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Incoming Students: What to Expect

Congratulations! Welcome to the MPH Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I). While you can always contact us directly ( if you need help, we hope that the information and resources provided on this page will answer some of the questions you may have about attending U of I as a graduate student.

How to Accept or Decline Admission

The MPH program will evaluate your application and recommend a decision for admission to the Graduate College. An Official Notification of Admission from the Graduate College will be made available to you via the online application system. Admitted applicants will be sent an email notifying them that a decision letter is available, and to re-enter the system to view the decision. Login to your application status page and review your admission letter. At the bottom of the letter is a link where you will be able to accept or decline your admission offer.

Getting started after accepting admission

Here is a quick guide to getting set-up in 10 steps: GETTING STARTED.

This document from the graduate college provides you information regarding:

  1. U of I NetID
  2. U of I email account
  3. Student Self-Service
  4. International Student and Scholar Services (International students only)
  5. I-card
  6. Transcript verification
  7. Payroll Information (if employed)
  8. Healthcare and Immunization
  9. Class registration
  10. Billing

Academic Advising and Registering for Classes

In June, the MPH program will send you an email with course registration instructions. Students will meet with the Assistant Director at least once a semester to discuss degree progress and course selection. If you have any questions related to course registration, please reach out to us at

Tuition and Fee Payment

Viewing Account: Each month students are notified via their University e-mail account reminding them to view their student account for recent activity and to pay any amount due by the due date. The student account is available online for students and Authorized Payers to view and print and includes all student account transactions such as: payments received and charges and credits for tuition, fees, and housing.

Payment Due Dates: Payment is due on the 28th of each month. Tuition and fee charges for fall and spring terms are billed in September and February respectively. Summer term charges are billed in June and/or July depending on enrollment.

Making Payments: The University accepts both e-checks and credit card payments online through UI-Pay.

Payment Plan: The University of Illinois provides an optional Payment Plan that allows parents/students to spread payment of anticipated tuition, mandatory fees, room, and board expenses over 6 installments for the Fall and Spring semesters. The Payment Plan is an alternative option to the regular University payment policy and is administered by Nelnet Business Solutions. Student Accounts will not be assessed monthly late payment fees while enrolled in the Payment Plan.



Incoming MPH students are required to attend two orientations before the start of instruction. One of the orientations is specific to the MPH program and will provide an introduction to the program and an opportunity to meet faculty and fellow students. The second orientation is the departmental one and is also mandatory for all MPH students to attend. The exact date and location of each will be announced via email in the summer. However, they always occur a week before the start of classes.


University Housing: Family & Graduate Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a variety of living options for graduate students via Graduate Upper-Division Residence Halls and University Apartments. Three uniquely different apartment communities are available – University Apartments at Orchard Downs, Goodwin-Green, and Ashton Woods.

Off-Campus Housing: For those preferring off-campus living arrangements, privately owned housing is plentiful in Champaign and Urbana. Anyone unfamiliar with standard leasing practices should visit the Tenant Union to learn more about lease agreements.

  • Tenant Union: The Tenant Union can help incoming graduate students find housing once they are accepted at the University of Illinois. See the Tenant Union's Quick Guide for renting apartments.
  • Private Certified Housing in Champaign-Urbana: The Housing Information Office maintains information on Private Certified Housing in Champaign-Urbana and certifies these privately owned units.
  • Privately Owned Housing: Search the Housing Explorer offered by the tenant union. Students seeking privately owned housing are urged to visit the campus as early as possible because arrangements for this type of accommodation usually are made in person. If you are looking at privately owned housing, be sure to check out the Tenant Union's resources above for information about rates, checklists, lease review, tenant's rights, and more.

Transportation and Parking

To Campus: Champaign-Urbana is readily accessible to visitors by car, plane, train, or bus. A number of interstate, U.S., and state highways serve the motorist. Please visit our Directions to Campus.

On Campus and Around Town: See the list of Campus Maps to help locate buildings, parking lots, bus stops, etc.

  • Biking on Campus: Biking on campus is easy and affordable. In October 2011, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University. Beyond campus, the League has also recognized both the City of Champaign and the City of Urbana as bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Communities. See more information about biking on campus. Bicycle sharing is also possible with the Veoride program on campus.
  • Bus Service - Mass Transit District (MTD): Many Champaign-Urbana MTD bus routes pass through campus for transportation to and around campus. Use your i-card to ride any MTD bus without paying a fare. Majority of the MPH classes and activities will take place in Huff Hall. Many bus routes run within one block of Huff Hall. For information regarding bus routes and schedules, please visit CUMTD website.
  • Driving on Campus: If you are driving to campus, Campus Parking has information about parking lots, passes for purchase and metered parking. Additionally, in the campus area the city of Champaign has metered parking and parking lots and the city of Urbana has metered parking in the campus area. Please note that parking meters surrounding the Huff Hall building have a one-to-two hour time limit and you have the option to feed the meter using a phone app (MobileMeter or PaybyPhone). You may NOT park in University parking lots unless you have a pass.
  • Accessibility: The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) offers transportation services for qualified students, staff, faculty, and visitors who have temporary or permanent disabilities. See the DRES website for more information.

Healthcare and Wellness

All graduate students attending U of I are required to have health insurance. The University offers a wide variety of resources across campus. A detailed list of medical, dental, vision and wellness resources are provided here.

Contact Information

  • MPH Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-300-0330
  • Email:

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