Congratulations on your admission into the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program! We invite admitted students to engage with the UChicago community.

If you have not applied, then check out the DPSS Admissions & Fees page for guidance on submitting an application.

Conversations with UChicago Community

Meet your UChicago Community, including faculty, staff, students and alumni from our graduate degree and DPSS programs. This is your space for casual conversation about policy, social issues, graduate school and so much more. 

Events Exclusive for Admitted Students

  • May 13, 2021 8:00-8:45 a.m. 

Times are listed in Central Daylight Time (UTC-5). Registration information will be emailed to admitted students.

Events for Everyone

Connect at an upcoming event!

Happy Hours in Gathertown

Socialize and network with the DPSS community in Gathertown - a virtual space where you can walk and talk to people based on proximity. Gathertown is a great tool to socialize and network in a virtual format. You will connect with DPSS peers, alumni, teaching assistants, staff and other UChicago community members.

  • June 1, 2021  7:00-8:00 p.m.

Times are listed in Central Daylight Time (UTC-5). Registration information will be emailed to admitted students.

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Alexandra Garney

“I really loved being part of a group of people so clearly invested in the larger world and community as a whole. It was awesome being able to learn and grow from everyone's different experiences and perspectives. I am very thankful to have been a part of this program.”

Alexandra Garney, DPSS'20

Next Steps to Enroll

Accept Your Offer

The first step is to officially accept your offer of admission. Your electronic admission letter will link you to the Admission Reply Form. Complete the one-question form by the deadline listed in your admission letter. 

Submit Your Enrollment Deposit

After accepting the electronic admission letter, you will submit a $1000 USD enrollment deposit to confirm your attendance. The deadline to submit the deposit is listed in your admission letter - approximately a few weeks after admission. The deposit applies to your total program cost and is reflected in the final bill. Payment is accepted by credit-card in your application portal.

The deposit is required and is non-refundable. Students who fail to submit the deposit in time are viewed as voluntarily giving up their seat to attend the program.

If you have a third-party sponsor paying the enrollment deposit, then contact the Program Manager (andieingram@uchicago.edu) for additional instructions. 

Submitting Program Fee 

The program fee remaining balance is due shortly before the session begins. Students will receive a bill from the University Bursar Office during the summer. The bill will display the total program fee, the submitted enrollment deposit and the remaining balance owed. Payment is submitted through the UChicago Student Portal. 

If you have a third-party sponsor paying the program fee, then contact our office before the program begins. You will need to complete an additional step with the Bursar Office to enable the third-party sponsor to pay for the program. Please contact the team (harriscredential@uchicago.edu) if you have any questions on payment processes. 

Admitted students will receive detailed information about payment options closer to the program start date.


The enrollment process begins approximately one month before your session begins. During the enrollment process you will:

  • Claim your UChicago ID (your @uchicago.edu email address) 
  • Access your Student Portal (for paying program fee)
  • Join the Canvas and Slack Workspace 
  • Receive a detailed program schedule

You will receive detailed guidance on this process when the time comes. 


Engage with DPSS alumni, UChicago community members, and program staff at a number of events set before your session begins.

Contact the Program Manager, Andie Ingram Eccles at andieingram@uchicago.edu to schedule a call, we love to hear from you!

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Yuqing Cheng

“I deeply understand the meaning of the slogan: Social Impact, Down to a Science. With the DPSS capstone project, I learned to analyze complex real-world data with tools that streamline the process. And I made friends across the world.”

Yuqing Cheng, DPSS’20