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Selecting a Day 1 CPT School by On-Site Frequency

Why Does On-site Frequency Matter?


  • Adhering to USCIS Regulations

    Under the current USCIS regulations, a school with zero on-site frequency for international students is illegal. Thus, you must avoid attending a Day 1 CPT without any on-site requirements. Since attending on-site sessions is essential for student to maintain their F1 status, it is wise to choose an accredited Day 1 CPT school with manageable on-site requirements.

    Fulfilling on-site requirements can also provide students with evidence for addressing a RFE. If you attend on-site classes based on the school policy, the school can offer proofs such as attendance sheets and photos to demonstrate your compliance with on-site requirements. 

  • Maintaining Work-Study Balance

    Students enrolling in Day 1 CPT schools must spend time and energy on studying; otherwise they may loose their F1 status. To balance, study, work, and life, it is important to compare on-site requirements of different schools. Note that a low on-site frequency does not mean a lax on-site requirement. Maintaining strict on-site requirement is important for Day 1 CPT schools to maintain their accreditation.

    Schools with a lower on-site frequency include: Westcliff University; Trine University; CIAM; Humphreys University; and New England College.


If you're still unsure about which program to enroll in, feel free to contact us. We'll provide you with a free assessment!

For first-hand on-site experiences, see On-Site Experiences.

Location Universities Onsite Campus On-site Frequency
West Westcliff University Irvine, CA; Miami, FL 1 / semester
CIAM Alhambra, CA 1 / semester
Sofia University Palo Alto, CA; Costa Mesa, CA 1 / month
Humphreys University Stockton, CA 1 / semester
 Monroe College New Rochelle, NY 1 / month
New England College Henniker, NH 1 / semester
Saint Peter's University Jersey City, NJ 2 / semester
McDaniel University Westminster, MD 1 / semester
Harrisburg University Harrisburg, PA 1 / month
National Louis University Tampa, FL 1 / semester & 1 / quarter
  University of the Potomac Washington D.C.; Fall Church, VA 1/ two weeks
Trine University Allen Park, MI;Phoenix, AZ;Reston, VA 1 / semester
University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY & Florence, KY 1 / semester
Ottawa University Ottawa, KS; Surprise, AZ; Brookfield, WI 2 / semester
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX 2 / month

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