Chicago Undergraduate New Student Checklist

Spring 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

*The dates and information on this checklist will be updated around November. Please check back here periodically for accurate dates and information. Please contact Moody Central with further questions.


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. 

Once your Moody email address is set up, 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? Take a look at the ITS New Student Resources webpage for help or find password assistance here. Students may also contact ITS by calling 312-329-4001.

Complete FAFSA

  • Priority Deadline is January 1. 
  • The FAFSA is required to receive Moody's full-tuition grant. 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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Register for Classes

  • An Academic Advisor will notify students of any eligible transfer credit once their transcripts have been evaluated. 
  • Students will be registered for their spring schedule by their academic advisor between the end of November and early December. This will be done shortly after any possible transfer credits have been evaluated.
  • If you choose to register yourself, note that transcript evaluation is a thorough process that may not be completed until January. 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).  

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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

Pay your Bill

 Pay your Bill

  • All students must be paid in full or enrolled in a payment plan by January 1st to be allowed to move into the residence halls and/or to begin courses for the semester.
  • Moody has two options for paying your bill. We partner with Nelnet Business Solutions for secure and convenient payment methods.  

    • Paying in Full
      • Pay in full by January 1 (if you are not able to pay in full by this date, you must sign up for the payment plan by January 1) or you may be subject to late fees.
      • Log in to your and select Student Center. Under the Finances header, select the "Finances/Payment Plan/Refunds" link to access the Nelnet portal to pay with a U.S. bank account, debit or credit card.*

    • Moody Payment Plan
      • If choosing the Payment Plan option, follow the directions above to access the Nelnet portal to pay with a U.S. bank account, debit or credit card.*
      • There is a $60 non-refundable enrollment fee per semester
      • A down payment is required and processed immediately upon payment plan enrollment. 
      • Nelnet charges a $30 non-refundable fee if payment is returned.

*Payments made by debit or credit card will incur a 2.85% Service fee.

Contact or call 312-329-4184 with any questions concerning the charges, payments, and payment plans.

The cost of a semester includes tuition, room and board, mandatory fees, and medical insurance, and is estimated at approximately $12,000 to $14,000, depending on course enrollment and student lifestyle preferences. Thanks to the generosity of donors, tuition may be fully covered for eligible students. Please visit Financial Aid for eligibility requirements.

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Housing Assignment

All unmarried students will automatically be assigned to a room on campus. If you would like to live with a certain individual, in a specific building, or on a particular floor, please submit a housing preference request form here by December 1st. The Residence Life staff will do their best to honor each request; however, they cannot guarantee your requested space will be available. Applications for married housing on campus are also available during certain times of the spring and fall semesters. For further information please contact Residence Life at 312-329-4189 or

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Complete PCM Form

  • Due: Friday, December 8th
  • 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 by December 8th.

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Complete Health Forms

  • 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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Health Insurance

  • All Chicago Campus undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in Moody's health insurance plan. If you have your own insurance, you may opt-out before the semester begins. If you will be using Moody's health insurance plan, please officially accept it by emailing to expedite your move-in experience during orientation. 
  • All international students (with F-1 Visa status) are required to have health insurance for themselves and their spouse/child(ren) if applicable, that live with them.

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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 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.


New Student Orientation

Orientation is a requirement for all incoming students. New Student Orientation for undergraduate students will be January 11-14, 2024. Please contact Student Activities 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 for international students is January 8th. International Student Orientation will be held January 8-14, 2024 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

Housing Assignment Form 12/01
PCM Form 12/8
Health Forms 12/15
Complete FAFSA 01/01
Pay Bill in Full or Enroll in Payment Plan 01/01

SLG Agreement


International New Student Orientation


New Student Orientation


Opt out of Health Insurance


Getting to Campus

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

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