438 Old Main
5000 Abbey Way
Lacey, WA 98503
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
438 Old Main
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday
New student checklist
Welcome to the Saint Martin's Community! This is a list of things to take
care of and be aware of before starting your graduate program.
- Apply for financial aid (if applicable). If you are applying for
financial aid, complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to include
the Saint Martin's University school code: 003794 on your FAFSA. If
you did not submit your Social Security number on your application
to your graduate program, please contact us with your SSN as this
will be required to match your FAFSA to your aid.
- Set up your Saint Martin's University account using the
computer account and email address online form. This will allow
for you to register.
- Make an advising appointment with your advisor. The name of your
advisor is on your admissions letter.
- Register for classes using
Self-Service. Education students at JBLM can find detailed room
information for classes on the
Have questions about registration? Call our office, or use the
Self-Service User's Guide.
- Buy your books. Required and recommended books can be found for
main campus and MBA students at
Saint Martin's University bookstore website. Education
JBLM students can find their required books on the
ELD page and order their books from
- Register for orientation.
Currently, orientation is held for Fall and Spring only. However,
all students are welcome to attend, including continuing students.
- Obtain your student ID card. All graduate students must obtain a
student ID card no later than the first day of classes. Bring photo
ID and proof of registration (a print out of your schedule or
payment will work) to the office of public safety, located in 215
Old Main (open 24hrs).
- Obtain your parking pass from the office
of public safety. You will need to provide proof of current insurance
and registration in order to be issued a parking pass. Parking on
campus is free, but you will be ticketed for parking without a
permit or in the incorrect lot.
- Submit the required
immunization forms. If this is not submitted, a hold will be put
on your registration. Active duty military AND students at the JBLM
campus are exempt from this requirement.
- Submit your proof of military / VA status (if applicable). Proof
of active duty, family member, National Guard/reservists, spouses,
disabled veterans (not VocRehab) status must be provided to any of
the extension campus offices or to the student accounts office on
the main Lacey campus. If no proof has been provided, you will be
entered as a "civilian". Because there may be a difference in
tuition cost, please provide this proof as soon as possible so that
we can adjust your rate accordingly.
Additional military resources are available
- Apply for the insurance billing waiver (if applicable).
This can be done online after you register for classes.
- Sign up for a payment plan (if desired). Information can be
found on the
student accounts website.
- Submit your final transcripts / proof of degree (if applicable).
If you were admitted on the condition that you submit your final
transcripts and proof of degree, you will not be able to register
until they are received by the Office of Graduate Studies.
- If you plan on living on campus, submit your
online housing form and housing deposit. Most graduate students
prefer to live in
Spangler hall. Do this early, as housing tends to fill up,
especially the apartment-style rooms.
How to contact us: call +1 360-412-6142
Step 1: Take care of your visa – do this NOW and don’t wait! You
can research the visa wait times at your local embassy here:
- Pay the I-901 fee. This is also called the “SEVIS fee.” You must
pay before you can schedule your Visa appointment with the US
Embassy. It is easiest to do this online if possible, with a credit
card or debit card. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are
- Have your I-20 available. You will need it to fill out
the form. Make sure you are able to print from your
computer, as you will need to print your receipt.
- Go to:
fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.jsp and follow the prompts.
Study in the states has a video about how to pay the fee:
- Once you finish paying, a payment confirmation will be
displayed, which is a I-797C form. Print this for your
- You can check on your payment, or reprint your
confirmation by visiting:
- Once you have paid your I-901 fee and you have your I-797C proof
of payment, make your visa appointment. Have your I-20 and I-797C
- To schedule your appointment, visit the US Embassy
website, and choose the embassy where you plan to have your
- Once you are at the embassy website, choose “Visa” from
the drop-down menu, and select the option “Apply for a
non-immigrant Visa.” Here you will find the instructions for
scheduling an appointment. Remember, you are applying for a
“non-immigrant” F-1 visa.
- Prepare for your interview.
- Carefully read “NAFSA’s 10 Points to Remember When Applying
for a Nonimmigrant Visa”:
Tips for Visa interview.
- Be sure to bring your passport, I-20, I-797C, proof of financial
support, admission letter, transcripts, and any
additional information listed on the embassy website or your
- If your visa is denied, you can re-apply for a visa by
re-paying the I-901 fee and applying for another interview.
The Visa Denial Webpage for detailed information about
denials and reapplying. Please note: the Office of Graduate Studies will only issue one additional I-20 if you postpone your
attendance due to a visa denial.
STEP 2: Prepare to arrive in the USA and at Saint
- Schedule your flight to arrive before orientation day. The
nearest airport to Saint Martin's University is SEA-TAC airport
(SEA). Please note that if you arrive before the designated airport
pick-up day, you will be required to arrange for your own
transportation from the airport. To book your own transportation, we
suggest you use the Capitol Aeroporter:
- Submit your arrival information using
our online arrival form. ALL students MUST report their
arrival information. If you do not, we will not be prepared
for your arrival, and we may not be able to assist you.
- Arrange for housing. You have a choice of living on-campus or
off-campus. We strongly recommend that new international students
choose to live on campus for their first year. This provides the
opportunity to adjust to life in the USA, meet friends, and research
locations to live off-campus.
- If you choose to live on-campus: submit your
online housing form and housing deposit. Most graduate
students prefer to live in
Spangler hall. Do this early, as housing tends to fill
up, especially the apartment-style rooms.
- If you choose to live off-campus, there are several
apartment complexes nearby. You will have to work with them
to pass a credit check. Most will require that you sign a
lease for 6 and up to 12 months. You must arrange housing
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. Most apartments will be unfurnished.
Unless you have friends or family in the area, it will be
very difficult for you to get the items that you need to set
up an apartment on your own.
- Set up your Saint Martin's University account
computer account and email address online form.
This will allow for you to register.
- Email your advisor. Your advisor’s name and email address are on
your admission letter. Introduce yourself and ask which classes they
- Register for orientation.
- Register for classes online using self-service:
- Get the required TWO MMR vaccinations (or proof you have already
received them), and TB test and have your health care provider sign
the two forms below. These should be sent before you arrive. We can
accept scanned documents.
immunization required form
- Schedule an appointment with a dentist, and get any procedures
you need done in your home country. Dental work is very, very
expensive in the USA, and your insurance will not cover dentist
- Think about how you will get around. Public transportation in
the USA is not as well-developed as many other countries. There is a
good bus system in Olympia / Lacey, and the campus is near a bus
depot, but living too far away from the campus is not recommended.
Many students find that purchasing a car and/or a bicycle is a
- Have a plan for how you will pay your bill. List of payment
international students CANNOT WORK OFF-CAMPUS, and on-campus
employment opportunities are very limited.
- Prepare for your flight. Make sure to bring your passport, I-20,
I-707C, admission letter, airport pick-up information and print out
of your class schedule.
- Ship any items you may need we can hold items for you until you
arrive. The address is: Graduate Studies, 5000 Abbey Way, Lacey, WA
- Arrive in Lacey! Remember, you cannot move in any earlier than
the first day that the residence halls open. Again, you must let us
know when you plan to arrive. We have limited staff, and we must
plan ahead in order to assist you to the level we would like.
- Once you are here, stop by the
Office of International Programs. Their office would like to
meet you and welcome you to campus.