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Applying to F&M as an International Student

If you鈥檙e applying to F&M as an international student, you will be asked to follow the standard application procedures and also supply some additional information, including proof of proficiency in the English language. 

Start Your Application

F&M accepts applications from one of two sources: the Common Application or the Coalition Application. These platforms allow you to streamline your application process and apply to multiple colleges at once.




Once we receive your application, you鈥檒l have access to your , which you can use to upload additional materials to support your application.

Application Dates to Remember

Early Decision I

November 15
(Notified within 30 days)

Early Decision II

January 6
(Notified within 30 days)

Regular Decision

January 6
(Notified by April 1)

Transfer (Fall)*

April 15
(Notified by June 1)

Transfer (Spring)

November 1
(Notified by Nov. 15)

*Fall transfer applications received after the priority deadline are considered on a space-available basis until the class is full. You are encouraged to complete your application as soon as possible.

We understand that this is a lot to remember and track! To help, we put together a step-by-step guide to completing the application process as an international student. If you have any questions or need guidance during the application process, you can email us at intladmissions@fandm.edu

International parents can explore our overview of F&M in Chinese and Spanish.

Application Options

Applying Early Decision

Are you convinced you want to be a Diplomat? If F&M is your top-choice school, applying Early Decision is the best option for you. Please note that applying Early Decision means that if you apply to F&M and get in, you鈥檙e committed to enroll. 

To apply Early Decision, you must complete an on either the Common Application or the Coalition Application on Scoir. 

Early Decision Application Deadlines

There are two deadlines for applying Early Decision鈥攊n early fall and early winter. 

Early Decision I Deadline:
November 15 of your senior year

You will be notified of our admission decision by December 15

Early Decision II Deadline: January 15 of your senior year

You will be notified of our admission decision by February 15



Early Estimates of Financial Aid

We understand that many families need to know how much financial aid they may receive before committing to F&M via Early Decision. We can provide you with an early estimate of the need-based financial aid for which you might qualify. This is an estimate only, not a guaranteed financial aid package. It also doesn鈥檛 guarantee or imply admission.
Learn how to get an early estimate

Applying Regular Decision

If you鈥檙e still exploring your options and F&M is one of many colleges you are considering, applying Regular Decision is likely your best option. We have one Regular Decision deadline in mid-January. 

Regular Decision Deadline:
January 15 of your senior year

You will be notified of our admission decision by April 1


Applying as a Transfer

We鈥檙e so glad you鈥檙e considering making F&M the place to continue your academic journey. F&M is a welcoming place for transfer students. There are two application deadlines depending on which semester you鈥檇 like to transfer. 

Fall Semester: 
April 15*

You will be notified of our admission decision by June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

You will be notified of our admission decision by November 15

*Fall transfer applications received after the priority deadline are considered on a space-available basis until the class is full. You鈥檙e encouraged to complete your application as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, you can email transfer@fandm.edu.

Standardized Testing Options

Language Proficiency Exams

If you have fewer than three years of English language instruction, you鈥檙e required to complete any of the following language proficiency examinations: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), Duolingo English Test (DET), or Pearson PTE Academic (PTEA). 

You will not be required to complete a language proficiency exam if: 

  • English is your first language
  • You have been studying in an English-speaking curriculum for at least three years
  • You are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and have obtained or are predicted to obtain the following IB scores:
    • IB English Standard Level (SL) examination with a predicted score of 5 or higher
    • IB English Higher Level (HL) examination with a predicted score of 4 or higher

If you believe you鈥檙e eligible to have your language proficiency requirement waived, please email the Office of Admission at intladmissions@fandm.edu after you submit your application.

Additional Application Materials

Do you want to further personalize your application to F&M? We welcome any materials that you feel add value to your application. These may include an optional admission interview; videos or images of dance or theater performances; or samples of your work in film, art or creative writing. 

Schedule an Interview

Interviews are a great way for us to get to know each other better. At F&M, interviews are engaging, informal conversations. And while interviews are not required, they are a good way to strengthen your application. This is your time to tell us something that may not show up on your application.

Art Portfolio Samples

贵&补尘辫;惭鈥檚 art, art history, and film department welcomes samples of  your artistic work in any medium. Art talent samples should include between no less than six and no more than 20 works, preferably submitted as a PDF file to your F&M Application Portal. 

Please include your full name and type of medium on the PDF file name. Also include a short personal statement (approximately 250 words) about why creating art is important to you.

Music Samples

There are many ways to share your musical prowess with 贵&补尘辫;惭鈥檚 music department. You can submit a recording of a performance to your F&M Application Portal (a video recording is preferred), submit copies or recordings of any compositions, and meet with a music department representative on campus or virtually. 

Dance Samples

Dance at F&M is open to all students, regardless of prior experience. If you have experience and would like to demonstrate your dance technique, you can upload a video to your F&M Application Portal. Please include your first and last name in the title. If the performance you submit includes multiple dancers, please identify yourself when submitting. Please also indicate whether you choreographed the piece.

Additional Letters of Recommendation

Beyond the required recommendations, you are welcome to send additional letters of recommendations from coaches, supervisors, or mentors who know them well. However, we ask that you be mindful of how many letters you send.

Connect With Our International Community

Are you wondering what it's really like to be an international student at F&M? Use this online tool to chat with current students to learn more.

Financial Aid

Reflecting our commitment to a diverse student body, we are proud to offer need-based financial aid to international students. This means that if you are admitted to F&M, we will meet 100% of your institutionally determined financial need for all four years on campus. Please keep in mind that while the amount of aid is generous, it is also limited, so we encourage you to apply early.

Learn more about financial aid 禄