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As a part of the State University of New York (SUNY), Clinton Community College is part of the 64 campus system that enrolls almost ½ million students in the largest state university system in the world. Students attending Clinton Community College have opportunities to transfer easily to a Baccalaureate degree program within the State University of New York. International students will find very easy transferability to our nearest SUNY neighbor, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Clinton Community College is a beautiful 2 year campus overlooking Lake Champlain. (Please visit our campus by viewing our Virtual Tour: Clinton Community College offers a degree in Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) for students seeking to transfer to a four-year college. Learn more about our academic programs by visiting us at the following link:

International students attending Clinton Community College can expect small class sizes and dedicated faculty and staff members. We encourage you to learn more about Clinton Community College by reviewing the links below:

Meet our Staff:

  • Anna B. Miarka-Grzelak, Dean of Enrollment Management,
  • Designated School Official (DSO) Phone  1 (518) 562-4170

E-mail is the primary method of communication between Clinton Community College and international applicants. Please provide a valid e-mail address on your completed application in order to receive information and updates from our office. It is also important that we have a working phone number for you so that we can call you if we need to assist you with your application. Finally, international applicants must have a permanent address outside of the United States.

All documents that you send us must be original documents or copies certified by the source institution (i.e., high school, examination council, etc.) or the EducationUSA Advising Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of State closest to you. A link to EducationUSA can be found here

Prior to arrival on campus, all international students should be aware of the following guidelines:

  • International students are required to live on campus for one full academic year (this does not apply to transfer students or those granted an exception through the housing appeals process)
  • International students must complete and submit health forms and Immunization records
  • International students are required to participate in an Orientation ($250 per individual) to acclimate to living in the U.S.

Step 1: Complete and Sign an Application Form

Our application is FREE and is available online at:  If you are having difficulty downloading the application, please email Ania Miarka-Grzelak at: Anna B. Miarka-Grzelak. Please complete our free supplemental application here:  New International Student Supplemental Application Form.  If you would prefer to use postal mail, please use the following address:


Attention: Ania Miarka-Grzelak
                 Dean of Enrollment Management

Clinton Community College

136 Clinton Point Drive

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Step 2: Send Academic Records

It is important that you send your academic records as part of your application packet. Please be sure to send:

  • Original or certified copies of academic transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, diplomas or certificates, national standardized examination results, or other academic course work are required. Photocopied or scanned copies are NOT acceptable as official documents.
  • Include a certified English translation for all documents not written in English. If you need assistance translating your documents to English, we recommend using the American Translators Association to find a certified translator.
  • Transcripts submitted for admission become the property of Clinton Community College and cannot be returned to you or sent to another college or university.

Step 3: Provide Evidence of English Level Proficiency / Take an English Placement Test

All international applicants are required to submit proof of English proficiency through one of the exams listed below or by taking an online placement test through Clinton Community College.

The most common way of demonstrating proficiency is through standardized exams such as the TOEFL internet-based (iBT), IELTS, SAT, or ACT.

A TOEFL score of 540 and above (paper-based) or 70 is required or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 and above.

All new students must take the Clinton Community College placement test to determine which math and English courses are appropriate.

Step 4: Provide Financial Guarantee

In compliance with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, all international applicants must provide evidence of sufficient funds available for their studies. We require:

  • a current bank statement (dated within the past six months) on bank letterhead
  • bank statement must include the name of the account holder and currency clearly indicated in English

Note: an Affidavit of Support CANNOT be used in place of a bank statement. 

If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend using the World Education Services  to find a certified translator.

If the family name (surname) of the account holder on the financial statement is different from your own, you will need to provide a letter written in English from that individual stating his or her relationship to you and intention to financially support your education.

International Transfer Students

Any international applicant who has completed academic studies at another college or university may be considered for transfer admission to Clinton Community College.

Students with less than one year of full-time study will be considered for admission based on a review of their college/university transcript(s), as well as secondary school records.

Transfer students from within the U.S. must also send:

  • Copy of your I-94 and current I-20
  • Copy of your passport photo page and visa page
  • Complete the FSA-5 International Transfer Report (which must be filled out by the student and the DSO (Designated School Official) from your previous institution attended

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you have any questions about international admission at Clinton Community College, please contact us at:

Admissions Office

Clinton Community College

136 Clinton Point Drive

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 562-4170

Fax: (518) 562-4373


Email: Anna B. Miarka-Grzelak

See you on campus!

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