Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: pre-orientation

What summer pre-orientation programs does Harris offer for incoming students?

Harris offers three pre-orientation programs for incoming students:

  • Jumpstart is an invite-only program for incoming master’s students with limited quantitative preparation.
  • Math & Coding Camp is open to all incoming MPP, MA, & MSCAPP students. The program offers instruction in math & coding and is designed to prepare students for the mandatory math exam and master’s core coursework.
  • Mathematical Methods is required for all incoming PhD & MACRM students.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: pre-orientation costs

How much do the summer pre-orientation programs cost?

There is no cost associated with Harris pre-orientation programs.

Some incoming international students are required to or may choose to attend the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP), hosted by the UChicago English Language Institute. The cost for this program is $700 for master’s students. You will be notified by Admissions if you are required to attend AEPP. Learn more about the program and view the schedule on the English Language Institute’s website.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: jumpstart modality

Will Jumpstart 2021 offer in-person or virtual instruction?

Both! If you are invited to attend, you can choose between Section 1, which offers in-person instruction from 1-3:45pm Central Time, or Section 2, which offers fully virtual instruction from 1-2:30pm & 7-8pm Central Time. Space in Section 1 is limited to ensure proper social distancing in the classroom. More information about Jumpstart can be found on the Jumpstart Program page.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: math and coding modality

Will Math & Coding Camp 2021 offer in-person or virtual instruction?

Both! You can choose between Section 1, which offers in-person and hybrid instruction from 1-4:30pm Central Time, or Section 2, which offers fully virtual instruction from 6-10pm Central Time. Space in Section 1 is limited to ensure proper social distancing in the classroom. More information about Math & Coding Camp can be found on the Math & Coding Camp page.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: math and coding sections

How should I pick which coding section to enroll in during Math & Coding Camp?

­Beginning Coding is appropriate for students who have limited or no experience coding in R. Accelerated Coding is appropriate for students who have some experience coding in R, and will have instruction at a faster pace than Beginning Coding. A scope & sequence curriculum of both sections are available near the bottom of the Math & Coding Camp page.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: math and coding section full

Section 1 of Math & Coding Camp is currently full. What can I do to be considered for in-person instruction?

There is limited capacity for the in-person offerings due to the current health and safety restrictions which are determined by the University. If we are able to increase capacity, we will register students from the waitlist in the order in which they were added to the waitlist.

You can put yourself on the waitlist for Section 1 here. If a spot becomes available, you will receive an additional email confirming you have been registered for Section 1. This will automatically occur when a spot becomes available and there is no specific timeline for when you will receive this confirmation. 

We recommend registering for a spot in Section 2 while you are on this waitlist. You can register for a spot in Section 2 here.

 

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: coding only

Can I participate solely in the coding portion of Math & Coding Camp?

We cannot accommodate students who only wish to participate in the coding portion of Math & Coding Camp. Students who sign up for Math & Coding Camp should expect to participate in the entirety of the program.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: orientation opportunities

Will there be opportunities to connect with fellow Harris students outside of the pre-orientation program coursework?

Yes! One of the most important elements of the orientation experience is fostering a sense of community amongst our diverse student body. Throughout our JumpstartMath & Coding Camp, and Mathematical Methods programs there will be orientation programs designed to integrate you into a thriving community of aspiring policy leaders. Programming will include both virtual and in-person options and range from community-wide programs like the Welcome Address to smaller, more intimate groups activities with your Polis. The final schedule for orientation programming will be released in July.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: program times

What if I want to attend a program but the time is not convenient for me?

If you are unable to attend a program during its scheduled time, you should not register for that program. There are other ways you can prepare for the core and the mandatory math exam. Harris offers self-study resources for all incoming students. These are particularly helpful for students who are unable to attend our summer programs.

Dataquest is an online learning platform that teaches coding and data science. All incoming full-time master’s students will receive six months of premium access to Dataquest starting in mid-July. We recommend students complete the “Introduction to Data Analysis in R” course prior to starting their Autumn Quarter coursework.

DiagKNOWstics is an online learning platform that uses adaptive technology to speed through skills you have mastered while spending time on skills you need to review. DiagKNOWstics has built a course specifically tailored to our math exam, and this course is used as homework for Jumpstart and Math & Coding Camp. If you cannot attend Jumpstart or Math & Coding Camp, you can still access the content of those programs through DiagKNOWstics. Access to DiagKNOWstics will be shared with students in August. 

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: moving

If I choose to participate in the in-person Orientation programs, when should I move to Chicago?

In many ways, this is a personal decision for each student to make. If you are participating in the in-person versions of the Harris Orientation Programs, students should move to Chicago prior to the start of these programs. If you are participating in virtual versions of the Harris Orientation Programs, your moving schedule is more flexible. You can find helpful information about health and safety protocols on the UChicagoForward website under the “Arriving on Campus” heading.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: working

Can I do these programs and keep working full time?

This is a personal decision for each student to make. Each of our Orientation programs involves a minimum of 3-4 hours of instruction followed by homework. Many days, there is also supplemental programming to help students build community, learn about professional development resources, understand upcoming course registration, and more. More detailed program schedules will be added to the Jumpstart, Math & Coding Camp, and Mathematical Methods websites as they are available.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: Math Exam

Can I take the Math Exam at another date?

The Math Exam will be administered over 24 hours from 12pm on September 19th to 12pm on September 20th. There is a 24-hour window to accommodate students in a variety of time zones and with a variety of obligations. We cannot at this time create an alternate test administration.

If a student is unable to participate in the Math Exam over that 24 hour period, they will be enrolled in a non-credit, no-cost fall class that will provide supplemental preparation for the Math Exam. Any students who do not pass or do not sit for the Math Exam in September will have the opportunity to retake the test in early January.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: vaccinations

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the in-person options of Jumpstart, Math & Coding Camp, or other orientation programming?

Yes, all students interested in participating in the in-person options of any Orientation or pre-orientation programming need to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination needs to be submitted to the University by August 1. Unvaccinated students with an approved exemption, or who are in the process of being fully vaccinated, will be subject to weekly testing and may be required to follow additional mitigation measures. Students who have not been able to get vaccinated due to limited supply in their home countries will be able to be vaccinated on campus. More information about the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements can be found on the UChicago Forward COVID19 Vaccination FAQ page.

Fall 21 Orientation FAQ: Health

What public health precautions is Harris taking for in-person options of Jumpstart, Math & Coding Camp, and other orientation programming?

All in-person options of Jumpstart, Math & Coding Camp, and other Orientation programming will require that students remain fully masked, observe social distancing, and clean their workstation regardless of their vaccination status. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in students being removed from the program(s).