Office of Graduate Admissions


Congratulations! You're Accepted, Now What?

Congratulations on your acceptance to graduate school!

  • Log in to the Port of Armstrong to get started. The Port is your gateway to most of the technology resources you will need as a student at Armstrong.
    • Find your Port ID and your Student ID (907#) using the Lookup ID link.
    • Sign in with your Port ID. The first time you sign in, the password is your birthday — MMDDYY.
    • Don’t forget to change your password using the link in the top right menu.
  • Check your Armstrong email. Your Armstrong email account will be our official means of communicating important information to you. 
  • Apply for housing on the Register tab in the Port of Armstrong.
  • Check to see if you have any Announcements. Announcements are tailored just for you, to help keep you informed about what you need to know or do at any particular time.
  • If you have been awarded a graduate assistantship, check your status on the Student Accounts & Financial Aid tab in the Port of Armstrong.
  • If you will be studying here in the U.S., you will need to apply for your F-1 student visa.
    • After being accepted and submitting proof of finances, you will be issued the I-20 form.
    • You must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee upon receiving your I-20. You can pay online at: After paying the fee, print the receipt and take it with you to the visa appointment.
    • You will need to schedule an appointment at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate to be interviewed for a visa.
      • Check the website of the U.S. Embassy/Consulate nearest to you to find out how to schedule an appointment. Appointment wait times vary and can be as long as three months.
      • You will need to bring the following items to the interview:
          - Signed I-20
          - Acceptance letter from your college/university
          - Original financial documentation
          - Valid passport and another form of picture identification

        Please keep in mind that it is always better to bring more than less to the interview, so if you have any other documents that might be useful, bring them. Also, be sure to check the website of the U.S. Embassy/Consulate that you will visit to make sure of any specific requirements for that Embassy. You can also find information about required documents on the U.S. Travel website.
    • During the interview, it is natural to be nervous, but try to relax. Remember that the officer’s main concern is your intention to study in the U.S. and your intention to return to your home country upon completion of your studies. Be as open and honest as you can, while remembering that you are applying for a nonimmigrant student visa and not a work visa.
  • Get your PirateCard.
  • Advising is done by department faculty; contact your graduate coordinator to set up an appointment.
  • Register for your classes.
  • Buy your books.

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