Newly Admitted Students


The information below will help you prepare to begin your program of study in the Physical Sciences Division. You should expect to receive important communications over the summer with reminders and further details about these topics and others, as well as important resources available to you as a graduate student at the University of Chicago.

Students who accept their offers of admission will receive their University of Chicago student ID (UCID) numbers in the Spring. Once you receive your UCID number, you may claim a CNetID username through IT Services. Your CNetID serves as the basis of your UChicago email address (e.g. if your CNetID is "example," is your corresponding email address). 

Your CNetID is also used to connect securely to the University's wireless network and often serves as your account name or login ID when connecting to University of Chicago resources. 

Please note that your CNetID cannot be changed once you create it. Please create your CNetID as soon as possible after receiving your UCID number.

New students can pick up their UChicago ID cards in person at the ID and Privileges Office, located in the lobby of the Regenstein Library.

You can find more information about finding and securing housing at the GRAD Housing Resources website.

Once you reside in your new home, please update your profile through your student portal to ensure that we have an up-to-date record of your contact information for communication purposes.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will work with you to secure the necessary documents to apply for a student visa. You can read an overview of the visa process at OIA’s website.

The English Language Institute serves the linguistic and cultural needs of multilingual students, empowering them to raise their confidence and English proficiency to new levels.

You must provide official, final transcripts from each institution from which you have received a degree prior to the start of your first quarter of study. If you are matriculating in Autumn Quarter, you must provide your official, final transcript by August 1.

Please contact the Student Affairs Administrator for your department or program if you have questions about what you need to provide.

The State of Illinois and the University of Chicago require students to have proof of immunity and/or vaccinations for certain diseases and illnesses. You should plan to complete this requirement at least 30 days before classes begin. You can read more about how to complete this requirement on the Student Health Services Immunizations page.

If your offer of admission contained information about receiving a stipend, you will receive additional communications prior to matriculation about documentation required for onboarding.

If you self-identify as a student with a disability, you are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services Office and visit the Student Disability Services website to learn more about your rights and responsibilities.

Tuition and fees are posted by the Office of the Bursar. Their website also contains information about billing dates and how to pay your bill.

All University of Chicago students are required to carry adequate health insurance coverage. You may satisfy this requirement either by enrolling in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) or by providing proof of comparable coverage before the enrollment deadline.

For information about enrolling in U-SHIP or waiving the requirement by providing proof of comparable coverage, please visit the Student Insurance website.

Please note that failure to waive the student insurance plan by the deadline will cause you to be enrolled in and responsible for U-SHIP premiums by default, even if you have existing coverage.