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Reserve seat on Airport Shuttle (Airport Pickup)

Need to know how you can get from the airport to Maryville? Read on!

Arrival Option
(see below for option instructions)
Option A (Arrival day)
See your I-20 for your arrival day
Option B (Early arrival)
Arrange pick up with International Office, charge university account
$120 per person
Option C (Arrival day or earlier)
Drive to Maryville with family or friends or arrange limo service
with Yates Limousine
( 1 week notification required, 48 hour cancellation)
Option D
(Early arrival without notification)
Airport Taxi from MCI to Maryville: $275


  • The airport shuttle fee is included in your orientation fee of $50. You won't need to pay extra for using this service if you arrive on the designatedarrival day.
  • If you are traveling as a group, please tell us how many people are traveling with you and the names of all the people.
  • NOTE: Students arriving after the date of arrival (Item 5 on your I-20) will not be accepted into the University.

Option A Instructions:

    1. Look on your I-20 for the arrival day.
    2. Complete the Shuttle Sign-Up Form

*Note: Plan 3.5 hours between arrival in the USA and next flight for CBP immigration control

If you must arrive early:

Option B (Early Arrival with Arranged Airport Shuttle) Instructions ($120 per person):

  1. Send your itinerary and flight information to in the following format:

    Date Airline Flight Number From To Arrival Time
    dd/mm/yy Continental 2068 EWR MCI 4:13 p.m.
  2. *Note: Plan 3.5 hours between arrival in the USA and next flight for CBP immigration control
  3. We will bill your account for the shuttle fee on that day ($120 per person).

OPTION C: (Arrival day or earlier) Don't need an airport shuttle

  1. Please notify us ( of arrival day and your plans. Report to the International Affairs Office at 8 a.m., in the Student Union, on the day following the arrival day listed on your I-20.

OPTION D: (Arrival without notification)

  1. Do nothing! Just show up at the Airport and get a taxi from the curb: $275 one way.

Where can I live after arriving at Northwest?

You will need to live on-campus unless you are above 21. So please complete the housing form and mail it along with a cashiers check or international money order so that we can have your room ready by the time you arrive at Northwest (please login to your CATPAWS to fill out the application online). If you are above 21 you can live off-campus.  If you want to live off-campus, we will have student assistants helping you with your first night's accommodation on arrival day (see your I-20 for this date) and then we will look for apartments the following day. If you arrive before the arrival day, it is your responsibility to find your own off-campus housing. You can learn more here: Off-campus Rental Guide View PDF

Health insurance and vaccinations to take before arriving in US

Please do not buy any Health Insurance in your home country. All international students are required to buy the insurance provided by Northwest Missouri State University. For more information about our international student insurance click here.

Students need to document 2 doses of MMR & 1 dose of Meningitis vaccination and bring proof of immunizations View PDF (signed by your doctor). You will be given them here if you do not have them when you arrive. The cost is roughly $190 for MMR and $175 for the Meningitis.

Complete your Health History forms and TBConsent form. Send your forms to IIC through e-mail to

I am in Maryville what should I do now?

All new international students must attend the International Student Orientation ($50 fee applied to university bill). Orientation begins promptly at 7:30 AM in the Intercultural & International Center (IIC) on the day after the arrival date specified in Item 5 on your I-20. IIC is located in J. W. Jones Union (Northwest Map).

Please bring your I-20, acceptance letter, passport, Visa, I-94, and immunization records when you come for Orientation in the IIC.

How can I pay my fee?

Your bill is due in full immediately after registering and verifying for classes.  Your bill can be paid using a payment plan for each semester with interest being charged monthly, if you choose. For more information on fee payment, check Bursar Office page. You can pay in cash or Demand Draft made payable to Northwest Missouri State University. It is neither necessary nor desired to pay your bill ahead of arrival in the United States.

If you would like to pay your tuition fee through wire transfer, go to an international bank and ask to send a "money wire":

Wire amount to:

US Bank, Maryville Missouri Branch, ABA #101000187, for the benefit of Northwest Missouri State University, University Funds Account number 1455 9243 4974.

Local Funds account for Northwest Missouri State University - International 

Be sure to include the student ID number and the full name of the student.