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Aims of Education Address

Thu Sep 22,
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue(Seating in the Chapel will be limited to the Class of 2020, entering transfer students, and invited faculty. Video Simulcast available at Harper Memorial Library, Room 140, 1116 East 59th Street.)

John W. Boyer, Dean of the College, will introduce the speaker, Geof Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law. The Aims of Education Address is a celebrated tradition where a faculty member addresses the entering class on the unique aims of liberal education at the University

Aims of Education Colloquia in the Houses

Thu Sep 22,
7:45 PM to 8:45 PM

House Lounges

Faculty members join students for a discussion following the Aims of Education Address. This colloquium in your House is your first opportunity to participate in the kind of discourse that will be an integral part of your college experience.

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.

Bagpipe Procession Through the Main Quad

Sun Sep 18, 4:00 PM

Following the Opening Convocation, students will join faculty and administrators as they process out of Rockefeller Chapel to Hull Gate where they will be welcomed by members of the UChicago community. Parents and families will line the procession route to cheer their students on. Students will proceed to the Class of 2020 Photo and parents and families will join the administrators and staff at the Family Reception in Hutchinson Courtyard.

Campus Life Meeting: City Life (Service, Social Change, and Civic Engagement(

Sun Sep 18,
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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 multi-media session will provide you with helpful tips on how to navigate the city and ways to take full advantage of the amazing resources it has to offer to you as a UChicago student AND as a Chicago resident; give you an orientation to the city’s geography and its history of social change; and offer suggestions and advice from students and community leaders on how to integrate civic engagement (community service, social justice, advocacy and activism, community organizing, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, youth and community engagement, and much more!) into your academic lives over the next four years and beyond.

Campus Life Meeting: RISE Together, Part I

Mon Sep 19,
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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 meeting will engage students in small group conversations about their individual identities and how, as new members of the University community, students contribute to a healthy, diverse, and inclusive campus atmosphere. Students will also receive valuable campus resources related to civility, diversity, and community standards.

Campus Life Meeting: RISE Together, Part II

Tue Sep 20,
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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 meeting will build upon small group conversations from Part I, engaging students in dialogue about their individual and collective responsibility for shaping community expectations, with particular focus on skill-building for Bystander Intervention. Students will also receive valuable campus resources related to civility, diversity, and community standards.

Campus Life Meeting: UMatter

Mon Sep 19,
3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

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.

Any form of violence, including gender-based violence, harassment, and discriminatory actions at UChicago is unacceptable and we don’t stand for it. Through this interactive presentation, we will weave the contents of AlcoholEdu and Haven together, and converse about University policy and resources so as to help students discover how the University provides support. Students will also learn their role in creating a socially responsible campus.

This discussion will be followed by a short break and a subsequent presentation on Student Health and Counseling Services, the Dean on Call system, and the University of Chicago Police Department. UChicago has a robust set of resources for its students. In addition to providing daily engagement, the University responds quickly when a student needs help. This session will acquaint you with the resources available that help ensure students receive essential support when needed.

Career Adviser Group Meetings

Wed Sep 21,
10:00 AM to 10:45 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.

Meet your First-Year Career Adviser and learn about all the different ways you can explore your career interests during your first year at UChicago. Career Advancement is committed to your success, and we want to help you start achieving your career goals from the moment you set foot on campus. Join us to learn about the many different opportunities, programs, and resources available to you.

Center for College Student Success Launch Party and Open House

Wed Sep 28,
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Harper Quadrangle, Behind Harper Memorial Library, 1116 East 59th Street

Join Dean Boyer and other members of the College administration for a cookout, music, and games to celebrate the beginning of another great academic year. All College students are invited to join the festivities. Free, class-specific giveaways will be handed out to the first 300 students in each class, so be sure to arrive early. Please bring your UCID and check in at the registration table.

Class Cookout

Sat Sep 17, 6:00 PM

Reynolds Club, Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 South University Avenue

Meet your fellow classmates—all 1600+ of you! Students should look for signs/information in their Houses about where to meet for the cookout. Some will meet in their House Lounges first, others will meet at the cookout.

