Special thanks to Jennifer Erickson, Director of Enrollment Management and Marketing Strategy, for writing this post!

The start of winter is intensely quiet for our Admissions team: quiet because most of our students have scattered to destinations around the globe after the fall quarter, heading home to see family, or spend New Year’s Eve in Vegas, or preparing to run for office; and intense because we are deep in the reading process, learning about the incredible challenges prospective students like you have overcome, your impressive accomplishments, and admirable goals.

When everyone is back in the office for the winter quarter, the environment changes from intensely quiet back to the typical hustle and bustle we expect at Keller. One of the amazing graduate assistants we hired this year asked me how our application reading and committee went. I was excited to share with her that it was fantastic—we are so thrilled to be admitting students who have such impressive academic backgrounds and from such an array of fields. Our prospective students are all connected by their drive to have a positive impact on their communities and improve public policy. I asked a few of our recruiters to weigh in on their reading experience, and here is what they said.

"Committee is always my favorite part of the application cycle because the Admissions team gets to learn through the words of applicants why a UChicago policy degree will further equip them to be policy advocates, changers, and challengers. The unique experiences they disclose are nothing short of inspiring, and I always feel so fortunate that I get be a part of the review process."

Riyanna Coleman, Student Recruitment Specialist 

“I was thoroughly moved by the letters of recommendation this year. The letters were detailed on the applicant's past experiences, reasons for studying policy, and the contributions they would bring to the UChicago Harris community.”

Andie Ingram Eccles, Student Recruitment and International Programs Specialist 

“I really enjoy reading applications for our Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MAIDP) program because the stories and experiences are so inspiring. The possibilities of having a longtime government official from India, a social entrepreneur who started an NGO improving outcomes of school children, a returned volunteer from Peace Corps continuing their work overseas, and so many more emerging leaders join the next cohort is so exciting.”

Samantha Ng, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment


Thanks to all who applied to Harris Public Policy for the effort you put into the process—it has been amazing to read your stories!

For those who haven’t applied yet, it’s not too late: the next deadline to apply is January 23.