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

  • March 12, 2021 8:00-8:45 a.m.
  • April 8, 2021 7:00-7:45 p.m.
  • May 6, 2021 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Times are listed in Central Time (UTC-6). 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.

  • March 30, 2021  7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • April 30, 2021  8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • June 1, 2021  7:00-8:00 p.m.

Times are listed in Central Time (UTC-6). 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, submit a $1000 USD enrollment deposit to confirm your attendance. The deposit applies to your total program cost and is reflected in the bill. 

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.


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!


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) 
  • Join the Canvas and Slack Workspace 
  • Receive a detailed program schedule

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

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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