Pre-Arrival Checklist

I’ve been accepted! What’s next? 

Please review this guide for new international students. Following these steps will ensure a smooth, safe, and timely arrival at Missouri Western State University.

Detailed Instructions

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You may find the following information helpful:

Let us know if you have not received or made arrangements to receive the acceptance packet and/or the I-20 document (or DS-2019) from the Office of Admissions.

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Activating Goldlink Account

  1. Each student has an ID number; it is known as the G number at Missouri Western
    1. The ID number is located on the admission letter
    2. The number starts with the letter G and followed by 8 digits
  2. Each student has a login or username to access his/her University records through GoldLink.
    1. Students receive the username and the temporary password listed on the admission letter
    2. If the information is not available on the admission letter, please send an email to to request the username and temporary password.  Trained staff is happy to help you
  3. Click Here for Steps to Activate your Goldlink

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To enhance academic success, Missouri Western State University requires first year students and exchange students to reside in University Housing for the first two (2) Semester, unless they meet at least one of the following criteria for exception. Please see On-Campus Housing Waiver

Here are the housing options for new students. Graduate (masters) students are welcome and invited to live in Vartabedian Hall on campus too. There are advantages to living on campus including safety, security and convenience

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Master/Graduate students: NONE

Exchange students: NONE

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ACT/SAT are NOT required for International Admissions. However, if you have very satisfied ACT/SAT scores, Please send official results through:

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All Students:

  • Submit a Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Questionnaire.
    • The system requires 9-digit student ID number which begins with the letter G (refer to the admission offer letter.)
    • Please note that TB blood test performed outside of the U.S. will NOT be accepted
    • Additionally, students who have ever had a positive tuberculin skin test, must submit a physician signed chest x-ray report with their health and immunizations records, prior to move-in to confirm the absence of active disease

Students living on campus residence hall:

IMPORTANT: Student who is not yet 18 years old when he/she step foot on campus will be required to complete and submit an additional form called the Consent to Treat a Minor form.  The form MUST be co-signed by parents or legal guardians.  According to the U.S. law, the university Health Center cannot provide health care to under-age students without written permission from parents or legal guardian.

Any questions regarding the requirements should be addressed to the MWSU Health Center at

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Preparing for Your Departure to the U.S.

  • Make Travel Arrangements
    • Global Center offers Free Airport Pick up on the following days for specific student populations:
      • Undergraduate F-1 Students: Sunday
      • Exchange J-1 Students and Scholars: Monday
      • Graduate F-1 Students: Tuesday
    • Request Free Airport Pick Up
      • Please share your arrival information
        • Students arriving on dates other than listed above or are traveling with parent/guardian are expected to arrange own transportation. The average cost for airport shuttle is $80 plus 10%-15% service tips.
          • Uber on-demand service is generally available from the MCI airport to St Joseph, Missouri. Expect minimum cost $50 plus tips.
          • Some Uber driver may cancel ride request due to distance from the airport.
          • Direct taxi or Uber driver to take you to the University student residence Commons Building for Residence Hall check-in process.
        • Mandatory International Student Orientation Schedule:
          • Undergraduate F-1 Students
            • Starts Monday (A week before Semester starts)-Ends Friday
          • Exchange J-1 Students
            • Starts Tuesday (A week before Semester starts)-Ends Friday
          • Graduate F-1 Students
            • Starts Wednesday (A week before Semester starts)-Ends Friday