Congratulations on your acceptance to Anna Maria College!

We can’t wait for you to join the AMCAT community! To make sure you’re ready to get started, follow the steps below. If you are an Athlete, click here for Athletic Participation Information.

Access your Admission Status Portal

The Admission Status Portal will grant you access to decision letters, financial aid letters, registration links for upcoming events, important contact information, and more.

Access your Admission Status Portal!

Complete Your Financial Aid Form

Students applying for the Fall 2022 semester should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. The FAFSA should be completed online. Include Anna Maria College’s school code (#002117) to ensure that information is sent to Anna Maria electronically. In order to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA, you will need 2020 federal tax information 

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International students that wish to be considered for need-based funding must complete and return the International Financial Aid Form here. Please scan and email the form to the Admissions Department at admission@annamaria.edu. All scholarship and financial aid awards will be posted to your Admission Status Portal. You can also schedule a virtual appointment with our staff here. 

Questions? Contact us here or Call (508) 849-3366. 

Schedule your campus visit!

There is no better way to know if Anna Maria College is right for you than to visit the campus in Paxton, MA. We provide a number of different visit opportunities including on-ground Campus Tours and Information Sessions. If you are unable to make it to campus at this time, join us for a Virtual Information Session or take a Virtual Campus Tour.

Full List of Visit Opportunities
Campus Tours & Information Sessions
Virtual Information Sessions
Take a Virtual Campus Tour

Enrollment Information for International Students

The information below provides an overview of the immigration steps you can begin to work on today:

  1. Send in a copy of  your passport and submit a confidential bank statement.  It is our strong recommendation that you refrain from paying your enrollment deposit until you have completed  your appointment with the embassy and have been approved for your F-1 visa.

Send a bank statement to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The bank statement should show that you have access to the funding needed to complete your first year of studies at the College. A scanned copy can be sent to admission@annamaria.edu or mailed to:

Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612

Anna Maria College accepts payments wired through Flywire. Click here to get started.

  1. Obtain an Immigration Document

Our Registrar will issue your immigration document (I-20). This generally takes 2-3 weeks. We will mail this document via courier service to the address listed on your Anna Maria College application for admission. You will need to submit the I-20 Request Form here.

  1. Apply for the Student Visa

After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa.

Applying for your Student Visa
You must apply for your visa well in advance of your arrival, as it can, in some instances take several weeks, and occasionally longer, to obtain the student visa. To apply for a U.S. visa, you will need to present the following documents at the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you:

  • Your Form I-20
  • The SEVIS Fee receipt
  • A copy of your financial support documents, i.e. evidence that you have sufficient funds to meet the expenses of studying at Anna Maria, e.g. bank statement.
  • A valid passport
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Completed visa applications forms (Visa application forms are available on individual consular Web sites.)

An application fee and an interview will also be required.

Special Notes
When applying for your student visa, pay careful attention to the following:

  • The U.S. Department of State has instructed U.S. consulates that they may issue an F-1 visa no more than 120 days in advance of the program start date.  However, an application for an F-1 visa can be submitted more than 120 days in advance of the I-20 start date in order to accommodate long processing times.  Again check the Web site of the consulate where you will apply for a visa for detailed instructions.
  • You must pay particular attention to the starting date noted on this document (Item #3), as you must enter the U.S. by this date.  If you cannot enter the U.S. by this date, the Office of the Registrar.
  • In addition, you may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the starting date noted on the I-20 Form.  If you try to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date on your I-20, you may not be permitted to enter the U.S.
  • Your I-20 (sent to you in the mail from Anna Maria College after you have been admitted) is required when applying for an F-1 student visa at an American Embassy or Consulate and for entry into the United States. This I-20 has been produced by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and is an acknowledgement that your record is in the SEVIS system.  The form includes your SEVIS ID number, which is the number in the upper right hand corner above the bar code (usually starts with an N).
  • All new students coming in F-1 status must pay a $350 SEVIS fee prior to applying for your visa.

