Join us on February 21 or April 3 to connect with current students, hear from faculty, and see the exciting opportunities available at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

RSVP for Admitted Student Day.

Admitted Student Day on February 21 starts at 8:15 am and ends at 5:30 pm.

Want to arrive early? You can also begin your visit early by registering for a class visit on Thursday. 

Thursday, February 20

Class Visits 

The first available class begins at 9:15am and the last available class begins at 2:45pm.

Register for one session (space is limited): 

Faculty Presentation with Paula Worthington, 2:45 – 4:15 pm

Paula Worthington is a Senior Lecturer at Harris. She teaches courses in state and local government and cost-benefit analysis and advises students completing applied projects for public and nonprofit sector clients. Please join this session to learn more and get a sense of what it's like in the Harris classroom.

Register to attend the faculty presentation with Paula Worthington.

Reception, 4:30 – 6 pm

Join us for a small reception to meet your future classmates, current students, faculty, and staff! 

Friday, February 21 (Admitted Student Day)

8:15 – 9:15 am: Breakfast & Registration

9:15 – 9:30 am: Welcome

9:30 – 10 am: Opening Keynote

Jens Ludwig, Edwin A and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Director of Crime Lab, Co-director of Education Lab, and Co-director of Bureau of Economic Research

Jens Ludwig
Jens Ludwig

10 – 10:15 am: Break

10:15 – 11 am: Experiential Learning & Student Services Panel

Meet members of our student affairs team that will assist you with your academic, personal, and professional development:

  • Kate Biddle, Dean of Students, is committed to seeing students succeed personally and academically. Her team is here to support you during your time at Harris.
  • Michelle Hoereth, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, can’t wait to share with you the programs and initiatives in place for Diversity and inclusion at Harris.
  • Nick Fahnders, Associate Director, Career Readiness, is excited to share career outcomes and top employers seeking to hire Harris graduates.

11 – 11:20 am: Break

11:20 – 12:30 pm: Student Panels

12:30 – 1:15 pm: Lunch

During lunch, you'll hear from alumni on why they chose Harris, their time in the MPP program, and how it has shaped their early career paths.

The panel, Alumni Perspectives on International Policy and Development at Harris, includes Pearson Fellow alumni Marissa Block (MPP '19), Sarah Boyle (MPP '18), Elaine Li (MPP '19), Lauren Lochocki (MPP '19), and Anessa Patwary (MPP '19).

1:30 – 2:15 pm: Resource Fair

Talk with Harris staff about financial aid options, and hear from Centers & Institutes about their research and ways you can get involved.

Meet your future classmates at Harris and talk with students in Harris Student Organizations, including Harris Student Government, Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS), OutPolitik, Latin American Matters (LAM), Black Action in Public Policy Studies (BAPPS), Muslim Affairs & Public Policy, Chicago Policy Review, Education Policy Student Association (EPSA), Women in Public Policy (WiPP), and Community Action Bureau. 

1:30 – 2:15 pm: Breakout Session I

  • Entrepreneurship and Public Policy: Learn more about entrepreneurship opportunities at Harris
  • Education and Early Childhood Policy: Susan Mayer, Professor Emeritus
  • International Development and MA in International Development and Policy (MAIDP) program: Jamia Jowers, MA in International Development and Policy and Obama Foundation Scholars Program Director; Rebecca Wolfe, Lecturer and associate at The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflict
  • MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) program and faculty panel: Anne Rogers, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Dan Black, Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • Orientation, Your Guide to Day One: Brandon Kurzweg, Assistant Dean of Students, Student Life

2:30 – 3 pm: Breakout Session II

  • Social Policy and Inequality: Steven Durlauf, Steans Professor in Educational Policy
  • Health Policy: David Meltzer, Fanny L. Pritzker Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, and Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences;
    Ellen Cohen, Executive Director, The Center for Health and the Social Sciences
  • Environment & Energy Policy: Fiona Burlig, Assistant Professor
  • MA in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) program: Scott Ashworth, Professor and Director of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy PhD program

3 – 3:10 pm: Break

3:10 – 3:45 pm: Faculty Keynote

James Robinson, Reverend Dr. Richard L Pearson Professor of Global Conflict; Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

James Robinson
James Robinson (left) at The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Annual Lecture.

3:45 – 4:30 pm: Policy and Chicago Featuring Mayoral Fellows and Closing Keynote with Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

4:45 – 5 pm: Closing Remarks

Ranjan Daniels, Senior Associate Dean (4:30 – 5pm)

5 – 5:30 pm: Reception

5:45 – 7 pm: Mixer with Harris Student Organizations MiPPS and BAPPS