Students near painted signs welcoming new students

Congrats, you've been accepted to Cornell College! We look forward to having you join us on campus.

What is next?

Apply for an F-1 student visa.

  • Pay the SEVIS fee administered by the Department of Homeland Security before applying for an entry visa or entering the United States
  • Schedule an appointment with your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country for your visa interview
  • Practice for your visa interview

Visa information

International students enter Cornell College under the F-1 student program. Cornell College will issue the necessary I-20 forms to all admitted students who have provided sufficient financial documentation.

Provide documents to the U.S. embassy or consulate

  • Valid passport
  • I-20
  • Documented proof of financial support for at least one year
  • Proof of SEVIS fee payment (receipt)
  • Visa application forms (available from the U.S. embassy or consulate)
  • Any other documents required by your embassy or consulate

Visa interview

The U.S. Consular Officer interviewing you will assume you want to immigrate to the United States permanently unless you clarify that you are only coming to the United States to study. Be prepared to speak clearly in English about the following:

  • Your area of study
  • Your reason for wanting to study at Cornell College in the United States
  • Proof of financial resources to cover your expenses in the United States
  • Your reasons for returning home after you complete your studies

If your visa is denied, ask your consular official to provide a written explanation of the denial.

Contact Dr. Zhang or the Office of Intercultural Life for more details.

Your new home

As a new international student, arriving on campus can be both exciting and worrying. We want to reduce your concerns, so you can feel confident as you start your educational journey here at Cornell. We have a tradition of welcoming you (and your fellow international students) to a special International Student Orientation Day.

Long after your first day of orientation, we will continue to offer support and provide fun ways to get connected through our Office of Intercultural Life.