Taking Courses at Booth

Frequently Asked Questions


Eligibility

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Can I take a course at Booth?

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  • All current University of Chicago college, masters, professional school, and doctoral students are eligible to enroll in courses offered by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth) within the guidelines set forth by Booth and the student's department or division. Tuition charges are based on the tuition policy and rate for your department or division.
  • If you are not a current University of Chicago student, enrollment is possible through the Graham School of General Studies.
  • Booth alumni can take up 300 units of Booth courses tuition-free at any time after graduation.

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I graduated from the University of Chicago, but not from Booth. Can I take a Booth course?

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Only Booth alumni are eligible for the Post-Grad Take 3 free program. University of Chicago alumni wishing to take classes should do so through the Graham School of General Studies.

General

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Where can I find a list of Booth courses?

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Each July, Booth publishes its course schedule for the entire academic year (autumn through summer). Consult the online course search tool to narrow down your choices.

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Where can I find Booth syllabi?

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Booth syllabi (listed by faculty member) can be found here. A CNet ID and password are required. Note: The information contained in these documents is confidential, privileged and only for the information of the intended recipient and may not be used, published or redistributed without the prior written consent of the Booth faculty member(s) teaching the course.

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What are Booth courses like?

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The Chicago approach focuses on teaching critical thinking skills. Students gain the tools and analytical frameworks to make sense of complex data. Booth course material may take many forms, including: lectures, discussions, case studies, group projects, and group presentations. Consult the course descriptions and read course syllabi for details.

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How often should I attend class?

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Most Booth courses meet only once a week. Attendance is expected at all sessions. In the quarter system where classes only meet for 10 weeks, missing one class means missing 10% of the material. Many faculty have a strict attendance policy, and some courses require attendance at the first session.

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Where can I get a name tent?

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Booth students use name tents to identify themselves in the classroom. It is recommended that you have one. Graham School students and undergraduates in an undergraduate-only section will have name tents printed and distributed early in the quarter. Name tents are available for purchase on-demand at the Booth Business Center, located in the Harper Center (Room 108B). Hours are 8am-5pm M-F. The fee is $2 and you must pay with your Chicago Card (UChicago ID); cash and credit cards are not accepted.

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What is the tuition for a Booth course?

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Tuition charges will be based on your department/division's tuition policy.

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What is the Booth grading scale?

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A faculty member may not exceed a maximum grade point average of 3.33 (B+) for all sections of each course they teach.

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What is the Booth Honor Code?

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By taking a Booth course, you are expected to abide by the Chicago Booth Honor Code. The Honor Code requires that each student act with honesty and integrity in all activities. The full text of the code can be found on page 13 of the Booth Student Handbook.

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When are Booth final exams?

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The final exam schedule is based on the day and time of the class. The calendar and exam schedule can be found here: https://intranet.chicagobooth.edu/pub/academics/cdr/course-related-information/calendar

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Where can I find my Student ID number?

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UChicago Student ID numbers are 8 digits long. If you are unsure of your Student ID number: log in to WhoAmI.UChicago.edu, search for your own CNetID or last/first name, click your name and look for your "Student ID" number. If you are a continuing student, add "10" to the beginning of the 6-digit Student ID on the back of your Chicago Card.

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If I drop my course, will I get a refund for the $25 Booth Book Fee?

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The $25 Booth Book Fee is non-refundable for courses dropped after Friday, Week 2. If dropped before the deadline, your tuition bill will automatically adjust to reflect the refund within 3-5 business days.

Prerequisites and Faculty Consent

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What is a strict prerequisite?

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A Booth faculty member can designate a prerequisite as “strict,” meaning you cannot enroll in the course without having taken the course or getting a waiver from the faculty member. Strict prerequisites are marked “strict” in the Booth course description; all others are recommended (a waiver is not needed).

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Do I need faculty consent to take a Booth course?

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Some faculty do not allow non-Booth students in their courses. The course description in the Booth online course tool will always note any such restrictions. Students can also consult the Strict Prerequisites and Restrictions list, which is updated each quarter.

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A course I’m interested in has a prerequisite. Do I need a waiver?

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If the prerequisite is noted as “strict” on the Booth course description, then a waiver is needed if you have not taken that course at Booth. If it is not designated as “strict” then no waiver is needed.

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How do I request a strict prerequisite waiver?

