Graduate Student Welcome Convocation 2022: Tuesday, September 20

Congratulations to all incoming graduate and professional students, and welcome to the UChicago community! Over the coming weeks and months, your programs, schools or divisions, and University offices will be sending out information on both optional and mandatory steps for new students to take in preparation for the beginning of the academic year. Many of you will have review classes or boot camps, prep sessions and retreats, or attend the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program prior to the official start of Autumn Quarter on September 27. Some of you will even begin your programs over the summer. No matter when you arrive in Hyde Park, we look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Online New Student Resources (Orientation) Course

Over the summer, most incoming graduate students will receive an invitation to access a New Student Resources site on Canvas, the system UChicago uses for course content. You will be able to work through the sections relevant to you over the summer at your own pace, and return to it any time during your first year on campus. See below for more information on some of the available content.

MCR UChicago

Look for information in your UChicago email account at the end of May on our new self-service roommate finder platform, MCR. Although that is the main purpose of the site, it will also allow you to create a profile and connect with other students in your program, or around shared interests, much like other social media sites, but is restricted to newly admitted UChicago graduate students.

Graduate Student Welcome Convocation is Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Save the date! Join new students from across UChicago’s 12 graduate schools and divisions to mark the beginning of the new academic year. Incoming students are invited to join their classmates for a processional to the Convocation event, featuring distinguished faculty speakers and a welcome from Graduate Council and UChicagoGRAD. Following the Convocation, a campus resource fair and outdoor luncheon are capped by a Graduate Council-hosted social event.

UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop committed to ensuring that students and postdocs have the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. Learn more about UChicagoGRAD’s services here.

Graduate Student Orientation Course

Most incoming graduate students will receive an invitation over the summer to UChicagoGRAD New Student Resources course via Canvas. Through this online course, you will learn about University and campus resources available to you as a graduate student. Stay tuned for an email with your access link when modules become available. A list of campus partners and programs can be found below.

If you have questions please reach out to Graduate Admissions at