Post-Arrival Information

Be sure to arrive by the program start date. Once you have received your I-20, please make note of the “program start date.” This is the date you are required to report to John Jay College. According to USCIS, an F-1 student may be admitted for a period up to 30 days before the indicated report date or program start date listed on the Form I-20. Students that arrive after their program start date might be denied entry at the Port of Entry. Please ensure that your passport is stamped with the correct immigration and status and that the end date is D/S (duration of status). The Form I-94 is an electronic arrival/departure record and can be obtained at

Meet with the Designated School Official (DSO)

Once you have arrived in the U.S., make an appointment to meet with the DSO with 10 days of arrival. Please bring your passport with your F-1 student visa, I-94 (download and print the Form I-94 here), and your I-20 so we can make a copy for our records. Please call or email for an appointment:

Inga Mezale
Deputy Director of International Student Services and Designated School Official
Office of Admissions, Room L.64.00 NB
Phone: (646) 781-5214

Immunization Requirements

According to the N.Y. State Public Health Law 2165 all new college students, born on or after January 1, 1957, provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR.) Before you register for classes, you need to submit proof that you have been immunized for measles, mumps and rubella and completed the form regarding meningitis. Please download the immunization form and return it to the Health Center.


John Jay College partners with a number of residential housing organizations. Visit here for more information.

Activating Your John Jay Email

All students are assigned a John Jay College email account. Please visit here and follow the steps to activate your email account. The College will use this account to inform you of upcoming events and important deadlines


All graduate and undergraduate students must attend orientation sessions. Find more information here.