Saint Rose is well known for its large population of international students. Our campus is filled with students from more than 25 countries including China, Canada, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Hong Kong, Kenya, Thailand, etc. The culturally rich area and adaptive school create a comfortable and easily transition into our college atmosphere.
23 year old Ridhima Baxi, from New Delhi, India recently made the trek to Saint Rose to pursue an MBA. Upon choosing Saint Rose, she knew that it would “definitely add to [her] international experience of education.”
I asked Ridhima Baxi about her experience as an international student and Graduate Assistant for International Recruitment & Admissions at Saint Rose.
How did Saint Rose help you through your application process?
I was in touch with Colleen Thapalia who helped me with the application process. Ann Wilkening guided me through the visa process. The SEVIS information had to be updated for all my procedures to get admitted into the college.
How did you get your GA position? What was that process like? How did it help you acclimate to Saint Rose?
I had been in touch with Colleen Thapalia for the GA position for International Recruitment & Admissions in Spring. However, I received a call from her in Fall 2012 and continued the further formalities for the GA. I am now familiar with the various procedures of admission and courses of the college for the international students. It is a great experience.
Why did you choose Saint Rose? What do you like about the area?
The College of Saint Rose was referred to by one of my acquaintances as a good college in the area. My family shifted to this area and that was the thing I liked about this area. The college is quite strategically located.
Was the transition to New York different?
Yes, the transition was quite different as I had the visa formalities for admission and other medical procedures. Also, I had to adjust to the extreme climate conditions. But it is a nice and quite a populous state.
International students are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS and possibly the GRE/GMAT exams depending on the program the student plans to apply for. The graduate application also requires two letters of recommendation, resume, a statement of purpose, an official transcript, and a certificate of eligibility for student Visa.