• Rachel Hartley

What to Expect When You Arrive On Campus

Getting to campus

After you’re accepted, you’ll receive a welcome packet with information about the university. Now is a good time to Google the closest airport to the university you’ll be attending. Sometimes, the airport is really close to the university, but more than likely, you’ll need to catch a bus or taxi to get from the airport to the campus.

Check inside your welcome packet if there are recommended or complimentary travel options for new students. We know arriving in a new country and navigating public transit is stressful. Since your cal phone probably won’t work right away, try to have a plan that doesn’t require phone service, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get confused.

Move in

The moment you’ve been waiting for - moving into your new residence hall. Most on-campus housing in the United States is referred to as "residence halls," or sometimes "dorms," short for "dormitories." As a first-year student, you’ll probably be living with other first-year students. Typically, on-campus housing is required just for your first year. A residence hall is a built-in community. Your floor or hall may also have a theme, maybe you’ll be living with other students in your same major or a hall focused on building international connections.

When you arrive, the university staff may organize a group shopping trip for new students so that you can buy sheets, pillows, and anything else you need. We recommend packing travel-size toiletries to get you through the first few days. Don’t worry, there will be other students in the same situation as you, and you’ll be able to navigate all the newness together!

Orientation and welcome activities

As an international student, you’ll have at least one orientation helping you to become familiar with campus amenities, policies, and new student procedures. You’ll also have an international student-specific session helping you maneuver all of the paperwork you’ll need to complete upon arrival in the U.S.

Most universities in the U.S. have long-standing traditions. Maybe all first-year students meet in a central courtyard area (sometimes called a Quad) to kick off the new semester! Take advantage of all of the new student activities- midnight breakfast, concerts, intramural sports, and more!

Campus tour

During orientation, you’ll go on a campus tour to learn how to get around campus. Some U.S campuses are extremely large, spanning many acres, while some are embedded right into the city so you could be on or off-campus depending on the block. We recommend walking around campus with a new friend or your roommate to find your classrooms before the first day of class. This will help you find the best way to get there and ease any nerves you have for your first day.

More than anything, remember that Agave Education is here to answer any questions you have before you arrive on campus. We want you to feel prepared and excited for your next adventure!

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