After you have been admitted and have chosen to study at Ithaca College, you must prepare for your departure from home by doing the following steps:

  1. Write and declare your intention to accept our offer of admission. Be sure to include your deposit (in U.S. currency) if one is required for your program. Your letter should be addressed to the Director of Admissions if you are an undergraduate student or to the Dean of Graduate Studies if you will be undertaking a Master's program at Ithaca.
  2. Complete and return your Certification of Finances form which will enable Ithaca College to issue you an I-20 or DS-2019 form (student visa eligibility document). Your Certification of Finances should show your financial resources for supporting your studies in the U.S. for the number of years required to complete your program of study.
  3. File financial aid forms and apply for scholarships.
  4. Obtain or renew your passport.
  5. Apply for your student visa.
  6. Inform the Office of International Programs at Ithaca College of the date you expect to arrive on campus.
  7. Consult the Office of Residential Life about housing on campus if you're an undergraduate. Contact your academic department about assistance in finding off campus housing if you are a graduate student. (In choosing on-campus housing, remember that the residence halls (dorms) are closed during specified break periods and that you will need to plan for alternative accommodations for those dates.)
  8. Purchase supplemental health insurance. J-1 students must meet USIA minimum requirements for their health insurance. All matriculated undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in the College insurance plan.
  9. Undergo a medical examination. Every new student is required to complete and submit a Health Certification Form to the College Health Service before the first day of class. Be sure to bring the medical forms required by the College to your examination for your doctor to complete.
  10. Prepare your packing list.