Pre-Orientation Programs

The College offers several ways for incoming students to get involved in programs before the academic year begins. Each pre-orientation program provides students with unique experiences that foster a strong sense of community and encourage students to think critically about important facets of life at UChicago. Housing and meals are provided for each program, and all programs end prior to the start of Orientation Week.

Please read through the description of each program below and use the links provided to access more information. Each program has its own application and timeline for responses. Given the selectivity of programs, students may apply for multiple programs but may only participate in one program. For more information about Pre-Orientation Programs, please contact the College Programming Office at college-programming@uchicago.edu.

Applications for all programs will be available May 1, 2017.

Travel-based Programs

Travel-based program all revolve around travel to other cities both in the United States and abroad. Each of the programs below conclude prior to the start of Orientation and will allow students to return home before traveling to campus. The application deadline for all travel-based programs is Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Students selected to participate will be notified via email on Friday, June 9, 2017.

Campus-based Programs

As a central feature of all campus-based program, students will be interacting with the city of Chicago and the UChicago community in one way or another. Each campus-based program will conclude with the start of Orientation Week, which means that all participants will move to campus over the weekend prior to O-Week. The application deadline for all campus-based programs is Friday, June 16, 2017. Students selected to participate will be notified via email on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Online Programs

For students looking for a completely different approach to the traditional pre-orientation program, the College has an online offering that combines the opportunity to work with other students, faculty, and alumni without the need to leave home. This is a great option for students interested in tech, gaming, or storytelling or those who have other obligations during the pre-orientation period. The application deadline for all online programs is Friday, June 16, 2017. Students selected to participate will be notified via email on Friday, June 30, 2017.