Student Life

Chicago Urban Explorers

2021 Dates TBA
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Program Overview

Chicago has been called a number of things throughout its history. Nicknames like "The City of Big Shoulders," "Paris on the Prairie," and "The Windy City" have each 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 the culture, policy, and history of the city.

As part of CUE, 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.

Program Overview

Dates: 2021 Dates TBA

Spaces Available: 80

Cost: $900 - In order to assist students with the cost of participating in the program, financial assistance may be available to qualifying students. CUE is a need-blind program and a request for financial assistance will have no impact on your acceptance to the program. There will be a section of the application form where you can request financial aid.

Inclusions: Housing, meals, transportation during the program, and any applicable admissions fees are included in the cost of 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.

Luggage Storage and Move-In

Students may bring all of their belongings for the academic year with them when they move in for Chicago Urban Explorers. Locked storage will be provided for the duration of the program, and all bags stored during the program will be moved for you into your permanent room over the course of the week. For this reason, it is highly recommended that students pack a seperate bag for the week and store everything else.