Orientation Letter
Academics at Utica College

Orientation Welcome Letter

Fall 2018

Dear International Student,

Congratulations! We are delighted that you have decided to attend Utica College for your degree program. The staff of the International Education Office looks forward to meeting you and assisting you in the transition to college life in the United States. We are your on-campus resource for immigration issues, cultural adjustment, and referrals to other services available on campus. On our web page you will find several documents detailing the next steps for you as you prepare for fall. If you have any questions, contact me at dlwilson@utica.edu.

The first step is to pay your enrollment deposit of $300. This deposit reserves your spot in the Utica College Class of 2022. You will not be able to register for classes or get a room assignment before this deposit is paid. This deposit will be refunded in full if you do not get a U.S. visa.

The second step toward starting at Utica College is to pay your visa fee, called the I-901 Fee. This fee is currently $200, and must be paid to the U.S. Department of State. The directions for paying this fee are enclosed. You need the enclosed I-20 Certificate of Eligibility document from our office to pay this fee and schedule a visa interview.

The third step is to make your travel arrangements. If you would like us to pick you up at the Syracuse Airport (SYR) or the Utica Train Station, please plan to arrive on August 21st,2018 between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM, and inform us of your arrival time at least two days in advance. In any case, your attendance at the International Orientation Program is mandatory, so you must arrive on campus no later than 8:30 AM on August 23rd, in Room 261 of Gordon Science Center. This two-day program will end at 12:00 noon on Friday, August 24th. A complete agenda is here.

We look forward to having you join us and enriching both the academic and social diversity of the college. Please watch your email for important information about the transition to Utica and join our Facebook group Utica College Internationals for more information and to connect with fellow students. If you have any questions or need information, please contact us at +1 315.792.3082 or at dlwilson@utica.edu.


Deborah Wilson-Allam
Executive Director of International Education





Deborah Wilson-Allam
Executive Director of International Education
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502