Incoming Students

First steps after admission...

  • Receive Form I-20 and admission packet by mail from Office of Admissions

  • Pay I-901 SEVIS Fee and print receipt
    The fee is currently $350 USD and is paid online at for most students. (Students from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, or Gambia must pay by money order, Western Union Quick Pay, or certified check from U.S. bank.) You will need information from your Form I-20 when paying the SEVIS fee.

    • If you are currently an F-1 student and will transfer your SEVIS record directly to MCC from another school, you do NOT need to pay the SEVIS fee again. 

  • Schedule your F-1 visa interview at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate
    The U.S. Department of State website gives instructions on how to apply and required documentation for the visa appointment. Enclosed with your I-20 are instructions and tips for the visa interview from MCC.

    • If you already have a valid F-1 visa from previous study in the U.S. you may not need to apply again. Contact International Services to make sure.
    • Citizens of Canada do not need to apply for an F-1 visa but will be granted F-1 status upon entry to the United States.

  • Activate your MCC network and student email accounts
    You will receive instructions (sent to your personal email address that you used to apply to MCC) regarding how to set up your MCC network account. Set this up as soon as possible! This account will allow you to access your MCC student email account and on-campus computers. Most importantly, you will be able to access the myMCC Portal where you can register for classes, pay your tuition bill, sign up for housing, access pre-arrival information, and a variety of other services. Student Technology can help with setup online (try this first) or by contacting the office.

Next steps...

  • Contact International Services for academic advisement and class registration
  • Review the "International Students Pre-Arrival Information" course in Blackboard
    You will receive an email from International Services regarding how to access this Pre-Arrival Information course through your myMCC account. The course will cover important topics such as important dates to know, placement testing, paying your tuition bill, health requirements, arrival to the U.S., and orientation. 
  • Pay your tuition bill!
    After you are registered for classes, your tuition bill will be generated for the upcoming semester. Your bill will be due before the semester begins, so you will probably need to pay before you arrive to the United States. Please review the "International Students Pre-Arrival Information" course in Blackboard for payment options. You can pay online through your myMCC account, or wire transfer internationally through Flywire. You can also sign up for a payment plan.
  • Confirm your travel plans and inform International Services of your arrival date
    Once your visa is approved, please let us know the good news and inform us of your arrival plans. New international students may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start of your program. You should plan to arrive to Rochester before International Student Orientation begins.  

Upon arrival to MCC...

  • Attend the required International Student Orientation program
    Information about the mandatory orientation, including an agenda, will be included in Blackboard and emailed to you.  Under U.S. law, all new and transfer international students must check-in with International Services within a few days of arriving to MCC. Check-in will be completed during orientation. 
  • Complete placement testing in English and Math (if required)
    Placement testing cannot be completed online. You will take the placement tests once you arrive to MCC. You can walk-in to the Testing Center or schedule your test beforehand. These tests will ensure that you are registered for the correct level English and math courses. We recommend that you prepare for your tests before taking them.
  • Submit immunization records to Health Services
    This is a New York State law and you will not be able to study at MCC if you fail to submit proof of your immunizations. If you have not received the appropriate immunizations (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) or cannot locate your records, you can get the immunizations done at Health Services on campus when you arrive.