Apply for a Student Visa
After receiving your I-20, pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, then apply for your F-1 student visa. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee but do not need to apply for a student visa.
Find the Nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate
10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Student Visa
Complete Next Steps Center Items
Log in to your Next Steps Center using your NetID, NetID+ and password and complete all of your required items such as paying your Enrollment Fee and signing up for orientation. At this time, microcampus students do not have access to the Next Step Center. Click the links in the items below to complete any required steps.
Apply for Housing
The university has 2 offices dedicated to helping students find housing:
Housing & Residential Life assists students with on-campus housing options. The Housing & Residential Life website includes information on choosing a dorm, the selection and assignment process, and a special section for international students. If you wish to live on-campus, you must complete the housing application through the Next Steps Center.
Off-Campus Housing provides students with off-campus living options and resources. The OCH resource page contains sample budget spreadsheets, apartment checklists, roommate contracts, emergency contacts and other resources for international students (go to International Students under Resources for more information).
Watch the Pre-Arrival Tutorials
Watch the Pre-Arrival Tutorials, then submit the Tutorial Survey.
Complete the Placement Process
Complete the math and writing placement process in the Next Steps Center. If you do not complete the process before orientation, you may not be able to enroll in writing or math courses during your first semester at the university.
Upload Your Immunization Records
Submit proof of 2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines to Campus Health through PatientLink. If you do not submit your immunization records, there will be a hold on your account that prevents you from registering for classes during orientation. Medical records should be in English (translations are accepted) with legible dates that the MMR's were administered.
Apply for Early Enrollment in Student Health Insurance
All international students registered for at least 1 unit must purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan. You will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan after you register for classes. The effective date of the date for Fall 2020 is August 16, 2020.
Download an overview of the mandatory insurance and temporary insurance ID card
If you will be in the United States before the effective date of the Student Health Insurance, we strongly recommend applying for early enrollment or purchasing private health insurance so you have coverage during the gap.
Campus Health offers 2-week and 4-week early enrollment options.
Students arriving before July 19: Apply for 4-week early enrollment coverage (July 19 - August 15) by July 19
Students arriving on or after August 2: Apply for 2-week early enrollment coverage (August 2-15) by August 2