International Application Checklist & Forms
As one of the foremost all-male independent boarding schools in America, Riverside Military Academy offers a distinctive, high-caliber college preparatory experience that meets a boy's developmental and educational needs. This experience is enhanced by a military structure that instills time-honored values, discipline, and leaderships skills. We welcome young men in grades 7-12 from around the world.
Legal Documentation - Pre-acceptance to Riverside
Please note that all paperwork is printed in and must be completed in the English language.
A completed application must be submitted for a student to be considered for admission. An applicant must submit a recent photo, a copy of his passport, and a copy of his birth certificate. For your convenience, the application forms can be downloaded from this website and returned via mail or fax to:
Riverside Military Academy Admissions Office
Attention: International Admissions Recruiter
2001 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, Georgia USA 30501
— Or you may Apply Online to submit the application. —
STEP 1: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
All candidates must complete and submit an Application for Admission along with a $100 USD application fee. Please contact Laura Stennett in the business office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.532.6251, ext. 2188 if you need to request a bank wire form.
STEP 2: SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING APPLICANT REFERENCES AND REPORT
Three letters of recommendation are required. When you give the forms to the student's teachers, please include an envelope addressed to the RMA Admissions Office so they may mail the forms directly to Riverside, or provide information for the teachers to send the recommendation via fax or e-mail. Applicant references must be completed in or translated in English. Please include:
- Recommendation letter from the applicant's current principal or counselor of his current school.
- Recommendation letter from the applicant's current Mathmatics teacher.
- Recommendation letter from the applicant's current English teacher.
- Discipline report (if applicable).
STEP 3: REQUEST APPLICANT'S TRANSCRIPTS
Please give the Request Transcript Form to your Principal, School Head, or Guidance Counselor. The transcript should include grades for the two years prior to your application as well as from the first semester of the current school year. Please mail or submit the transcript and school report to the Admissions Office after the first semester of the current school year. You may request that the school mail this information directly to Riverside's Admissions Office. A completed application must have an official school transcript in English. A non-English official school transcript may be submitted as long as a secondary translation follows.
TOEFL, SLEP and SSAT test scores are not required; however, please submit results if they are available.
STEP 4: REVIEW OF COMPLETED APPLICATION
After the required information is received and reviewed by the Riverside Admissions Committee, a decision will be made. If the applicant is accepted, an Enrollment packet and contract, along with a SEVIS I-20 document, will be mailed to the applicant. A copy of the student's passport should accompany the application to verify that the name on the passport matches the name on the I-20. The enrollment contract should be returned to Riverside as quickly as possible.
Legal Documentation - After Acceptance to Riverside
STEP 5: I-20 DOCUMENT
An I-20 will be issued from Riverside after the applicant is accepted. The I-20 document will accompany your acceptance letter and enrollment package. In addition, a valid DHL courier address should be provided to mail the I-20.
STEP 6: APPLY FOR A STUDENT VISA
It typically takes two to four months after the applicant receives his Riverside acceptance papers to gain an interview at his consulate office to obtain a Visa through the U.S. Embassy. It is the applicant's responsibility to make an appointment for and secure the needed student visa through the U.S. Embassy. The applicant is required to submit the I-20 document when applying for the visa.
STEP 7: PROVIDE PROOF OF HEALTHCARE INSURANCE, IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
All Riverside cadets are required to have healthcare insurance and up-to-date immunization records. To purchase USA healthcare coverage, please visit ISM Insurance.
STEP 8: PHYSICAL EXAM
Every cadet must have an up-to-date physical exam given within the last year. This allows our students to participate in physical activities on campus such as sports, drill training, and other student activities.
All international students who receive an acceptance will be required to take an English proficiency test administered by Riverside once the cadet is on campus.