Before You Arrive- Checklist


  • To activate your student account, a prerequisite to register for classes, please use this link. Click here to access helpful guides and resources for our new student planning system, My MU Plan.
  • Register for classes: Do this as soon as possible after  you activate your student account. Visit the Registrar's webpage for more details about registration periods, class end and start dates, exam periods, and holidays. Click here for a helpful guide to registering for class.  
  • Attend orientation: Most Marymount graduate programs require that you participate in orientation. The Orientation website has updated information about the Graduate Welcome and Orientation, international student check-in, and program-specific orientation events.
  • Review the Marymount University Catalog for the year you are entering study.  
  • If you need assistance with financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid by e-mail at or call 703-284-1530.  Please also visit the “Financing your Graduate Education” section.
  • Complete the Student Medical form and submit it to the Student Health Center.
  • Make living arrangements: There are many housing options in the greater DC area and a Facebook group for those looking for roommates in the area. See the Housing section or the Office of Campus and Residential Services page for more information.
  • Complete your documentation: If you acceptance letter outlined missing or incomplete documents, such as official transcripts, diplomas, or test scores, please have these sent to the Graduate Admissions Office as soon as possible. Incomplete documentation will result in a registration hold being placed on your account until the required documentation is received.
  • Get your student ID: The MU BlueCard is your multipurpose ID. BlueCards are availible Monday through Friday in the Parking and ID Office in Ireton Hall. These services are available at orientation.
  • Obtain a parking permit: Visit the Parking and ID Office at Ireton Hall. To obtain your parking permit you will need:
    • A government-issued photo ID
    • The vehicle registration (or a copy) for each vehicle that you might drive to campus.
    • Check the Parking webpage for more information.
  • Purchase books and supplies: Marymount University's Barnes & Noble Bookstore has books for purchase and for rent, plus supplies, clothing, and many other items. Visit the bookstore for special offers.
  • Complete health insurance waiver if coverage is not needed- All students who are registered for 9 or more credits are automatically enrolled in the school health insurance plan provided by United Healthcare. The annual insurance premium will appear as a line item on your Student Account bill when you receive it. For information on this coverage, please go to Please note that you do have the option of waiving the coverage online if you already have coverage. Email questions to
  • RSVP for newly admitted student event-
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time:5:00-7:00 p.m.   Location: Buffalo Wild Wings
We are hosting a happy hour social to celebrate your acceptance to Marymount University and to provide you with the opportunity to get to know professors, deans, program chairs, alumni, current graduate students, and other new graduate students from various programs. We hope that you can join us! More information will be emailed to those who RSVP a few days before the event.
  • Connect with your classmates by requesting to be added to the Facebook group for all of the students who are starting during the 2017-2018 academic year, which can be found here.

Get Involved!

Check out upcoming events hosted by Graduate Student Services.  Pick up new skills and enhance your graduate experience through social events and workshops.  

Graduate Student Ambassador Program: This program provides prospective graduate students with tours of the campuses and experiential information about the Marymount community, education, and lifestyle. If you are interested in going on a tour, please call Graduate Admissions at 703-284-5901 to schedule one.  If you are interested in speaking with a current graduate student, please email  If you are interested in volunteering to represent Marymount University to prospective graduate students, giving tours, and sharing your experiences, please apply!  
Before the start of classes, your program point of contact is the adviser or Program Director specified in the welcome email from Jennifer Webb, Director of Graduate Enrollment Services, at 703-284-5903 or  Once you matriculate, you can learn more about what courses are required for your degree and to monitor your progress by logging in to Marynet and reviewing your Program Evaluation (EVAL) in the "Marynet for Students" section. If you have questions or concerns regarding your Program Evaluation, please contact your adviser. Adviser assignments can also be found in the "Marynet for Students" portal after the start of classes.