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New Student Advising

Welcome to UChicago! This page provides an introduction to Academic Advising for incoming students and will help you prepare for Autumn Quarter registration. The professional Advisers in the College Academic Advising Office will help you pursue your academic interests and plan a program of study leading to a degree. In addition to helping you design your degree program, your adviser can direct you to University resources and services.

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Prepare for Autumn Quarter

    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.

    Take the math and all other appropriate online placement tests and submit AP/IB exam scores, if relevant.

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

    Incoming students will select preferences (pre-register) for their autumn quarter courses in a two-step process:

    • June 21-24 – Students will rank their preferred Humanities (HUMA) sequence, one of the 3-4 courses every first-year student will take in the autumn quarter. 
    • August 15-19 – Students will select preferences (pre-register) for their remaining autumn quarter courses. 

    More information on pre-registration process will be posted here in early summer.

    Between May 2 and June 28, Contact the College Academic Advising Office with any questions you may have.

    You will be assigned a permanent Academic Adviser just prior to June 28.

    Once you are assigned to your Academic Adviser, you will be required to meet with them (over the phone or by Zoom) between June 28 and August 12. Bring this Core Worksheet with you to your advising appointment as a jumping off point for your conversation. 

    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 related to transfer credit.  For more information, see our Incoming Transfer Student FAQ.

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