The FAQs on this page reflects the most current guidance from the University and the City of Chicago, and will be updated as such guidance changes.

Campus Visit FAQs

Do I have to register?

No. We do request that you register in advance so that we will know to expect you, but walk-in attendees may join a tour so long as they arrive prior to the departure time. We will ask all visitors to complete a registration form, and this may be done in our office if you do not pre-register.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Please see GoForward.UChicago.edu for the most up-to-date campus requirements.

Can I reschedule the visit?

Yes, you can cancel or reschedule via the confirmation email you received. You can also email gradadmissions@uchicago.edu to cancel your current registration. Then, you can go back to the registration page and sign up for whichever new time slot works for you.

Can I travel from outside Illinois?

All visitors must adhere to the City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order requirements - updated weekly on their website (https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html) and University requirements for visitors (https://goforward.uchicago.edu/visitor-information/).

How large will groups be for the tour?

Graduate Admissions tours are typically small, usually less than 10 people, for prospective students. Tours arranged for admitted/incoming students are typically capped at 20 people.

Will any other buildings or facilities be open to explore on my own?

The tour may include stops inside buildings. However, most university buildings are closed to non-university affiliates. Some buildings, like the Logan Center for the Arts or entrances to some libraries, may be accessible. After the tour you are welcome to explore the neighborhood of Hyde Park on your own.

Where should I stay in Chicago?

There are several hotel options in Hyde Park to consider. Some options include The Sophy Hotel and Hyatt Place Hyde Park. If you plan to stay downtown while visiting UChicago, some options include the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue or the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Where can I park?

As in any large city, parking can at times be difficult to find. If you are driving to campus, please allow at least 30 minutes to find a parking space. The University also has a pay-to-park visitor garage at the intersection of 55th Street and Ellis Avenue. Street parking, both free and metered, is also available throughout campus and the surrounding neighborhood of Hyde Park.

What if I cannot visit in person?

Don’t worry! We are always available to answer questions via email at gradadmissions@uchicago.edu.