Canadian Students

  • Canadian citizens do not need visas to study or participate in an exchange program in the U.S. However, Canadian students do need to obtain an I-20 (or DS-2019) Certificate of Eligibility from the university, school or exchange program they plan to attend. Upon receipt of the I-20 (or DS-2019), the student will be registered with SEVIS, the student tracking system, will be assigned a SEVIS number, and will be required to pay a registration fee. When crossing the border to begin their study or exchange program in the United States, the student will need to provide the Officer at the port of entry:
  • A Canadian passport;
  • The original I-20 (or DS-2019) certificate;
  • Proof that the SEVIS fee has been paid;
  • Proof of ability to pay school fees and living expenses in the United States; and
  • Proof of ties to Canada.
  1. Please fill out the Transfer Release Form if you are an incoming International student with a valid F-1 visa in place. The following additional requirements are also necessary to transfer your F-1 Visa.
  • You must currently be maintaining F-1 status
  • You must have an offer of admission from Anna Maria College
  • If you already graduated or completed OPT, you must still be within your 60-day grace period

The start of classes at your new school must be within 5 months of one of the following:

  • academic program completion at Anna Maria College
  • last day of enrollment at Anna Maria College (if not graduating from Anna Maria College)
  • OPT authorization end date
  • For students not completing OPT period, the requested SEVIS I-20 transfer/release date
  • If the period of time between F-1 activities is longer than 5 months, your SEVIS record is not eligible for transfer. Your new school must issue a new initial I-20 with a new SEVIS number.

6. Preparing for your Visa Interview

On Your Visa Interview Day  

Bring copies of your acceptance letter, financial aid award, passport and I-20.  You will need these for the interview. You can access them in your admission portal. You should have also paid your I-901 SEVIS fee before your visa interview. If you have not paid the I-901 fee, here is the link with information about how to pay the I-901 fee for your F-1 visa.

F1 Visa Interview Dos:

Do bring all required documentation.

According to the US State Department, you are required to bring the following:

  • Passport valid for travel to the United States
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview.
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the photograph requirements.
  • Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status
  • Bridge acceptance letter
  • Letter of university conditional admission (if applicable)

You may be required to present additional documentation, such as:

  • Transcripts, degrees, or certificates
  • Standardized test scores. Please make the Consular staff aware that we are a test optional school.  There is test optional information at this link.
  • Proof of your intent to depart the USA upon completion of your study.  It is extremely important that you make clear that you have NO plans to stay in the US after  you finish school.
    • You can do this in a variety of ways.  Some include simple statements.  My family needs me to assist in their business as soon as I return. (If your family has a business)
    • My work in my program is directly tied to my interest in a career in your major. Business, Health Science, Criminal Justice, Law, Medicine, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, etc. I feel that I can best do this in my home country.
  • Proof of how you plan to pay for your study (bank statement, sources of income, etc.

The State Department advises checking with the embassy or consulate where you will interview to verify what documentation is needed.

DO re-read your visa application before the interview to remember your answers.

It is easy to get flustered and forgetful in the moment of the interview, so taking some time to review your application beforehand will help you to stay on track when you answer questions.

DO practice.

You can expect your interview to cover questions about your study plans, college of choice, academic capability, personal finances, and post-graduate plans. Ask a friend or relative to do a practice interview with potential questions.

It will help you to be more relaxed and confident on the big day. It is important to make sure that the embassy official understands that you are only her to complete your degree and that you plan to return home after you graduate.

DO clarify any doubts you have about your program.

Be prepared to answer specific questions about your program of study. If you have any doubts, contact your admissions department before you go in for your interview. Spend time learning a little more about Anna Maria College.

Be able to state that you learn best in a small school. That our location near Boston in the Worcester Mass area (Second largest city in New England) is attractive to you. . That the colleges location also provides access to students at 11 other colleges.

Learn more about the campus by completing a Virtual Tour.

