New Graduate Student Checklists

Action Items and Recommendations for Acclimation

Easily maneuver through your graduate experience with new student checklists provided by the expert staff at the Office of Graduate Education. Our comprehensive checklists allow you to complete essential pre- and post-arrival actions for a seamless transition to graduate life at DU. We also offer specific guidance for international students on this page.



Your Steps

Pre-Arrival Requirements

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  • Accept admission offer and pay deposit
  • Access PioneerWeb
  • Access DU e-mail
  • Accept Financial Aid/Scholarship Agreement
  • Sign Billing Agreement
  • Submit Certification of Immunization or Exemption
  • Accept/decline health insurance, if applicable
  • Submit official transcripts, test scores and documentation of fulfilled prerequisites, if applicable
  • Register for courses
  • Pay tuition and fees
  • Read and sign the Honor Code



  • Contact your academic advisor
  • Submit FAFSA
  • Accept/decline federal financial aid awards
  • Complete loan requirements
  • Apply for additional loan funding as needed
  • Set up direct deposit for financial aid refunds
  • Upload photo for ID card
  • Attend Canvas orientation and training



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Additional Actions for International Students

Pre-Arrival Actions

Before you arrive on campus, you must complete these requirements to ensure your readiness to join DU's global community.

Post-Arrival Actions

  • Attend International Student Orientation
  • Complete Immigration Check-In

For more information, check out our International Student & Scholar Services