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 Graduate Student Affairs' website.
The O-Book is the official guide to Orientation at the University of Chicago. In it, you will find the full schedule of events for the week, including times for required meetings, placement tests, and Chicago Life Meetings. There is also a Family O-Book that outlines events specifically for parents and families. Download both versions of the O-Book on our Schedule and O-Books page.
Orientation begins on Sunday, September 21st with Move-In and Class Day. To ensure that your move into your new residence halls goes as smoothly as possible, make that you have read through the move-in instructions for your residence hall and the list of things to bring with you. Check out Move-In Day Information page for all of the details.
This summer, both students and parents will be receiving information from the College aimed at helping to make your transition into UChicago as easy as possible. Both mailings should arrive in early August. All mailing content is now posted on this site so that students and parents can get an advanced look at it. If you have any questions about Orientation in the meantime, remember that you can contact us anytime.
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 2018 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.