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Student Life

Orientation 2020

The College is delighted to welcome the Class of 2024 and incoming transfer students to the University this fall. This year, Orientation will occur virtually through out three phases of programming. 

Phase I: Online Orientation
Prior to your joining us on campus, Orientation will begin online the week of September 8, in order to facilitate a smooth and safe transition upon your arrival. Both students and families will have access to the Online Orientation content hosted on Canvas. 

Phase II: Orientation Weekend
Signature Orientation programming will then take place beginning Friday, September 25 through Monday, September 28. Each day there will be mandatory, optional, and social programming available to incoming students. 

Phase III: Welcome Week
A continuation of Orientation programming through the first week of classes, beginning Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2. Each evening will have a signature or social program, in addition to optional programs throughout the day for when students are not in classes. 

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Orientation Overview & Resources

The schedule for Orientation can be found in the College Connection app, the official guide to Orientation in September. There will be a separate College Family Programs app for parents that will detail programs and events exclusively for families during Orientation. 

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To ensure the intellectual richness of research and education, the University of Chicago seeks to provide an environment conducive to learning, teaching, working, and conducting research that values the diversity of its community. The University strives to be supportive of the academic, personal, and work related needs of each individual and is committed to facilitating the full participation of students with a disability in the life of the University. The University is committed to complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Students seeking disability accommodations should meet with the Director or Associate Director for Student Disability Services to initiate the accommodation process. The director or associate director will acquaint you with the required documentation.  The process of determining eligibility and considering what is a reasonable modification or adjustment is an interactive and collaborative process.  First-year students with disabilities should begin the accommodation process as soon as they have submitted their enrollment deposits in order to ensure that appropriate accommodations are approved and in place before classes begin.  If a disability determination is made, the Office of the College Dean of Students will facilitate the implementation of approved auxiliary aids and services.

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. 


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. 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.

Religious Observances During O-Week

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. For Orientation 2020, all mandatory programs will be recorded for any student who is unable to attend. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns about religious conflicts or accommodations during O-Week, please contact College Programming and Orientation

There are many people and resources here to help make your transition into the College as smooth as possible. At the University of Chicago, there are two main offices that will help you with financial questions. Below you will find contact information and a short description of each office.

Financial Aid, Walker 309

The primary responsibilities of this office are to determine the eligibility of students for University and federal funds, as well as to award student funds like the Perkins/Stafford loans and Federal Work-Study allocations. They also handle questions about alternative, emergency, and parent loans. Finally, Financial Aid handles all outside scholarships including National Merit scholarships. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Financial Aid during O-Week.

The Office of the Bursar, Edelstone Center, 2nd Floor

This office handles all accounts and payments receivable/payable for the University. These include tuition payments, phone bills, and paychecks for most student employees of the University.



Information regarding local banking can be found in the Online Orientation resources that launch on September 8. Some students find it helpful to start a bank account while still at home with one of the banks that serve Hyde Park: Chase, Citibank, or Maroon Financial Credit Union. Please be aware that some banks may offer special student accounts at branches around campus that are not available at branches closer to home.


Students can get cash from any ATM on or around campus. There are ATMs in the Reynolds Club, in the Citibank across from the University of Chicago Bookstore, and in several other banks near campus.

Visit the University of Chicago Preferred Hotel website for more information about hotel accommodations in the area.

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Living On Campus

Move-in will be staggered in order to help maintain the health of residents, taking place over a number of days beginning the fourth week of September. Further instructions, including your assigned move-in day and time will be provided with your housing assignment later this summer. For more information please visit the Housing and Residence Life website