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The Next Steps to Getting to Pittsburg State

Once you have been admitted to Pittsburg State University and you have received your I-20 or DS2019, here are your next steps:

STEP 1: Pay your SEVIS fee

STEP 2: Make visa appointment

  • Make an appointment with your U.S. consulate to apply for your student visa.
  • Click here for additional information about obtaining a student visa.

STEP 3: Make travel arrangements

  • Make travel arrangements to arrive in Pittsburg, Kansas for the required new student orientation.
  • Students MUST fly from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Joplin Missouri Regional Airport (JLN) by American Eagle (American Airlines). You MUST book your flight through the American Airlines website: www.aa.com.
  • PSU offers a free airport shuttle from the Joplin Regional Airport to the PSU campus (approximately a 30 minute drive).

If students do not fly to the Joplin Missouri Airport, they will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to Pittsburg, Kansas at their own expense.

Travel costs for transportation from airports, overnight lodging, and meals must be prepared for.

STEP 4: Make airport shuttle reservation

STEP 5: Submit Housing Application

  • Submit your campus Housing Contract online if you plan to live in the residence hall (dorms) on-campus. (Required for all students under the age of 21.)
  • To complete the Housing Contract you must have your GUSPin number. If you do not have a GUSPin/Password, click here to obtain your GUSPin/Password.
  • In addition, the university offers Meal Plans in our on-campus dining facilities.

Off-Campus Housing

If students decide not to live in a residence hall, they may look for rental apartments located around the university. The apartments and houses available vary in location, facilities, and rent fees. Contact the International Office upon your arrival to PSU for a list of possible apartments for rent and those looking for roommates.

New Student Orientation

International Student Orientation
All international students attending PSU for the first time are required to participate in the Orientation programs. During Orientation international students are informed about many areas of interest: academic and social matters, registration, enrollment, immigration issues, shopping, banking, housing, campus life and other matters particularly useful for international students.

During the Orientation program, students will have a special welcome luncheon with PSU dignitaries, share evening meals hosted by Pittsburg community groups, and have an opportunity to have an American host family.

After the Orientation has been successfully completed, the students will then be permitted to meet with his/her academic advisor and enroll in classes.

Students will receive an Orientation schedule upon arriving to PSU.