Chicago has been given a number of nicknames throughout its history such as "The City of Big Shoulders," "Paris on the Prairie," and "The Windy City", each of which has attempted to sum up the essence of the city. But there is one name that we think might be more appropriate than any other: "home." For at least the next four years, you will be a Chicagoan, and Chicago Urban Explorers (CUE) is your introduction to important aspects of the city.
Through a focus on key themes such as politics, history, art and architecture, and the environment, you will delve into the richness and diversity of Chicago while also building a strong social network with other members of your incoming class. By day, you will travel the city in small groups, meeting with civic leaders, touring important landmarks and cultural institutions, and engaging with faculty to develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of Chicago. At night, all of the groups will come together for dinner, discussions, and lots of fun activities. Housing, meals, and transportation are provided throughout the program.
- 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
- Wednesday, September 14: 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
Dates: September 14-19, move-in between 11:00am and 2:30pm with programming beginning at 3:00pm.
Spaces Available: 80
Cost: $500. Housing, meals, transportation, and any applicable admissions fees are included in the cost of the program. Students are responsible for incidental/personal expenses and transportation to campus before the start of the program.
CUE is a need-blind program—financial assistance is available and there is a place to request financial aid on the program application.
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.