International Admissions

We are excited that you want to join the Rivier community! We're here to share admissions requirements, important deadlines, and other resources that will help you complete your application and get ready to start your Rivier experience.

International Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend, however, application completion 60 days prior to your intended term start date to allow enough time for admission review, visa processing, and travel plans. The normal processing time for admission response is two-to-four weeks after your completed application, including all required documents/credentials, is received by the Admissions Office.

Admissions Requirements

As an international student, you have an advisor who will support you every step of the way. They will assist you in maintaining your F-1 status and addressing any other questions that you may have about the items that are required for enrollment. For starters, here is the list of items that you will need to apply. Please don’t hesitate to ask for information or help on any of these.

Graduate Program Requirements

  • Application for Admission. Complete the Graduate (F-1 Visa Seeking/International) online application.
  • Statement of Purpose. In one to two pages, please address the following questions.
    • What previous experiences and commitments have brought you to consider applying for graduate training?
    • What are your most important objectives in applying now?
    • How do you think Rivier University’s graduate program will help you in the pursuit of your objectives?
    • Why did you select your specific program of study?
  • Evidence of English Proficiency
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, undergraduate and graduate.
  • Other Test Scores. Rivier University master’s degree level programs do not require G.R.E., G.M.A.T., or M.A.T. results for entry.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

  • Application for Admission. Complete the Undergraduate Day (First Year and Transfers) online application.
  • Essay. In one to two pages, please give your reasons for deciding to study at Rivier University, and in the field you have selected.
  • One Letter of Recommendation. This may be submitted by email directly from the author to
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all schools attended.
    • Transcript Evaluations. Transcripts from schools, colleges, and universities outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by an agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluators or the Association of International Credential Evaluators. Full course-by-course evaluations are required. See the list below.
  • Evidence of English Proficiency

Evidence of English Proficiency

Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.

  • Test scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to Rivier University or are electronically verifiable by Rivier University.
  • Accepted tests and minimum required scores are: Duolingo (100), TOEFL (61), IELTS (5.5), PTE (43).
  • Some applicants may require higher test scores depending on their educational background and program of entry.
  • Providing a language proficiency test score may not be required if you satisfy one or more of these conditions:
    • You have already earned a high school, college or university degree in the United States.
    • You have successfully completed at least two years of full-time academic study in a diploma or degree-granting program in the United States.
    • You are a citizen of an Anglophone country.
    • You completed English Language courses from a CEA accredited institution.

Required Items if Seeking an F-1 Visa

  1. Copy of the applicant’s current and valid visa/passport.
  2. Current financial statement from a financially responsible party: applicant, a parent, or a sponsor. This information should be no more than one year old at the start of the semester of interest.
  3. Official bank statements must reflect the balance noted (2023-2024 academic year).
    Graduate applicants: $36,328 (U.S.)  Undergraduate applicants: $50,923 (U.S.) for commuter students/$51,323 (U.S.) for resident students.

Applicants who wish to include dependents on the SEVIS I-20 form, please contact the Office of Global Engagement at for more information.

International Transcript Evaluation Agencies

Full course-by-course evaluations are required.

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116, Boston MA 02117
Tel: 617.338.7171 Fax: 617.338.7101

Education Perspectives
134 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900 Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: 312.421.9300

World Educational Services
P.O. Box 745 Old Chelsea Station, New York NY 10013-0745
Tel: 212.966.6311 Fax: 212.966.6395

International Education Research Foundation, Inc. 
P.O. Box 3665, Culver City CA 90231-3665
Tel: 310. 390.6276

AACRAO Educational Evaluation Services
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.296.3359

Scholaro International Transcript Evaluation Services
29 E. Madison Street, Ste. 1005, Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: (312) 373-0952

450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1107 New York, NY 10123
Tel: 646.475.2570
Or any current agency that is a current member of or

Completed International Transcript Evaluations will be sent directly from the evaluation agency to:

Graduate Applicants
Rivier University
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions
420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Undergraduate Applicants
Rivier University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060

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