Send-Off Parties

In a few short weeks, students from across the country and around the world will converge on Hyde Park for the start of a new academic year. For the College, this is a time of traditions and new beginnings: Move-In Day, The Aims of Education, and O-Week. And for members of our parent and family and alumni communities it is a time to open their doors to welcome the students and parents in the Class of 2021 by hosting a Send-Off Party or Launchpad Reception.

Send-Off Parties and Launchpad Receptions are UChicago gatherings that bring together incoming students and their families with current students, parents, and alumni for an opportunity to build community, ask questions, and share insights. Students will have the opportunity to meet others from their area and get the inside scoop on life in Hyde Park. Events occur in cities across the US and abroad. See the schedule below and RSVP for an event near you. If you have questions or know of an event occurring that we have missed, please email the College Programming Office at or call us at 773-702-8616.

If you are interested in hosting a Send-Off Party next summer or getting involved as a host for any UChicago event, contact Matthew Hendricks at

Location Date Time RSVP
Baltimore, MD August 30 6:30-8:30 PM RSVP Here
Beijing, China July 10 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP Here
Berkeley, CA TBA TBA RSVP Here
Chatham, NJ (Northern New Jersey) August 20 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP Here
Chicago, IL July 31 5:30-7:30 PM RSVP Here
Cleveland, OH September 10 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP Here
Columbus, OH August 13 5:00-7:00 PM RSVP Here
Denver, CO August 24 6:30-8:30 PM RSVP Here
Hong Kong August 23 6:30-8:30 PM RSVP Here
Houston, TX August 24 7:00-9:00 PM RSVP Here
London, United Kingdom June 19 5:30-7:30 PM RSVP Here
Los Altos, CA (South Bay Area) August 29 6:30-8:30 PM RSVP Here
Los Angeles, CA August 4 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP Here
Los Angeles, CA (East) August 26 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP Here
Los Angeles, CA (West) August 19 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP Here
Miami, FL July 10 5:30-7:30 PM RSVP Here
Milwaukee, WI August 26 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP Here
Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN July 12 5:30-7:30 PM RSVP Here
Mountainside, NJ (Northern New Jersey) September 5 6:30-8:30 PM RSVP Here
New York, NY July 10 5:30-7:30 PM RSVP Here
Orange County, CA August 27 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP Here
Philadelphia, PA July 11 5:30-8:00 PM RSVP Here
Pinehurst/Charlotte, NC TBA TBA RSVP Here
San Diego, CA July 16 12:00-3:00 PM RSVP Here
San Francisco, CA July 10 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP Here
Shanghai, China TBA TBA RSVP Here
Singapore August 12 6:30-10:00 PM RSVP Here
St. Louis, MO August 19 2:00-4:00 PM RSVP Here
St. Petersburg, FL August 12 3:00-5:00 PM RSVP Here
Tokyo, Japan July 19 8:00 PM RSVP Here
Washington, D.C. July 11 6:00-8:00 PM RSVP Here