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New Student (On-boarding)

Greetings from International Students and Scholars Services at West Virginia University (WVU)! We are delighted that you have chosen to attend WVU. No doubt you have made a great choice.

  • Take some time to review the information provided below. The information addresses the most frequently asked questions, and will save you lots of time and effort as you plan your transition to WVU .
  • Please stay connected by first claiming your WVU Mix Email. We send all important email to your WVU account. See how to login using the steps below!
  • Get connected with other students! WVU has great student organizations! To learn more, please visit WVU's Student Engagement and Leadership Website
  • We encourage you to spend time navigating our website. The website contains important information designed to help you maintain your immigration status and adjust to your new home in Morgantown. Now is a good time for you to become familiar with our website before you arrive.

We are looking forward to seeing you here in Morgantown! Please allow us to join the other offices on campus in congratulating you on your acceptance to the Mountaineer family!

Are you transferring from another US institution or need to change your start date?
  • Arranging to begin at a later semester (deferrals); and
  • Asking questions about transfer of courses from previous college or university,

Please contact the Office of International Admissions at:

International Admissions
West Virginia University 
P.O. Box 6009 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009 
1-800-344-9881  (304) 293-2121

1. Activate your West Virginia University (Mix) Email

After you have been admitted, your official admission letter will have your WVU student ID number and your WVU username at the top of the letter. 

To activate your WVU Mix Email, please visit WVU's Tutorial website.

2. Request an I-20 or DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility)

Once you have been admitted, please refer to the link in your admission letter to request an I-20 or DS-2019. Using your WVU mix login, you will need to upload the necessary documentation to request your I-20 or DS-2019. Please note that t his process will take longer if your documentation is not complete and correct. Be sure to submit all required documentation at the time of application.  You will need to prepare the following:

After all your documentation has been submitted, our international student advisers will review it. If they have questions, they will contact you for additional information. Otherwise, your I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent to you via FedEx or DSL. To check on the progress of your I-20 or DS-2019, please check your account to see if you have received an email with shipping confirmation. 

Please note:  Due to recent US Department of Homeland Security guidance, we cannot send or give I-20s and DS-2019s to extended family members, friends, or third parties. They must sent or given directly to the primary beneficiary (F-1/J-1) or dependent (F-2/J-2). If you wish to pick it up in person, you must bring an ID.

3. Apply for a Visa

Once you have received your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to pay the SEVIS fee (instructions are sent with your I-20 or DS-2019). After paying the SEVIS fee, you will need to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country using the information located on your I-20 or DS-2019 (ex. SEVIS ID, program dates, and school code). Instructions on how to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa can be found on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate associated with your home country. You can also visit our  applying for a visa webpage for more information.

4. Look for Housing

WVU offers a wide variety of housing options, from traditional residence halls to university-owned apartments. It's best to find housing well in advance of your arrival. For more information on on-campus and off-campus house, visit our housing webpage.

5. Complete the Pre-arrival Orientation (Online Learning Module)

To complete your online learning module, please log into Click on "Pre-Arrival Orientation (+Assessment)." Read over each of the documents, answer the assessment questions, and submit. You must complete the online learning module on US rules and regulations and WVU-related policy pertaining to your student status before arriving at WVU.

6. Register for New Student Orientation (NSO)

All newly admitted WVU undergraduate students are required to attend orientation. You must register for orientation before arriving at WVU. NSO will email you about the registration process prior to your arrival. Please be on the lookout for an email to your WVU Mix Email from New Student Orientation to register.

7. Review Health Insurance Options

All students at WVU are required to maintain health insurance. To review your options, check deadlines, verify immunization requirements, and more, please visit WVU's Student Insurance Website.

8. Travel to the US 
  • Arriving in the US. I f this is your first time (or if it's been a while since you have entered the US), please be sure to check out important information on what to expect at the port of entry .
  • Travel to Morgantown. Our office offers a free shuttle prior to orientation. If you wish to make use of this service, you will need complete the pre-arrival questionnaire by logging into Otherwise, you may make  your own arrangements
  • Emergency Contact Information International Risk Manager - WVU Office of Global Affairs (304) 293-9456.

9. Attend On-campus Orientation (NSO)

New student orientation is held each semester to assist with getting you on board with the campus community. A tentative orientation schedule is available in due course. We kindly request that you familiarize yourself with the orientation schedule, and plan other meetings around it.

  • Please be aware that the check-in and orientation process involves multiple mandatory steps including orientation, placement tests if applicable, and course registration. On average it takes 3-5 days to complete the process. Please make your plans accordingly.  
  • Graduate students. You should receive orientation information directly from your department. However, you are welcome and encouraged to join our Being an International Student Session at NSO.
  • Intensive English Program (IEP) students . IEP students are not required to attend this orientation session. They will have alternate orientation dates communicated through the IEP.

10. SEVIS Check-in 

SEVIS check-in is held during new student orientation or at IEP orientation. If you are unable to come to orientation due to extreme circumstances (or if you are a graduate student), please be sure to come to Purinton House to complete your check-in. SEVIS check-in is mandatory for all international students as it serves in part to register your SEVIS record. 

11. Class Registration & Tuition

For more information concerning course enrollment and paying for tuition, please visit our Registration and Tuition website.

12. Payroll Processing (if applicable)

If you are a graduate student or a student who has found on-campus employment, you will need to do payroll processing. Please follow the steps located on our student employment website.