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- What is the minimum/maximum number of courses
that can be taken each semester?
- Does MU offer graduate programs?
- What is the average class size?
- How many students are enrolled at your university?
- What clubs and activities do students take part
- What types of housing does Methodist offer?
- Do you feel safe in your dorm room?
- How can I pay for tuitions and fees?
- How much money should I bring and in what form?
- What do I need to apply for F-1 Visa?
- Is it possible to get a visa stamp within the
- When can I arrive in the U.S.?
- Does the International Programs Office offer
any pick-up service from the airport?
- Can I open a bank account in the U.S.?
- What is the social security number (SSN) and
how can I get one?
- What are the basic guidelines for on-campus
- What is public transportation like in Fayetteville?
- I did not turn in my I-94 when I left the U.S.,
what should I do?
What is the
minimum/maximum number of courses that can be taken each semester?
International students in F1 status must enroll in at least 12 credit
hours per semester. More may be possible but you should talk with
your academic advisor first.
Does MU offer
Our fully accredited graduate programs are tailored to serve the
needs of public and private sector managers and highly skilled health
care clinicians. Please visit our four graduate program links at
the Professional MBA at Pinehurst,
MBA on-line, Master
of Justice Administration, and Physician
Assistant Program. However, the MBA is not suitable for international
students due to insufficient hours.
What is the
average class size?
The average class size is 20 and the student: faculty ratio is 15:1.
How many students
are enrolled at your university?
and activities do students take part in?
MU has more than 70 clubs and organizations for you to join. We
are certain you will find one or two that meet your interests. Please
more information on MU clubs and organizations.
of housing does Methodist offer?
Methodist offers a variety of housing options, including
- Two-person rooms with common floor bathrooms (Cumberland and
- Two-person suites that share a bathroom (Garber, Weaver, Pearce,
- Two-bedroom apartments that share a common bathroom (Pines
- Four-bedroom apartments that share two bathrooms (Cape Fear
- Four-bedroom with four-bathroom apartment (McLean Residential
Most first year Methodist students live in rooms or suites; apartments
are primarily reserved for upperclassmen. For more information about
Housing and Residence Life please visit http://www.methodist.edu/housing/faq.htm.
Do you feel
safe in your dorm room?
Methodist University takes security very seriously. All vehicle
traffic entering the campus must pass through a staffed welcome
center. Hall entrances are locked, and visitors can enter the hall
only after dialing a residence hall room from an exterior phone.
Campus police and security patrol the campus 24 hours a day.
How can I pay
for tuition and fees?
Please look at Future Students for current
tuition. However, the exact figure will depend on what courses you
register for and if there are any additional fees administered.
You can pay by cash, credit card, traveler's check or bank check.
Wire Transfer Information
Bank Name: BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust)
Bank Address: 5137 College Center Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28311
Bank Phone: (910) 482-4230
Routing #: 053101121
Account #: 5292616084
Please be sure to include your name and the reason the funds are
being wired to Methodist University account (application fee, tuitions,
room deposit, etc). This information is necessary for us in order
to accurately identify and credit the money properly.
How much money
should I bring and in what form?
In addition to the tuition and fees, please bring about $1,500 in
traveler's checks and $100-$150 extra in your wallet in case you
need to purchase something at the airport. Please be aware that
campus work may or may not be available immediately. Also, it normally
takes up to three weeks before you can get social security number
(SSN) to be able to work on campus.
What do I
need to apply for F-1 Visa?
It is imperative that you present a valid SEVIS I-20 to the nearest
U.S. consulate in order to apply for an F-1 visa. Students may be
required to present the following documents:
- Current, valid passport
- Form DS-160, non-immigrant application
- Acceptance letter from MU
- Proof of SEVIS fee payment. For more information, go to www.fmjfee.com.
- Passport photograph
- Current, dated financial statements
- Proof of permanent address in home country and plans to return
to home country
Is it possible
to get a visa stamp within the U.S.?
Visa stamps are obtained at U.S. Consulates abroad. It is not possible
to get a U.S. visa stamp (not even a renewal) within the U.S. Please
to find out more about renewing your visa.
When can I
arrive in the U.S.?
New international students may enter the U.S. only up to 30 days
prior to the start date on the I-20 or DS-2019. The residence halls
do not officially open until the first day of orientation; however,
special arrangements can be made for international students with
housing assignments to move-in 2-3 days prior.
Does the International
Programs Office offer any pick-up service from the airport?
The International Programs Office or IPO will pick up new international
students who arrive at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
and Fayetteville Regional Airport (FAY) and take the students to
their residence hall if they plan their arrival accordingly.
Can I open
a bank account in the U.S.?
Yes, you can. You will just need your passport, I-94 card and I-20
and some money to deposit. Please ask if the bank requires a social
security number to have the account. Some banks require it and some
What is the
Social Security Number (SSN) and how can I get one?
The social security number (SSN) is the 9-digit number issued to
citizens, permanent residents and temporary working residents who
are employed in the U.S. and required to file for taxes.
International students on F-1 status who will be employed are
eligible for a SSN and must apply in person at the local social
security office at least 10 days after the IPO staff updates their
Proof of visa status is required and will include passport, visa
stamp, I-94 card, I-20 or DS-2019, a letter of eligibility from
the IPO. As of October 13, 2004, all F-1 students who apply for
a Social Security Number on the basis of on-campus employment will
have to present a letter from the IPO stating that the student is
authorized to engage in on-campus employment, the nature of the
employment to be engaged in, and identifying the employer for whom
the student will be working.
For off-campus work, you will need to show page 3 of your I-20
for CPT or your EAD for OPT/economic hardship.
the basic guidelines for on-campus employment?
Please consult the following website for on-campus employment
What is public
transportation like in Fayetteville?
Fayetteville is a "car city". Even though the city has
Fayetteville Area System of Transit or FAST which operates 10 bus
routes around the Fayetteville area, sometimes it takes forever
to get around! Some tips for getting around include:
- Share a ride with friends
- Buy your own vehicle. Your friends can help you search for
second-hand cars online or with the dealers once you arrive.
The International Programs Office provides a ride to Wal-Mart store
and banks on Ramsey Street weekly. Please contact the International
Programs Office once you arrive to find out when we can take you.
I did not turn
in my I-94 when I left the U.S., what should I do?
Failure to turn in your I-94 (or I-94W) when you leave the U.S.
can create a serious problem. Without this record of your departure,
you will be identified in our records as an "overstay."
Being identified as an overstay means that you will be denied re-entry
into the U.S. If you failed to turn in your I-94, please send it,
along with any documentation that proves you left the U.S. to ACS
Inc.1084 South Laurel Rd., London, Kentucky 40744.