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College Programming and Orientation

Orientation Week 2023

The College is delighted to welcome the Class of 2027 and incoming transfer students to the University. Orientation Week, or O-Week, began in 1934 as a way to introduce a new class of students to the traditions and community that has made the University of Chicago a unique destination for students from around the world. This multi-day series of events, programs, and meetings provides new students with an in-depth overview of how the College works.

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Orientation Week Overview

    College Orientation Week: Wednesday, September 20 - Monday, September 25, 2023


    Incoming students will move-in on either Tuesday, September 19 or the morning of Wednesday, September 20. More information about move-in will be provided by Housing and Residence Life. Students selected for Pre-Orientation Programs will have a different move-in date. 

    O-Week Schedule

    Access to the official schedule, along with students' indvidualized appointment cards, can be found within the Guidebook App. The full schedule will be posted the second week of September and the individualized appointment cards will be available opening day of O-Week.

    Guidebook Instructions

    • Download the Guidbook App to your phone
    • Click on Find Guides
    • Search "UChicago College Orientation 2023"
    • Open and save the guide to your app for easy access

    Download Guidebook for iOS

    Download Guidebook for Android Devices

    Click to Access the Web Version


    Family Programming

    Programming for families and guests will happen on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20. To learn more, check out the Family OBook 2023 and download the Guidebook App (instructions above) for acces to the full schedule. 

    Download the Family OBook

    Opening Convocation

    • Opening Convocation is the College's official welcome that includes the presentation of the class and an address about liberal education. Following the program, incoming students process through main campus, while being cheered on by parents, families, and other students. 
    • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 3:30 PM CST
    • Live Stream Link

    Aims of Education Address

    • The Aims of Education Address is a celebrated tradition where a faculty member addressing the incoming class on the unique aims of a liberal arts education at the University of Chicago. Learn more at the Aims of Education website
    • Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 6:30 PM CST
    • Live Stream Link


    Religious Observances During Orientation

    It often happens that religious holidays occur during Orientation. It is our goal that students will be able to fully observe their holiday without missing important information. The College makes every effort to offer multiple sessions and provide information in a variety of formats to meet students' needs. 

    The Office of Spiritual Life offers connections with a wide variety of religious organizations on campus, in Hyde Park and throughout the city of Chicago. Many students who are observant take advantage of the programs offered by UChicago Hillel and Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning during these times.

    There are dedicated Kosher and Halal options available in Bartlett Dining Commons, Arley D. Cathey Dining Commons, and Baker Dining Commons. The Kosher stations are closed each week for the Sabbath and on all high holidays.