College Programming and Orientation

Orientation Monthly To-Do Lists

The summer before your first quarter in the College will go by more quickly than you can imagine. As you prepare to begin your new academic career with us, there is important information for you to review and several important tasks to complete. To ensure that you don't miss anything, we have developed a series of monthly To-Do Lists for you to follow throughout the summer. Some items may be able to be completed ahead of time. Others items will have specific windows of time during which you must complete the assigned task. We recommend that you read each month's items carefully to make sure that you don't miss anything.

On each list, you will find three categories of tasks.

  • Mandatory: These tasks must be completed by the deadline listed in order for you to be prepared for Orientation and the start of classes.
  • Strongly Recommended: These items will complement the required tasks and will help to ease your transition into the College.
  • Encouraged: These items will assist in ensuring that you have the best possible start to your time in the College.

Download the College Connection App to access interactive Monthly To-Do List! -Click to download for iOS or download Android Devices

If you run into problems or have questions along the way, College Programming and Orientation is here to help. You can contact us via email at college-programming@uchicago.edu or by phone and text at 773-702-8616. 

    May To-Do List

    Mandatory

    • Create your CNet ID and set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) by Tuesday, May 31. Don’t forget to also download your list of 10, one-time passcodes.
    • Submit your official ID photo. To upload your photo, please visit https://myphoto.uchicago.edu. The deadline to upload your photo is Thursday, June 30.
    • Complete the Housing Application, that will open on Monday, May 2 by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 1. You will need your CNet and a successful ID photo submission in order to complete your housing application. If you have trouble accessing the housing application or questions along the way, please contact Housing & Residence Life at housing@uchicago.edu, 773-702-7366, or via the Live Chat Feature (when available) within the myHousing portal.
    • Complete the Math and any other relevant Placement Tests by Friday, July 22. Placement tests will be available beginning the week of May 16. 
    • Transfer students must submit course information and final transcripts by Wednesday, June 15.
    • You will receive your first Orientation Newsletter and Online Orientation Module on May 23. Carefully review the welcome newsletter and complete the online orientation module.

    Strongly Recommended

    Encouraged

    June To-Do List

    Mandatory

    • Last call to create your CNet ID and set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). Don’t forget to also download your list of 10, one-time passcodes.
    • Submit your official ID photo. To upload your photo, please visit https://myphoto.uchicago.edu. The deadline to upload your photo is Thursday, June 30.
    • Complete the Housing Application by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 1. You will need your CNet and a successful ID photo submission in order to complete your housing application. If you have trouble accessing the housing application or questions along the way, please contact Housing & Residence Life at housing@uchicago.edu, 773-702-7366, or via the Live Chat Feature (when available) within the myHousing portal.
    • Complete the Math and any other relevant Placement Tests by Friday, July 22.
    • Complete pre-registration for your autumn quarter Humanities sequences course between June 21-24Please review the Online Orientation Module #2 (found on your Canvas site) for detailed instructions on how to select and rank your preferred HUMA sequence.
    • Complete the Career Interests Survey by July 1 to share your career interests with Career Advancement to help match you to your career adviser.
    • Transfer students must submit course information and final transcripts by Wednesday, June 15.
    • You will receive your next two Orientation Newsletters and Online Orientation Modules this month. Carefully review all the academic information provided and complete the online orientation modules.

    Strongly Recommended

    Encouraged

    July To-Do List

    Mandatory

    Strongly Recommended

    • Submit AP/IB Examination scores to the College Board/IB no later than Friday, July 15. UChicago's institution code is 1832.
    • Log into your my.UChicago student portal and review all personal, emergency, and family contact information; update any information that is missing or incorrect.

    Encouraged

    August To-Do List

    Mandatory

    Strongly Recommended

    • Review your Autumn 2022 electronic bill which will become available on August 24. Autumn quarter bill payments are due by September 21.
    • Sign-up for the cAlert System, the University’s electronic emergency mass notification system.
    • Download the UChicago Safe Mobile Safety App.
    • For Jewish identifying students, please complete this Jewish Life survey if you wish to be contacted by campus Jewish Life partners.
    • Housing assignments are announced by the end of the month. Review your Housing assignment in the housing portal and contact your roommate to begin planning what you will bring to campus.

    Encouraged

    • Visit the College's Virtual Event Calendar to register for the upcoming webinars. 
      • 8/3 - Safety and Security
      • 8/5 - Virtual Language Fair
      • 8/12 - Pre-Registration Webinar
      • 8/24 - Student Life Webinar
      • Multiple Dates - Office of the University Bursar Webinars
    • Sign up for an alumni mentoring chat or shadowing experience through Career Advancement’s Job Shadowing Program by August 8.
    • Submit your resume for a personalized review from your first-year career adviser so you’re ready to apply to student organizations, on-campus employment, and other opportunities when you get to campus!
    • Apply to join Maroon Mentors, a program that connects First-Generation, Low-income, and/or Immigrant (FLI) students with peer upper-class mentors, by August 5. For more info, visit the Maroon Mentors website.
    • Connect with fellow members of the Class of 2026 Facebook Group.
    • Stay plugged in on all things happening in the College: Follow @uchicagocollege on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

    September To-Do List

    Mandatory

    • Submit proof of all required immunizations through the Immunization Portal by September 1. For more information about what is required and to download the immunization form, visit the Required Immunizations Website and read through the Incoming College Student Immunization Letter.
    • Check your Autumn quarter schedule posted in your my.UChicago student portal on September 12.
    • Complete the mandatory online Prevention Modules due by September 19. Students who fail to complete all three of the online training modules will have a hold placed on their account for winter quarter. Check your email for instructions on how to access and complete the modules.
    • Pay your autumn quarter bill by September 21.
    • Orientation begins on September 21! All students are required to check-in for Orientation at Reynolds Club – Hutchinson Commons on Wednesday, September 21 between 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
    • Complete the Registrar Financial Responsibility Confirmation form in your my.uchicago portal by September 26.
    • You will receive your next set Orientation Newsletters and Online Orientation Modules this month. Carefully review the College Orientation information complete the online orientation modules by September 26.
    • Enroll-in or waive the University's Student Health Insurance (USHIP) by October 14. Read through the USHIP 2022-2023 letter.

    Strongly Recommended

    • Download the College Connection App on your smartphone to access the Orientation guide and schedule. The app is available to download for iOS or download Android Devices. This is where you will find the full Orientation schedule, as well as your individual appointment card detailing all of your mandatory meetings.
    • Check out the O-Week schedule published after Labor Day!
    • Have questions before you arrive on campus? Check-in with your UCMP Peer Mentor about any questions or concerns you currently have.  

    Encouraged

    Incoming international students, be sure to review the OIA International Student Check List for upcoming deadlines.