The College supports undergraduates as they pursue their academic goals at the University of Chicago. College Advisers help students pursue their academic interests and guide them as they plan a program of study leading to a degree.
“Students in the College draw their encouragement, inspiration, and confidence from excellent teachers. Imaginative teaching and learning is at the heart of our mission,” — John W. Boyer, Dean of the College
For the times when you’re not attending class, prepping for a class, studying for an exam, or sleeping, UChicago provides a wide array of social, cultural, intellectual, and athletic activities to choose from. So if you’re bored, it’s not our fault.
The University provides a number of organizations and programs to support students in the College. Look here for information on campus resources such as tutoring, transportation, and funding your education.
The College has been providing students with a world-class education since the founding of the University of Chicago in 1890. For over 100 years, undergraduates have thrived in an environment that encourages critical inquiry and independent thought.
Here’s a list of some (but certainly not all) of the traditional annual events at the University of Chicago.
Jazz up your night with some great blues music and delicious BBQ ribs! Open to all U of C students!
Each year, students from across the College are honored for their exceptional scholastic and extracurricular performances.
Now in its 12th year, UChicago's Dance Marathon is the largest collegiate philanthropic event in the world.
Join us for a classy aquatic-themed night filled with dancing, drinks, and delicious hor d'oeuvres and dessert.
This mid-fall event gives families the opportunity meet faculty and administrators, and can attend a variety of model classes, tours, workshops and social events. For more information, please visit the Family Weekend website.
FOTA (Festival of the Arts) has been a campus tradition since 1963. For 10 days each spring, FOTA transforms the campus into an art gallery and performance space, showcasing over fifty projects, including paintings, installations, films, plays, fashion design, music, and dance.
Students, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Homecoming each fall. Homecoming festivities include a block party, the inter-House tug-o-war, and, of course, the Homecoming football game. For more information, please visit the Homecoming website.
Explore new topics in literature, visual arts, linguistics, music, and more at the annual Humanities Day at the University of Chicago.
Kuviasungnerk/Kangeiko has been a UChicago tradition since January 1983, when former Dean of the College Donald Levine introduced the festival to the University community. It is a week filled with early morning exercise and other fun events.
Come and enjoy free food, drinks, and entertainment of the Mardi Gras kind!
Join the University of Chicago in celebrating diversity and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual MLK Celebration.
The first official welcome to the newly entering College class, Orientation is a week long program that provides programs, resources and tools that helps maximize the academic and personal success of entering students. For more information, please visit the Orientation website
The largest, weirdest, and most fun scavenger hunt ever.
This week celebrates and culminates the College experience for fourth years. More information on students’ senior year including important deadlines and information on Senior Week can be found on the Seniors website. For more information and details on the University-wide Convocation, please visit the Convocation website.
Come explore the social, cultural, and political history of Chicago’s South Side this yearly guided bike tour. Led by Dean John Boyer and Professors Terry Nichols Clark and Mark Hansen, participants will have the opportunity to visit prominent sites in the area.
The 519th Convocation will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:15 a.m., and will be held outdoors (rain or shine) on the University’s Main Quadrangle. All candidates will participate in this ceremony, during which the President will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program.
A five part series in conjunction with Career Advancement and Campus and Student Life helps first-year students prepare for career exploration, leadership roles, and life after college. Visit the Steps to Success website for more information.
The Office of the Reynolds Club Student Activities Website provides a wealth of information on the events, organizations, and programs on offer on campus and as well as in downtown Chicago.
A large musical festival hosted each May by the University's Major Activities Board. Past acts include Eminem, Dar Williams, Nelly, The Roots, and the Walkmen.
A one-day, conference style program in early January that allows second and third years to explore post-graduation options and meet and speak with alumni of the College. For information and panelist videos from past Taking the Next Steps, please visit the TNS Archive and to see information for the upcoming TNS vist http://takingthenextstep.uchicago.edu .
The University of Chicago Folklore Society formed in the early 1950s and put on its first Folk Festival in 1961, featuring such greats as Ralph and Carter Stanley, The New Lost City Ramblers, Elizabeth Cotton, and Willie Dixon. The University of Chicago Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of traditional music from the United States and around the world.