Orientation Letter
Academics at Utica College

Orientation Welcome Letter

Fall 2016

Dear Student,

We are delighted that you are joining us at Utica College for the Fall 2016 semester. The Orientation Program for international students will be held Wednesday, August 24 - Friday August 26.  Airport pick-ups will be available on Monday, August 22, and campus tours will take place throughout the day on Tuesday, August 23. On Tuesday and Wednesday morning we will take care of business by checking in at the International Office, opening bank accounts, procuring cell phones, and doing some local shopping.  Please bring your passport, I-94, visa documents, and proof of health insurance to the International Office. Wednesday afternoon is reserved for English language placement testing. 

On Thursday, prepare to do a lot of walking as you take part in a scavenger hunt,  exploring the campus to familiarize yourself with the many campus offices important to your success.  The day will also include a lecture on academic integrity, a presentation by current students, assistance with registration for your courses, and a picnic on the shores of the nearby Oneida Lake.  On Friday, you will learn information regarding the American education system, social life on campus, and immigration regulations and policy as it relates to your studies. Please refer to the orientation schedule for times and locations. 

There are two important items that we need to draw to your attention before your arrival:

  • The housing forms are only available online and must be completed before you are given your room key.  To view the forms go student/reslife/. International students may move into the residence halls starting on August 22nd. We would like to make sure that you are rested and ready for the beginning of your semester!

  • Utica College requires all international students to have health insurance.  A completed “Medical History Form.” is required for all incoming students. To view the forms go to student/health/ The College also requires immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella for all students. By requesting a health physical and immunizations in your home country, you will save the time and expenses of having them done once you arrive. This form may be presented to our office when you arrive.

Should you have any concerns or questions we encourage you to contact the Office of International Education. We look forward to meeting you!

Deborah Wilson-Allam
International and Intensive English Programs






Deborah Wilson-Allam
Director, International and Intensive English Programs
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502