Admitted International Students


Admitted International Students

Welcome! We are pleased that you have chosen Millsaps to continue your education, and we hope that your experiences will be rewarding. Please read below to help you make a smooth transition to the United States and Millsaps.


Preparing for Life on Campus

For information about housing, meal plans, tuition payment, and registering for classes, visit the Admitted Students page.

Financial Verification - Complete the International Verification of Financial Support (PDF) and send to Please make this your first priority. In order to create your I-20, which is the document you will need to apply for your F-1 visa, we must have this documentation.

Advising and Registration - Contact Dr. Kathryn Hahn,, to start the advising process, you will be able to choose and register for courses prior to your arrival. Transfer students should reach out to Kathie Adams,, for advising.

Housing - Contact Patrick Cooper,, Director of Residence Life, with any questions. Also, read the Disability Services information and retain for your personal records.

Student Authorization - This form needs to be reviewed and signed, return to the Business Office. You will not have US federal funds so check that box and sign the financial responsibility portion.

Health Insurance - Millsaps requires all F-1 international students to be enrolled in in International Student Protection’s Trailblazer Plan or Pioneer Plan for varsity athletes. You will be billed through the Business Office along with tuition and fees for International Student Protection’s Trailblazer Plan (Pioneer Plan for Athletes), and you will receive your insurance card during orientation.

Health Forms - Ensure that you review this document carefully checking that you have all the required vaccinations and your physical. Contact Nurse Carol Lowe,, with questions.

FERPA - Please read and complete the consent form and return it to the Office of Records,


Acquiring Your Visa

  • Obtain your I-20 from Millsaps College.
    • Molly West, Director of International Admission, will send your I-20 with your admission packet after you have filled out the Financial Verification
  • Pay the SEVIS Fee.
    • Complete the form I-901 at Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20 form and your date of birth in month/day/year format.
    • The form requires the "School Code." Millsap's School Code is NOL214F00109000.
    • The form will also ask for your SEVIS Identification number. This number is in the upper right-hand corner of the I-20 and begins with N and has 10 digits.
    • Print AT LEAST two copies of the online receipt.
    • To pay the SEVIS fee by mail or using Western Union Quick Pay, click here.
  • Follow the US Embassy/Consulate’s instructions to schedule an interview for a student visa application.
    • Click here for a list of US Embassies.
    • You can acquire your visa up to 120 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 form.
    • Be sure that the consulate knows that you are applying for a student visa as student visa applications are given priority.
  • Pay the visa application by following the instructions on your local U.S. Embassy/Consulate’s website.
  • Prepare and bring to your visa interview:
    • Passport valid for at least six months into the future
    • Form I-20
    • Completed visa application
    • 2 x 2 photograph 
    • Receipts for payment of SEVIS and Visa Application fees
    • Financial documents (You will need to prove to the visa officer that you have enough money available to pay for at least the first year of your degree program. The visa officer may also ask you how you intend to pay for the rest of your education and expenses, too.)
    • Admission letter and copies of all education documents you presented to Millsaps in order to be admitted
    • Be prepared to explain your degree program at Millsaps, your reasons for wanting to participate, and any information that helps to establish your nonimmigrant intent. The visa officer is required to consider you as a person who intends to stay permanently in the United States, and it is your responsibility to show that you plan to return to your country.
    • Any additional information listed on the consulate’s website
  • You can enter the US no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your I-20.


Arriving on Campus

Once your enrollment in Millsaps is complete and you have your F-1 student visa, book your flight to Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport! Please send your flight itinerary to Molly West,, so that she can arrange transportation from the airport to Millsaps for you.

You are welcome to contact Molly West,, with any questions you may have prior to arrival. Additionally, you must meet with Molly as soon as possible after you arrive to check in, validate your visa documents. Usually, students will meet with Molly as soon as they arrive on campus to get their room key, but if your flight is scheduled to get in late at night, please make an appointment for the following day to meet with her. Even if you are not yet in the United States, you can make an appointment now for when you arrive at Millsaps.




International students at Millsaps participate in all Welcome Weekend activities, in addition to an International Student Orientation.