Academic Preparation

An Introduction to the College Center for Scholarly Advancement

Wed Sep 21,
9:00 AM to 9:45 AM

Please go to the room designated on your appointment card. If you lose your appointment card, you can reprint it from the Incoming Students pagelet under the Orientation tab at my.uchicago.edu.

This session introduces students to the College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA), which provides information about nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, and postgraduate opportunities and individual, targeted advising. CCSA staff offers general guidance for students in strategically planning their UChicago experience in preparation for relevant national opportunities and closely mentor students through rigorous application processes. While challenging, the CCSA proudly affirms the transformative nature of the application process. Students are required to think intentionally and critically about their purpose, preparation, and plan - enhancing their undergraduate experience and maximizing their potential. To join the CCSA Listserv and schedule an appointment with the CCSA team, visit ccsa.uchicago.edu.

Chicago Studies

Wed Sep 21,
12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Harper Memorial Library, Room 140, 1116 East 59th Street

Modeled on the College’s study abroad programs, the Chicago Studies Quarter allows students to immerse themselves in the city of Chicago through a suite of three classes taught by distinguished scholars of the city’s history, culture and policy debates. The Quarter features excursions, guest speakers and meetings with civic groups to enrich class meetings. There are weekly trips to key sites, including restaurants, cultural centers, churches and neighborhood organizations. The Chicago Studies Quarter is ideal for those who want to integrate their academic studies with the experience of our dynamic urban context.

Econ 101: An Introduction to Library Resources

Fri Sep 23,
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Regenstein Library, Room A-11, 1100 East 57th Street

If you are majoring in economics, this is a can’t miss 60-minute orientation. Learn about all the services the Library can provide to aid in your research, from accessing the major relevant newspapers and journals (think The Economist and The Wall Street Journal) to finding economics articles and papers. Get an introduction to some of the best sources for economics data. Program begins promptly on the hour. 

Institute of Molecular Engineering

Mon Sep 19,
2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Stuart Hall, Room 101, 5835 South Greenwood Avenue

The first engineering program in the history of the UChicago is the newest and most ambitious academic endeavor undertaken by the University in the last two decades. A cross-disciplinary academic and research unit, the institute just introduced an innovative undergraduate program aimed at providing students an unprecedented opportunity at the forefront of the engineering education. Join the Director of the Undergraduate Studies at IME, Professor Paul Nealey, for an interactive discussion session about both the new Molecular Engineering major and the minor

Language and Placement Test Consultations

Wed Sep 21,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Schedules and locations will be distributed at the Required Pre-Registration Meeting #2.

Confer with faculty consultants if you have concerns about your placement test results, wish to be evaluated in a language that did not have an online placement test, or have any other questions related to language study. Times, locations, and contact information for individual languages will be distributed at the Required Pre-Registration Meeting #2. (Additional consultations held on 9/20.)

Language and Placement Test Consultations

Tue Sep 20,
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Schedules and locations will be distributed at the Required Pre-Registration Meeting #2.

Confer with faculty consultants if you have concerns about your placement test results, wish to be evaluated in a language that did not have an online placement test, or have any other questions related to language study. Times, locations, and contact information for individual languages will be distributed at the Required Pre-Registration Meeting #2. (Additional consultations held on 9/21.)

Library Boot Camp

Thu Sep 22,
11:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Regenstein Library, Room 122, 1100 East 57th Street

11:30 AM; 1:00 PM; 3:00 PM

(See 9/21 listing of this event for details.)

Library Boot Camp

Wed Sep 21,
11:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Regenstein Library, Room 122, 1100 East 57th Street

11:30 AM; 1:00 PM; 3:00 PM

Get in shape for college research by attending our 60-minute Library Boot Camp. Strengthen your research skills by learning about important search tools and Library services before your first assignment is due. We’ll cover all of the basics: how to find a book, tips on printing across campus, reserving a group study space, borrowing a laptop, and more. Students who successfully complete Boot Camp will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Programs begin promptly on the hour. A complementary program is offered at the John Crerar Library focusing on finding databases, ejournals, and articles. (See additional sessions on 9/22.)

