Getting Started

The checklist below will help you begin to make your transition to the Department and the University.

Before You Get to Campus

Step 1: Return your signed TA offer letter, and complete the Intent to Enroll.

As soon as possible, make sure your signed, scanned 2 page offer letter has been emailed to the Director of Graduate Studies, and out department's human resources associate.   The Intent to Enroll form can be found in your application portal.

Step 2: Establish your UIC Net ID and myUIC Account

Your UIC NetID will give you access to your UIC email account, and most importantly the student portal The student portal is where you will enroll for classes and access your financial and academic records, among other things. Activate your NetID and from this point forward, please use your uic email address only.

International students: Once you have activated your UIC NetID, please contact the UIC Office of Admissions and Records for information regarding your Temporary Control Number:

Step 3: Establish your Enterprise ID

Once you have created your NetID you will be taken to the Enterprise Password Reset screen. Click on the blue link at the bottom on that page that says, "Click here to authenticate via Bluestem to reset your enterprise password." and then follow these steps:

  • Click the login button
  • Type in your NetID ( Please note: Add to your UIC NetID when logging in here
  • You will be prompted for your NetID password. Enter the password you just established.
  • You will be provided with your Enterprise ID.
  • Establish your Enterprise password. Once your Enterprise ID is displayed, you will need to establish an Enterprise ID password

Step 4: Continue to monitor the status of your application

Newly admitted students should continually check emails and application portal for missing credentials to your application file, until your UIC application is marked complete. The information about finalizing the admissions process for domestic and international students can be found at the admission website for newly admitted students.

Step 5: Visa processing for international students

The office of International Services (OIS) requires financial documentation from all international degree-seeking students. Your application portal should populate with a checklist of the required documents, and you must upload the materials there. More travel and visa information can be found at the OIS website

Step 6: Complete Your Employment Paperwork

Joyce Tucker will be contacting newly admitted teaching assistants with instructions to help you get your human resources file and payroll account set up. Please respond to her immediately, so you can get paid on time. All new teaching assistants should complete employment paperwork with Joyce by Wednesday, August 14, 2020. International students will need to make an appointment with Joyce after their visa i processed.

Step 7: Final Transcripts

Most degree-seeking students are admitted conditionally, based on unofficial (scanned) credentials or an in-progress degree program. Ideally, the official/final credentials (with the degree stamp)  should be sent to the following address prior to the start of the admission term, but you may alternatively submit the credentials in person at the Office of Admissions in the Student Services Building (SSB) when you arrive on campus at the beginning of your admission term, as long as they remain sealed.

Attn: Official/Final Credentials
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions, MC 018
University of Illinois at Chicago
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1130
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7161

Step 8: Register for the MS Exam

Incoming PhD students without a Master’s degree will be required to take this exam, which will be held on Tuesday, August 18.

  • Taking the exam early on in your academic career will give you an opportunity to experience comprehensive exam formats, which have an extended three-hour time period. Please note that the exam may be taken again, if needed.
  • Previous exams can be found at:

Students with a Master's Degree should  send an electronic copy of your MS degree-stamped transcript to the Director of Graduate Studies. This copy does not require a seal.

Step 9: Review the MSCS Graduate Student Handbook

This guide will be your bible for the coming years and will guide you step by step to your degree:  MSCS Graduate Handbook

Once You Arrive in Chicago

International Students Step 1: complete your check in with the Office of International Services.

Step 10: Register for classes

Keep in mind that you will meet with a faculty mentor to select courses on August 16, however, you can register for courses and make changes once your schedule is confirmed:

  • Log into with your NetID and password.
  • Click on the Student/Faculty/Staff Self Service link.
  • From the next screen choose the Registration & Records option. Then click on Registration.
  • Click on the Add/Drop Courses link to register for courses.

Step 11: Get Your UIC Student I-Card

  • You will need to obtain a student photo identification card that will give you access to all University services available to students. This can only be done after you have registered for courses.
  • It will be necessary to visit the Student Services Building (SSB) at 1200 West Harrison Street to get this card. You will need your passport/state ID and a copy of your class schedule.
  • More information about your I-card is available at:

Step 12: Purchase your textbooks

  • You will find the book requirement for each course on (log in → Academics → My Bookstores) after registering for classes. How you get your books is completely your choice.
  • The UIC Bookstore is a great resource, where you will find new, used, and rental options. The bookstore also has a book buyback program at the end of every semester.
  • For this option, you can choose from one of the websites provided here: ,,,

Step 13: Pick up your CTA U-pass

  • During the first week of a semester, once you are enrolled full-time, you can pick up your CTA U-Pass, which allows you unlimited access to the CTA system (Chicago Transport Authority).