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If a course has a strict prerequisite that you have not taken at Booth, email the faculty member and ask for a waiver. Describe your relevant experience and skills so the faculty member can determine whether to grant the waiver. Once granted, forward the email to Prereq@Lists.ChicagoBooth.edu.

Registration

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Can I sit in on a Booth course without registration?

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Possibly. Sitting in on a course without official registration is considered an "unofficial audit" and permission to do so is at the discretion of the instructor. Without official registration the course will not appear on your transcript and no grade will be assigned. Retroactive registration for an "unofficial audit" is not permitted and there are no exceptions. To do an “official audit,” official registration is required. In that case, the course will appear on your transcript with a grade of “R.” Some courses do not permit any auditors so please check the course conditions in the Course Search before selecting this option.

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How do I audit a Booth course or take it Pass/Fail?

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Official Audit (grade of R)

In addition to registering for the course, students must receive written consent (email) from the instructor and email it to the Booth Registrar's Office by Friday, week 2 to audit a Booth course. Some Booth faculty members do not allow auditing; check the Booth course description. No exceptions are granted. An audit cannot be changed to a letter grade.

Pass/Fail Grading

Some Booth faculty members do not allow Pass/Fail grading; check the Booth course description. No exceptions are granted. To request Pass/Fail grading, students must complete a Pass/Fail form by Friday, week 4 and email it to the Booth Registrar's Office. After this deadline, no changes to the Pass/Fail grading request may be made.

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How will I know if my registration request has been processed?

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Registration requests are collected via the online polls and are processed during week 1 of the quarter. After submitting your poll, you will get an email summarizing your poll entry. This is not a confirmation of enrollment. The Booth Registrar’s Office will send you a status email after enrollments have been processed, according to the schedules outlined on the website.

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Why didn’t I get an email after I submitted my online poll?

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Since the poll email is sent automatically by the Qualtrics system, it might wind up in your spam folder, so check there first. If you don’t find it, you may have mis-typed your email address in the email field. Or you may not have hit the “submit” button at the end of the poll.

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When is the deadline to add a Booth course?

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The last day to add a Booth course—including switching from one section to another—is Friday, Week 1. There are no exceptions, even with faculty permission.

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How do I drop a Booth course?

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  • To drop an undergraduate-only section of a Booth course, first check the My.UChicago dashboard. If you see a ‘drop’ option, then drop the course yourself. If you do not see a ‘drop’ option, email BoothRegistrar@Lists.ChicagoBooth.edu and request the drop.
  • To drop any other Booth course, email BoothRegistrar@Lists.ChicagoBooth.edu with the course name, section number, and your name and Student ID number. You will get a response within one business day. Do not drop the course using your My.UChicago dashboard; it will not result in a complete drop.

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Can I audit a Booth course?

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Possibly. To officially audit, in addition to registering for the course, you must receive written consent (email) from the instructor and email it to the Booth Registrar's Office by Friday, week 2. Some Booth faculty members do not allow auditing. Reference the Booth course description to see what the policy is for the class you are enrolled in; no exceptions are granted. An audit cannot be changed to a letter grade.

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Can I take a Booth course Pass/Fail?

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Possibly. Some Booth faculty members do not allow Pass/Fail grading. Reference the Booth course description to see what the policy is for the class you are enrolled in; no exceptions are granted. To request Pass/Fail grading, students must complete a Pass/Fail form by Friday, week 4. After this deadline, no changes to the Pass/Fail grading request may be made.

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How can I tell if I’m officially enrolled in a Booth course?

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You will receive an email from the Booth Registrar’s Office with the status of your registration request. If successful, you can view your enrollment(s) on My.UChicago.edu within 24 hours of confirmation.

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Can I be added to a waitlist for a Booth course?

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No. If a course is closed, you may not register for it unless a seat becomes available at the time your registration is processed. Waitlists are not maintained for Non-Booth students.

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Can I pink slip in to a Booth course?

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No. Booth does not use pink slips or consent forms. The only way to be added to a Booth course is to submit a request via the online poll or to self-enroll using My.UChicago.edu for undergraduate-only sections.

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How can I find out if there are seats left in a section?

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Consult the Seat Availability chart. This chart is not a live view, but it is updated periodically throughout registration each quarter. Booth students register before and during Week 1, and have priority for open seats.

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My.UChicago says a seat is available. Why am I not enrolled?

