Check-In & Arrival




Welcome to the Marshall family! We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our campus. To ensure that you receive all of the important information that you will need as a new student, please plan to attend the following events:

Fall 2018 Arrival Calendar – Undergraduate / Bachelor’s Degree Students

Fall 2018 Arrival Calendar – Graduate / Master’s Degree and Professional Students

1.   Attend a Check-In and Immigration Session with the Office of International Student Services (ISS)!

All new international students are required to check in with ISS upon arrival. Please plan to check in with ISS and attend a mandatory Immigration Laws and Policies Session on one of the following dates:

Summer 2018
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 – 2:00pm, Drinko Library 402
  • Friday, May 18, 2018 – 2:00pm,  Drinko Library 402

All students beginning in the summer 2018 semester are required to check in with ISS by May 25, 2018.

Fall 2018
  • Friday, July 27, 2018 – 2:00pm,  Drinko Library 402
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 2:00pm, Drinko Library 402
  • Monday, August 27 (Late Arrivals) – 2:00pm, Drinko Library 402

All students beginning in the fall 2018 semester are required to check in with ISS by August 27, 2018.

Please be sure to arrive promptly at the start of the session. When you arrive to check in, please bring the following items with you:

  • Passport
  • US F-1 visa with the entry stamp received upon arrival to the US
  • Marshall University I-20 or DS-2019 that has been signed and dated


2.  Attend an Orientation!

At Marshall University, you can choose from a variety of orientation activities. Your options for orientation are:

  • For undergraduate / Bachelor’s Degree Students:
    • All first-time college freshmen are invited to enroll in UNI 100 Freshman First Class and participate in Week of Welcome (WOW) from August 14 – August 17! For more information about WOW, please visit the WOW website.  All students, regardless of class level, may participate in the evening and weekend events during Week of Welcome.
  • For graduate / Master’s Degree and Professional Students:
  • All students are welcome to participate in a self guided tour upon arrival.
  • If you are unable to attend an in-person orientation event:
    • We encourage you to enjoy a Campus Video Tour or a Virtual Tour.
    • You can also access a campus tour through the MU Mobile App.
    • If you are unable to attend an in-person orientation event, please also email us at

3.   Come to the Office of International Student Services Meet & Greet!

Our office would like to formally welcome you with a coffee and tea mixer. You will be able to meet university officials, talk with staff in the Office of International Student Services, and get to know other new international students.

Day:  Wednesday, August 15
Time:  8:00am – 10:00am
Location:  Drinko Library Atrium, 3rd Floor

4. Visit the Resource Fair!

Do you need a cell phone or new cell phone plan? Are you thinking about getting a local bank account? Do you have questions about other services that Huntington has to offer? Visit our Resource Fair and meet with a variety of service providers around Huntington!

Day:  Tuesday, August 14
Time:  4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location:  Drinko Library Atrium, 3rd Floor


Don’t Forget These Important Items!


Have you visited the Office of International Student Services?

  • The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is located in the Gillette Welcome Center, first floor. ISS is the place where international students receive assistance with practical matters (like employment, applying for a driver’s license, updating I-20s, and immigration questions). You can also receive your mail at ISS. Our address is: Marshall University, Office of International Student Services, One John Marshall Drive., Huntington, West Virginia 25755-1054. Our telephone is 696-6265 or you can send email to

Have you registered and paid your tuition?

  • Students pay tuition and fees at the Bursar Office located on the first floor of Old Main.

Have you made your reservation and paid for on-campus housing?

  • Information about on-campus housing is available in the Residence Services Office.  On-campus housing cannot be guaranteed. A $200 reservation deposit is required of all first time residents. Students who live in the residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan.  You must pay the housing and meal plan fees before you can begin living in the dormitory or eating in the cafeteria.

Have you found housing off-campus?

  • Students may only receive limited assistance in finding off-campus apartments or rooms from the Office of International Student Services.

Do you have a Student Identification Card?

  • After you register and pay your tuition and fees, you will need to take your student number to the ID office in Drinko Library. Your picture will be taken, and an ID card will be made for you. The card is used for identification, to check books out of the Drinko Library and obtain free or discounted student tickets to sporting or cultural events. It can also be used as a debit card. It has many uses. Be careful not to lose your ID card if you have meal plan dollars or other money on your card! Someone could find the card and use the money on campus.

Do you have a meal plan?

  • There are three cafeterias on the Marshall University campus, located at Twin Towers, Harless Dining Hall and the Memorial Student Center. The cafeterias are available for students living on and off-campus. To purchase your meal plan, go to the Student ID office in the Memorial Student Center on the ground floor. They will provide the hours of operations for using the meal plan. You can purchase one of the various meal plans or you can purchase pre-paid meals in advance. In either case, your ID Card will be magnetically programmed for use in all of the campus cafeterias.

Do you have Student Health Insurance?

  • F-1 or J-1 and dependent students must purchase health insurance, unless they can prove, with documentation in English, that they are covered under another equivalent insurance plan. Student Health Insurance information is available in the Office of International Student Services or from our website. Student Health Insurance is to be paid directly to the insurance company.

Do you have a parking permit?

  • If you drive a car to class, or if you own a car and live on campus, you must buy a parking permit at the MU Parking & Transportation Office on the corner of 5th Avenue and 18th Street. If you do not use this permit, you could get a parking ticket from the campus police, which will cost you more money. We recommend that new international students not purchase a car until they have lived in the United States for at least one semester and understand the procedures for driving in West Virginia.

Have you bought your textbooks?

  • You may purchase your books in the MU Bookstore, which is on first floor of the Memorial Student Center. BE SURE TO SAVE YOUR RECEIPT! Sometimes it is possible to buy used books, but you should check with your teacher first. Your instructors may prefer that you buy only NEW books. School textbooks can be expensive; however it can be a waste of your time and money if you buy used textbooks that have all the answers written in them. Look before you buy! Look inside all used books to make sure they are clean. Sometimes, the difference between a new and used book is only a few dollars.

Do you have a computer account?

  • After you receive your ID card, you should go to the Drinko Library, to set up a free e-mail and internet account. You can send and receive electronic mail in MU computer labs. You may also learn to use the computer lab for typing papers, doing presentations, accessing the internet, make a homepage and more.

Do you know where and when your classes meet?

  • Your class schedule will show you your buildings and room numbers.

Do you know where to go to exercise on-campus?

  • As a full-time student at MU, you are entitled to use the facilities at the Recreation Center. Special features include a basketball arena, secondary basketball courts, racquetball courts, and training rooms, weight rooms, locker rooms and swimming pool for your use.  Make sure to bring your ID card.