Welcome Class of 2020

On behalf of the College, we would like to welcome you and your family to the University of Chicago. At UChicago, Orientation, commonly referred to as O-Week, is a long-standing tradition. Over the course of this eight-day program, students will get better aquainted with all that the College has to offer while making new friends and settling into their new community. Special programs for parents and families, exciting events, and trips throughout the city make O-Week a transformative experience for everyone, and we couldn't be happier to share this tradition with you.

This website is designed as a go-to source of information for undergraduates entering the College. Check back often for announcements and updates that will be posted throughout the summer. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us. For information regarding orientation for entering graduate or professional school students, please visit the UChicago GRAD website.

Latest News and Announcements

Engage Chicago Through Service

Engage Chicago with your housemates and more than 500 other new students through service projects in local South Side communities.  Past service projects have included community gardening, college prep activities with high school students, and building a playground!  

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Summer Mailing Information for Students and Families Now Available Online

Information about Orientation and campus resources has been sent to students and should be on its way to families. If you need access any part of the information or just don't want to wait until it arrives, you can now access everything from your mailing online. Students will find information in the Communications from the College section of the website. Families will find the contents of the Summer Mailing for Parents in the Information for Parents and Families section of the site.

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Meet Your New Classmates

The College offers incoming students two great ways to meet classmates before arriving on campus for Orientation. First, make sure to join the Class of 2020 Facebook group. Once you make your request, an administrator will verify your affiliation and grant you access. You can use this group for questions, announcements, or to meet other people in your area.

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Families Can Start Planning Their Trip to Campus

Orientation for the Class of 2020 will begin on Saturday, September 17th with Move-In and Opening Day. On Sunday, September 18th, families are invited to return to campus for Family Orientation and Class Day. Parents can find an outline of the schedule for the first couple of days in the Information for Parents and Families section of our website.

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Pre-Orientation Programs

Students have the opportunity to begin their UChicago experience early by applying to participate in one of the College's Pre-Orientation Programs. You'll find a complete listing of programs on the Pre-Orientation Programs page of this site. Each program has its own application with differing due dates so please be sure to read through all of the information carefully to find the program that's right for you.

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