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Mandatory International Student Orientation & Arrival Information

Orientation Information

All new international students (graduates, undergraduate students, and transfer students from other universities in the U.S.) must attend the Mandatory International Student Orientation (MISO).  This orientation is required and failure to attend an orientation session will prevent you from registering for classes at SMSU.  

MISO (Mandatory International Student Orientation will be held Monday, August 17th through Wednesday, August 19th. 

At MISO, you will:

  • Complete the Mandatory Visa Check-In required by the US Federal Government
  • Obtain your Mustang ID card
  • Access Your Student Accounts
  • Learn about Health Services and the required Health Insurance
  • Take the English & Math Placement Exams
  • Pay the Minimum $2,500 Required to Enroll
  • Meet with your Advisor & Enroll for Your Classes
  • Among other Important Matters

MISO is designed to provide useful and important information, and help you adapt to your new environment.  It is a way for new students to learn more about campus life, make new friends, and help you retain legal status as a student.  You will also participate in  the Campus Gold Rush Days later that week where you will meet all the new domestic students starting school just like you. 


August 16 - TRAVEL DAY:  Ground shuttle service from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP) to SMSU will be provided departing on August 16 at 1:00 pm. There is a cost of $70 for this service, which is considerably less than any other ground transportation.

You may arrive any time after August 16th and stay in a hotel near the MSP airport.  We have a special rate at a nearby hotel (hotel & shuttle details will be communicated to you in a private email once you are accepted).  The shuttle service from SMSU will leave no later than 1:00 pm on August 16 so please schedule your flight arrive no later than August 16th at 11:00 am local time (Central time zone USA).  

August 17th - 19th – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION:  Orientation will run from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day.  Again, you must attend all of the orientation in order to register for classes. You will also receive information to help you maintain your immigration status and many other vital parts of being an international student at SMSU.  Be sure to make your travel plans accordingly!  

August 20th - 23rd – GOLD RUSH DAYS:   Gold Rush Days, is orientation for all new students including International and American students together. These orientation activities will help you meet other new students, adjust to SMSU life, get to know the campus, have lots of fun, and also have some free time. 

As a reminder, you MUST bring enough funds or be prepared to pay a minimum of $2,500 before you will be allowed to register for classes.  Making this payment will be part of the first day of orientation. Additional information regarding payment options will be sent to you in advance once we know you have received your F-1 VISA and are planning to attend SMSU.

Last Modified: 3/11/20 11:19 AM