Incoming Students: Before You Arrive

The following information will help make your transition to Rush University as smooth as possible, whether you will be on campus or studying remotely. Immediately below are items that require action from each student. Also provided are additional resources about Rush University.

Required of all students 

New Student Welcome and On-Boarding Checklist

All incoming students are required to review and submit the New Student Welcome and On-Boarding Checklist.


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, tetanus and meningococcal conjugate, and all new admissions under the age of 22 shall show proof of having at least one dose of the vaccine on or after 16 years of age. In addition, 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.

Where to submit your immunization information
  • College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College students: You should submit all required proof of immunizations directly to CastleBranch. Instructions to access your account will be provided by your college.
  • College of Nursing students: You should submit all required proof of immunizations directly to Exxat.  Instructions to access your account will be provided by the College of Nursing.
  • 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.

Student ID

All students, staff and faculty are required to wear their Rush IDs while on campus. You will need your student ID to gain access to Rush University Medical Center buildings, check out library resources, attend student events and enter Rush’s fitness center. Your ID photo will also be included in the online student photobook that is maintained in the Rush University Portal, available only to Rush students, faculty and staff who have logged into the portal. If you do not want your photo to be included in the online student photobook, you should complete the FERPA consent release form to restrict access to your records.  

Additional resources

Books and equipment

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

Computer accounts

Questions about your Rush network accounts?  Looking for ecommendations on what laptop to buy? Please visit the Information Services page for more information.


If you are looking for housing off-campus, make use of the Office of Student Life and Engagement’s off-campus housing guide to learn about Chicago neighborhoods, get tips on searching for an apartment and review apartment options close to Rush.

Loan deferment

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


If you are interested in using loans to finance your education, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Once Rush University has received this application, you will be awarded for loans for which you qualify. You will also receive notification of additional documents that must be completed in order for the Office of Student Financial Aid to process loans. You must complete all required loan documents in order to have loan proceeds applied to your tuition account. Additional information about student loans can be found on the student loans page of the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

MyRushU Mobile App

To get started, search “MyRushU” in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

Download the app, then log in with your Rush ID and password to complete the following actions in MyRushU:

  • Check your grades
  • Review your schedule
  • Access Blackboard to view assignments, events and announcements
  • Pay bills and view your financial aid and banking information
  • Receive timely and critical notifications

Veteran benefits

If you plan to use veterans educational benefits, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid either by email at, by calling (312) 942-6256 or visiting our office prior to registration so your enrollment certification can be prepared in advance. Additional information regarding the types of veteran benefit programs available and what processes you need to complete are located on Rush University’s Veterans Education Benefits website.


Federal work-study opportunities are available at Rush for eligible students, based on availability of positions for students who wish to earn while they learn. You can obtain additional information about the work study application process on the Office of Student Financial Aid’s work-study website.