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Seats listed as available on My.UChicago do not reflect the actual seats available for Booth courses.

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The Seat Availability chart says a seat is available. Why am I not enrolled?

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The Seat Availability chart is not a live view of open seats. It is a snapshot periodically updated during registration.

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Can I add a Booth course in Week 2 or Week 3 with faculty permission?

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No. The deadline to add a Booth course is Friday, Week 1. No exceptions can be made, even with faculty permission.

Access to Online Course Materials

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How do I access Canvas?

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Log in with your CNet ID and password to Canvas.uchicago.edu

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A faculty member added me to their Canvas site. Am I enrolled?

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Being added to a Canvas site does not constitute enrollment. You are not officially enrolled unless you receive a confirmation email from the Booth Registrar’s Office. You can also check your course list in My.UChicago.edu to verify enrollment.

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How soon can I access course materials on Canvas?

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If you are officially enrolled in a course your Canvas access will activate within 24 hours. If your instructor uses Canvas, the course link will appear in the Courses menu of your Canvas dashboard (canvas.uchicago.edu).

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Why hasn’t my Canvas access activated yet?

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Your access should automatically activate within 24 hours of receiving an enrollment confirmation email from the Booth Registrar’s Office. A delay may be because:

  • You are already at your maximum course load and the Booth course could not be added to the University’s system. You will need to drop another course and notify the Booth Registrar’s Office so your registration can be re-sent.
  • You are not officially enrolled.
  • You have a hold on your account. Check your My.UChicago.edu dashboard for any holds affecting registration and instructions for resolving them. Notify the Booth Registrar’s Office so your registration can be re-sent.

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Can I get access to Canvas before I officially register for a Booth course?

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In some cases, a faculty member may add you to their Canvas site before you are officially registered so you can access course materials. However, being granted access to Canvas does not constitute official enrollment.

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How do I get access to the Booth Intranet?

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Use your CNet ID and password to log into the Booth Intranet.

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How do I get a Booth ID to access password-protected course materials?

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Some course materials (typically found on faculty websites rather than Chalk or Canvas) are only available with a Booth ID and password. If you need a Booth ID, you must call the Booth IT HelpDesk so they can verify your identity and assign you a password. You will need to provide your 8-digit Student ID number when you call. Phone: 773.702.7414 (Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Access to Booth Facilities

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Can I use the printers at Harper and Gleacher Center?

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Yes. You can use your CNetID and password to sign in to computers and use the printers in the computer labs.

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Can I reserve study rooms at the Harper or Gleacher Center?

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No. Non-Booth students are not permitted to reserve study rooms for individual study. You may use a study room if the room has been reserved by a Booth student and a Booth student is present during its use.

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Can I get after-hours building access to Harper or Gleacher Center?

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No. Booth facilities are available to non-Booth students only during regular business hours.

For Graduating Students

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Can I take a Booth course in the quarter I plan to graduate?

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It is recommended that you NOT take a Booth course in your graduating quarter, unless the course is NOT needed to fulfill your degree requirements. Booth faculty are not required to issue provisional grades for graduating students, so taking a Booth course in your graduating quarter may impact your graduation eligibility.

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What is a provisional grade?

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A provisional grade is an early indication that you are making satisfactory progress in a course and are expected to receive a final passing grade. Provisional grades satisfy the University Registrar’s grading deadline for graduating students. Provisional grades are for internal purposes only; they are not distributed and do NOT appear on your transcript.

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Which Booth courses do not issue provisional or early final grades?

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Booth faculty members may choose to issue provisional or early final grades or not, so it depends on who is teaching the course (the exception is Financial Accounting, which never allows provisional or early final grades regardless of instructor). Consult the chart to see which faculty members do not issue provisional or early final grades for their courses.

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What is the difference between a provisional grade and an early final grade?

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A provisional grade is an early indication that you are making satisfactory progress in a course and are expected to receive a final passing grade.

·       Provisional grades are administrative placeholders that satisfy the University Registrar’s grading deadline for most graduating students who do not need the course for their degree requirements.

·       Provisional grades are for internal purposes only. They are not viewable by students and do NOT appear on a transcript.

·       Provisional grades are replaced by the final grade, which is due 9 days after the end of the quarter.

An early final grade is a final grade for a course, issued by a Booth faculty member one week prior to the end of the quarter.

