We are pleased to learn of your interest in seeking admission to Triton College!
Triton College is a model of teaching excellence and student success. We are a community college that embraces the educational, training, and personal development needs of the diverse communities we serve through innovation in our programs and approach to learning.
Triton College is a fully accredited two-year college in River Grove, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. The college is located in a peaceful residential community yet offers easy access to the outstanding resources of the third largest city in the United States.
Triton College offers more than 150 degree and certificates programs. Triton also offers support services, and flexible class scheduling with day, night, and weekend options that provide students of all ages with opportunities and resources to excel and gain important skills for succeeding in life.
Many courses are offered online or as flex-start courses that meet for seven weeks or less. With an average class size of 20.5 students, you will get to know your classmates and instructors.
We hope that you too will discover the many opportunities that Triton College has to offer.
For a guided tour of our attractive 16 building, 110-acre campus, please contact the admissions at Visit Campus | Triton College
All required application materials must be received by the deadline to be considered for admission. Late applications from new students outside the U.S. will be deferred to the next semester.
Program Start Date
Fall Semester (classes begin mid-August)
New F-1 Students: June 1
Transferring F-1 Students: July 1
Spring Semester (classes begin mid-January)
New F-1 Students: Nov 1
Transferring F-1 Students: Dec 1
Summer Semester (classes begin late May)
New F-1 Students: March 1
Transferring F-1 Students: April 1
International Student Application
Submit a passport-sized photograph with your name and address on the back.
Submit a copy of your valid, unexpired passport. Required of students who reside within or outside the U.S.
Proof of Financial Support
International students wishing to study at Triton College must have a minimum of $22,500 (United States Dollars) available to them for tuition and living expenses for each academic year. Proof of financial support from the prospective student’s sponsor is required for admission.
- Affidavit of Financial Support - Must be signed and notarized.
- Bank Statement - A statement on official bank letterhead indicating a current balance of at least $22,500 (in United States Dollars) with a bank official’s signature.
- Employer Statement - A statement on the sponsor’s employer’s official letterhead indicating dates of employment and an annual salary of sufficient funds to cover the estimated yearly expenses for an international student.
Proof of graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent is required for admission as an international student. All foreign high school and college transcripts must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. A full list of NACES members can be found at www.naces.org.
Official transcripts from any accredited U.S. college/university should be submitted to the Records Office for evaluation of transfer credit. More information can be found at Records Office | Transcript Submission.
You must be proficient in English to be accepted to Triton College. Submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
Minimum score of 500
Score of at least 50 in each category
Minimum score of 173
Score of at least 16-18 in each category
Minimum score of 61
Score of at least 15 in each category
Reading and Listening
Score of at least 6.5 in each category
Writing and Speaking
Score of at least 6 in each category
Click the link to visit the website: TOEFL
Click the link to visit the website: IELTS Home of the IELTS English Language Test
Triton College School Code: 1821
The following may qualify for an exemption to the TOEFL and IELTS requirement:
- Official transcript from an accredited U.S. high school showing conferral date of diploma awarded;
- Official transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university showing conferral date of an associate degree or higher awarded;
- Official transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university reflecting completion of college-level English composition with a grade of C or better;
- Official ACT or SAT exam results with a satisfactory score in accordance with Triton College placement in English Rhetoric and Composition I;
- Triton College Accuplacer reading/writing with a satisfactory score in accordance with Triton College placement in English Rhetoric and Composition I;
- International students may qualify for admission to Triton College without submitting proof of English proficiency if they are from countries where English is the primary/native language as determined by the United States federal government standards. Languages - The World Factbook (cia.gov)
Additional Required Documents
New and reinstated F-1 students must submit receipt of payment of I-901 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee. Additional information can be found at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) | I-901 Fee.
Upon arrival in the United States, international students must submit a copy of their Form I-94 “Arrival/Departure Record” to their DSO. Students may access their Form I-94 at USCIS | I-94.
F-1 Transfer Students
Current F-1 students wishing to transfer to Triton College must submit the following application materials in addition to those listed above:
- Copy of current Form I-20 - All F-1 transfer students must provide proof of full-time enrollment status prior to acceptance at Triton College.
