Campus Crew is an opportunity for students to begin engaging with UChicago by supporting the work required to prepare the campus for Orientation. This program offers opportunities for students to learn more about campus, meet other members of their incoming class, and explore the unique character of the city of Chicago, while also offering a shared work experience that is vital to the successful implementation of O-Week. Crew members will be doing work, including moving boxes and setting-up spaces, but it won't be all work and no play. Each evening we have fun events planned for you and other special programs throughout the week to help you begin your transition into the College. Campus Crew is open to 16 participants and includes room and board, along with a stipend of $300 for the week.
- Monday, May 9: Applications open
- Friday, June 10 (now extended through June 17!): Applications close
- End of June: Decision emails sent out
- Friday, July 8: Last day to accept spot in program
- Monday, July 22: Last day for participant forms
- Tuesday, September 13: Program begins (Students move in to temporary housing)
- Monday, September 19: Program Ends (Students move in to term-time housing)
- Tuesday, September 20: Orientation move-in day
During the week prior to the official start of O-Week, Campus Crew members will help to get the campus ready for the arrival of students and parents on Move-In Day. Crew members will work in groups of 8 fellow first-year students led by one upperclassman crew captain who will serve as your site leader and mentor for the week. Your crew captain will serve as a valuable resource, providing information and advice to help you during your transition to UChicago.
Each day, crew members will be deployed across campus to complete a variety of tasks, including moving luggage and boxes, setting-up spaces for activities like Orientation Check-In, putting out signage for Move-Day, and assembling check-in packets for athletes who may be traveling for games. Each day, crew members will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and each night will include a variety of fun activities that will give you a taste of life in Chicago. The work may be demanding, but there will be lots of time for rest, recovery, and exploration prior to the start of O-Week.
All students participating in Campus Crew must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Under federal law, crew members will be required to complete a Form I-9 and submit documentation to verify your identity and eligibility for employment. You can find more information about the I-9 process on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. Your I-9 documentation will vary depending on your citizenship status and place of residence. Please review this table to determine which documents you will need to submit and ensure that you have these documents ready before you show up to campus at the start of the program. It is important to remember that only original documents may be submitted. No photocopies or scanned images may be accepted. If you are unable to provide this documentation at the start of the program, you will not be able to work. Only students accepted into the program will need to submit this paperwork. It is not required along with the application.
Dates: September 13 - 19, 2022, move-in between 11:00am and 2:30pm with programming beginning at 3:00pm.
Spaces Available: 16
Stipend Paid to Crew Members: $300
Inclusions: Housing, meals, and transportation during the program. Students will be responsible for incidental/personal expenses as well as transportation to campus prior to start of the program.
Please note that students may apply for and participate in multiple Pre-Orientation or Summer Experience programs, providing the dates of the program do not overlap.
All students participating in a Pre-Orientation program will stay in one residence hall for the duration of their program. Upon arriving on campus, students will be given a chance to briefly put their term-time items into their permanent room before checking in for their program at the Pre-Orientation residence hall.
If you are participating in a Pre-O program, you may bring all of your belongings for the academic year with you, though you will be responsible for getting those items into your term-time rooms upon arrival, so we recommend limiting how much you bring with you. All items you bring should be labeled with your name and phone number. Students should pack a separate bag for the week to bring to the Pre-Orientation residence hall.