Admitted International Students
Congratulations on your offer of admission!
In order to accept your offer, you will need to:
- Pay your tuition deposit ($100).
- Pay your housing deposit ($100) and submit your Housing Application (if you will live on campus).
Deposits can be paid by cash, check made out to North Central College, wire transfer or credit card using the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form. Contact your admission counselor with any questions.
The 2015-2016 course schedule is available on Merlin. Download a Freshman Registration Guide or Transfer Registration Guide for information about how to choose classes. Students entering in Winter (January) 2016 should submit a Course Request List to their admission counselor as soon as possible to ensure the greatest possible course selection options. Students entering in Fall (September) 2016 will be able to select courses starting in May 2016.
Make arrangements to have your official final transcripts, including any current course work, sent to North Central before your first term at North Central begins.
If you have submitted your housing deposit and completed Housing Application & Roommate Questionnaire, you will be notified of your placement in July/August (Fall starts) or December (Winter starts) once housing has been finalized. Contact your roommate/s! Getting in contact before you arrive helps make your first days on campus much easier! For detailed information about what to pack for arrival and check-in, meal plans, the residence hall calendar and more, check out a sample Housing Packet.
Think about what meal plan you will choose at orientation. All meal plans cost the same - but you can find information about the different options here.
Medical History and Immunization Records
Get any necessary immunizations and complete your Immunization Form for North Central's Wellness Center. You will need your college ID number to complete the forms. Call the Wellness Center with any questions, +1-630-637-5550.
Note: Please be aware the State of Illinois has very specific immunization requirements as outlined in the medical forms. If these requirements are not met, you will not be able to register for your second term classes. Please contact Megan Otermat with any questions about these requirements. Although you can get missing immunizations after arriving at North Central, it is usually MUCH less expensive for you to get the required immunizations before you leave home.
- Purchase insurance for all months you will be in the U.S. Use the address: North Central College, 30 North Brainard Street CM#276, Naperville, IL 60540. Blanks asking for ID numbers can be left blank. Print and bring your receipt and medical card to orientation.
International student athletes who will be participating in intercollegiate sports will need to submit additional medical forms and purchase an additional insurance policy as well. Contact your coach for details. Let your admission counselor know if you are interested in participating in any athletics or other student activities on campus, so you can arrange to start practice or rehearsal on time. (The medical forms are updated each May/June for the following academic year.)
Arrival and Airport Pick-Up
Arrange for your flight to arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on Sunday, January 3, 2016 for Winter (January) Entry or Thursday, September 1, 2016 for Fall (September) Entry, and provide your Admission Counselor with your flight details no later than Tuesday, December 29 (Winter) or Monday, August 29 (Fall), so the Office of International Programs staff can meet you at the airport and bring you to campus (students who will be living on-campus).
Students arriving on other dates may need to arrange their own transportation to campus. Please be aware that F-1 visa regulations do not allow for arrival in the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the first day of classes; this means students arriving in the U.S. to start classes on January 4, 2016 cannot enter the U.S. in F-1 status until Sunday, December 6, 2015 and students arriving in the U.S. to start classes on September 12, 2016 cannot enter the U.S. in F-1 status until Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Please be sure to book your flights to allow at least three (3) hours between connecting flights if your first entry to the U.S. will be at an airport other than Chicago O'Hare. (An example of this would be if you were to fly into Miami or Los Angeles to change planes before flying to Chicago.) You will have to go through immigration and customs when you first land in the U.S. Allowing less than three hours between flights could mean that you miss your connecting flight in the case of delays going through immigration.
Paying Tuition and Fees
Consider how you plan to pay your first term tuition. Your electronic invoice will be available to you in your Merlin account; as part of our efforts to be environmentally friendly, North Central does not issue paper invoices. There is a three-week payment grace period for all international students in their first term, to allow sufficient time for a wire transfer to clear, etc.
Applying for an F-1 Student Visa
If you will need an F-1 student visa to study at North Central, please submit the following as soon as possible to ensure an I-20 form (Visa Eligibility Document) can be issued:
- Documentation of sufficient financial resources. This includes:
- A completed and signed Declaration of Finances & Affidavit of Support. (Note: the form for 2016-2017 will be available in January 2016).
- A Bank Letter for each sponsor that includes an original signature on bank letterhead with the bank's contact information. It must be dated within the past six months and include the name of the account holder and the amount in the account. It must also specify the type of account (e.g., savings, checking, time deposit, etc.) and the currency. Please be sure the amount in the account is at least equal to the amount pledged to the student by the sponsor, and that the account is in the sponsor's name. North Central accepts original letters or color scans of original letters. For a sample bank letter format, click here.
- A color copy of your passport identification page.
- A Transfer Verification Form and copies of your current I-20 form and I-94 record, if you are currently in the U.S. in F-1 status.
Welcome Week and International Student Orientation
Required International Student Orientation is scheduled to start:
on Sunday, January 3, 2016 (Winter)
on Friday, September 2, 2016 (Fall)
During Orientation, you will have the chance to get your student ID, tour campus, meet with your faculty advisor, open a bank account, visit a local store (to purchase items you just couldn't fit into your suitcase), participate in social events, and much more. In the weeks prior to arrival, you will receive more information about what the Office of International Programs has prepared for you.
Please note that international student orientation is required for all new international students - even those who have attended another U.S. institution in the past. Plan to be on campus on Friday, September 2th through Friday, September 9th. (Weekend events scheduled for September 10th -11th are optional - but most students choose to participate in these as well). Winter Term Orientation sessions will be scheduled around your classes during the week of January 4th-8th.