How to Apply

University Transfer, High School Completion, Professional/Technical and ESL students should follow the instructions below. Please submit the following documents (click on each item to learn more): 

1. A completed application

Submit either the paper or online application. Please make sure you complete all required sections:

2. $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Any application submitted without the application fee will not be processed.There are four ways to pay the

application fee* (and the optional $35 Express Mail fee).

3. Transcripts (Academic records)

Based on your most recent education level, please select the documents that best match your status:

A.  I have not completed high school → Proof of completion of equivalent of U.S. 9th grade if this is your first semester in your high school OR most recent year of high school transcript

B.  I have completed high school → Proof of completion of high school OR most recent year of high school transcript

C.  I am attending or attended college/university → Proof of completion of college/university OR most recent year of college/university transcript

D.  I have completed U.S. college/university with F-1 status → Proof of completion of U.S. college/university OR most recent year of U.S. college/university transcript

E.  I am attending or attended a U.S. college/university with F-1 status → One of the items from A – C above AND most recent year of U.S. school transcript

F.  I am attending or attended a U.S. English Language school with F-1 status → One of the items from A – C above.

4.  Bank Statement or Letter from Government Sponsor

Schools are legally required to verify funding information before issuing an I-20. Please submit a bank letter or balance statement issued within the last 6 months showing that there is a minimum balance of $18,840 to fund your tuition and living expenses for at least the first year.**

Note: If you are a sponsored student (i.e., you will have a scholarship from your country's government or a U.S. government agency), you can provide a support letter from your sponsor that states amount of financial support and dates of award. The financial documents must be in English and clearly state your name and details about the sponsorship.

5. Transfer Status Verification Form (only for applicants already studying in the United States)

The Transfer Status Verification Form is on the last page of the application. Please have it completed by an international student advisor at your current school in the United States and returned to Shoreline.

6. $35 International Express Mail Fee (non-refundable)

Please include an additional $35 if you would like us to send your acceptance packet by express mail. This method is very convenient because it is quick and trackable. There are four ways to pay the express mail fee. 

NOTE:  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS CAUSE DELAYS. If you have questions, we recommend you email us at to get a quick response. Please maintain a valid email account during the entire application process.

After your application is received

After we receive all of the above items, we will review your application and notify you of our decision by email. Application materials will not be returned.

Students who are accepted will be sent an I-20 form and an official acceptance packet. This I-20 form is the immigration document that you will need to apply for a student visa at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The acceptance letter and other materials will give you detailed instructions on what you need to do to complete your enrollment at Shoreline Community College.

TOEFL is not required. After admission to the College, you will take our ESL placement test to determine your English proficiency. The test is held during International Student Orientation each quarter.

However, IF you have taken the TOEFL, IELTS, or Step Eiken test in the past two years and received a high score, you may be eligible for academic placement. See details here.

*Part of the application fee will cover refreshment costs and retention activities available during your enrollment at Shoreline.

**Copies of financial documents are acceptable. However, we reserve the option of asking for originals or additional documents if necessary or contacting the financial institution for verification. The accountholder on the bank statement MUST be the person who will actually support the student financially. Applicants submitting fraudulent documents will be disqualified from receiving an I-20 document or admission as an F-1 student.