For an international student to study at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), there are a variety of special requirements to fulfill that need careful attention prior to arriving on campus. Please read the information below that includes the necessary steps to follow to become a MSUM student.
The visa issued by the consulate does not guarantee entry to the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has authority to deny admissions at the port of entry. Please have all your documents in order when you arrive to the U.S. Keep all of these documents in a safe place!
Visit the following website for information on traveling to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website .
Minnesota State University Moorhead is easily accessible from Hector International Airport (Airport Code: FAR) located in Fargo, North Dakota. This airport is five miles away from MSUM.
Our 24 hour on-call phone number January 4 - January 7, 2019 is 218.790.1325Our office number is 218.477.2956Public Safety is 218.477.2449
If you are planning to arrive a few days before mandatory orientation starts International Student Services offers free rides from the airport to MSUM. You MUST complete the arrival form. Even if you don't need a ride, please fill in the form and put "no ride needed."
If you fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (Airport Code: MSP), please note that you have another 4-6 hour bus or car drive, or a 45 minute airplane ride to reach Moorhead. We do not offer rides from MSP.
If you are living on campus and if you are checking into your dorm room early, please contact the Housing and Residential Life Department. You will be charged a $15 per night from the day you check-in to your dorm until the move-in day of the semester. The early move-in charge will be added to your semester bill. Remember, you have to sign the Housing and Residential Life contract
Be sure to inform the driver that you want to go to Moorhead via town (this is much cheaper than taking the freeway).
Please call ahead and make your reservations to reserve your room.
This testing will take place during the mandatory orientation. Please check the schedule for more information.
It is important that you provide immunization records. Please visit the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center to understand what vaccinations and forms are needed.
Minnesota State University Moorhead is often named one of the coldest colleges in the country, but we just think that makes us cooler! Though we’re often recognized for our chilly winters, Fargo-Moorhead has four distinct seasons.
Temperatures range widely throughout the year. The temperature during winter months (December, January, February) averages -12° C, but can drop to -30° C occasionally. Around 0.5 meters of snowfall during these months is typical.
It might seem daunting to step into a freezer-like atmosphere when you go outdoors during winter months, but that doesn’t stop us from having fun. We embrace the cold by bundling up in jackets, hats, mittens and scarves and participating in some of our favorite activities, like hockey, ice skating, cross country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and more! Plus, it’s hard to pass up delicious hot chocolate after spending time outdoors.
Summer months (June, July, August) have an average temperature around 20° C, and it’s the sunniest time of year. Our students enjoy spending time at Minnesota’s lakes (there are more than 10,000), canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking and more.
Spring (March, April, May) and fall (September, October, November) tend to have milder weather, with the average temperature hovering at 6° C.
We strongly recommend that you bring clothes for all four seasons here in Moorhead, MN or buy clothes once you arrive.
Check out the latest weather forecast for Moorhead.