DO tell the truth.

One of the top reasons for F1 visa rejection is presenting untrue information. Avoid temptations to gloss over details or exaggerate to make your case more appealing.

DO be prepared to make further payment for your visa if necessary.

There is a chance you will be charged additional fees for your visa. Be prepared with a check or credit card in the event that you need to make a payment.

DO stay calm, and take your time answering questions.

A great way to stay calm and centered is to take a deep breath each time you are about to start speaking. Deep, conscious breaths will keep you centered and grounded throughout the process.

And a few Don’ts…
  
DON’T be too casual.

Wear proper business attire for your interview, as if you are interviewing for a job. It will show you are professional, serious, and prepared.

DON’T stress out.

Find a way to stay calm and centered and the whole process will be a lot easier! Prepare your documentation well in advance to avoid last minute scrambling, and be sure to review all of your information. Get to bed early the night before and leave with plenty of time to arrive early to your embassy or consulate.

DON’T rely on the Internet for the most up-to-date information.

This might sound strange, but visa requirements change frequently, so although you will find useful resources online it is important to contact your embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date requirements.

 

Questions? 

Please contact one of our DSO (Designated School Official)

Paul Vaccaro at PVaccaro@Annamaria.edu  – Graduate Students
Nancy Dowd at NDowd@Annamaria.edu – Undergraduate Students
John Delaney at  JDelaney@Annamaria.edu – Continuing Students
Christine Holmes at  CHolmes@Annamaria.edu – Continuing Students
John Hamel at Jhamel@Annamaria.edu  – Undergraduate, Graduate or Continuing
John McLaughlin   JMcLaughlin@annamaria.edu   Undergraduate or Graduate

Get Connected! Join the Admitted Student Community

Join your fellow future AMCATS & start getting to know your classmates. Join the Anna Maria College Class of 2026 Facebook Group. Ask questions, get advice, share ideas, and maybe even meet your new roommate/best friend! Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay in touch and see what’s happening on campus.

Join the Admitted Student Community – Share that you’re in! #AnnaMaria2026

Submit your Enrollment Deposit and Orientation Registration

To officially reserve your place in the incoming class, all students must submit an Enrollment Deposit. Submitting your deposit also secures your housing status and allows you to register for an Orientation Program.

Submit Your Enrollment Deposit

Orientation

Summer Orientation Session’s:  Orientation attendance is mandatory for all new students. New students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island must attend an Orientation program in June or July. Students from outside of the New England States including International students are welcome to register for a June or July session if this is convenient.

If you are not in the New England states, an Orientation Session will be hosted in August. Registration for the August Session will be posted on July 15.

Special Orientation sessions for new Transfer students will be held on July 12th and during the August Orientation session.

International Students are welcome to attend any of the sessions that are convenient but we expect most students arriving from International countries to attend Orientation in August before classes begin. All of the Orientation sessions include information for parents and guardians – if parents and guardians are able to attend.

Summer New Student Orientation Dates:  

Session 1: June 21
Session 2: June 22
Session 3: July 11
Session 4: July 12

Congratulations on becoming the newest member of our community!
Consider the success of some of our alumni.

You are joining some amazing alumni that have studied with us – Business CEO’s at Eaton Vance that oversee cybersecurity, general managers that run business divisions in over 50 major firms throughout New England and the United States; hundreds of nurses and teachers that care for thousands of patients and students that will shape our future; artists, graphic designers, musicians and therapists;  66 Massachusetts police chiefs; over 40 New England fire chiefs; sports managers that work in mid-town Manhattan; and FBI agents in Boston, Miami and Washington D.C. and alumni that are serving in the United States Secret Service. Agents that remain true Patriots!  We think you will like what you see and those that you meet.

Month by Month To-Do List

May

Memorize your Anna Maria ID number. You can find your ID number in the admissions portal. This number will need to be included on most forms you fill out for the College and is the main form of identification for students.  

