We look forward to welcoming prospective and admitted students to campus once again. 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.

Do I have to register?

Registration is required to participate in admissions-led events on campus. Although pre-registration is preferred to help us plan, walk-ins can register upon arrival.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Yes. All individuals must wear a mask when they are inside University buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth and have ear loops to securely hold it in place. We advise that individuals wear medical masks or multiple-layer cloth masks; it is not sufficient to wear masks that are loose-fitting, such as neck gaiters, bandanas, or scarves. Masks will be available in the Graduate Admissions Office.

Why do I need to provide my cell phone number?

All registrants must agree to contact via text or call for any day-of adjustments or subsequent contact tracing in the event of COVID exposure, and all visits will be subject to change or cancellation based on the current state of the pandemic and relevant policy guidelines from the University and the City of Chicago.

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/). The City of Chicago advises visitors arriving from Orange-designated states to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival.

How large will groups be for the tour?

Graduate Admissions tours are typically small, usually less than 10 people, for prospective students. In the late summer and early fall, tours set aside for new/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 time.

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! UChicago will continue to host a series of virtual events through Zoom, and we are available to answer questions via email at gradadmissions@uchicago.edu.