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New Student Academic Advising

Welcome to UChicago and the College Academic Advising Office! In late June, you will be assigned to work with academic adviser who will walk you through registering for your Autumn Quarter courses, and over your time here, will help you develop an individualized path through the curriculum that is shaped by your academic, personal and professional goals. 

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Prepare for Autumn Quarter Registration

    Before you register for Autumn Quarter courses, it is important that you understand what the requirements are to receive a degree. The UChicago undergraduate degree has three main components: general education requirements (commonly known as The Core), your major, and general electives. 

    Review the requirements necessary to earn an undergraduate degree at UChicago here.

    All incoming students must take a Math placement exam. Students interested in pursuing further study in language, Chemistry or Computer Science (only if you've had prior experience) should take placement exams in these areas. Learn more about online placement tests and submit AP/IB exam scores.


    Identify the best courses to take this Autumn by reviewing the first quarter schedule information relevant to your area(s) of interest.

    All incoming and transfer students will participate in a process called "pre-registration" during which you will indicate your preferences for your Autumn Quarter courses. Pre-registration takes place in two parts. 

    Note: Pre-registration is an online process that requires internet access. If you will not have internet access during the June pre-registration period, you will be assigned to a Humanities sequence based on availability. If you will not have internet access during the August pre-registration period, please notify your academic adviser during your summer meeting so that you can discuss your schedule needs and preferences. 

    During the Week of August 14 - 18:

    1. Familiarize yourself with the resources to help you select your preferences: 

    • Register for and attend the Pre-Registration Webinar hosted by the College Academic Advising Office on August 11 at 12:00 PM (CDT). This webinar will provide a step-by-step demonstration of how to select your course preferences. A recording of the webinar will be available here once the webinar concludes.  
    • Review the College Catalog pages on the Core Curriculum, which describes the various courses and sequences available in the core.
    • Review our degree requirements for a more detailed explanation of your course options for autumn.  
    • Review the Class Search site on the student portal ( The Class Search site details the available courses, sections, and class times for Autumn Quarter so you can plan out your schedule options. 

    2. Review the  Registrar's Website for step-by-step instructions on using the First Year Pre-Registration page that will be available in the student portal (  

    3. Between 9:00 AM (CDT) on Monday, August 14 and Friday, August 18 at 5:00 PM (CDT), visit the student portal ( to make your selections. You will see a link on the right side entitled, First-Year Pre-Registration. This link will take you to a page where you may rank your preferences for autumn. 

    • Note that picking and ranking your selections is NOT first-come, first-serve. As long as you make your selections by 5:00 PM on August 18, your selections will be reviewed equally. You may make adjustments and changes to your rankings anytime during the week, but please have your final rankings in place by 5:00 PM on August 18. 
    • If you will not have internet access during the week of pre-reg, please let your academic adviser know immediately. Students who have not met with their adviser and/or do not participate in pre-registration will need to contact their adviser for next steps.  


    4. Your schedule will be visible in the student portal on September 11. Any final changes to your schedule can be made in consultation with your academic adviser during the first week of Autumn Quarter. 

    Make sure you schedule to meet with your Academic Adviser virtually by August 11. You may schedule an appointment through the College Scheduling Site. General hours and contact information is below. 

    Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - Noon, 1 - 4:30 p.m. CDT
    Phone: 773-702-8615

    Each year, we are excited to welcome a cohort of transfer students.  As students new to UChicago, incoming transfer students follow the same basic procedures related to placement and pre-registration as other incoming students.  As students who are transferring from another institution, we also recognize that you will have specific needs and questions, such as questions related to transfer credit.  For more information, see our Incoming Transfer Student FAQ.

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