Student Life

Send-Off Parties & Launchpad Receptions

This autumn, students from across the country and around the world will converge on Hyde Park for the start of a new academic year. For the College, this is a time of traditions and new beginnings: Move-In Day, the Aims of Education, and O-Week. And for members of our parent and family and alumni communities it is a time to open their doors to welcome the students and parents in the Class of 2023 by hosting a Send-Off Party or Launchpad Reception.

Send-Off Parties and Launchpad Receptions are UChicago gatherings that bring together incoming students and their families with current students, parents, and alumni for an opportunity to build community, ask questions, and share insights. Students will have the opportunity to meet others from their area and get the inside scoop on life in Hyde Park. Events occur in cities across the US and abroad. Additional events may be added throughout the summer. If you have questions or know of an event occurring that we have missed, please email College Programming and Orientation at or call us at 773-702-8616.

If you are interested in hosting a Send-Off Party next summer or getting involved as a host for any UChicago event, contact Ryan Fane at