Student Life

College Programming and Orientation

College Programming and Orientation (CPO) works to connect students and families to the College through transition-focused programs and events, while also seeking to build stronger community on campus. The CPO celebrates significant milestones that reinforce lifelong institutional affinity and engagement with the University.

Questions? Call or text the CPO team at 773.702.8616 or email

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College Events and Programs

    Join Dean Hale and other College staff members for a cookout, music, and celebration for the new academic year. College Kick-Off and the Academic Opportunities Fair will take place simultaneously on the Wednesday of first week of Autumn Quarter. Students from all class years are welcome to attend these events.

    Exploring Future Careers is a virtual conference-style career exploration and networking event featuring College alumni that is open to all first-year students in the College. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore your post-graduation options as well as to talk directly with alumni of the College.

    Each fall, the College welcomes families, friends, and alumni to attend dozens of events on campus and around Hyde Park, Chicago.

    To take part in Meet-a-Maroon's friend chat, simply sign-up online, complete this short questionnaire, and you will be matched with a Maroon who shares your interests. It is a great opportunity to meet new people in the College and expand your circle of friends.

    Held for Second and Third Year classes, Signature Events take place in fun and iconic venues around the city to celebrate undergraduate students and your many accomplishments as part of the UChicago community.

    Maroon Key Society

    The Maroon Key Society is the College's honorary society and its principle student advisory group. Its members serve as advisors to the College leadership and play an important role as representatives of the greater student body to faculty, staff and administrative leadership.

    Peer Mentors

    40-50 upper-class students serve as Peer Mentors for the UChicago Mentoring Program. Mentors are assigned to groups of incoming students and engage with them throughout summer, Orientation Week and Autumn Quarter. 

    Orientation Team

    The Orientation Team (O-Team) is a group of current students that assist in the facilitation and implementation of Orientation Programming through the College. These students play an integral role in the welcoming and transition of the first-year student population. 

    Winter blues got you down? Worried about staying active and involved during winter in Chicago? Looking for ways to connect with fellow Maroons? Winter Wellness Club has you covered.

    Winter Wellness Club, an initiative from College Programming and Orientation aims to make wellness simpler and more accessible. Each week, you will receive a curated email that highlights activities and events happening around campus related to the seven facets of wellness - Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Physical, Social, and Spiritual. As you attend events, you'll accumulate points and be eligible to receive wellness-themed prizes at the end of the quarter, including art supplies, yoga mats, plants, and more. 

    You can participate individually or in a group of up to 5 members. If you have any questions, contact


College Programming and Orientation

Upcoming Events from the College

Join us for these activities and programs hosted exclusively for UChicago undergraduates

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Parents & Families

Parents & Families

Welcome to the UChicago community of parents and families. As your student begins to make the transition into the College, we know that there will be a period of transition for you as well. As a parent or family member of a UChicago student, you are considered part of the extended UChicago community. We hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities we offer to engage with the faculty, staff, students, and alumni on campus and around the world. 

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