College Kickoff

Wed Sep 28,
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Harper Quadrangle, Behind Harper Memorial Library, 1116 East 59th Street

Join Dean Boyer and other members of the College administration for a cookout, music, and games to celebrate the beginning of another great academic year. All College students are invited to join the festivities. Free, class-specific giveaways will be handed out to the first 300 students in each class, so be sure to arrive early. Please bring your UCID and check in at the registration table.

Engage Chicago Through Service

Sat Sep 24,
12:30 PM to 5:30 PM

12:30 PM Check-In at Reynolds Club, Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 South University Avenue

Engage Chicago with your Housemates and more than 500 other new students through service projects in local communities. Past projects have included community gardening, college prep activities with high school students, and building a playground. Projects take place at more than 30 different organizations throughout the South and West sides of Chicago. Through “community conversations,” you will learn from community leaders about a variety of social justice issues and ways to get involved across the city.

Family Resources Fair

Sun Sep 20,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bartlett Quad, 57th Street between Bartlett Dining Commons and the Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street • View mapRain Location: Bartlett Dining Commons, 5640 South University Avenue and Regenstein Library, A-Level, 1100 East 57th Street

Representatives from campus support services will meet with you and your family, distribute information, and answer questions about many services available to you throughout the year. 

Family Resources Fair

Sat Sep 17,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bartlett Quad, 57th Street between Bartlett Dining Commons and the Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street Rain Location: Bartlett Dining Commons, 5640 South University Avenue and Regenstein Library, A-Level, 1100 East 57th Street

Representatives from campus support services will meet with you and your family, distribute information, and answer questions about the many services available to you throughout the year.

House Activities Night

Mon Sep 19, 6:00 PM

Meeting location will be announced at your House meeting on Saturday night

This night is set aside for outings with your House. You will have a fantastic time bonding with the residents of your House while getting out of your Residence Hall and into the greater Chicago area! Activities range from trips to the Second City comedy club to dinners all across Chicago. Resident Heads will announce details of your House activity during your House Meeting on Saturday, September 17th. Many Houses have a traditional activity that is part of the identity and culture of the House community.

House Meetings

Sat Sep 17, 8:00 PM

Various

Following the Class Cookout, new students and residence staff will return to their Houses for House Meetings. Students should look for signs/information in their Houses about meeting locations and times. 

Immediately Following Bagpipe Procession: Class of 2020 Photo

Sun Sep 18, 4:00 PM

Students will congregate for the official Class of 2020 Photo and a welcome by Student Government. This is an opportunity to gather as a class and meet new classmates. Note: Following the Class of 2020 Photo, Residence Hall security protocols will return to normal. Please make sure to bring your UChicago Cards with you to the Opening Convocation.

Logan Center O-Party!

Sun Sep 18,
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse, 915 East 60th Street

Lights! Arts! O-Party! Join us at the Logan Center to experience one of the most anticipated events of the year. Dance to the sounds of Dirt Red Brass Band, laugh to the comedy of Occam’s Razor and watch some of the best films by Fire Escape. Grab some free snacks from Chicago’s favorite food trucks before competing in a Smash Mario Bros grand tournament for prizes and a chance at the title. Join friends in the photo booth or make new friends while painting our larger than life coloring book!

Maroon Financial Credit Union Drop-In Hours

Sun Sep 20,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Maroon Financial, Suite C, 5525 South Ellis Avenue • View map

Students will be able to open accounts during this time and will also have the ability to pay their tuition.

Movie Night on the Quad

Wed Sep 21,
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Bartlett Quad, 57th Street between Bartlett Dining Commons and the Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street

Join the Center for Leadership and Involvement for Movie Night on the Quad: Orientation Edition! Grab a friend and join us as we watch Captain America: Civil War. Limited snacks and soft drinks will be available starting at 7:30 PM. Bring a blanket to sit on!

Office of the Bursar Drop-In Hours

Sun Sep 20,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bookstore Building, Suite 303, 970 East 58th Street • View map

The Bursar’s Office staff will answer questions concerning tuition charges, billing dates and payment options. If you have questions on how to sign up for electronic billing (E-Bill) or wish to make an electronic payment, please visit bursar.uchicago.edu/electronic-billing . To make a payment in person please visit Maroon Financial Credit Union, which will also have drop-in hours from 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Opening Convocation

Sun Sep 18,
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue(Parent and Family Viewing Location Outside in Harper Quadrangle, Behind Harper Memorial Library, 1116 East 59th Street)

After bidding their parents and families farewell, students will join their peers in Rockefeller Chapel for the College’s formal welcome—the Opening Convocation. This longstanding tradition includes a welcome by Elizabeth Davenport, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel; music from the University’s Motet Choir; the presentation of the Class of 2020 and entering transfer students by Jim Nondorf, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, to Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University; the official presentation of the Class of 2020 Banner by an alumni leader; and an address about liberal education at the University delivered by John W. Boyer, Dean of the College.

