We are thrilled that you have been selected to pursue your graduate study as a member of our vibrant intellectual community. As you evaluate your options, we encourage you to learn more about this exciting place – not just your own program, but the graduate community across campus, as well as Hyde Park and the city of Chicago. To that end, we have compiled some resources for you here that we hope you will find useful. Your department or school will provide you with information particular to that program, including admitted students’ events and how to accept your offer of admission. Here we invite you to connect with us and learn about living, learning, and thriving at UChicago.
Connect with current students and explore life at UChicago
- Like our admitted graduate students Facebook page and hear from current students, ask questions, and talk to other admitted students.
- See what’s happening on campus during your visit, or any other time, with UChicago’s events calendar.
- Interested in programming for graduate students? Sign up for UChicagoGRAD’s’ Grad Guide Weekly.
- Learn more about our Center for Identity + Inclusion, which intentionally creates diverse and inclusive communities and fosters a campus environment that supports the exploration of varied identities and their intersections
- Explore diversity on campus and resources for multicultural students at OMSA, or sign up for their newsletter.
- Check out the Office of LGBTQ Student Life, and discover why UChicago received a perfect 5 Star rating from the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.
- Visiting campus on your own? Sign up for a campus tour led by a current grad student here
- Learn about the quarter system and important dates on the academic calendar.
Moving to Chicago?
Most graduate students choose to live in Hyde Park, though Chicago is filled with many diverse neighborhoods.
- To make the process easier, UChicagoGRAD’s Housing Resources website offers information on where graduate students live, transit options, property management companies in the neighborhood, and detailed guidance on how to conduct your housing search. We also offer a series of webinars in the spring and summer to help you navigate the process.
- This convenient guide to Hyde Park serves as a great introduction to the neighborhood. Many students look for housing near transit, shopping, and other services
- You can also explore Chicago’s other communities – some popular neighborhoods for students include the South Loop, Wicker Park/Bucktown, and Lakeview.
- New to Chicago? Adjusting to life in a major urban center, or the US? Take advantage of the information found in the publication Common Sense. Even if you’re a city slicker, this contains helpful information on UChicago’s resources and safety systems.
- Moving to Chicago with kids? Resources on campus and around the city will make it fun for the whole family!
Learn More About the UChicago Advantage
A distinct component of the UChicago advantage is the wide range of programs and services offered to our students in support of their academic and professional goals…whatever your program, and wherever your path may lead, the following offices and programs are here to help!
- UChicagoGRAD : In addition to year-round social and academic programs, UChicagoGRAD is your first stop for professional preparation events and workshops, fellowship applications, and support for international research. They also send out the Grad Guide Weekly and run the the Family Resource Center. The Booth School of Business, School of Social Service Administration, Law School, Harris School of Public Policy, and some divisional programs also offer in-house support services for their students.
- Council on Advanced Studies Workshops (CAS) ; Chicago Center for Teaching (CTL); the Writing Program; the Academic English Pre-matriculation Program (AEPP), offered by the English Language Institute.
Costs & Aid
- Students who will be applying for federal loan programs (including Federal Work-Study grants) should complete the FAFSA as early as possible, and consult their program and the Student Loan Administration (SLA) for further details.
- International students will receive additional information from their departments in the spring. Information for the Financial Resource Statement will need to be current, and may be submitted electronically along with passport and other required information. Departments and the Office of International Affairs will begin the process in April or May.
- Plan to look for a job on campus? Check postings across campus, on the UChicago Marketplace, and the Student Employment site (both will require your CNet ID for login)
Nuts and Bolts
Still have questions? Here are a few more links to help you find what you’re looking for!
- University Student Health Insurance Plan, U-SHIP
- The Student Health Service and Student Counseling Service facilities are both conveniently located on campus
- Student Disability Services Office
- Office of International Affairs (OIA)
- Student Organizations (aka RSOs), through the Center for Leadership and Involvement
- You can also contact us at email@example.com, or check in with current students via our Facebook page.