Office of International Student Services

Obtaining a Social Security Number

International students who want to work while studying in the US may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year at a job ON CAMPUS.

All students who plan to work must obtain a Social Security Number.

How to Proceed:

You must first secure employment on campus. Check the job listings on Bb and/or talk with professors or staff about possibilities for jobs. Once you have been offered a position, do the following:

1. Get a letter authorizing that you have a campus job from the person who will be supervising your employment. The letter must be on High Point University letterhead, it must describe the type of work that you will be doing, and it must be signed by your supervisor.

2.  Get a letter from the one of the Designated School Officials (Marjorie Church, DSO; Judy Danley, PDSO; or Marianne Menius, DSO).  Submit your request for a letter of authorization of employment via email, and arrange a time to pick it up.

3.  Print and fill out the Application

2.  Collect the following documents:  Passport, Visa, I-20, and I-94 (see below), and one Photo ID that is at least one year old.

3.  Arrange for transportation to the Social Security Administration office.  This can be done through the Office of International Student Services.  Email or to make arrangements.


Find more information from the Social Security Administration concerning International Students Here.


You will need to take ALL of the following items to the Social Security Administration office:

  • Letter from on-campus supervisor (step 2)
  • Letter from DSO (step 3)
  • Application from SSA, which can be found online (see above).
  • I-94 Admission Number – Retrieve at
  • I-20
  • Valid passport
  • Visa
  • One Photo ID that is at least one year old 






The High Point Admissions Office is Located in Wrenn Hall.

Tours are available 7 days a week. Please contact us to schedule your visit.

(800) 345-6993
(336) 841-9216
(336) 888-6382 (fax)

International Students at HPU

HPU: An International Perspective

International Perspective of HPU