International Student Center
New Students

International Student Orientation


     Hello New International Student,

    My name is Ryan Greene, and I am the Director of the International Student Center. I am writing to congratulate you on your acceptance to Seattle University and to share information about our Required New Beginning International Student Orientation. New Student Orientation takes place on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th. Transfer Student Orientation takes place on Saturday, September 26th.The purpose of the orientation is to get you adjusted to SU and the on campus resources here to help you succeed. Another major goal of the New Beginning Orientation is to inform you on how to you maintain your student immigration status.A final goal is to help you meet new students at SU.

    In addition to the information provided below, we have attached several documents for your review – be sure to read all attachments including the “International Students Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs). Please be sure to read the FAQs before you contact us with any questions.  _________________________________________________________________

    Fall New Beginning Orientation for All International Students (Required)

    As your arrival and orientation approaches, please understand that, in order to get an I-20 travel signature, you are required to attend the New Beginning Orientation. If you don’t attend the orientation, a hold will be placed on your student account until you attend the following orientation in the next academic quarter. 

    Graduate students will be contacted by their academic program about course registration, and all first year undergraduate students are pre-registered for classes. Transfer students will be able to register prior to the quarter when they logon to SU Online and set up an appointment with their academic advisor. Transfer are encouraged to register as soon as possible as classes can fill up quickly.

    New Beginning Program (NBP) International Student Orientation:

    • New Students - September 14th and 15th (all day)
    • Transfer Students - September 26th (all day)        
     *Lunch will be provided during orientations. Leaving an orientation session early is not allowed, and in order to travel outside the United States with an I-20, you are required to attend the full orientation.*


    Register for Orientation:

    Whether you are a new undergraduate or graduate student or a new transfer student, our orientation program is critically important to your success at Seattle University.
     Please fill out the registration form and pay the orientation fee:

    Registration form:   

     Orientation fee:

    (payable on Brown Paper Tickets - http://su-nbp15fq.bpt.meor in cash or check at the ISC)  


    Required Immunizations for Undergraduates

    Seattle University requires all students enrolled in undergraduate courses to provide documentation that they have had:

             - Two doses of the Measles
             - Mumps
             - Rubella (MMR)
             - Tetanus booster in the last 10 years
             - 3 doses of the Hepatitis B series

    In addition to the above immunizations, it is strongly recommended that you complete the childhood vaccine series and the Meningococcal vaccine. Immunization experts have recommended the Meningococcal vaccine as students living in residence halls are at a higher risk to contract the bacterial infection, Meningitis. However, at this time, SU does not require this vaccine. The Student Health Center, like other primary care clinics, offers all of the required vaccines.

    Please enter your required immunization records online at SU Online Student Health. Once you enter your records, please send the Student Health Center a hard copy for verification. We will also accept photocopies of official immunization records from your primary care health provider or records from your high school. Many of you may be unaware that your high school already has this information and is an excellent resource for obtaining these records.   ___________________________________________________________________

    Applying for On-Campus Housing

    For Undergraduate students requesting on-campus housing 

    Once Seattle University has received your enrollment confirmation,you should complete the online Housing Application If you are planning on living on-campus, space is very tight, so we encourage you to submit a Housing Application as soon as possible. Submitting this information will help the Office of Housing and Residence Life determine your roommate and room assignment. Room assignment priority is based on the date of deposit and application. Please note that all full-time freshmen and sophomores are required to live on-campus and purchasa meal plan.

    For Graduate Students 

    Due to increased undergraduate enrollment, there is no SU-owned housing available for graduate students. In order to provide more housing for students, SU has entered into an arrangement with the owners of The Douglas. The Douglas offers apartment suites with one to five bedrooms, and is an option for upperclassmen, graduate students, and law students. Head to to schedule a visit. In addition, more information on off-campus housing will be available on the ISC website soon.  ____________________________________________________________________

    Final Message to All International Students

    We are very excited that you have chosen to pursue higher education at Seattle University. SU is ranked 5th in the West out of 138 Masters-level colleges and universities, so you are about to begin your journey at a top-ranked University. If you have any questions about student life at SU, please do not hesitate to contact the International Student Center.

    Welcome to the Seattle University Family, 

    Ryan Greene