New Student Essentials

OISVS

Important Dates

Early Move-in: August 19, 1-4 p.m.

Move-in: August 23, 8-11:30 a.m.

International Student Check-in: August 22, 10 a.m. to Noon

INTL 101: August 29 & 31, 6-8 p.m.; Sept. 3, 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

Important Dates

Early Move-in: August 19, 1-4 p.m.

Move-in: August 23, 8-11:30 a.m.

International Student Check-in: August 22, 10 a.m. to Noon

INTL 101: August 29 & 31, 6-8 p.m.; Sept. 3, 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

Main Content

New Student Move-In

  • All students should plan to arrive in Abilene in time for Move-in at their assigned day and time.  
  • Residence Life will offer an early Move-in time for freshmen who have received approval at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Students are not permitted to move in prior to the early Move-in date, so please plan accordingly. Should you arrive before this date, you are responsible for making arrangements for your own accommodations.
  • You are NOT permitted to move into your residence hall until you have completed financial settlement and received your meningitis vaccination.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO)

NSO is required for all new students. During this time, you will participate in several activities, including lunch, an open house and reception, campus tour, immigration check-in and a student resource fair.

INTL 101: Orientation for ACU Global Students

INTL 101 is mandatory for all new international students (F1/J1). U.S. citizens with international backgrounds are welcome to attend as well, but it is not required.

Arrival Information

  • All new international students are asked to complete an arrival form so that we can make necessary arrangements before you arrive on campus.
  • Complimentary airport pickups are available from the Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) when you arrive. 

Mandatory Health Insurance Policy

Health insurance is very important in the U.S. Medical costs can accumulate quickly with even a minor medical procedure or office visit. To help protect our students from these costs, ACU requires all F-1 international students and J-1 exchange visitor students to purchase the ACU group policy through GeoBlue, which meets the U.S. Department of State guidelines. The university enrolls each incoming student in this policy. 

Insurance Carrier: GeoBlue Insurance Company 

Phone: 1-844-268-2686 

Student online access: download the GeoBlue app or visit geobluestudents.com 

Email customer service: customerservice@geo-blue.com 

You are welcome to have an insurance policy in addition to the ACU policy. However, even with outside insurance, you must still purchase a GeoBlue policy through ACU. Insurance charges are automatically placed on your ACU account each semester. Students are charged the premiums for five months in the Fall semester (August-December) and seven months in the Spring semester (January-July). Coverage is continued during the summer months for continuing students who were enrolled full time the previous Spring semester. Your insurance charges are included on your I-20 and DS-2019 cost information. 

Other important points: 

  • Preventative dental and vision checks are not covered by this policy. Be sure to visit your dentist and optometrist before coming to the U.S. 
  • Some medications sold over the counter in your country will require a doctor visit and prescription in the U.S. 
  • Pre-existing conditions are covered at a small amount until you’ve been covered for one year. If you currently have a medical condition of any kind, we recommend you bring extra medication with you and plan to pay the expenses for your condition during your first year in the U.S. 
  • J-2 dependents are required to have health insurance coverage by the Department of State while in the U.S.