Checklist for Admitted Students

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance for fall 2021!

Next Steps:

  • Complete your FAFSA – If you’re interested in financial aid, we encourage you to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.  International students are not eligible for financial aid and don’t submit the FAFSA.
  • Department Scholarships: The OT department will notify all incoming students at the beginning of each fall and spring semester about our scholarship competition.
  • Activate your Net ID:  To access UIC systems, you will need to activate your Net ID.  You will need 2 pieces of information in order to activate your account:  University ID number (UIN) and Token.  You can find these numbers on your official acceptance letter from the UIC Office of Admissions.  If you are unable to find it, please contact Maria Larson at
  • View Financial Aid Award Letter: Using your Net ID and password, login to the my.UIC portal.  From there, students can click on the “Student” tab and then click on the portlet for “Electronic Financial Aid Notification” and select the appropriate aid year.  Please note that award notifications will be sent out starting March 15th.
  • UIC MS in OT Enrollment Materials Folder – Class of 2023:  This is a central folder  where the department will upload information and updates about your enrollment (i.e. welcome letter and materials, tuition information, scholarship table, health documentation information, orientation and registration information, etc.)

Save the Dates!

  • New Student Virtual Open House (family and friends welcome!) – Friday, June 4th at 2:00 PM CST via Zoom.
  • New Student Orientation (both days are mandatory) – Wednesday, August 18th and Thursday, August 19th.  More information to follow later this spring.
  • First Day of Classes – Monday, August 23rd
  • UIC Academic Calendar (The Department of Occupational Therapy follows the UIC Academic Calendar except for the summer sessions and spring 2.)

Connect with the UIC Department of Occupational Therapy

Campus Resources:

See the calendar below for a monthly guide to prepare for your enrollment at UIC:


  • You will receive an email regarding important information and deadlines for health requirements for the MS program as well as a document of frequently asked questions regarding Exaat (vendor where you will be submitting all your healthcare requirements and forms over the next 2 years).  An email invitation will be sent to you around May 15th to open your Exaat account.  You will be required to set up your Exxat account by Thursday, July 15th and all of the health requirements, forms and general requirements must be fully completed and uploaded in Exxat by Monday, August 16th.  If the requirements are not completed by these dates, we will assume that you are declining our offer of admissions and your spot will be given to another student.
  • Every year, the OT department matches first and second year students for an “OT buddy” opportunity. Your second year OT buddy can be a resource to you to provide insight on the student life perspective, the curriculum, how they acclimated to the program and/or city life, etc.   A survey will be sent to you to gather more information from you and help with the matching process.

To Do:

  • Start thinking about your plans to complete the health documentation requirements.
  • Complete the OT Buddy assignment survey from our student liaison.


  • Prerequisite confirmation forms will be sent out to you via email  The purpose of this form is to verify the remaining prerequisites that you need to complete before enrolling in the fall.
  • You will receive an invitation to open your Exxat account, the program we use to manage various documentation required for the program, around May 15th.
  • You will receive your OT Buddy assignment: Each incoming first-year student is paired with a second-year student liaison to support their transition into the program.
  • You will receive your Faculty-Advisor assignment: Advising processes and roles will be discussed during the 2-day orientation in August.

 To Do:

  • Complete and return the prerequisite confirmation form by the deadline stated in the email regardless of if you have prerequisites remaining.
  • You can open your Exaat profile and continue planning to complete your health documentation and requirements.  Deadline to open your Exaat  profile is Thursday, July 15th.
  • If you completed any prerequisites or finish your degree in the spring, please submit e-transcripts directly to our UIC Office of Admissions contact – Anthony Robinson ( A copy of the e-transcript can be obtained by the Department of Occupational Therapy from the Office of Admissions.


  • You will receive our orientation packet via email that contains information about the fall semester and registration instructions.  If you have any outstanding prerequisites, a hold will be placed on your account and you will not be able to register under your transcript(s) are received. 

To Do:


 To Do:

  • Complete your Exaat profile by Thursday, July 15th if you haven’t done so already.
  • Finish completing your CPR, health, and immunization requirements.  The deadline to upload your health documentation materials and forms to Exaat is Monday, August 16th.
  • Register for courses.
  • Purchase books and supplies.


The Department of Occupational Therapy will start to convert the Class of 2023 listserv to your UIC email accounts.

 To Do:

  • Finish  your CPR, health, and immunization requirements.  Upload them to Exaat by Monday, August 16th.  Refer to instructions in the UIC MS in OT Enrollment Materials Folder.
  • Register for courses before orientation.
  • Purchase books and supplies.
  • If you completed any prerequisites or finish your degree in the summer, please submit e-transcripts directly to our UIC Office of Admissions contact – Anthony Robinson ( A copy of the e-transcript can be obtained by the Department of Occupational Therapy from the Office of Admissions.
  • If you do not need CampusCare (UIC’s Student Health Insurance), you may waive out of coverage by completing the waiver form.
  • Attend the mandatory 2-day orientation in August.
  • Get ready for the 1st day of class on August 23rd!

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