- Transfer Eligibility Form - Must be completed by the DSO from the last U.S. high school or college the prospective student attended.
International students must complete their degree objectives within six (6) semesters, excluding summer semester. For each semester of Fall or Spring enrollment, international students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours.
International students who begin enrollment during summer semester must enroll in a minimum of six credit hours. International students will pay the out-of- state tuition rate.
International students who are considering dropping/adding a course must contact their DSO prior to adjusting their schedule.
New international students must schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for classes. Information about Advising appointments can be found at Academic Advising.
Current international students can register online through the Triton Student Portal, with an academic advisor, or if they know the course and section number of the class they would like to register for, they may email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Admissions Call Center at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.
Tuition & Fees
At Triton College, you’ll pay a lot less for the same classes and also get so much more!
- High Quality Education Leading to an Associate Degree or Certificate.
- Transferable Credits ... Guaranteed.
- Credentialed and Experienced Instructors.
- Extensive Student Support.
- A Culture That Embraces Diversity and Promotes Success.
International students wishing to study at Triton College must have a minimum of $22,500 (Twenty-Two Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars) available to them for tuition and living expenses for each academic year.
Additional funds will be required for students planning to enroll in the summer term.
For the 2023-2024 school year and Summer 2024 the tuition for students on a Foreign Student Visa (F-1) is assessed at a rate of $480.00* per credit hour. The tuition for students on a Foreign Student Visa (F-1) in a Select Health Career Program is assessed at a rate of $531.00* per credit hour.
Financial assistance is not available for international students.
Please review tuition payment schedules and payment options at Admissions | Tuition and Fees.
*All fees are subject to revision by the Triton College Board of Trustees without prior notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I receive my Form I-20?
Students can expect to receive their Form I-20 via email 10 business days from the date all application materials are received and approved.
Can I work while I am a full-time international student?
F-1 students may be eligible for certain types of employment opportunities. F-1 students interested in employment must contact their DSO.
Are scholarships available for international students?
Financial assistance is not available for international students.
How early can I arrive in the U.S. before my classes begin?
Students may arrive in the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to their program start date on the Form I-20. While not required, we recommend students visit their DSO upon arrival in the U.S.
How many semester hours do I have to enroll in to be considered full-time?
International students are required to register for and successfully complete 12 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters; 9 of the 12 credit hours must be on campus/in person.
International students who begin enrollment during summer semester must enroll in a minimum of six credit hours. All six credit hours must be on campus/in person.
How much is tuition?
Please review tuition and fee information at Admissions | Tuition and Fees.
What housing options are available to international students?
Triton College does not offer on-campus or off-campus housing options.
Can I travel as an international student?
International students may be able to travel. F-1 students interested in travelling should contact their DSO.
What is a Designated School Official?
Designated School Officials (DSO) serve as the main point of contact for international students and advise on handling different situations students may encounter. You should contact your DSO if any of the following situations apply to you:
- Changing your major, program, degree or educational level
- Transferring to a new school
- Taking annual vacation
- Taking a leave of absence
- Traveling outside of the United States
- Moving to a new address
- Changing your name
- Working in the United States
- Requesting a program extension
- Having trouble maintaining status or need to take a reduced course load
- Having a Terminated SEVIS record or other discrepancies on your SEVIS record
- Wanting to participate in a study abroad program
- Having trouble applying for a driver’s license
- Having any other questions related to your program of study and time studying in the United States
Where can I purchase books?
Textbooks can be purchased in the Triton College Bookstore. Located on Triton’s campus near the cafeteria in the B Building, the bookstore sells and rents new and used textbooks, reference books and general reading material, as well as office supplies, software, electronic products, gifts, and a full line of Triton apparel are also available for purchase. Please visit Triton College Bookstore for more information.
You can also conveniently purchase textbooks through your Triton Student Portal.
If you have questions about becoming an international student at Triton College, contact your International Student Advisor/Designated School Official:
For more information, contact the Records Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3239.