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Financial Aid Questions


Does Agnes Scott offer full-ride scholarships to international students?

Agnes Scott College does offer one full tuition, room and board scholarship to an international student each year. This scholarship, known as the Marvin B. Perry Presidential Scholarship, is the college’s most competitive academic scholarship. Top first-year applicants may be invited to compete for this prestigious award. Students selected as Agnes Scott Presidential Scholars excel in academics, leadership, character, and personal achievement.


Will I keep my scholarship all four years?

All merit-based scholarships at Agnes Scott are renewable for up to four years of study. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to renew their scholarship each fall. Additional details on merit-based scholarships will be included in a student’s scholarship letter.


Does the cost of attendance stay the same each year?

Most colleges and universities in the U.S. (both private and public) raise tuition and fees annually. Over the past three years, Agnes Scott tuition, room, board and fees have increased on average 3% annually. Although costs are likely to increase, student scholarship awards will remain the same.


Does Agnes Scott offer loans for international students?

No, Agnes Scott does not have a student loan program. Some international students may be eligible to apply for student loans in their home countries for study in the U.S. Other international students are eligible to apply for student loans through U.S. banks if they have a U.S. citizen cosigner for the loan application. 


Can I work on campus to help cover the cost of attendance?

Agnes Scott does have a small number of work study awards that are awarded as part of the admission process. Additional work study opportunities, like tutoring positions in the campus learning centers, may be available once a student arrives on campus. Please note that most work study positions earn $2,300 per academic year and will not cover the full cost of attendance. Instead, most international students use their work study earnings to help cover living expenses. 


Who should I contact with financial aid questions?

If you have additional questions about financial aid and scholarships for international students, you can reach out to Emily-Davis Hamre, Associate Director of Admission, at ehamre@agnesscott.edu.


The Admission Process at Agnes Scott


Who qualifies as an international student?

Agnes Scott recognizes and celebrates the many international experiences represented in our student body. For the purpose of admission, students who do not hold a US passport are considered international students. This includes students who intend to apply for an F-1 Visa as well as those who are in the U.S. with any other Visa type (e.g., H-4, L-2, etc.). 


Who is my admission counselor at Agnes Scott College?

Emily-Davis Hamre, Associate Director of Admission, works with all international students as well as U.S. citizens attending high school outside of the United States. If you have questions about the admission or scholarship process at Agnes Scott, you can reach out to her at ehamre@agnesscott.edu. You can also send her a message on WhatsApp or WeChat (ID: edhamre) if you have specific questions relating to your application. Please keep in mind that Agnes Scott is in Eastern Standard Time (EST).


How do I apply to Agnes Scott?

International students interested in Agnes Scott College are encouraged to complete the Common Application at commonapp.org as well as submit supplemental application documents through their Agnes Scott admission portal. You can view the international application checklist here.


After I submit my Common Application, am I done with my application?

Once Agnes Scott receives your Common Application, you will get an email from the Office of Admission granting you access to your admission portal. There, you will be able to see what documents the college has received and which documents the college is still waiting on before considering your application for admission. You can view the international student application checklist here. 


How do I know what is missing for my application?

You can access a checklist of your application items in your Agnes Scott admission portal. Access to this portal will be emailed to you once you have submitted your Common Application to Agnes Scott College. If you are having trouble accessing your portal, you can reach out to your admission counselor. 


How can I access my admission and scholarship decision?

All admission and scholarship decisions will be released in your Agnes Scott admission portal. Access to your admission portal will be emailed to you after you submit your Common Application to Agnes Scott. If it has been over a month since you submitted your application and you have not yet received an admission decision, you can email your admission counselor at ehamre@agnesscott.edu.


Do all documents need to be submitted in English?

If your transcript, recommendations or other Agnes Scott supplemental items are not in English, please submit a notarized translation as well as the original documents. 


Do I have to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission?

Agnes Scott College is a test-optional college, meaning that students do not have not to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application process. Students who do not submit SAT or ACT scores are instead asked to complete an InitialView interview or Duolingo English Proficiency Test as part of the admission process. Please note that there is a cost associated with this service. Additional information on Agnes Scott’s testing policy is available here. 



Getting to Know Agnes Scott


What does it mean to be a liberal arts college?

Liberal arts colleges are very popular in the United States and emphasize undergraduate study in the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts) and the sciences (natural science, social sciences). They offer the opportunity to have a well-rounded education and to succeed in many fields after graduation.


There are so many liberal arts colleges in the United States; how is Agnes Scott unique?

There are hundreds of liberal arts colleges in the U.S., and we know it makes it hard to find the right school for you. Agnes Scott is known for SUMMIT, our signature experience which reimagines the liberal arts and sciences for the 21st century. By focusing on leadership development, global connections and preparation for the future, SUMMIT prepares Agnes Scott’s students to be global change agents. Because of this, US News & World Report has ranked Agnes Scott the #1 Most Innovative School among national liberal arts colleges two years in a row!


What is SUMMIT?

SUMMIT is Agnes Scott’s signature experience which reimagines the liberal arts and sciences for the 21st century. By focusing on leadership development and global connections, SUMMIT prepares Agnes Scott’s students to be global change agents. During your four years at Agnes Scott, you can expect to increase your understanding of leadership and your own strengths, as well as engage with a community that prioritizes global connections and preparation for your future. 


Do I have to apply to be a part of SUMMIT?

No, because SUMMIT is integrated into Agnes Scott’s general education curriculum all students are able to experience SUMMIT at Agnes Scott.


What are the benefits of attending a women’s college?

Most graduates of women’s colleges will probably say that they never saw themselves attending a women’s college. Post-graduation, research shows that the women’s college experience is almost uniformly positive.

In “Four Critical Years,” Alexander Astin found that students in women’s colleges “become more academically involved, interact with faculty frequently, show increases in intellectual self-esteem and are more satisfied with practically all aspects of the college experience compared with their counterparts in coeducational institutions. Women’s colleges increase the chances that women will obtain positions of leadership, complete the baccalaureate degree and aspire to higher degrees.”


Is Agnes Scott a welcoming place for international students?

Agnes Scott’s signature experience, SUMMIT, aims to increase global and cultural awareness among our campus community. Students, staff and faculty at Agnes Scott therefore choose to be part of our Agnes Scott’s community because they are interested in engaging with cultures and communities around the world. Agnes Scott welcomes all international students who share these same values and intentions.   


Is housing guaranteed on campus?

Yes, Agnes Scott is a residential community, meaning housing is guaranteed on campus for all four years. This includes community-style residence halls, suite-style residence halls, living learning communities and campus apartments. 


Where is Decatur, GA?

Decatur is a historic residential community about 9 kilometers from downtown Atlanta. With great restaurants, shops and festivals, Agnes Scott students get to experience the small-town feel of Decatur while still being in the thriving Atlanta metropolitan area.


Atlanta is located in the southern United States in the state of Georgia. It is a very diverse city with many great resources for international students. You can see this represented in the restaurant options (from Ethiopian to Korean to Mexican to Colombian to French to Thai to Hawaiian) and festivals that take place every year. 


What’s the weather like?

Agnes Scott is located in the southern United States in the state of Georgia. When students first arrive on campus in August and September the weather is normally sunny with temperatures around 30° - 35° C and occasional rain. In the winter, temperatures often range from 0° C to 10° C. Agnes Scott does not generally receive any snow during the winter, although students may enjoy a small amount of snow every few years. Temperatures begin to increase again in March and April.