received all required materials. Once we issue both documents to you, use them to secure a student visa to the United States.

English Requirement: An official score of 500 (paper-based), or 60 (internet-based), at a minimum, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or 4.0 on iTEP, or 80 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) is required for admission to a degree program for students whose native language is not English. TOEFL can send your scores directly to SSU. For TOEFL to do so it will need our code. Shawnee State University’s code is 1790. If English is your first language this is not required.

Important Note: It could take a long time to process your student visa at your local/regional U.S. Embassy/U.S. Consulate. We recommend that you apply for a visa as soon as you receive a notification of acceptance from SSU.


Applying for a Visa

To learn more about applying for a visa, understand current requirements, and get updates on recent developments visit: If you are a J-1 Visa Holder, go to J-1 Visa Common Questions.

Working in the United States

Students who would like to work in the United States can check the E-Verify Website to find out their eligibility status. The links below provide easy access to E-Verify information for qualified F-1 students with a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and who are seeking employment by businesses enrolled in the E-Verify program. Ohio is one of the states where businesses are enrolled in the program.

The links and E-Verify hotline information are as follows:

E-Verify Website:
Employee Hotline: 1-888-897-7781
E-Verify Self Check: USCIS Self Check
E-Verify Connection is available online
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Contact Us for Additional Information

If you still have questions regarding International Student admission process or about Shawnee State University in general you may contact any of the following:

Ryan Warner, CIPA Director
Amanda Means, Director of Admissions

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