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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)MISO will begin Monday, August 19, 2024 throughout the rest of this week. This orientation is required and failure to attend an orientation session will prevent you from registering for classes at SMSU.  

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 $3,000 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 program for new international students to learn more about campus life, make new friends, help you retain legal status as a student, and get you ready for classes the following Monday.  


CHECK-IN and MOVE-IN: Monday, August 19th  -  Plan to arrive to SMSU between 1:00PM to 4:00PM to check in at the Center for International Education (CIE), located in the Student Center, Room 237 and move into your residence hall.   

MISO PRESENTATIONS: Tuesday, August 20th - Thursday, August 22nd –   Orientation begins promptly at 9:00AM and will continue for the entire day until 6:00PM.  Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire orientation program.  You will be taking the ACCUPLACER college placement tests to find out what English and Math levels you will enroll for.  You will also receive information about the mandatory Health Insurance, University Health Services, Technology Resources, online student account accesses required for your classes, and information to help you maintain your F-1 international student visa status amongst other critical information.  

REGISTRATION DAY:  Wednesday, August 21st –   Meet your major advisor and enroll for classes.  As a reminder, you must pay a minimum of $3,000 before you will be allowed to register for classes. 

INTERNATIONAL WELCOME RECEPTION:  Wednesday, August 21st @ 5:00 PM - Join us for a business casual reception to meet our President, Provost, Deans, faculty and staff.  

GOLD RUSH DAYS: Thursday, August 20th through Sunday, August 25th - All international students will participate in Gold Rush Days along with new domestic students starting from Thursday throughout the weekend.  At Gold Rush Days, you will have the opportunity to participate in fun events, some outside, some in-person with distancing, some with small groups, and some virtually to learn more about SMSU, meet your Mustang family, and make new friends! Classes begins Monday, August 26th.


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