MAY ORIENTATION CHECKLIST
Accessing Anna Maria College Accounts
Activate Your Anna Maria College Email
Access WebAMC Student Account
Access Engage Online Learning Platform
Get Connected with the Anna Maria Community
- Join the Official Anna Maria College Class of 2026 group on Facebook.
- Follow us on Instagram.
- Follow us on Twitter.
Register for Summer Orientation
- Review the Summer Orientation schedule and register for a session.
Each session is 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
- Session 1: June 21
- Session 2: June 22
- Session 3: July 11
- Session 4: July 12
- The July 12th session includes a special session for transfer students.
- Session 5: August 25 Registration Coming Soon
- The August 25th session is reserved for out-of-area and out-of-country students.
- This session includes a special session for transfer students.
Final Paperwork Submissions
High School Students
Request your official High School Transcript that shows your graduation date to be submitted to the Admissions Office at Anna Maria. Transcripts can be submitted
- Electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailed to: Office of Undergraduate Admission, Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, MA 01612.
Request Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores and submit them to the Admissions Office at Anna Maria.
The information below provides an overview of the immigration steps you can begin to work on today:
- 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 email@example.com or mailed to:
Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612
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- 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.
- Apply for the Student Visa
After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. Visa.
Apply for the 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 application forms (Visa application forms are available on individual consular Web sites.)
An application fee and an interview will also be required.
When applying for your student visa, pay careful attention to the following:
- The U.S. The 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 longer 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 in 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 the 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.
Fill out the Transfer Release Form
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.
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 admissions 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 here.
- 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 at 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
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 the only one here 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 (the second-largest city in New England) is attractive to you, and that the college’s 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.
F1 Visa Interview DO NOTs
DO NOT 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.
DO NOT 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 at your embassy or consulate.
DO NOT 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.
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 Holms at CHolmes@Annamaria.edu – Continuing Students
Bill Purnell at WPurnell@Annamaria.edu – Continuing Students
John Hamel at JHamel@Annamaria.edu – Undergraduate, Graduate or Continuing
You must send your final, official college transcript to the Admission Office so a final transfer credit evaluation can be completed prior to starting class at Anna Maria. These can be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mailed to:
Anna Maria College
Office of Undergraduate Admission
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612
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.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
What’s going to happen during my Orientation Session?
One of the primary objectives of new student registration is to provide you with an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor to review the course schedule that will have been created for you prior to your arrival. This is a good time to ask questions and make necessary adjustments. We will also use this time to provide information to assist you with your transition to Anna Maria. You and your family members will be given the opportunity to ask questions of representatives from Financial Aid, Campus Life, and other administrative offices. You will leave campus with your new Anna Maria student ID and a parking pass if applicable.
If I am a new student who has never attended college (this includes new students who have taken college courses and earned college credit during high school), are there courses that I will take my first semester?
Yes. Every first-time freshman will be registered for AMC 100 First-Year Seminar. This is waived if you are transferring in 12 academic credits or more. There are a variety of topics from which to choose. You will list your top choices when you meet with your advisor and will learn which course you will take during your new student registration advising session.
Do I need to declare a major before I am registered for classes?
No. You may want to consider a major based on some initial interests, but it is not necessary. We do recommend that you select courses that will both help you make progress toward fulfilling core requirements and also allow you to explore possible majors. It is not unusual for students to change their declared major at least once during their college career.
How many credits should I take during my first semester at Anna Maria?
It is recommended that most students take 15 credit hours — typically this would be 5 – 3 credit classes. Being a full-time student at Anna Maria requires a minimum of 12 credit hours, which is also a requirement of most forms of federal financial aid and academic scholarships.
How will I know what courses are available in the fall term?
Anna Maria Colleges official fall class schedule will be online. Your user ID and Password will be located in your admission portal. This will help you consider what classes might be available. Although looking at the course schedule is a good idea, we recommend that you do not actually plan a specific schedule of classes beforehand.
How will I decide what courses to take?
If you have selected a major, there will probably be one or more courses that you take for that program. In a few majors, it will be necessary that you take the recommended courses to ensure completion of that major within four years. The advisor assisting you will have that information. Most new students will want to select courses that fulfil Anna Maria’s core requirements, and in almost every core requirement, you have a variety of courses from which to select. You do not need to do any prep work for your schedule prior to coming to Orientation/registration. Your advisor at Anna Maria will make sure you get registered for the right courses.
I took AP courses in high school. Will I get any college credit for those?
If you took an AP course and scored a three, four, or five on the AP test, you may be eligible to receive credit from Anna Maria. The Office of Admission has a sheet describing the exact course equivalents for the different AP tests (online version). You will need to ensure that your official test score report is sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at Anna Maria College. If you have completed IB coursework, you can find a course equivalency listing here.
Will I get credit for CLEP tests?
Yes. The Office of Admission can provide you a brochure about CLEP tests and the credit awarded by Anna Maria for various tests (online version). You will need to have the official CLEP test score report sent to Anna Maria Colleges Registrar’s Office. If you’ve not taken a CLEP exam before but believe you have proficiency in a particular area of knowledge, you can take CLEP exams at Anna Maria by contacting Kelly Tarani in the Registrar’s Office. 508-849-3475
I have taken a course that grants college credit. How do I make sure that course gets recorded on my Anna Maria College transcript?
This is most likely what we refer to as a “dual credit” course (one that applies to both your high school diploma and your college transcript) or it might be one that you took on your own at a local college or university. In both cases, you will need to contact the Registrar’s Office of the college or university that is awarding the college credit and ask that an official copy of your transcript be sent to the Registrar’s Office at Anna Maria. Please inform the Anna Maria faculty member assisting you during registration that you plan to have this course credit transferred here so that you do not duplicate it by registering for the equivalent course.
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.