After submitting your enrollment deposit, you should activate your Anna Maria email. The email address used throughout your Admission process will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your AMCAT email or see video HERE. 

Get Connected. Join the Official Anna Maria College Class of 2026 group on Facebook.  

Review the Summer Orientation Schedule and register for a session online after submitting your enrollment deposit. 

Submit Your Official High School Transcript. Request your official high school transcript that shows your graduation date to be submitted to the Admission Office. Transcripts can be submitted electronically to: admissions@annamaria.edu OR mailed to: Office of Undergraduate Admission, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA 01612. 

Transfer Students: You must send your final, official college transcript(s) to the Admission Office so a final transfer credit evaluation can be completed prior to starting classes with us. Transcripts can be submitted electronically to: admissions@annamaria.edu OR mailed to: Office of Undergraduate Admission, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA 01612. 

June/July

Submit your AMCAT ID Card picture. Request your card HERE. 

June 21: Orientation Session I  

June 22: Orientation Session II 

July 12: Orientation Session III 

July 13: Orientation Session IV 

July 26: Incoming students should complete their Housing Agreement no later than July 26th. Housing assignments and roommate information will be sent to all incoming students via their AMC email account no later than August 1st. 

July 30 : Complete Health Forms via Medicat System 

Athletics Medical Clearance Documentation Deadline. All students trying out for a varsity and/or a club sport are required to complete additional athletic medical clearance documentation. Additional information can be found HERE 

Review FERPA Policy and other important college policies. 

Review Academic & Other Accommodations Policy and Procedures and request services if needed. 

August

Complete the online health insurance waiver. You will be billed for health insurance if you do not complete the online waiver form (Available May 1) HERE. 

August 1: Tuition Payment Deadline. Please visit Student Accounts page for payment options and policies. Please review ALL Student Accounts Required Forms. 

August 9-10: Academic Bootcamp

August 11: Move-in Day for Football  

August 19: Move-in Day for Fall Sports 

August 26: Move-in Day for New Students 

August 27: Move-in Day for Upper Class Students 

August 28: Happy First Day of Classes! 

August 28-September 6: Drop/Add Period 

September 8: Get Involved. Attend the Community Involvement Fair to meet representatives from all the clubs and organizations on campus. 

Checklist: Before You Enroll
(Better Sooner Than Later!)

Complete Forms & Survey

Our orientation team is ready and waiting to welcome you to our campus, but before we do there are some things to take care of first!

Many of these forms can be filled out online though some must be printed and returned to the College.

Athletic Forms
Student Accounts Forms
Health Services Forms*
Housing Agreement 
Request Your AMCAT ID Card

Send Final High School Transcript

As a school founded in the Catholic Tradition, Anna Maria College expects all members of the College community to act in a responsible and ethical manner. The principles of individual honor, integrity, responsibility, and respect for the rights of others are essential to student conduct. High school students that are currently completing academic course work must submit a final transcript to the office of admission before September 1. Transcripts and other documents can be sent electronically to admissions@annamaria.edu or mailed to:

Admission Office
Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612

Success Begins at Anna Maria

As a school founded in the Catholic Tradition, Anna Maria College expects all members of the college community to act in a responsible and ethical manner. The principles of individual honor, integrity, responsibility, and respect for the rights of others are essential to student conduct. High school students that are currently completing academic course work must submit a final transcript to the office of admission before September 1, 2022.

Access Your Student Email, WebAMC, & Engage

Enrolling students: Please watch the three instructional videos below for instructions on accessing your Student Email, WebAMC, and the Engage online learning platform.

All students should check their Anna Maria email regularly as all important correspondence will come to this address. Student email addresses are USERNAME@amcats.edu.

The WebAMC portal includes important information about your student bill, your academic schedule, your grades, your academic advisor. New Students are provided with a Student ID # and Anna Maria Email address in the Admissions Portal.

All of our online classes are taught through the Engage platform. Please watch the short video that explains how to access your online classes.