International Student Information

Welcome from International Admissions

Welcome to Riverside Military Academy’s international page. It is our job and great pleasure to help international families enroll at RMA. Our goal is to make the process as simple as possible and remove obstacles from achieving your dream of studying abroad whether you are new to the process or a transfer student. We focus on finding the proper enrollment timeframe for your family. Sometimes a summer enrollment may be appropriate to boost English proficiency or help the student acclimate to our campus before the full year begins. On the other hand, a fall or spring enrollment may be best for you. Whatever the next step should be, allow us to help you find it. 
Here at RMA, we strive to celebrate and welcome diversity from all corners of the world. We have a corps that represents 30 different countries and 30 states from around the U.S. Our alumni represent a worldwide network of Brothers-In-Blue ready to connect with you while you attend RMA and once you join them in the alumni ranks. For more than 112 years, Riverside Military Academy has been an all-boys military school and regardless of background, we have made it our business to know how boys learn and grow making us the best in boy’s education.
Please reach out to Ben Allen, Director of Admissions, to discuss your student specifically. We look forward to helping you through this process. If you are able to tour the campus or attend an open house, we welcome you. However, if visiting campus is not an option for you then we would be happy to connect you with a current family with a similar background who can share their experience.
Apply today! Your son’s future begins here.

Additional Information

List of 6 items.

  • Academics

    RMA graduates earn, on average, between $5-7 million annually in merit-based college scholarships and boast a 100% college acceptance rate. All students will receive support and guidance through the college admissions process. RMA offers small class sizes (8:1 student-teacher ratio) for all class options including general, honors, AP, and dual enrollment. Our teaching staff is specially qualified to teach their subject matter, with 75% or more holding advanced degrees. A military school education comes with several unique advantages and opportunities. RMA cadets learn the value of duty, respect, and responsibility while developing leadership and communication skills. RMA cadets graduate miles ahead of their peers in terms of character and preparedness for college. The world needs ethical young men, and RMA has been producing them for over 112 years!
  • Athletics

    RMA offers a wide variety of sports teams. In order for international students to play at the varsity level, they must attend our 4-week summer L.E.A.D. Academy. Our governing body for athletics, GHSA, requires international students to be enrolled for 2 consecutive semesters to be eligible for varsity sports. Although our summer program is only 4 weeks we have broken it into two 2-week semesters, which means your cadet can join a varsity team immediately upon enrolling in the Fall if he attends Summer L.E.AD. Academy.
  • College and Culture Tour

    The College & Culture Tour is one of the most exciting programs RMA has to offer. The tour is designed to be a fun, informative, and memorable experience for all who join. The College & Culture Tour takes place each summer for 2 weeks prior to the start of the Fall term and is highly encouraged (and sometimes required) for international students as an English immersion experience. The trip explores the historic highlights of the United States East Coast while visiting multiple colleges and universities along the way. Attractions we have visited in previous years include the Capital building, the Smithsonian, Arlington National Cemetery, and Bush Gardens Amusement park. College visits have included VMI, Clemson, University of Virginia, and the Citadel. The cost of the trip is all-inclusive.
  • College Matriculation

    RMA graduates matriculate to a variety of colleges and universities, both in the US and abroad. 96% of our students attend 4-year universities, with the remainder either attending junior college, joining the service, our receiving a service academy appointment. 
  • English Immersion

    RMA provides English immersion throughout the student’s experience. We strive to pair an English speaking student with a non-English speaking student in the barracks (dorms) as roommates. Students will take all classes in English as well. If a student requires English as a Second Language (ESL), we provide various levels of courses that are included in tuition. He will be tested upon enrollment to determine English proficiency which determines which level of ESL he is placed in. We offer a summer bridge program as well that is a full English immersive experience (read more below). There is no additional cost associated with ESL.

    If interested in a US university, international students are typically required to take the TOEFL as well as the SAT or ACT. We offer preparations for each of these tests to ensure the student is prepared. 
  • Summer L.E.A.D. Academy

    Summer L.E.A.D. Academy is an academic program with high adventure activities woven in. L.E.A.D. is fast-paced, fun, and productive all rolled into one program. If your student would like to join RMA in the summer to get acclimated, get ahead in credits, catch up on credits, or experience our immersive ESL summer program then Summer L.E.A.D. Academy may be right for him. Furthermore, if he wants to play varsity level sports in the following school year then he needs to attend the Summer LEAD Academy.

    RMA offers a 4-week summer program that can be just English intensive or more academic in nature. Furthermore, we have designed a 6-week program that extends L.E.A.D. and links our summer and fall semesters so that international students do not have the awkward small break between semesters. Instead, they can attend an immersive cultural experience including a trip up the east coast to places like New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C, etc. 

International Students' Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I apply?

    To apply, visit: and submit the application online. The application fee is $100.
  • What are holidays and weekends like?

    RMA cadets can choose from a variety of on and off-campus weekend activities. On-campus activities include cook-outs, camping, kayaking, movies in the theatre, access to athletic facilities, etc. Off-campus activities include trips to restaurants, the Mall of Georgia, or movie theaters, as well as professional sports games. RMA is conveniently located in the city of Gainesville, GA and is a short drive from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown Atlanta.
  • What are the Admissions criteria?

    RMA will need transcripts, a conduct report (if applicable), and three recommendation letters which you can send to the cadet’s current school by logging into our website and sending the requests electronically. You can also email the supporting documents directly to me. RMA does not require any admissions testing (TOEFL, SSAT, etc.). Interview may be required. 
  • Does RMA offer ESL?

    RMA offers an extensive ESL program. Students are tested in English proficiency upon enrollment and placed within one of the levels of the program according to how they test. English language support is offered for all coursework. There is no additional cost associated with ESL.
  • What do I need to know about the I-20/Visa process?

    Once the student is accepted, the family must submit the enrollment deposit of $2,500. Once the deposit is received, RMA will create the I-20 needed to apply for a visa and send via DHL.
  • Are there additional fees for international students?

    Tuition for international students includes room and board, a Chromebook laptop to be issued to the student upon enrollment, and international student insurance. There are no additional fees for international students.
  • Do international students need an I-20 to attend Summer L.E.A.D. Academy?

    No, international students can attend our 4-week Summer L.E.A.D. Academy with a tourist visa.

Requirements to Apply

  1. Online Application
  2. Recommendations
    • Math Teacher
    • English Teacher
    • Principal/Counselor
  3. Transcript of Grades
    • Applying for 7th-9th Grade: 2 years of grades required.
    • Applying for 10th-12th Grade: 3 years of grades required.
  4. Discipline Report
  5. Interview May be Required (personal, Skype, WeChat)
  • Once initial documents are received, you may be asked to submit more supporting documents.
  • TOEFL JR and SSAT are NOT required due to our extensive ESL program.