2021-2022 Academic Year Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

Both returning and newly admitted students may have questions about planning for the 2021-2022 academic year due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions not answered below, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Dean of Students Office. We are happy to hear from you. 

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Autumn Quarter Planning

Newly Admitted and Arriving Students

International Student Questions

COVID-19 Vaccination 

Autumn Quarter Planning

What will Autumn Quarter look like?

President Zimmer recently announced the University’s plans to fully resume on-campus activities at the start of the new academic year in September. We anticipate a full return to classrooms and labs for Autumn Quarter 2021 and that students will be in residence.

Do I need to be in Chicago for Autumn Quarter?

Students should begin making plans for a full resumption of activities and on-campus research and coursework for Autumn Quarter 2021, and incoming students should plan to arrive on campus in September for Orientation.

If you have concerns about your ability to arrive on campus for Autumn Quarter 2021, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office and your departmental administrator to notify us of your concerns.

Is remote study an option for Autumn Quarter?

We do expect to offer some hybrid courses next academic year. However, students should make every effort to arrive in the United States in time for the start of Autumn Quarter or as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have concerns about your ability to arrive on campus for Autumn Quarter 2021, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office and your departmental administrator to notify us of your concerns.

When do I need to let my department know about my plans?

You should communicate early and often, particularly if you plan to request a deferral or have concerns about your ability to arrive in Chicago in time for Autumn Quarter 2021.

I'm considering traveling abroad this summer. What should I consider as I make my plans? 

Students should begin making plans for a full resumption of activities and on-campus research and coursework for Autumn Quarter 2021. We understand that some students may plan to travel abroad for a variety of reasons, including visa renewal. With the current delay in visa services in many countries and the continued existence of travel bans, students should carefully consider whether they believe they will have sufficient time to travel, follow any COVID-related public health guidance (including quarantine), and secure a visa appointment (if necessary) to return to the United States in time for Autumn Quarter.

Since the University anticipates a full resumption of on-campus activities, students who are unable to return in time for Autumn Quarter may need to take a leave of absence until they are able to return to the United States. All students are entitled to up to four quarters of personal leave of absence for any reason. Students should note that funding support is contingent upon registration and that students on a leave of absence are not permitted to register.

If you have any questions or concerns about this topic, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your Student Affairs Administrator or the Dean of Students Office

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Newly Admitted and Arriving Students

I’m a newly admitted student. Can I defer my enrollment? How long will a deferral last?

Students who are unable to arrive on campus or who wish to defer their enrollment can reach out to the program to request a deferral. In this case, you would contact your program directly to discuss your options for deferring enrollment. Deferrals, including the length of the deferral, are handled on a case-by-case basis within each program.  

I accepted my offer of admission but am now worried that I won’t be able to safely land in Chicago for Autumn Quarter. What should I do?

If you are a student who is concerned that you will not be able to physically arrive in Chicago for Autumn Quarter due to visa delays or travel restrictions, please contact your program and the Dean of Students Office as soon as possible to discuss your plans for eventual arrival on campus. Your program and the Dean of Students Office will advise you on your options regarding your matriculation date.

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International Students

I’m an international student and I can’t get a visa appointment due to COVID-19 related closures. What should I do?

If you are a student who is concerned that you will not be able to physically arrive in Chicago for Autumn Quarter due to visa delays or travel restrictions, please contact your program and the Dean of Students Office as soon as possible to discuss your plans for eventual arrival on campus.

I was admitted in a prior admission cycle but will be arriving in the US for the first time for the 2021-2022 academic year. Are there any preparations I need to make or policies I need to review?

The Office of International Affairs will be able to answer additional questions about supporting the visa process for students who will be arriving in Chicago in the fall.

Incoming international students should also work closely with the Office of International Affairs to ensure that their I-20/DS-2019 documents are updated prior to arrival in the United States.

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COVID-19 Vaccination 

Am I required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to be a student at the University of Chicago?

We strongly encourage all students to take advantage of vaccination opportunities prior to matriculating or returning to the University of Chicago.

A number of universities have required students or others to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of attending in-person classes and other activities starting in fall of 2021. The University of Chicago is considering whether to enact such requirements, and other organizations or activities may require evidence of vaccinations. Preserving records of your vaccination will help facilitate this process if the University requires proof of vaccination.

Do I need to be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

The University of Chicago is considering whether to enact COVID-19 vaccine requirements for students, faculty, and staff. In the event that those requirements are implemented, we strongly encourage you to keep a record of your COVID-19 vaccination either in the form of an electronic record (including a photograph of the vaccination record) or an official printed document.

Will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Chicago?

As of April 19, 2021, the City of Chicago entered Phase 2 of its vaccination rollout plan. In this phase of the plan, everyone in Chicago over the age of 16 is eligible to receive a vaccine. The University plans to start administering vaccines to students eligible in Phase 2 in early May 2021. In the following months, the University will continue to administer vaccines through its dedicated vaccine clinic.

If I receive the first COVID-19 vaccine somewhere other than the University of Chicago, can I receive my second dose at the University of Chicago in Autumn Quarter?

If you are receiving a COVID-19 vaccine you should plan to receive both doses at the same location in the timeframe set forth by the CDC.

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