New Student Checklist
Before you leave your home country:
- Apply for the F-1 Student Visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country. Please refer to the Obtaining a Visa page for more information about the application process.
- Accept your Offer of Admission. Submit the online Student Enrollment Reservation (SER) Form to save your space in our upcoming class.
- Complete the SRJC Online Orientation at counseling.santarosa.edu/online-orientation. This step will allow you to register for your classes as early as possible. Login to your SRJC Student Portal using your 9-digit Student ID number (SID) and Pin Code. After you have logged in, click on the link at the left side of the page under "Quick Links" that says "Online Orientation". There will also be an opportunity for you to complete this step at ISP Orientation Day.
- Contact one of our International Student Counselors for guidance on your program of study and selecting classes for the upcoming semester
- Make your travel plans. You must participate in ISP Orientation Day, but we encourage you to arrive earlier. You can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the Program Start Date listed on your Form I-20. You can use these 30 days to secure housing and adjust to our time zone.
- Register for classes. You should plan to register for your classes soon after contacting our counselor. Login to your Student Portal using your SRJC Student ID number to enroll in your classes. It is important to register as early as possible to get the best selection of classes. Some helpful hints when registering with our online system:
- Classes are available on the Santa Rosa Campus, Petaluma campus, and several other off-campus locations. Click on the Room location to see where the class is located.
- Ten minutes “passing time” between classes allows you to schedule classes together.
- All classes are identified by a four digit code called a “section number”, and an abbreviation. For example: Political Science 1 will be listed as: POLS 1.
- International students are limited to 1 online class (up to 4 units) per semester.
- Find Housing. Check out our online Housing Guide for more information.
- Open a credit card account before you leave your home country. Having a VISA or MASTERCARD makes it easier to pay your tuition fees and make purchases. Let your credit card company know you will be using the card in the U.S.
- Safeguard your Documents. It is much easier to replace lost or stolen items if there is a record of them. You should photocopy your passport, visa stamp page, and SEVIS I-20 form, or take pictures of your documents with your phone and store them somewhere safe.
After you arrive in Santa Rosa:
- Open a Bank Account. It is not a good idea to keep large amounts of cash at home or in your wallet. You should open an account with a local bank so you can pay your bills easily. Most banks require a passport and one other form of identification to open an account. Exchange Bank, Bank of America, Chase Bank and Wells Fargo Bank are some of the national banks you will find in our area.
- Visit the Campus. You should spend some time familiarizing yourself with our campus. Once you arrive at SRJC, you may meet with the International Student Advisor in the International Student Programs Office, located at Admissions & Records in Plover Hall. You will need to present your visa/passport at that time.
- Complete Guided Self-Placement. SRJC requires new international students to place themselves into English and math courses. Placement results are essential for academic Counselors to properly advise you on courses. Visit our website at assessment.santarosa.edu for more information. There will also be an opportunity for you to complete this step at ISP Orientation Day.
- Pay the Student Health Insurance fee. This fee must be paid by the first day of the semester. Visit Section 4 “Health Insurance” for more information.
- Attend the ISP Orientation Day. The orientation is mandatory for all new students and will provide you with important information to help you become a successful student at SRJC. Visit Section 6 “ISP Orientation Day” for more information.
- Obtain your SRJC Student ID Card. Many offices on campus, such as the Admissions Office, computer labs, and the Library require you to show your identification. It is a good idea to carry it with you at all times. Bring your registration receipt to the Student Affairs Office in Bertolini Hall to have your picture taken and ID card made.
- Purchase your textbooks. Each class usually requires you to purchase a textbook. Print a copy of your classes from our website, then visit the campus bookstore in Pioneer Hall to purchase your textbooks and supplies. You can also purchase textbooks online from other booksellers.
- Attend Classes. Once you have a printout of your classes, you may want to find the classroom locations ahead of time. The first day of classes can be very busy, so be sure to arrive for your classes on-time. If you do not attend the first day of classes, the instructor will drop you from the class.
- Pay your tuition. Tuition and fees are due after your register for classes. You can pay by credit card, check or money order. If you pay by check, you can pay the entire balance, or make payments. The balance will remain on your account until paid in full. You will not be allowed to register for the next semester until your balance is paid.