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Student Life

Orientation 2021

The College is delighted to welcome the Class of 2025 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.

Please check back at a later date for more information about Orientation programs 2021.

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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).

Student Disability Services (SDS) works in collaboration with University of Chicago faculty and staff to provide resources, support, and accommodations to ensure that all aspects of student life are accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities. The process of determining eligibility and considering what is a reasonable modification or adjustment is an interactive and collaborative process. Incoming 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 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.  

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

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

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 will be shared during your transition to UChicago. 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.