Information for Accepted International Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY Plattsburgh! Please follow the steps below to complete your enrollment.

What You Need to Do Before Enrolling at Plattsburgh

Step 1: Pay Your SEVIS fee & Apply for a Visa (does not apply to Canadians)

To apply for a U.S. visa, you would need the following documents:

1. Valid passport (for at least six months)
2. Original letter of acceptance/admission issued by SUNY Plattsburgh
3. Original SEVIS I-20 form issued by SUNY Plattsburgh
4. SEVIS fee receipt (form I-797) (Find out how to pay SEVIS fee)
5. Copies of all of your high/secondary school or college transcripts
6. Copies of the TOEFL or IELTS score
7. Proof of ties to your home country (Please read 10 Points to remember when applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa)

Step 2: Pay Your Deposit

After you are accepted, you have until the deadline stated on your acceptance letter to pay your $250 deposit. To do this online, please follow the directions below:

1. Please click here to pay your deposit online through a credit card.
2. Follow the instructions on the page.

Step 3: Housing

Residence halls (also referred to as "dormitories") open early for new international students during Orientation.  Please check our Orientation and Residence Hall opening schedule for information about when your room will be ready for your arrival.

Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate all new students, it is sometimes necessary to house three students in a double room.  This is called a "triple."   If you are interested in living on campus, you should pay your deposit and submit the online housing application as soon as possible.  To see what your student room might look like,  view a 360-degree Virtual Room Tour of some of our residence hall rooms.

Step 4: Make Travel Arrangements

Read the information on our Travel to the U.S. page. You should arrive on campus no later than the Monday before classes begin for your first semester of enrollment. Please refer to the Academic Calendar to determine the correct date. If you have to arrive more than three days before international student orientation begins, you must stay at your own expense at one of the local hotels.

If you are an accepted student who has received an invitation to enroll in the summer Advanced English Program, please register online and pay your program fees as soon as possible.

Step 5: Complete and Submit Health Form and Immunization Records

Download the International Health Form and fill it out with the help of your physician. Send the completed form and the immunization records to the address at the bottom of the form.

Step 6: Fill out the Arrival Information Form

As soon as your travel plans are confirmed, fill out the Arrival Information Form. To find out how to get to Plattsburgh, refer to our Traveling to the U.S. page. We do not pick up students from New York, Boston, or Montreal. We provide free transportation from the bus station and train terminal in Plattsburgh to campus. In addition, we provide van transportation from Burlington International Airport in Burlington, Vermont for a $50 fee. If your travel plans change, call or email our office immediately.

Step 7: Attend International Orientation (mandatory)

During Orientation you will learn about academic and immigration requirements, pay your bill, open a bank account, adjust your schedule, meet your advisor and much more.

Need a Handy Checklist?

Download the copy below. Whenever you complete a step, check it off. When you have checked off all the items on the list, you are ready for International Orientation.

Note: this document requires Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about international education, admission, or financial aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Email: GEO@plattsburgh.edu

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