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Accepted Students | International Students


Congratulations on your acceptance!

Take the next steps to becoming a Saint. Please contact Beth Kleinschmidt if you have any questions about the status of your acceptance.

  1.  Complete the certification of finances form for The College of St. Scholastica*
  2.  Provide one photocopy of the photo and information page of your passport*
  3.  For Students with U.S. sponsors only - Also complete an affidavit of support (INS form I-134)*

*Submit these documents via email to Beth Kleinschmidt at

Once you have received your financial aid package from St. Scholastica, Callie Ronstrom will email you to request a bank statement issued within the past 6 months. This statement must show an ability to pay your remaining costs for one academic year.

Your pre-arrival packet will be sent from St. Scholastica’s Office of International Programs (OIP). This package is sent via Fed-Ex (let the OIP know if you need the tracking number) and will include the following:  

  • Acceptance letter
  • Immigration documents required for visa appointments and travel to the U.S. (I-20)
  • Financial aid award letter

Read the instructions in the packet to ensure all your documents are accurate.

Documents needed to apply for your visa and how to pay your SEVIS fee will be included in your pre-arrival packet. Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a U.S. visa – legal admittance is upon entry to the U.S.

  • Pay online 
  • Pay by check from a United States bank (please make checks payable to The College of St. Scholastica)

Send payment to:
Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

*PLEASE NOTE: When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. For inquiries please call OneStop at (877) 287-8716 or (218) 723-6570. When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day you make your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution.

A few days after you have paid your deposit, you will gain access to your St. Scholastica student email address. All communications going forward will be sent to your St. Scholastica student email address, so you will want to check this email address regularly during the spring and summer (we recommend at least weekly, if not daily).

To access your St. Scholastica student email account:

  1. A day or two after you pay your deposit, you will get an email with your username. Your password will be your student ID number, which can be found on the first page of your appliant portal (this starts with a B and is followed by eight numbers). If you have any questions about your St. Scholastica username and password, please contact Beth Kleinschmidt at
  2. Using your CSS username and password, log in to my.CSS, our online student portal
  3. Select the “Email” link at the top of the page

We also have a Facebook group where you can meet your future classmates. We encourage you to join the Facebook group.

  • You will receive an email from The College of St. Scholastica with a link to a form with questions about your academic history to assist with your course registration. After you complete the form, you will receive an email from David Bauman or other staff in the academic advisement department with directions for registering, along with suggested courses. If you need assistance with the registration process, please email Beth Kleinschmidt at to let her know. She will connect you with someone to assist you with registering for your courses.
  • First-Year Students: Submit an original or certified copy of your final high school/secondary school transcript(s). English translations must be included with these transcripts.
    Transfer Students: Submit your final college transcripts (including official evaluation by WES or ECE).

    Have official transcripts/scores sent by email or mail to: 
    The College of St. Scholastica
    Admissions Department
    1200 Kenwood Avenue
    Duluth, MN 55811 

To access your housing contract, complete your application in just a few easy steps:

  1. Using Google Chrome as your browser, log in to my.CSS and go to the "Residential Life” section
  2. Find the Housing Applications information in the “Forms and Tools” section and select the "Housing Information" link
  3. Click on the "First-Year Housing Contract" button if you are a first year student. Transfer students planning to live on campus should select the housing contract option displayed for them (Somers to Apartments). 

A confirmation code will be sent to your CSS email so that you can complete your housing contract. You must enter that code to complete this process.

  • International students arrive on August 28 or 29, 2021. You will have on-campus orientation on August 30-September 3.
  • Please note that you are not allowed to enter the U.S. on a new (or initial) I-20 more than 30 days before your start date. The official start date is August 30.
  • If you are unsure about any of these dates or have any questions, contact the St. Scholastica Office of International Programs.

Once you know when to arrive on campus AND your visa is approved, make travel arrangements to come to the U.S. (please do not make travel arrangements until your visa is approved). There are a few different ways to get to campus in Duluth, Minnesota.

Submit your travel plans form to the Office of International Programs so they are able to:

  • Meet you at the Duluth International Airport (if needed),
  • Pick you up from the shuttle or bus that comes from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (if needed),
  • Or meet you on campus and help you move in.

Other items to complete before coming to the U.S.

Review payment options to find out more about how to pay your school bill.

Complete the required Orientation for First-Year Students online through Brightspace, our online learning tool (due prior to your arrival on campus).

  • This will take you about three hours to complete, although you do not need to complete it all in one session. During this online orientation you will do many of the business things you need to do as a student, as well as become familiar with many of the offices and processes you need to know as a CSS student.
  • We ask that parents allow the student to do the online orientation, as they are the ones responsible for the information and need to know how to do these things and access the services when they come to campus.
  • You will need your St. Scholastica username and password to access Brightspace.

International students regardless of credit hours are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance plan unless proof of comparable coverage is furnished. The College health insurance coverage is not comprehensive. The main purpose of the insurance is to deal with an injury, illness or emergencies. The insurance does not cover dental or vision expenses. You will receive an email from the St. Scholastica Office of International Programs in July with additional information about the college’s health insurance. Learn more about health insurance.

St. Scholastica's Office of International Programs will send you an email about your priority status with student employment. Either you have been offered student employment as part of your scholarship and you have priority to look for a job on campus now, or you did not receive student employment as part of your scholarship and you will have to wait to look for work after the semester has started. Learn more about student employment.

  • Please be sure you have had the following vaccinations before coming to the U.S. Once in the U.S., these immunizations can be more expensive:
    • One Tetanus-Diphtheria (Tdap/Td) vaccine in the past 10 years
    • Two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccines after age one
    • One meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine after age 16
  • Provide your immunization history online using St. Scholastica’s MyHealth tool. You will need your St. Scholastica username and password to access this tool. Once logged in, click on “Forms,” then go to the “Vaccination History Form” link.
    • Before completing the Vaccination History Form, make sure you have gathered all your records. Once you enter information into this form, you cannot go back into the form and edit or update. If you do need to make updates to your vaccination history, contact Student Health Service
    • You will also need to bring printed copies of your vaccination records (preferably in English) when you arrive on campus.

Contact the St. Scholastica Office of International Programs at + 1 (218) 625-4490 or email with any questions. We look forward to having you on campus!