Note: Seating in Rockefeller Chapel is for entering students only. All guests will be directed to Parent and Family Viewing outside in Harper Quadrangle. Limited seating is also available in Harper Memorial Library, Pick Hall, Social Sciences Research Building, and Stuart Hall for guests requiring additional accommodations.

The College greatly appreciates your patience regarding this event. Captioning and assisted listening devices are available in Rockefeller Chapel for students and in Harper Quadrangle and satellite viewing locations for guests.

Opening Day

Sat Sep 17,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Orientation Check-In

Sat Sep 17,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reynolds Club, 5706 South University Avenue

After moving into your Residence Hall, check in and pick up your Orientation materials, including your individualized appointment cards and class giveaways in the Reynolds Club. 

Orientation Check-In

Sun Sep 20,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reynolds Club, 5706 South University Avenue • View map

After moving into your Residence Hall, check in and pick up your Orientation materials, including individualized appointment cards, and class giveaways in the Reynolds Club. 

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.

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.

Residence Hall Check-In

Sun Sep 20,
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Residence Hall Check-In

Sun Sep 20,
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Resident Masters' Activities Night

Tue Sep 20, 6:00 PM

Locations and times will be announced at your House meeting on Saturday night

This night has been set aside for activities that allow you to connect to other students in your Residence Hall and is hosted by the Resident Masters. This is your introduction to the recreational, cultural, and educational programs your building staff will offer in the upcoming year. Your Resident Masters’ Activity or Community Activity will be announced during the House Meeting on Saturday, September 17. 

Sex Signals

Wed Sep 21,
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 East 60th Street

Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP), Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), and Catharsis Productions presents Sex Signals, which provides a provocative look at the issues of alcohol and other drugs, dating, sex, and consent through a combination of improvisational skits, education, and audience participation. Attend this optional session for an opportunity to learn more about these issues and the chance to win an Amazon gift card or Apple watch.

Note: This show deals directly and candidly with intense issues related to sexual intimacy; if you are concerned about how this program will affect you, please contact Campus and Student Life staff to learn more about the program.

Student Activities and Resource Fair

Fri Sep 30,
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Main Quad, East 58th Street and Greenwood AvenueRain Location: Henry Crown Field House, 5550 South University Avenue

The Student Activities and Resource Fair serves as a way to help new students begin to make the most of their UChicago experience by introducing them to involvement and student employment opportunities! Looking for a job? This is a great time to connect with some University departments and outside organizations that have employment opportunities available. Résumés are encouraged but no required. Looking to get involved on campus? The fair is a great way to learn about our network of student organizations and meet students leaders that were once in your shoes and are excited to help you make your mark on campus.

Student Disability Services Drop-In Hours

Sun Sep 20,
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Reynolds Club, South Lounge on the Second Floor, 5706 South University Avenue • View map

Students seeking information on disability accommodations may meet with the Associate Director of Student Disability Services. If students are unable to drop-in on this day, they may arrange an appointment later in the week by contacting the Associate Director of Student Disability Services at 773.702.8473 or karyn@uchicago.edu

Student Health Service Open House

Sun Sep 20,
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Goldblatt Pavilion Entrance, Suite R-100, 860 East 59th Street • View map

SHS will host an open house for parents and students interested in seeing where they are located and getting more information about their services. The clinic will not be open for appointments during this time.

The College and ArtsPass Present: College Night at the Museum of Science and Industry

Sat Sep 24,
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive

Faculty, staff, and returning students welcome the Class of 2020 and entering transfer students. Students are invited to explore the MSI and its exhibits, including watching the Omnimax documentary Born To Be Wild (screening times: 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 PM). Also, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages in the Rotunda. Regular campus bus service will be available in addition to special shuttles to take students to the MSI from Residence Halls. Check the front desk of your Residence Hall for bus schedules. 

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.