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Congratulations on your acceptance to Rush University! We are excited about your pending arrival on campus and have designed  an orientation program to help you learn about important services provided by university offices. Please review the dates, times, and locations for upcoming university orientations. Note that your college and/or program may be holding additional orientation days. Your attendance is mandatory at both university and college/program orientations.  All new students, including those who will be taking classes online, are invited to attend University Orientation.  For our online learners, we have also created an Online Orientation to connect you with the University and the resources available to you. 

Emergency Contact Information

As a Rush University student, you are required to complete the Emergency Contact Information form. Completion of this form is part of the matriculation process at Rush and failure to complete it will prevent you from registering for the next academic term.
Student ID Photo

All students, staff and faculty at Rush University are required to wear their Rush IDs while on campus. You will need your student ID to gain access to medical center buildings, check out library books and enter Rush’s fitness center. In order to have your student ID card ready for your arrival at orientation, we ask that you please complete the ID Photo Submission form at least two weeks prior to orientation.
Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all students and is available through Rush University.
  • Rush Medical College students: Your enrollment in the student health insurance plan is mandatory and will occur automatically.
  • College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing and The Graduate College students: You can choose to either enroll in the student health insurance plan or provide proof of other comparable coverage.
All students are required to access the Academic Health Plans (AHP) website to either enroll in the student health insurance or provide proof of other coverage. If you enroll in the student health insurance plan, health insurance charges will be assessed to your student account. If you fail to provide proof of other coverage you will automatically be enrolled in the student health insurance plan and billed for the premiums. Visit the Financial Affairs RUConnected site for more information.

Immunization regulations for the State of Illinois require new students at Rush University born after Jan. 1, 1957 to show proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus. You should have received a form to report proof of immunity. Additionally, your college may have other specific immunization and health requirements for which you are accountable regardless of your age. Please check with your respective college regarding specific requirements.
If you are not up-to-date with your immunizations, check with your local board of health for locations or centers offering low cost or free immunizations. Rush University is required by the State of Illinois to withhold registration for the next academic term unless this requirement is met.
  • College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College students: You should submit all required proof of immunizations directly to Instructions to access your account will be provided by your college.
  • Rush Medical College students: During orientation you will take a Quantiferon Gold test performed by Lifetime Medical Associates. The only immunization documentation required for you is proof of a Tdap within the last 10 years and, if applicable, a copy of the results of a positive PPD and the corresponding chest x-ray.
Current Address Update

It is critically important that Rush University administrative offices have your current address on file. Therefore, if you move to a new home prior to the start of classes or your mailing address changes at any point during your time at Rush, we request that you please update your address following these simple steps.
Tuition and Fee Payments
Tuition and fee payments are always due to the Office of Financial Affairs by the first Friday of the academic term. Payments are accepted on RUConnected by electronic check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express). Please be aware that credit card payments are assessed a 2.5% processing fee. You can also make payments in person or via email. 
Overpayment and Student Refund Direct Deposit

Overpayment checks for living expenses are available after tuition, insurance (if applicable) and housing costs (if applicable) are deducted from the financial aid award posted in your account. If you are eligible for a student account refund, the Office of Financial Affairs provides the option of direct depositing these funds to your bank account.
If you are interested in direct deposit, please fill out the Student Refund Direct Deposit Authorization Form or bring a voided check to orientation. You can mail or hand deliver completed forms to the Office of Financial Affairs. Unfortunately, Financial Affairs cannot accept a fax or electronic version of this form. Processing time for direct deposit forms is approximately two weeks, so submit your form early. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Affairs.
Financial Aid Loans

If you are accepting loans to finance your education, you must complete all loan documents in order to have funds applied to your tuition account. Details about financial aid are available on the Financial Aid Office’s RUConnected Portal site.

Loan Deferments

Only students with non-Stafford Loans from attendance at previous institutions need to submit deferment forms to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar provides loan deferment reports on student registration status (full-time, half-time, less than half-time) to the Clearinghouse on a monthly basis.  
Veteran’s Benefits

Veteran’s benefits are handled by the Office of Student Financial Aid. If you plan to use veteran's educational benefits, please contact the Student Financial Aid at (312) 942-6256 prior to registration so your enrollment certification can be prepared in advance.
Work Study

Federal work study opportunities are available at Rush for eligible students. Staff from the Office of Student Financial Aid will discuss options for work study during orientation.


You have a number of alternatives for transportation to campus and around the Chicago area. Public transportation will bring you right to Rush's door. A shuttle bus runs daily between the Metra train stations and the University, parking is available across the street from the main academic building and there are bike share stations on and near campus. A campus map highlights many of these options, as does the medical center's directions and parking website.

If you will be driving on the first day of orientation, you should park in the garage at 1641 W. Harrison, entering the garage off of Flournoy Street. Parking is available for students in either of the two parking garages (1641 W. Harrison St. or 711 S. Paulina St.) for $40.00/month (plus a $30 avit* deposit). Parking is also available for $27.00/month (plus a $30 avit deposit) in the Wood-Ogden-Jackson lot located at the northeast corner of Jackson and Paulina streets. To purchase the avit, you will need to bring either cash or check for the deposit and first month’s parking charge with you to orientation. If you do not purchase a parking pass at orientation, you will be expected to pay the $7.25 daily student rate upon exiting.

If you will be taking a Metra commuter train to either Union or Ogilvie train stations, you have the option of taking the Rush shuttle to campus. Please review the Rush shuttle information sheet for more details about the service. If you will be using the Rush shuttle, we offer two complimentary tickets to get you to campus for university orientation. To request these tickets, please complete the shuttle tickets request form at least 10 days prior to orientation so we can ensure the tickets reach you on time.
While at Rush, you can make use of Rush Security's free shuttle escort service, the Rush Night Run. The shuttle, which serves areas close to campus, runs during the evening from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Sunday. The service is free for all Rush University personnel who present a Rush ID. One guest can ride free with a Rush student or staff member.
*Avit is a small electronic device that provides a vehicle access to the parking garage.

Rush University Medical Center is currently developing a new master facility plan that supports Rush's vision for education, patient care, research and community engagement.  This plan will include significant changes to our campus, including our on-campus apartments at Center Court Gardens (CCG).
Specifically, on-campus housing will not be available beginning July 1, 2016.  All current leases will end on or before June 30, 2016 and will not be renewed.  We do have resources available to assist you in locating and securing housing.  Please visit the housing website to see these resources and Frequently Asked Questions.
Books and Equipment

You can purchase books and equipment from the Matthews Rush University Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Armour Academic Center. Consult your academic program requirements for both books and equipment before purchasing.
Contact Information

We hope this information has been useful as you prepare for your arrival at Rush University. Should you have any questions between now and the day of university orientation, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Life & Engagement or one of the other offices listed below.

Office of Student Life & Engagement
(312) 942-6302
Office of the Registrar
(312) 942-5681
Office of Student Financial Aid
(312) 942-6256
Office of Student Diversity &
Multicultural Affairs
(312) 942-0725
Office of Financial Affairs/Bursar
(312) 942-6584
Student Housing
Office of Student Life & Engagement
(312) 942-6302
University Counseling Center
(312) 942-3687
Rush Security Office
(312) 942-5678
Parking Office
(312) 942-6594


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