Meetings for Students Who Placed Into Upper-Level Mathematics

Mon Sep 19,
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107, 1020 East 58th Street

This meeting is a discussion of the options available to all students (not just mathematics majors) who placed into upper-level mathematics courses (Math 15200, Math 15300, Math 15910, Math 16100, Math 19520, Math 19620, Math 20000, and Math 20700) and for students with AP credit for one or more quarters of Calculus. Students who placed ahead or who have AP credit should attend this session with John Boller and Jitka Stehnova, Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics, as well as representatives from other departments that use mathematics. There will be substantial time for Q&A, and upperclass students who have taken these courses will be available to answer additional questions at the end of the meeting.

Neuroscience Open House

Wed Sep 21,
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, 900 East 57th Street

Come join us at an open house for students interested in the new Neuroscience major. You will have an opportunity to learn more about our multidisciplinary curriculum as well as ask any questions regarding the program that you may have. Stay after the brief presentation to meet our Neuroscience faculty and your fellow peers while enjoying hors d’oeuvres.

Optional Chemistry Accreditation Test

Thu Sep 22,
1:30 PM to 4:45 PM

Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 101, 1020 East 58th Street

If you have taken college-level courses in chemistry, you may take an optional accreditation test to determine your placement and credit. AP and IB courses usually do not provide sufficient background for the accreditation test. However, a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry test grants credit for General Chemistry (Chem 11100-11200-11300). Please bring a calculator and pencil with eraser. 

Optional Physics Accreditation Test

Wed Sep 21,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 021, 1160 East 58th Street

If you have taken college-level courses in physics, you may take an optional accreditation test to determine whether you can earn credit for PHYS 12100 and PHYS 14100. Questions will cover topics in mechanics. Note that AP and IB courses typically do not provide sufficient background for this accreditation test. Students will be allowed to take only one test—either 12100 or 14100. 

Overviews of the Core

Tue Sep 20,
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

The College’s Core provides an introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline to establish the habits of mind and the critical, analytic, and writing skills that are expected of an educated, well-informed member of modern society. As these requirements cross a number of disciplines, both qualitative and quantitative in nature, these sessions will consist of two parts, with faculty representing different Collegiate divisions addressing both meetings. 

For Students Interested in the Sciences

Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
For the first part of this meeting, faculty from the Humanities and Social Sciences will help students understand the options to complete the Core requirements for the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Civilizations. The Core sequences for Hum, Sosc, and Civ provide a common experience for all College students by introducing original texts, formulating original questions based on those texts, and cultivating the understanding of fundamental concepts, theories, and philosophies. The second part of the meeting will feature faculty from the Biological and Physical Sciences, as well as Mathematics. There will be a discussion of the core options in these areas as they relate to specific majors in the sciences. 

For Students Interested in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 5706 South University Avenue
There are a number of options for students not intending to pursue a career in the sciences to satisfy the general education requirements in the Biological, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences. These courses are intended to be taught with a high level of intellectual rigor, but at a level accessible to students with more limited prior exposure. The first part of this meeting will be hosted by faculty in the sciences, who will describe these options and help students choose the ones best suited to their interests. Following that, faculty from the Humanities and Social Sciences will present descriptions of the Core sequences in those areas, as well as in Civilization Studies. The characteristic features of sequences and the relationship between Core courses and various majors will be discussed, as will study abroad options.

Preparing for a Career in Health and Medicine

Wed Sep 21,
1:15 PM to 3:00 PM

Stuart Hall, Room 101, 5835 South Greenwood Avenue

Preparing for a career in health and medicine requires thoughtful self-reflection, sustained academic achievement, and strong relevant experiences. UChicago Careers in Health Professions (UCIHP) is a multi-year program that supports College students at all levels— first-years and young alumni alike—through career exploration, academic assistance, and application/job/internship counseling. Members of the UCIHP staff and physician partners will present an introduction to the office and the wonderful opportunities available in and around campus. 

