Once You Arrive
International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation (ISO) takes place before New Student Orientation (NSO) and is required of all J-1 and F-1 visa holders. During orientation, you will receive information to assist you in finding the resources and tools you need to succeed at Colorado College. In addition, you will receive helpful information about academic requirements, campus and community life, immigration regulations, and health and financial matters. A complete schedule will be posted online as the semester approaches.
During ISO there will be a mandatory Immigration Check-In/Status Verification session. Please bring the following items with you to this session so that you can complete the check-in/verification process:
- Your passport with your U.S. visa (if applicable) and U.S. port of entry stamp (admission stamp)
- Your Form I-20 from Colorado College (if you entered the U.S. with an F-1 student visa)
- Your Form I-20(s) from all previous schools you have attended in the U.S. (if applicable)
- A copy of your most recent electronic I-94 Admission record
OIP staff will report your arrival in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Form I-94 is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Arrival/Departure Record issued to aliens who are admitted to the U.S. Essentially, the I-94 is your arrival and departure record and proof that you have entered the U.S. in student or exchange visitor status. U.S. Customs & Border Protection ("CBP") began implementing the automated version of the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record at air and seaports of entry on April 30, 2013. Nonimmigrants entering the United States at air and seaports of entry will not be provided with a paper Form I-94. Instead, the nonimmigrant will need to access their electronic Form I-94 record by visiting www.cbp.gov/I94. Since automation only affects air and sea arrivals, a paper Form I-94 is still issued at the land border ports of entry. The number that is found at the top of your electronic I-94 record (or that is found in the upper left hand corner of your paper Form I-94) is your Admission Number.
Nonimmigrants may need their Form I-94 when requesting certain benefits from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and when requesting public benefits from other governmental agencies, including a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or a driver's license from a state Department (or Division) of Motor Vehicles. The Form I-94 is evidence that you have been lawfully admitted to the United States.
Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an internet-based system that allows schools to exchange information with the U.S. government about international students and exchange visitors throughout their academic careers in the U.S. During International Student Orientation more information will be shared with you regarding your responsibilities as an F-1 student in the United States.
Opening a Bank Account
To open a bank account you will need to bring your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, I-94 card/Admission Record, and cash to deposit. Request to open a student checking account. You DO NOT need a Social Security Number to open a bank account. If the bank representative tells you that you need one, politely let them know that you know that you do not need one to open account. If they still want one, ask to speak with someone else at the bank. Colorado College does not endorse any particular bank and there are many to choose from. Important things to consider are banking fees, bank locations, Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) locations, and wire transfer options with your bank in your home country.
Banks near Campus:
Wells Fargo Bank: 90 S. Cascade Ave. (@ Colorado Ave.) www.wellsfargo.com
*A Wells-Fargo representative will be available on campus during New Student Orientation in the lobby of Worner Campus Center to assist you in setting up a new account
Chase: 402 N. Tejon Street www.chase.com
Bank of Colorado: 421 N. Tejon Street www.bankofcolorado.com
Student ID Card - Gold Card
Your Gold Card is your CC student identification card. Not simply an ID, the Colorado College Gold Card is the key to many campus services including: photo identification, improved security, controlled residence hall access, cashless transactions, library access, sports/activity tickets, as well as many vending services on campus such as laundry and copiers. You will need this card in order to access your student meal plan when using any of the campus dining facilities, as well as to gain entrance to your residence hall and other campus buildings. Visit the Worner Desk in the Worner Campus Center in order to obtain your Gold Card. For more information on the Gold Card, please click here.
Paying for Your Tuition and Fees
All billing statements are viewed online via the college’s online billing site. Fall semester invoices will be available online in early August. You will access your online billing account via your self-service online portal (more information to come on this). You will also be able to authorize others to view your billing statements and account activity.
The online billing site will allow you and authorized users to view billing statements online for the term. It will also reflect detailed student account charges/payments in real time. All students will be required to sign up for the online billing site, and authorize other users if desired, over the summer (or fall if you’re a winter start). You must set-up your online billing account in order to view your invoice. Your invoice will contain the charges (if applicable) for one semester at Colorado College.
There are several payment methods including:
- U.S. Checks
- Travelers Checks
- Money Orders
- Cashier Checks
Flywire is an easy and secure method of sending international payments to the college in order to pay your student account charges. Flywire allows you to:
- Track your payment from start to finish
- Pay from any country and any bank
- Save on bank fees and exchange rates
- Receive piece of mind with dedicated multilingual customer support
For more information on how to make payments and manage your account, please visit the Student Accounts website here.