September 18 - 22, 2017

Welcome Week is the culminating Day One experience. The program, which takes place from September 18 - 22,  is designed to introduce new students to the Harris community. The week consists of multiple programs intended to build community and offer professional development opportunities for incoming students. You’ll also have on boarding meetings with your academic advisor and a career advisor during Welcome Week to ensure you start off on the right foot academically and in your career development.

Prepare to be Inspired

You'll have the opportunity to start building your network of aspiring policy leaders and hear from prominent and influential policy leaders.

The Day One Address will welcome you to campus and features a Harris faculty member speaking about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education. Previous speakers have included honored Harris faculty member James Robinson, PhD., author of Why Nations Fail

The Diversity Luncheon and Common Read will inspire you to think critically about the crossroads of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. It's shared experience that will bring you closer as community of policy leaders.

The Day One Keynote will challenge you to contemplate your role in complex global and social issues and craft a vision for the future of policy leaders and social change. Previous keynote speakers have included David Axlerod, former Chief Strategist for President Obama’s presidential campaigns and author of Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

Finally, all Harris students are invited to attend the annual Kick-Off Boat Cruise, where you can view the luminous Chicago skyline, get to know your peers, and let loose before the Autumn Quarter begins.


Welcome Week  will take place September 18 - 22, 2017. All incoming Harris master's students with the exception of those in the MACRM program will take the mandatory math exams on the first day of Welcome Week.

Some elements of the program require you to RSVP and may have limited availability. Please be sure to RSVP for the below programs ASAP. If you RSVP for a program and can no longer attend, please notify us at

University Graduate Student Orientation - Sept. 19th

Survey Volunteer Days - Sept. 21st & 22nd

Incoming Class Photos - Sept. 27th - 29th