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 college-programming@uchicago.edu 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 Matthew Hendricks at mhendricks@uchicago.edu.

Location Date Time RSVP
Atlanta, GA Aug. 6 7 - 9 PM RSVP Here
Baltimore, MD Aug. 18 3 - 5 PM RSVP Here
Beijing, CN Aug. 16 TBA Coming Soon
Bethesda, MD Sept. 8 11 AM - 1 PM RSVP Here
Boston, MA Sept. 7 Noon - 2 PM RSVP Here
Cleveland, OH Aug. 6 5 - 7 PM RSVP Here
Columbus, OH July 27 5 - 7 PM RSVP Here
Denver, CO Aug. 2 5:30 - 7:30 PM RSVP Here
Detroit, MI Aug. 7 6 - 8 PM RSVP Here
Houston, TX Sept. 7 2 - 4 PM RSVP Here
London, UK July 1 5:30 - 7:30 PM RSVP Here
Los Angeles, CA July 31 6 - 8 PM RSVP Here
Miami, FL Aug. 21 5:30 - 7:30 PM RSVP Here
Minneapolis, MN June 26 5:30 - 7:30 PM RSVP Here
Nashville, TN July 14 2 - 4 PM RSVP Here
Paris, FR July 3 7 - 9 PM RSVP Here
Philadelphia, PA July 9 6 - 8 PM RSVP Here
Phoenix, AZ Sept. 7 4 - 6 PM RSVP Here
Salt Lake City, UT Aug. 2 6 - 8 PM RSVP Here
San Francisco, CA July 12 6:30 - 8:30 PM RSVP Here
St. Petersburg, FL Aug. 31 3 - 5 PM RSVP Here
Tokyo, JP July 18 8 PM RSVP Here
Washington, D.C. July 9 6 - 8 PM RSVP Here
Westport, CT Sept. 5 5:30 - 7:30 PM RSVP Here