Accepted Students FAQ's

International Students at Waldorf College

How do I make my SEVIS payment?
How do I make a visa interview appointment?
How do I get to Forest City?
Can I come to the U.S. before the semester starts?
Can I come to the U.S. late (after the I-20 report date)?
What should I bring to the Port of Entry?
How do I sign up for on-campus housing?
When will I find out my roommate/housing assignment?
Can I live off campus?
Do I need to bring my own linens?
Am I required to participate in the international student orientation?
Do I have to have health insurance?
When do I register for classes?
How do I pay my bill?
When do I pay my bill?

How do I make my SEVIS payment?
You must pay $200 to the SEVIS (Student/Exchange Visitor Information System) to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at least 3 business days before your visa interview. 
There are currently three options available to make the payment:

  • Credit or Debit Card Online
  • Check or Money Order in the Mail
  • Western Union Quick Pay

Please see the SEVIS website for further details.

How do I make a visa interview appointment?
Please be sure you have paid your SEVIS fee at least 3 days prior to attending a visa interview. If your payment has not gone through you will most likely be denied an interview.

You may schedule your interview online through the U.S. Embassy.

  • Select your country of residence
  • Select ‘Visa Information’
  • Select ‘Non-Immigrant Visas’
  • Select ‘Schedule Visa Interview’

How do I get to Forest City?
You should make your flight arrangements to Minneapolis/St. Paul (Minnesota) airport.  Waldorf College offers a shuttle to/from Minneapolis airport on selected day’s/time’s.  (link to transportation site).  Please be sure to make your travel arrangements to coincide with the dates of the shuttle services. 

Once you have booked your ticket please e-mail your international student advisor (international@waldorf.edu) with the details of your travel itinerary including flight numbers, airports, times, and dates. 

Can I come to the U.S. before the semester starts?
Yes, you may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the report date on your I-20.

Can I come to the U.S. late (after the I-20 report date)?
You are expected to arrive no later than the report date on your I-20.  Exceptions may only be made in extenuating circumstances.

What should I bring to the Port of Entry?
You need to bring your I-20, Passport, Financial documents, Copy of Financial Aid Award Letter, Waldorf Acceptance Letter, and copies of your secondary school records. Also be sure to be carrying the contact information of your international student advisor with you. 

How do I sign up for on-campus housing?
Please be sure to review the on-campus housing options before making your selection.
Once you’ve decided on your preferences, you’ll need to fill out the on-campus housing form.

When will I find out my roommate/housing assignment?
Housing assignment letters are sent to students towards the end of July. These letters contain as much information as possible concerning the student’s room, meal plan, parking permit, and mailbox for the fall semester. In addition, these assignment letters provide students with information concerning their roommate and all the subsequent contact information to provide students the opportunity to contact each other before the semester begins.

Can I live off campus?
Students are required to live in College housing and have a board plan unless they meet at least one of the following exceptions:

  • have lived on campus for at least six semesters
  • will be at least 21 years old prior to the first day of class for the semester they wish to live off campus
  • are married
  • have children living with them
  • are veterans
  • are living at home with parents and commuting from their permanent address within a 35 mile radius of the College
  • transferred in with at least 50 credits prior to the start of the semester

Do I need to bring my own linens?
No, you will not need to bring linens (blankets, towels, sheets etc…). Waldorf will lend you a bedding package for your use during your first few nights in Forest City. A shopping trip to Mason City is always on the agenda for international student orientation where you will have a chance to purchase your own bedding items. 

Please visit the Residence Life section of our website for further information about housing topics.

Am I required to participate in international student orientation?
International student orientation is required of all first-year international students. Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances, however, this is not recommended. 

Do I need to have health insurance?
Health insurance is required of all students. It is only possible to waive Waldorf’s health insurance plan if you can provide proof of insurance of comparable or superior coverage from your home country. 

When do I register for classes?
Once you have been accepted our registrar will contact you to set up a registration appointment to enroll you in your course selections. 

How do I pay my bill? 
Please see: Link to Tuition Payment Options

When do I pay my bill?
You will need to pay off your remaining balance prior to registering for classes for the upcoming semester.