Autumn 2021 New Student Information

Welcome to the University of Chicago

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our incoming MS and PhD students to the University of Chicago for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please see below for more information about preparing for Autumn Quarter and orientation activities. 

Preparing for Autumn Quarter

Divisional Orientation Activities

Online Orientation

The Division will provide online orientation materials that incoming graduate students can review at their own pace. These materials will be available in early September and you will receive more information about how to access the online materials. 

In-Person Orientation 

The Division plans to host an informal orientation event in the outdoor space behind Eckhardt Research Center on September 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Students are welcome to arrive and leave any time within that time frame. In addition to meeting other incoming students, you will have the opportunity to meet the Dean of Students Office staff and other faculty and staff from the Division. We will be providing individually wrapped treats for incoming students and raffling off a few prizes for those who attend. This event is not required, but attendance is encouraged.

This event is open to all invitees regardless of vaccination status and, because of ongoing health risks to the unvaccinated, those who are unvaccinated are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures advised by public health officials (masking and social distancing, etc.) Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others, including venue staff, and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

Department/Program Orientation Activities 

Orientation activities vary by department and program. Please use the information below to contact your degree program if you have questions:

Department/Program Contact
Astronomy & Astrophysics Laticia Rebeles
Biophysical Sciences Michele Wittels
Computational and Applied Mathematics Zellencia Harris
Chemistry Melinda Moore
Computer Science Megan Woodward
Financial Mathematics Meredith Hajinazarian
Geophysical Sciences Sarah Lippert
Masters Program in Computer Science MPCS
MScA (Analytics) MScA
MS-PSD Sierra Sterling
Mathematics Laurie Wail
Physics Putri Kusumo
Statistics Keisha Prowoznik


Graduate course schedules will be published on August 30, 2021. 

Graduate student registration for Autumn Quarter 2021 courses begins on September 20, 2021. You will receive additional information about how to register for courses in the coming weeks.