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New International Students

What do I do now that I am admitted to Roosevelt?

Congratulations on your admission to Roosevelt University!  Please follow these steps to help you prepare before you travel to the U.S.  We look forward to welcoming you to Roosevelt!


Your first step is applying for an F1 Student Visa. Once you have received your form I-20 you must pay the SEVIS fee and schedule an appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for your F-1 visa. 

  • Getting your form I-20
  • Paying the SEVIS Fee
  • Applying for the F1 student visa
  • Confirm you will attend Roosevelt


F1 and J1 students are required to have health insurance. You will be charged for this on your student account when you register for classes.  If you have your own insurance, you may request to waive Roosevelt's insurance. However, the charge will appear on your student account until you have successfully completed the online waiver application.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Full-time students are required, by Illinois law, to have an immunization record on file. This form was included with your admission documents.  Please plan to complete this form before you come to the U.S.  CLICK HERE for more information.


If you plan to live in University Housing (Chicago campus only); you must complete the housing application on RU Access. You are required to pay a $500 housing deposit to reserve your room. (Instructions on how to submit contract and prepayment) Please submit the application as soon as possible to ensure that a room is available. You must submit this application before you arrive in Chicago. For more information on the types of housing Roosevelt offers CLICK HERE.

"Off-Campus Housing" refers to any housing that is not University-owned or operated. RU does not not offer assistance in locating off-campus housing; however, we have listed some resources that students may find useful. We have also asked our current students where they live and how they located their current apartment. RU does not endorse any management company, landlord or individual; however this information may be helpful to you when looking for off-campus housing.

If you need a temporary place to stay when you arrive, there are several hotels near campus. The properties listed are within walking distance or a short cab ride of the university. Hotels are listed for the Chicago and Schaumburg campus.


In order to register for classes, pay your tuition, and submit your housing contract, you will need to login to RU Access.  Please CLICK HERE to see a short video.  You must use your 9-digit Roosevelt ID number to log in; this number is listed on your admission letter. If you need your ID number, please contact International Programs at 312-341-3531 or

  • Log in to RU Access here.
  • In the User ID field, type your 9-digit Roosevelt ID number.
  • In the PIN field, type your 6-digit birth date in the format: MMDDYY. Click the Login button. If this does not work, type the last six digits of your Roosevelt ID number.
  • You will see the following note on the screen: "Your PIN has expired. Please change it now."
  • In the field Re-Enter Old PIN retype the PIN you used to log in. 
  • In the New PIN field, create a new six-character PIN.
  • In the Re-enter new PIN field, retype your newly created PIN, then click Login.
  • Choose a question to which you know the answer, then type the answer to your question.  Be sure to pick something that you will remember.
  • Click the Submit button


If you haven't already done so, you should login to your Roosevelt Mail account. All official communication from Roosevelt will be sent to this e-mail address. More information is available at the Mail support page, You can login to Mail at:


  • When can I come to the U.S.?
  • Travel tips
  • Expenses
  • I-94 Card 
  • How do I get to campus?  


If you are currently attending another school in the U.S. on an F1 Student Visa, you must transfer your SEVIS record to Roosevelt before the beginning of classes. Please complete the Transfer Verification Form and return it to International Programs.


All F1 and J1 students are required to attend the International Student Orientation. Please let us know which orientation you will attend. 


Some students are required to take placement tests before registering for classes. This information is included in your admission letter. You must complete these exams before you register for classes. Exams are offered on the Chicago and Schaumburg campus.  Test dates are located on our homepage.  Please register for the exam you plan to take.

  • RUA – the Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA) is required for some undergraduate students (Bachelor’s degree). The test includes an English and a Mathematics section.   
  • ELP – The Roosevelt English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test is required for students who have not met Roosevelt’s minimum English proficiency requirement.


You must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to help you select your classes.  The advisor will help you to register.  Please meet with your advisor after you have completed any required placement tests.

Undergraduate students (Bachelor’s degree)

Graduate Students (Master’s and Doctoral Degrees)

  • You must schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor, who will help you select your classes. To obtain the name and phone number of your advisor, please visit the Graduate Advisor Finder