First Week: Things to Do

During your first week at St. Cloud State University, you will be required to attend certain events and complete a number of tasks. Failure to do so could impact your ability to take the courses needed for your degree program.

Your First Week Checklist


Check your SCSU email for dates and specific details regarding your orientation session(s). Attendance is required for all sessions. 

Orientation is for all new international students: First-year, transfer, graduate, exchange and student athlete. To qualify for the Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship, students must check-in and attend orientation. Scholarship recipients are eligible for a reduction in tuition rates.

Placement Exams

Determine whether you need to take placement testing by visiting the Mathematics Placement Testing and the English Placement Testing websites. The date and time of the exam/s will be on your orientation schedule. A registration hold will be put on your account if you fail to take a required exam. A photo ID is required; earbuds or headphones are recommended. 

Medical Reports

All students must provide immunizations/test records to Medical Clinic. A hold will be placed on your registration if you fail to present the reports or have tuberculosis testing done at the Medical Clinic during orientation week. 


  • Diphtheria/Tetanus immunization within the last 10 years
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunization at least one year after birth
  • Mantoux test results for tuberculosis, including, if relevant, date of diagnosis and treatment details
Purchase Health Insurance

You will not be able to register for class without purchasing the health insurance policy.

Get Ready for Classes

New international students will register for classes during orientation. Books and supplies can be purchased at the University Bookstore following registration.

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