Office of Admission

After-Admission Checklist:
International Students

Congratulations! You have been admitted to University of the West. We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you succeed at UWest. Please read through the checklist on this page to find out what you need to do to confirm your enrollment and prepare for your first semester at UWest.

But wait! First, please show us your UWest pride by taking a selfie with your acceptance letter and tagging it with #uwestbound on Facebook or Instagram. Just tag us!

Accept your offer

After you receive your acceptance package, there are several steps you need to take to officially secure your place by emailing your Intent to Enroll form to Admissions Specialist, Ms. Henna Hung, at hennah@uwest.edu. If you have any additional documents that require your signature, fill those out as well. An enrollment deposit is not required.

Apply for scholarships

Although the US government expects international students to be able to meet their educational costs, UWest offers merit scholarships to select international students who show outstanding academic and personal achievement. We invite you to click on the links below or contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@uwest.edu for more information about scholarships.

Apply for housing

Do you plan to live on campus? If so, please visit the following link to start your application and reserve your space now!

Before your arrival, email Residential Hall Coordinator, Mr. Eduardo Bernal, at Eddieb@uwest.edu with your arrival day and a rough estimate of what time you will be arriving on campus. Once you arrive on campus, you will have to call the Resident Assistant on duty (626) 673-0339 to check-in and receive your key. If you do not have a phone, you will need to let Mr. Bernal know, and he will make other arrangements for you.

How to apply for the F-1 visa

After you have been admitted to University of the West, you will receive an I-20 form from UWest after sending us proof of sufficient financial resources. Your I-20 is required when applying for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate and for entry into the United States. This I-20 is created in a government database called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and is proof that your record is in the SEVIS system and you are eligible to apply for an F-1 visa. The I-20 form includes your SEVIS ID number, which is the number in the upper corner above the bar code, (usually starting with N). Thoroughly review your I-20 to make sure all of the information is correct. Sign the form at the bottom of page 1.

All new students coming in F-1 status must pay a one-time SEVIS fee prior to applying for their visa, and must submit the SEVIS fee receipt as part of their application. You can make your payment on Department of Homeland Security.

If you have any questions regarding the F-1 visa or I-20, contact International Student Advisor, Ms. Muge Meisenholder, at mugem@uwest.edu.

When to arrive

You may enter the U.S. in initial I-20 status (meaning you are a new international student, not a SEVIS transfer student) a maximum of 30 days before the program start date on your I-20.

You may be able to receive permission to arrive late (after your program start date) if you encounter an emergency situation and your travel to the U.S. is slightly delayed.

If you have any questions regarding the F-1 visa or I-20, contact International Student Advisor, Ms. Muge Meisenholder, at mugem@uwest.edu.

Student transfer SEVIS record to UWest (currently studying in the U.S. only)

If your F-1 status is currently ‘SEVIS Active’ at another institution in the U.S., you may be able to transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to UWest. Your current school DSO confirms you are eligible for transferring in active status by completing UWest’s Transfer Release form. Please return this form to Admissions Specialist, Ms. Henna Hung at hennah@uwest.edu.

If you have any other questions regarding the F-1 visa or I-20, contact International Student Advisor, Ms. Muge Meisenholder, at mugem@uwest.edu.

Your UWest email and Moodle accounts

Your UWest email and Moodle accounts (UWest’s learning management system) will be created once you have submitted your Intent to Enroll. We will email you the further details on how to activate your school email and Moodle accounts once we receive your Intent to Enroll.

Mark your calendar for UDays!

New student orientation, also known as UDays at UWest, is designed to give our new students an introduction to the campus culture and resources and to help you with the transition to college life. All new students are Required to attend UDays. We will email you the further details once we receive your Intent to Enroll.

Complete placement tests (if applicable)

Incoming undergraduate students need to take UWest’s Math Placement Test (MPT) and the Writing Placement Test (WPT). These tests are not admission tests; they are used by UWest to place students in the appropriate General Education math and writing courses. You will receive instructions on how to complete the placement tests once you submit your Intent to Enroll.

Submit final transcript

Send us your final transcript after you graduate, or for transfer students, after you complete your last semester at your previous school. Future class registration may be impacted if your final transcripts are not received prior to the start of your first term at UWest. Please note that you are required to submit transcripts from all institutions of higher education you have previously attended.

Your school administrator may send your transcript through Parchment electronically. Or, your school administrator can mail your official transcripts to this address:

University of the West
Office of Admissions
1409 Walnut Grove Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770

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Schedule campus tour

If you’ve never been to our beautiful 11-acre campus, you should check it out! We can schedule a tour for you, your family, and friends.