Next Steps for Admitted International Students


Students posing with Victor E. Knight.

Congratulations on your admission to SUNY Geneseo!

So, what's next...?

1. Accept Admission and Scholarship Offers

Send an email to formally accepting our offers of admission and scholarship (if applicable).

2. Submit $500 USD Tuition Deposit

Submitting your deposit will secure your place in the incoming class, and will be applied directly to your tuition, housing, and health insurance costs. Please pay online by credit card or bank transfer through our partner, 

Make sure to indicate that the payment type is "Admission Deposit." By creating a account, you will be able to use this same service to pay your tuition later on. 

announcementCovid-19 Update:  Travel policies and the availability of visa appointments are currently very unpredictable.  In the event that you are unable to obtain your visa or travel to the United States due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, your deposit will be refundable or transferable to a future semester.

3. Submit Sponsorship Form, Bank Statement, and Photocopy of Passport I.D. Page 

We need these documents to issue your Form I-20, a required document to apply for your student visa and to enter the United States.  

Download the Sponsorship Form

4. Claim your myGeneseo account

After paying your deposit, you will receive an email with instructions to claim your myGeneseo account.  Follow the steps to affirm the Student Code of Conduct and gain access to your Geneseo email account.

Be sure to check your Geneseo email frequently!  Important information will only be sent to your Geneseo email account starting very soon.

5. Apply for your Visa

Your I-20 will be sent once we receive your deposit, financial sponsorship form, bank statement, and passport copy.

announcementCovid-19 update:  As a result of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, US embassies and consulates may temporarily modify or suspend consular services. Visit the embassy or consulate website to confirm operating status and find information about appointment rescheduling and/or emergency services.

We recommend using to find your local embassy and to confirm operating status.

For some helpful tips on applying for your student visa:

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

Study in the States

6. Apply for Housing

Complete a Housing Application online through Symplicity.  You can find more information about housing rates and the housing application on the Residence Life website. The $500 deposit that you already paid includes your housing deposit. The housing application form is due June 15, so be sure to submit your form ASAP!

7. Send Official Final Transcripts/Records and Exam Score Reports

Be sure to send all final, original transcripts to the ISSS Office:

International Student and Scholar Services

1 College Circle

Geneseo, NY 14454

If you have attended high school or university in the United States, your final official transcript should be sent directly to Geneseo by your previous school.  If you aren't sure what to send, double check your Admission Letter!

8. Complete Health and Immunization Requirements Before Arrival 

The Department of Student Health and Counseling requires all new students to submit physical health and immunization records online before arriving to campus.  Please email nurse Laura Evans and with any questions about these requirements or forms. 

Instructions for submitting your required health forms

Your immunization records and housing forms must be completed by August 8!

9. Get Excited About International Student Orientation! 

For more information, please visit our Orientation page. 

10. Inform the ISSS Office of your Travel Plans

You will receive a Travel & Arrival Survey from  Please be sure to complete the survey so that we can arrange your Airport Pickup and Move In.  The surveys are due by August 1st for fall and December 1st for spring.