Newly Admitted Students

Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance! Here is your to-do list:


Submit required financial documents.

  • If you have not already done so, submit these so we can process your I-20 or DS-2019:
    • affidavit of Financial Support
    • bank statement showing sufficient funding for one year of studies
    • copy of passport information/photo page
  • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online, once you’ve received your SEVIS information from us by email, or have received your I-20 or DS-2019 by mail.  You may not schedule your visa interview until this fee is paid. Visa appointments fill up fast, so do this as soon as possible.
  • If you are currently in the US on another institution's I-20, you must also submit a completed Transfer In Form. You do not need to pay the SEVIS fee again but you must have a copy of the receipt to show the US Embassy if you require a new visa.
  • Apply for a student visa.
    • If you are a high school or university student already in the US or on an F-1 visa, notify Michigan Tech IPS immediately to discuss the SEVIS record transfer process.
    • If you are applying for a new F-1 or J-1 visa, check with the US State Department for information about the application process, forms, and payment. (Does not apply to Canadian students.)


Pay your enrollment deposit.

We require a $100 enrollment deposit from all first-time undergraduate and transfer students, including ESL students. Graduate and exchange students do not have to pay this deposit.

You can pay your enrollment deposit online. The deadline is May 1 for fall semester, and December 1 for spring semester.

  • Log in to MyMichiganTech. Use the Michigan Tech username and password (Web ISO) we emailed you after you submitted your application. These are unique to you. Keep them secure to protect your privacy.
  • In the Application Status section, select Pay Your Enrollment Deposit.
  • Next, select Student Services and Financial Aid.
  • Finally, scroll down and select Enrollment Deposit, then Make Payment Electronically. Follow the directions.

You Need to Know

MyMichiganTech is not available during scheduled maintenance sessions from 2–6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (GMT—5 a.m.). If you are not able to log in, please try again at a different time.


Plan for financial and insurance requirements.

  • All international students must have health insurance. You must pay for health insurance before you pay your student bill.
  • Your student bill will be ready when you arrive on campus and attend orientation. Refer to your I-20 for an estimated cost of attendance.
  • Calculate spending money. Most students spend about $2,000 per year for personal expenses. We recommend bringing no more than $500 with you during travel for safety reasons. You can find a local bank once you arrive. Note that you will also need to purchase required textbooks and supplies soon after arrival, which can cost up to $1,200 per year.
  • Research local banking options. There are several local banks where you can open an account in Houghton and a banker can help you to choose the best way to access money from your home country. Note: Most banks do not instantly exchange foreign currency.
  • You can pay for your health insurance, fees, and student bill by wire transfer, online, or in person at the Student Service Center. Michigan Tech has partnered with Flywire to help international students pay quickly, securely, and in their home currency.
  • Questions? Find out more about paying your bill.


Apply for on-campus housing and meal plans.

All first-year students and ESL students are required to live on campus. Transfer, exchange, and graduate students may live on campus if they choose, but housing is not guaranteed. Apply on your MyMichiganTech account.

  • Undergraduate students (except exchange) must pay the $100 enrollment deposit first to be eligible to apply for on-campus housing. Apply by June 1 to request your preferred housing for the fall semester, or by December 1 for spring semester.


Follow important next steps in MyMichiganTech.

  • All undergraduate students must take math courses to complete degree requirements. Your online ALEKS assessment helps you determine the first math course you should enroll in based on your intended major. The ALEKS (the letters stand for assessment and learning in knowledge spaces) can be taken online from May 1 to June 30 each year for students admitted for fall. If you are admitted for the spring semester, contact to get the assessment opened up for you.
  • Send or bring an official final transcript with you if you did not submit one at the time of application.
  • If you've taken post-secondary courses you would like considered for transfer credit, email course descriptions and syllabi to IPS (, for universities outside the U.S.) or to Transfer Services (, for U.S. universities). You can track the status of the transfer credit evaluation through MyMichiganTech.


Make travel and arrival arrangements.

  • Submit your photo online so your HuskyCard is ready when get here. This Michigan Tech ID card is used for meals, building access, library use, and more.
  • Book your travel to Houghton by plane and take the Michigan Tech shuttle bus, or arrive directly by plane. You can also take a bus.
    • Plane and bus (preferred method)—Fly into Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Then take the Michigan Tech shuttle bus. You will receive an email in May (fall start) or October (spring start) with details and dates for the shuttle bus to campus.
    • Plane—Fly into Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX). Book your tickets through United Airlines.
      We will pick you up from the airport during scheduled pickup times. All details will be sent to you by email. If you arrive before or after scheduled pick-up times, you must make your own arrangements to arrive on campus. The airport is 8.2 miles from Michigan Tech.
    • Another arrival option is a Greyhound or Indian Trails bus (dropoff on main campus), from departure cities across the US.
  • Pack your suitcase.