Chicago Undergraduate New Student Checklist

Fall Semester


Congratulations on being accepted to Moody Bible Institute! The checklist* below is designed to help you prepare for your arrival in Chicago. It will outline steps that must be taken before you arrive, point out additional options, and tell you what to expect when you arrive for new student orientation. If you have any questions, please contact Moody Central at (312) 329-2020 or

*Please check back here periodically for accurate dates and information. Please contact Moody Central with further questions.

Please reference our COVID-19 FAQ page for helpful information.

Orientation Updates

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will be from August 21st-25th, 2024.

Since we believe that Orientation is a valuable tool for success in your first semester at Moody Chicago; it is expected that you will rearrange your schedule as needed to attend the entire orientation. Please do not plan work or other responsibilities during these dates until you know the schedule of required sessions.

The first day of Orientation is Move-In Day and Parent Orientation. During this time, parents and families are encouraged to come alongside their new students and experience the Moody community.

You can always click here to visit the New Student Webpage to view the most current information and checklist deadlines. (PRO TIP: If your parents/family/friends are involved in your college planning process, you can forward this email to them right now! They will thank you!)

More information about Student Orientation as well as Parent Orientation and the schedule can be found on our Student and Parent Orientation page.  

If you have any questions concerning Orientation, please contact the Office of Student Activities and Orientation at


Set up Email Account

Shortly after you pay your matriculation deposit, you will receive an email to your personal email address with information regarding your Moody login and email address. Go to and log in with your and your given Moody password. 

All future communication will be sent there, so be sure to check for new messages often. 

Having issues with your Moody login or email address? Contact ITS at 312-329-4067 or

Complete FAFSA

  • Priority Deadline is July 1.
  • The FAFSA is required to receive Moody's full-tuition grant. Complete and submit the FAFSA at Please use school code 001727. International students with F-1 status are exempt from this requirement.
  • If you want to take out loans, please complete the Loan Agreement (MPN) and Entrance counseling (

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Class Registration

  • As a new student, your academic advisor will register you for your first-semester classes in June.
  • If you wish, you may also register yourself for your first-semester schedule prior to June. Click here for registration instructions.
  • If you choose to register yourself, note that transcript evaluation is a thorough process that may not be completed until June. Therefore, as registration opens, it is recommended that you register for Moody classes that likely will not transfer (e.g. If you have taken an English Composition class, you should not enroll in College Writing). 
  • An Academic Advisor will notify you of any eligible transfer credits once your transcripts have been evaluated.
  • You will receive information regarding College Writing Proficiency by June. For questions and deadline information, please email

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Complete Health Form

  • Due by July 15. 
  • The State of Illinois requires an Immunization History, HIPAA Privacy Form acknowledgment, and a Physical Examination along with a Tuberculosis screening. These must be submitted on Moody's official form with each page signed by your doctor.
                                          Send Health forms to:
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Attn: Health Service Department Smith 2
Chicago, IL 60610
Fax: (312) 329-4419

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Complete PCM Form

  • Due: June 1st
  • Each of our Undergraduate students participates in a Practical Christian Ministry (PCM) every semester at Moody. The PCM department will enroll you in a PCM based on the input you provide in the PCM New Student Form regarding your interests and abilities. You must complete this form online by June 1st.

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Pay your Bill

Moody has two options for paying your bill, which must be completed in order to move into the residence hall and/or begin classes for the semester.

Paying in Full

  • Payment is due in full by August 25th.
  • Navigate to your Nelnet portal to pay with a bank account, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Please note: payments made by credit/debit card will incur a 2.75% service fee.

Moody Payment Plan

  • You may enroll in the Moody Payment Plan through your Nelnet portal by August 25th. 
  • A $60 non-refundable enrollment fee (bank account, debit, or credit card) will be charged per semester.
  • A down payment is required upon enrollment and is processed immediately. 

Contact or call 312-329-4223 with any questions concerning payment plan enrollment or payment dates. 

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Send ID Badge Picture

All students are required to wear an ID badge while on Moody's campus. This ID Badge is used for identification purposes and electronic door access in all buildings. The ID badge contains a photo which is posted in the Online Directory with your email address to be available to the Moody community.

Please submit a passport-style photo to by Friday, July 12th, 2024. ID photos must meet the following requirements:

  • Recent color photo 
  • Neutral solid color/blank background (Tip: You can use a sheet as a background) 
  • Bright, even lighting (Avoid shadows on your face) 
  • Centered, frontal view of full face – no profile 
  • Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone 
  • Eyes open and visible (wear prescription glasses if you normally do so)

Smiling is encouraged for these photos. No one else may be in the photo. Photos must not be edited or modified. Senior pictures, school photos, or photos with hats, sunglasses and/or other props will not be accepted. You will be notified if the photo isn't approved. 

By submitting a photo before your arrival to campus, you will expedite your move-in wait time and avoid long lines. Should you choose not to submit a photo prior to orientation, one will be taken that day. You also risk longer wait times during check-in, as the photo must be taken before move-in.

U-Pass/ CTA Pass

The U-Pass is a pass that allows access to public transportation in Chicago via the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). This includes the “L” train system as well as the bus system. The benefits of this pass include use of transportation at a decreased price, unlimited use throughout the semester, and transport to other required/non-required activities such as PCM, church, off campus events, work, etc.

Once students submit their ID Badge picture and arrive to campus, there will be a card made their ID Badge picture printed on it. Upon arrival at Moody, they will be able to pick up their pass in the Student Activities Office, activate it, and begin using it.


Health Insurance

  • All Chicago Campus undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in Moody's health insurance plan. If you are already covered by another insurance plan, you may submit an insurance waiver form online by August 25th. 
  • If you are an international student (with F-1 Visa status) you are required to have Moody's health insurance for yourself and any spouse/child(ren) that live with you.

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Housing Assignment

All unmarried students will automatically be assigned to a room on campus. Please submit a housing preference request form here by Friday, June 7th. If you would like to submit a request after this date, please contact housing@moody.eduThe Residence Life staff will do their best to honor each request; however, they cannot guarantee your requested space will be available. Married housing on-campus is in high demand and very limited. If you would like information about married housing, please email

Submit Final Transcripts

Students must submit their final transcripts (high school, college, CLEP, and AP) after all grades have been posted. Request official transcripts to be sent directly to the Admissions office. Transfer credit evaluations will not be complete until final transcripts are submitted.

                               Send transcripts to:
Moody Bible Institute Admissions
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610
For more information on CLEP credit, visit or email


New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will begin August 21st, 2024. We request that students make themselves available from August 21st through August 25th, 2024.

Any exceptions must be approved by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation. If you wish to discuss any special circumstances regarding your attendance at Orientation, please email

Please contact the Office of Student Activities and Orientation at if you have any questions about New Student Orientation.

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International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is required for all new international students in addition to the required New Student Orientation. Move-in day is Monday, August 14th. Please schedule your flights to arrive on this day as airport pick-up will only be provided to students who arrive on August 14th from 8am-3pm. International Student Orientation will start Monday, August 19th and end on Wednesday, August 21st with the mandatory New Student Orientation occurring the rest of the week as mentioned above. Please contact if you have any questions.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

PCM Form 06/01
Complete FAFSA 07/01
Health Forms 07/15
Payment Plan (1st Payment Due) 08/25
Submit Health Insurance Waiver 08/25
Pay Bill 08/25
Submit Final Transcript 08/01
International Student Orientation 08/19 to 08/21
New Student Orientation 08/21 to 08/25

Getting to Campus

Whether you are arriving by plane, car, or train, we can help you get here.

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