Welcome to Day One

Day One is Harris Public Policy's new student orientation experience that seeks to ensure a smooth transition for new students in our Evening Master's Program at 1871 and promote your academic and professional success.

Day One will help prepare you for your first day of class, foster a sense of community, provide professional development opportunities, and ensure you have an understanding of the Harris curriculum, campus systems, and campus resources.

There are two components:

  • New Student Orientation on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1871

  • Harris Math Pre-Core Program on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1871

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation for the Evening Master's Program will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. at 1871 at the Merchandise Mart with a reception immediately following the orientation. The program will consist of orientation information sessions and networking and community building opportunities. Spouses, partners, and significant others are invited to attend the reception.


  • 8:30 a.m. — Check-in and Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. — Program Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:00 a.m. — Orientation Info Session I
    • Advising and Academic Success
    • Professional Expectations and Career Exploration
    • Career Development Overview
  • 12:00 p.m. — Lunch and Networking
  • 1:30 p.m. — Group Breakouts and tours of 1871
  • 2:30 p.m. — Orientation Info Session 2
    • Navigating UChicago Systems
    • Curriculum Overview
    • Faculty Panel
  • 4:30 p.m. — "Aims of Policy" Discussion
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Reception (Spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome.)

Math Preparation

Harris has a strong math review and preparation program for all incoming students, and the EMP is no different. 

Math Review and Assessment

You will also need to complete the Math Assessment below. The Curriculum Overview and Math Resources will help you prepare for the assessment.

The results of the Math Assessment will be used to customize the Harris Math Pre-Core Program curriculum, ensuring that you receive math content that meets your specific needs.

The Harris Math Pre-Core Program

The Harris Math Pre-Core Program (HMPP) will be held December 16, from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. at 1871.

Similar to the orientation programs for our full-time students, the HMPP is offered as a review course for all incoming EMP students designed to ensure proficiency in algebra and calculus. It will be facilitated by instructor Michele Davies (Harris PhD '17) and Krisinda Doherty, Program Director for the Evening Master's Program.

Additional Math Review

Similar math review courses will be held before the start of each term that will be tailored to the to the math needed during that term.

In addition, we are looking at providing Teaching Assistant sessions throughout your first quarter. These sessions will likely meet Wednesday evenings or on class nights prior to class, depending on faculty and student preference. Additional information will be provided as instructors finalize course materials.