Incoming Students: What to Expect

Congratulations! Welcome to the MHA Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I). We hope that the information and resources provided on this page will answer some of the questions you may have about attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a graduate student.

How to Accept or Decline Admission

The MHA Admission Committee will evaluate each application and recommend a decision regarding admission to the Graduate College. Admitted applicants will then be sent an email notifying them that a decision letter is available.  Students will be directed to access the system, Slate, to view the decision. Students should navigate to their Application Status Page and review their Admission Letter. At the bottom of the letter, admitted applicants are provided with a link where they can provide their final decision – accepting or declining the offer of admission.

Getting started after accepting admission

We are so glad that you have decided to join our program and look forward to welcoming you in the upcoming Fall semester.  Before registering for classes and starting on campus, students must complete additional steps.  The Graduate College has highlighted these steps on their Grad Map Quick Guide

Academic Advising and Registering for Classes

Registration for newly admitted students will take place early during the summer.  Students who have accepted the offer of admission will receive an e-mail with details from the Assistant Director of the MHA program.  Students must attend the New Student Registration event in order to register for courses.  Because all students are required to attend, this is where the community building with each cohort begins.  We are excited to welcome you!

After their initial New Student Registration event, students will meet with the Assistant Director each subsequent semester to talk about future registration, career goals and professional development.  Our program places high value on academic, professional and personal growth. 

Tuition and Fee Payment

Students will work with the University Bursar office to access their student account, set up an authorized payer, among many other tuition-related matters.  The New Student Checklist for the University Bursar can be a helpful guide when starting her at Illinois. 


There are many living options here at Illinois – one will surely be the right fit for you while you’re studying in the Master of Health Administration program.  Details on living options, dining and information for students with families can be found here

Transportation and Parking

Champaign-Urbana is readily accessible to visitors by car, plane, train, or bus. A number of interstates, U.S., and state highways serve the motorist. Please visit our Directions to Campus

To help navigate on campus, students can utilize both the Campus Map and the Campus Parking Map.  Students wishing to avoid driving and parking on campus can utilize the many biking paths and accessible bike parking.  Additional information is available on the Bike at Illinois website.  Bicycle sharing is also possible with the Veoride program on campus.

Many Champaign-Urbana MTD bus routes pass through campus, making transportation to and around campus easy to navigate. Students can use their i-card to ride any MTD bus without paying a fare. A majority of the MHA classes and activities will take place in Huff Hall, by which many bus routes frequently run.

The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) offers transportation services for qualified students, staff, faculty, and visitors who have temporary or permanent disabilities. See the DRES website for more information.

Healthcare and Wellness

All graduate students attending U of I are required to have health insurance. The University offers a wide variety of resources across campus. A detailed list of medical, dental, vision and wellness resources are provided here.

Contact Information

  • MHA Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-244-1075
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