Checklist for Admitted Graduate Students

After Accepting Your Offer


Official transcripts must be submitted from your degree granting institutions for all undergraduate and graduate coursework. Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate School Admissions Office from the issuing institution, or delivered by hand in a stamped, sealed, institutional envelope. If your official transcript does not show receipt of the degree earned you must also send a certificate of graduation (with translation if needed). Transcripts may be mailed to:

Graduate School
Attention: Admissions
1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1187
Cupples II, Suite 204
St. Louis, MO 63130

If your institution issues electronic transcripts through a secure credentialing service (e.g. CertiFile, Parchment, Safe-Script), the electronic notification should be sent to:

Official Scores

GRE - If your program application requires GRE scores, please have ETS send your official score report to Washington University school code 6929. Official scores are only available for five years.
English Proficiency for International Students – All International applicants are required to submit official English proficiency test scores for immigration. Official scores are only available for two years and should be sent to Washington University upon accepting our offer of admission.

  • TOEFL – TOEFL scores should be sent via ETS to Washington University school code 6929
  • IELTS – IELTS scores must be mailed from the IELTS testing facility to:
    • Graduate School
      Attention: Admissions
      1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1187
      Cupples II, Suite 204
      St. Louis, MO 63130

Accepted International Students and the Form I-20

All international students that study in the United States need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” After submitting the required documentation to the Graduate School, international students will receive a Form I-20 from Washington University in St. Louis.

After accepting an offer of admission, the admissions office will contact you to let you know what materials are needed in order for us to request a Form I-20.

  • Color scan of passport’s biographical pages must be emailed to
  • Complete the New Graduate Student Status Form.
  • You must also obtain a Form I-20 for any eligible dependents you plan to bring to the United States with you. Please let us know if you plan to bring eligible dependents.

Before You Arrive

  • International Graduate Students: visit the Office for International Students and Scholars website.
  • Places to live:  Most Graduate students live off campus in privately or university owned apartments. Check with the landlord to find out whether you are responsible for setting up and paying for your own utilities in rentals.
    • A good place to start your research is with Quadrangle Housing, for Washington University owned properties.
    • You can also use the University Apartment Referral Services, an online listing for privately-owned apartments. 
    • The Graduate Student Senate's Off-Campus Living Committee has a list of housing resources compiled by graduate students.
  • Create your WUSTL Key and Activate your WUSTL email account.
  • Review your orientation modules. (Available early August 2021)
  • Have your Campus ID made (July). Campus Card Services will be printing cards prior to students' arrival on campus. Please refer here for directions on submitting information for your Campus ID. 
  • Proof of required immunizations required. Information located on the Habif Health and Wellness website


Upon Arrival on Campus

  • International Students: Check in with the Office for International Students and Scholars.
  • Check in with your Department: introduce yourself to the departmental assistant, get keys, card access to your buildings and office.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Review online orientation modules and attend departmental orientation events.
  • Complete your online registration and update your local address on WebSTAC.
  • Complete Payroll Information forms and return to your department.
  • Become acquainted with your program's health care services and health fee subsidies and coverage requirements for graduate students. 
  • Register for your UPass, the Washington University Metro Universal rail and bus pass program. (There is no charge to students for this service; requires Student ID and Registration.)
  • Get a campus parking permit if you have a car and plan to park on campus. Occasional parking passes are a good option for many students. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for the most up-to-date information. 


Settling In

  • Connect with the peer mentor(s) and senior graduate students in your department to get helpful tips on your department's Peer Mentoring Program.
  • Settle into your apartment. You are strongly encouraged to take photos of the condition of your apartment before moving in and to consider purchasing renter's insurance.
  • Contact utility providers (if you are responsible for your own utilities): 
       Gas:  Spire Energy  314-621-6960
       Electric: Ameren Missouri  800-552-7583.
       Other utilities such as telephone, internet, cable/satellite have multiple providers.  Please talk to your landlord about your options.
  • Open a local bank account. For your convenience, Bank of America operates a full-service banking facility on campus.
  • Remember to change your address with the post office, financial institutions, credit cards, and magazines. Also, change your voter registration if you plan to vote in Missouri.  Make sure to use your local apartment address, and not a University Box number for all of your personal mail.
  • Transfer car registration/license to Missouri within a month of your arrival or you will face penalty fines. Be sure your car insurance reflects the change. Missouri requires state inspection, proof of insurance and may also require a vehicle emissions test.