What You Need To Do After You Arrive on Campus
Arrive by the start date
Once you have received your I-20, please make note of the “program start date”. This is the date you are required to report to John Jay College. According to USCIS, an F-1 student may be admitted for a period up to 30 days before the indicated report date or program start date listed on Form I-20. Students that arrive after their program start date might be denied entry at the Port of Entry. Please ensure that your passport and I-94 cards are stamped with the correct immigration and status and that the end date is D/S (duration of status).
Meet with the Designated School Official (DSO)
Once you have arrived in the U.S., make an appointment to meet with the DSO with 10 days of arrival.
Please bring your passport with your F-1 Student Visa, I-94 card, copy of your I-20 so we can place them in your record. Please email:
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor/DSO
Telephone: (646) 557-4821
Fax: (212) 237-8777
According to the N.Y. State Public Health Law 2165 all new college students, born on or after January 1, 1957, provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR.) Before you register for classes, you will need to submit proof that you have been immunized for measles, mumps and rubella and completed the form regarding meningitis. Please download the Immunization form and return it to the Health Office.
Look for housing
John Jay College has different options for students looking for housing. F-1 students searching for housing should visit here to view some housing options.
Activating your John Jay College Email
All students are assigned a John Jay College Email account. Please visit here and follow the steps to activate your email account. The College will use this account to inform you of upcoming events and important deadlines
All Graduate and Undergraduate students must attend orientation. Please check your John Jay College email account for upcoming orientation dates.