Your Next Steps
Now for your next steps. It takes a lot of planning to get ready for Move-In Day. The information below will help you plan for your arrival in the fall. If you have questions, please contact the offices referenced below.
One of the first steps in coming to Gustavus will be applying for your student visa. Our International Student Services Coordinator will e-mail you with information about that process.
Now that you're a Gustie, it's vital that you successfully start using your Gustavus Email and WebAdvisor accounts.
- Gustavus Email: Deposited students are sent instructions regarding their Gustavus email accounts by Gustavus Technology Services (GTS). Questions? Contact the GTS Helpline at 507 933 6111 or email@example.com
- WebAdvisor: Gusties use WebAdvisor to review financial aid information, register for classes, view grades, and more. Your WebAdvisor log in instructions were emailed to you by your admission counselor.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Residential Life office is here to help you make a successful transition to living on campus. Visit their Incoming/New Student Housing page and be sure to submit your online housing preference form by June 1. Questions? Contact Charlie Potts in Residential Life at email@example.com
Our Academic Support Center coordinates a wonderful first year student registration program known as Gustie Gear-Up! Incoming first year students will attend one of these on campus events on June 14, 15, 16 or 17, 2016. If you live more than 350 miles from Gustavus, you are not required to attend the on campus Gustie Gear Up event. Our International Student Services Coordinator will e-mail international students with information about course registration and help you get registered for fall semester courses.
The Gustavus Health Service is here to promote and provide quality health care and education, while enhancing healthy lifestyles. They ask new students to complete the Student Health History Form. Questions? Contact Health Service at 507-933-7630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have student employment as part of your financial aid, you will complete a student employment application, and our student employment coordinator will assign you to a job on campus for this fall semester. Our Financial Aid Office is here to assist with your questions about scholarships, student accounts, student employment, and more. During the International Student Orientation, our International Student Services Coordinator will help you complete the forms necessary to work in the United States (W-4, I-9, and Social Security Application). Questions? Contact Financial Aid at 507 933 7527 or email@example.com
Please see the 2016 Gustavus Enrollment Checklist. The list contains information and forms that are important to read and complete before your arrival. Our International Student Services Coordinator will e-mail you with some more specific information about housing, course registration, student employment and student health history forms. You do not need to wait for that e-mail to begin. Links will be posted on the 2016 Gustavus Enrollment Checklist as they become available. You will complete the following forms during International Student Orientation: W-4, I-9, Direct Deposit Enrollment Form, Billing and Directory Information.
International Students should arrive at Gustavus on Sunday, August 28 or Monday, August 29. Upon arrival to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, student greeters will be there to welcome and direct you to the Land to Air Express Bus for your 1.5 hour drive to campus. Reservations for the Land to Air Express Bus will be made for you by our International Student Services Coordinator after he receives your flight information later this summer.
As you choose your flight to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, there are key details that you will need to keep in mind:
- Flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on August 28 or August 29 must arrive before 8:00pm CST. Flights arriving after 8:00pm will miss the last Land to Air Express Bus to the campus.
- To help you plan for your arrival, you can view the Land to Air Express Bus schedule online. Take note, Weekend departures from the airport are different and less frequent.
- If Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is your first stop in the United States, please plan for extra time (1.5hours) for immigration and customs when you arrive.
Students will not be allowed to move into their residence hall at Gustavus before August 28.
Some students may arrive to the U.S. earlier than August 28 and travel or visit friends, prior to coming to Gustavus. Immigration regulations allow entry to the U.S. 30 days before August 30. Students arriving to the U.S. before August 28 will be responsible for their own transportation and housing prior to coming to Gustavus. The International Student Services Coordinator and student greeters will be in communication with you on your arrival day in case there are flight delays or other changes to the schedule.
Your family is welcome at Gustavus! Gustavus has a guest house on campus which families may stay for up to three nights, if spaces are available. Otherwise, there is a nearby hotel. It can be nice for families to see Gustavus, but there is not much for them to do during orientation. It will be difficult for students to fully participate in the orientation and also spend time with their families. Most international students arrive without family, even though it can be scary to travel on their own. However, we will have student greeters to help when you arrive, so it is not necessary to have family come with students. Whatever you decide, feel free to let the International Student Services Coordinator know so proper plans can be made.
The Center for International and Cultural Education organizes a fantastic four-day International Student Orientation each fall and this year, orientation goes from August 30 – September 2. International Student Orientation then continues on with the general campus-wide New Student Orientation from September 2- September 5. Both Orientations are mandatory for all non-immigrant (F-1 or J-1) students. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Questions? Contact Jeff Anderson in the Center for International and Cultural Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gustavus Admission staff has enjoyed working with you as you have explored Gustavus. We wish you all the best during your time here!