Registration for the Academic Year Begins

Wed Sep 21,
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration for the Academic Year Continues

Fri Sep 23,
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration for the Academic Year Continues

Thu Sep 22,
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Required Pre-Registration Group Meeting #1: Registration Overview

Mon Sep 19,
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Please go to the room designated on your appointment card. If you lose your appointment card, you can reprint it from the Incoming Students pagelet under the Orientation tab at my.uchicago.edu.

Academic Advisers will discuss the advising system, introduce the curriculum, and explain the course registration process (including placement test results). Attendance at this session is required to prepare for registration.

Required Pre-Registration Group Meeting #1: Registration Overview

Please go to the room designated on your appointment card. If you lose your appointment card, you can reprint it from the Incoming Students pagelet under the Orientation tab at my.uchicago.edu.

Academic Advisers will discuss the advising system, introduce the curriculum, and explain the course registration process (including placement test results). Attendance at this session is required to prepare for registration.

Required Pre-Registration Group Meeting #2: Preparing for Registration

Tue Sep 20,
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Please go to the room designated on your appointment card. If you lose your appointment card, you can reprint it from the Incoming Students pagelet under the Orientation tab at my.uchicago.edu.

Academic Advisers and O-Aides will share information about selecting autumn courses, constructing a class schedule, and planning for your individual registration appointment. Attendance at this session is required to prepare for registration.

Science Research: An Introduction to the John Crerar Library

Fri Sep 23, 10:00 AM

Crerar Library, 5730 South Ellis Avenue

(See the 9/21 listing of this event for details.)

Science Research: An Introduction to the John Crerar Library

Sat Sep 24, 2:30 PM

Crerar Library, 5730 South Ellis Avenue

(See the 9/21 listing of this event for details.)

Study Abroad Information Session

Wed Sep 21,
11:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Harper Memorial Library, Rooms 130 and 140 (2 sessions), 1116 East 59th Street

Learn about the exciting international programs sponsored by the College. Study Abroad staff will provide an overview of the types and combinations of experiences are possible, how to navigate the application process, when you should get started, and how financial aid works with Study Abroad. 

Studying the Arts

Wed Sep 21,
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema, 1212 East 59th East

This session, hosted by UChicago Arts and the Division of the Humanities, will present information about arts majors, minors, co-curricular arts activities, and campus arts partners and resources. Bill Michel, Executive Director of UChicago Arts and the Logan Center will do a short presentation followed by breakout sessions based on discipline, allowing students to get one-on-one time with representatives from departments to address common questions and concerns. 

The Economics Major

Wed Sep 21,
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107, 1020 East 58th Street

11:00 - 11:40 AM AND 12:30 - 1:10 PM

If you are interested in taking classes in economics, the study of how society allocates scarce resources, come to this session to get your questions answered. Economics Department instructors will present information to help your curricular choices for economics. We will also discuss important complementary coursework from Math, Computer Science, and Statistics.

The Universe of Languages at the University of Chicago

Wed Sep 21,
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

11:30 AM - Introduction at Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 5706 South University Avenue11:30 - 1:00 PM - Fair at Reynolds Club, Hutch Courtyard, 5706 South University Avenue

Join us for refreshments and meet faculty from the language departments. After an introduction from Michele Lowrie, Deputy Dean of Humanities, you will hear about language study at UChicago from Catherine Baumann, Director of the Chicago Language Center. Making choices can seem daunting, but at this event, you can travel the University’s language universe and hear expert advice. Learn about this and more before you register for classes. Representatives from the Study Abroad Office will also be available with information on Chicago programs, summer language study grants, and other fellowships.

Transfer Student Pre-Registration Meeting

Tue Sep 20,
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Stuart Hall Room 104, 5835 South Greenwood Avenue

College advisers will meet with transfer students to introduce the advising system and begin to prepare for course registration. Note: For transfer students, this meeting replaces the Required Pre-Registration Group Meeting #2. Attendance at this session is required to prepare for registration.