Newly Admitted Students

Please use the following resources and information to prepare for becoming a PhD student in the Biological Sciences Division.


Resumption of Operations

The University of Chicago has announced plans to resume on-campus programs and operations beginning Autumn Quarter.  Read this announcement in full at


Coronavirus Updates

Visit the UChicago Coronavirus Updates page for the latest COVID-19 health information and related campus announcements. 



July 7, 2020: Updates for international students

June 30, 2020: Autumn Quarter 2020 Plans (Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost)

June 23, 2020: Executive Order on Immigration (Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost)

June 10, 2020: Message for international students

May 18, 2020: Transition to the University of Chicago

March 31, 2020: Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic


International Students

Visit the Office of International Affairs Admitted Students page for more information on applying for an F1/J1 visa.


Housing Resources


Student Research

Responsible Conduct of Research Policies

If your research plan includes relevant types of experimental work that will be covered by experimental protocols, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the University of Chicago policies on the responsible conduct of research before arriving on campus. Specifically, see the links for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Office of Research Safety. Also review the IACUC website for mandatory training modules (CNET ID required), protocols and other information that will be useful to know before you work in a research lab.

Life and research go on (remotely) in Spring Quarter.  View a selection of student talks below.


First Steps

Claiming your CNET: Your first step as a student will be claiming your CNET ID. This will enable you to login to various university systems and set up your university-affiliated email address. To claim your CNET ID, you will need to visit the IT Services website and click on the "Create your CNET ID and password" link and then follow the listed instructions to create your email address. The University of Chicago will use this email address as its primary means of communication.

Sending your official transcript:  An official transcript certifying your degree is a required part of your student file. An official electronic copy sent from the registrar’s office to BSD Admissions is acceptable. A paper copy can be mailed directly from the registrar, noting the degree(s) conferred, to our office at:

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
c/o Ryan Crisp
924 E. 57th Street, Suite 104
Chicago, Illinois 60637-5416


Student Health

  • 20/21 academic school year U-SHIP insurance becomes effective on 09/01/2020.  You can read more about student insurance by visiting the Wellness@UChicago page.
  • The State of Illinois and the University of Chicago require students to have proof of immunity and/or vaccinations for certain diseases/illnesses.  Visit the Wellness@UChicago Required Immunizations page for more information.




UChicago Virtual Visit

Visit the UChicago Admissions YouTube channel for a virtual campus tour.

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