Arriving on campus

Get ready!

As you prepare for Marian University classes, please read this pre-arrival information. Every student is unique, so you may need to adjust the order of the steps or take additional information into consideration.


Pre-arrival guide

Our Pre-Arrival Guide 2019-20 contains suggestions and details to help you prepare for your arrival.

Step 1: Accept your admission offer

  • To reserve your place, undergraduate students should submit a $100 enrollment deposit, which will be applied to your first-semester fees, to the Office of Admission. Deposits are refundable on written request if received before May 1 (for fall admission) and December 1 (for spring admission). Deposits may be paid online at
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) students should contact COM's admission office for information about required deposits.
  • Other graduate students should contact your program advisors for information a about required deposits.

Step 2: Review immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019)

Review your I-20 or DS-2019 for accuracy as soon as you receive it. Confirm that your biographical information, program of study, and financial information are correct. Contact us immediately if there are errors.

Step 3: Pay I-901 fee

  • Student visa applicants must pay a SEVIS fee. For F-1 visa applications, the fee is $350. For J-1 visa applicants, the fee is $220. If you are transferring to Marian University from another U.S. school as an F-1 student and have already paid this fee, you do not need to pay again.
  • Pay online with credit card on the I-901 fee website or by check, money order, or bank draft.
  • Print your I-901 fee receipt and keep a copy for your records. You may need to present proof of payment at your visa appointment, when traveling to the U.S., or when applying for F-1 or J-1 benefits such as off-campus work options.
  • For information, review the SEVIS Fee Payment Tutorial.

Step 4: Apply for your student visa

After you have the SEVIS fee receipt, you can apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please note that Canadian citizens do not need a visa; instead they apply for F-1 status when crossing the U.S. border. Please see the visa application webpage for more information.

Step 5: Make housing arrangements

  • A number of campus housing options—ranging from community- and suite-style dorm rooms to campus apartments—are available for international students.
  • All students under 21 years old are required to live on campus.
  • Explore our on-campus housing page for details.

Step 6: Enroll in classes

  • Undergraduate students meet with academic advisors and register for classes during a Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) session. Register online for a SOAR session.
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine and other graduate students will receive individual information about academic advising and enrolling in classes from your program advisor.

Step 7: Pay tuition bill

  • Marian University offers a number of bill payment options. You'll find information about our payment policies and due dates on the Business Office web page. 
  • Payments made by credit or debit card will incur a fee assessed by the processing company. The fee rate is subject to change and depends on the card; however, rates are currently 2.99 percent of the total charge.
  • If you are sponsored by your home government or the U.S. government, please submit your Financial Guarantee along with your admission documents and provide a copy to the Business Office.

Step 8: Provide proof of immunizations and health insurance

  • All Marian University students should have heath insurance and submit immunization record(s) upon arrival. 
  • Find information about student healthcare and insurance online, including the required health insurance policy available through Marian University or the waiver process if you have an alternative plan that serves college students.
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine students should review these additional health requirements

Step 9: Travel and airport pick-ups

  • Be sure to keep all immigration documents and prescriptions with you in your carry-on luggage. Do not pack your I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Don't be nervous going through immigration. Knowing what to expect can help. Please review what to expect at your port of entry web page so that you can be prepared. 
  • Carefully plan when and where to arrive. Explore our travel web page for specific information to help you plan your arrival.
  • Staff in our Office of International Student Success & Global Engagement can meet students at Indianapolis International Airport (IND). Please review the travel web page for more information and to submit your request.

Step 10: Student orientation

  • Undergraduate students must attend a Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) and International Student Orientation session. Review our orientation page for details.
  • Graduate students will receive individual information from program advisors about dates and times for their orientation sessions, including International Student Orientation.
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