·       Early final grades are only granted in exceptional cases to certain populations of students.

·       Early final grades are viewable on My.UChicago.edu and on your transcript one week before the end of the quarter.

·       Early grades cannot be updated following the end of the quarter.

For Undergraduates

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Can I take a Booth course in the quarter I plan to graduate?

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It is recommended that you NOT take a Booth course in your graduating quarter, unless the course is NOT needed to fulfill your degree requirements. Booth faculty do not submit grades until 9 days after the end of the quarter, which is later than the University Registrar’s deadline for graduating College students. Booth faculty are not required to issue early final grades for graduating students, so taking a Booth course in your graduating quarter may impact your ability to graduate on time. Contact your College Advisor for more information. NOTE: Early final grades are NEVER given for Financial Accounting, so this course should never be taken during your graduating quarter.

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How do I enroll in an undergraduate-only section of a Booth course?

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Use your My.UChicago self-enrollment dashboard to add an undergraduate-only section during your add/drop periods. If the “Add” option is not available, it either means the course is full (there are no waitlists), or the period to add a course has ended.

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How do I enroll in a Booth course?

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For undergraduate-only Booth courses, use My.UChicago.edu. For all other Booth courses, use the online poll for undergraduates. Full details can be found here.

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How do I drop a Booth course?

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  • To drop an undergraduate-only section of a Booth course, first check the My.UChicago dashboard. If you see a ‘drop’ option, then drop the course yourself. If you do not see a ‘drop’ option, request the drop by email to BoothRegistrar@Lists.ChicagoBooth.edu. Include the course name, section number, and your name and Student ID number.
  • To drop any other Booth course, email BoothRegistrar@Lists.ChicagoBooth.edu with the course name, section number, and your name and Student ID number. You will get a response within one business day. Do not drop the course using your My.UChicago dashboard; it will not result in a complete drop.

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Can I add a Booth course in Week 2 or Week 3 with faculty permission?

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No. The deadline to add a Booth course is Friday, Week 1. No exceptions can be made, even with faculty permission.

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When is the deadline to add a Booth course to my schedule?

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The deadline to add a Booth course is Friday, Week 1. No exceptions can be made, even with faculty permission.

For Post-Grads (Booth Alumni)

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What are the costs of taking a Post-Grad 3 course?

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Alumni can take up to 300 units of courses offered within the Full-Time, Evening, or Weekend MBA programs. Tuition is not charged for the course, but you will be responsible for a $25 Booth Book Fee per course for digital course materials. In addition, if you graduated before 2005 you will be charged a one-time $65 lifetime transcript fee.

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How can I fulfill my Immunization requirement?

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The state of Illinois and the University of Chicago require students to have proof of immunity and/or vaccinations for certain diseases. After the completion of your first quarter taking a Post-Grad 3 course, you will be required to submit immunization verification before being allowed to register for another Post-Grad 3 course in a subsequent quarter. If you do not plan on taking any other courses, no action is needed. If you plan on taking additional Post-Grad 3 courses, consult the information and detailed instructions at http://wellness.uchicago.edu/page/vaccinations-required-enrollment.

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How do I re-certify my CNet ID?

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Depending on when you graduated, you will either need to claim or re-certify your Cnet ID in order to log in to My.UChicago.edu.

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Can I get a name tent?

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A red mail folder containing a Booth name tent will be made available for you at the Gleacher Center on the first floor in Week 2.

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Where is my mail folder?

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A red mail folder containing will be made available for you at the Gleacher Center on the first floor in Week 2. Any exams or papers not returned in class can be picked up from your mail folder.

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Will my Post-Grad 3 courses and grades show up on my transcript?

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Post-Grad Take 3 courses and grades will appear on your official University of Chicago transcript but do not retroactively apply toward concentrations. Grades for Post-Grad Take 3 courses are included in your cumulative GPA.

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How can I check my account balance?

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Using your My.UChicago.edu dashboard, click “Financials” and then “Account and Billing” to view your balance and pay your bill.

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How can I pay my balance?

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You can pay your balance online by following the instructions on My.UChicago.edu: click “Financials” and then “Account and Billing.” You can also mail a check payable to “The University of Chicago” to: Office of the Bursar, University of Chicago, 6030 S. Ellis Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago IL. 60637. Make sure your 8-digit Student ID number is written on your check.