In the summer prior to your first quarter, you will receive many emails which prepare you for the Harris student experience. We will compile the information and resources included in those emails below for you to reference as needed. 

Visit this website often, and continue to check your personal and UChicago email accounts for important action items and due dates as you make your transition to Chicago and Harris. 

Summer 2022 Communications Roadmap

We’re excited to share information about the Harris experience with you in advance of the fall quarter.

In the coming weeks, you will begin to receive three weekly digest emails. These emails will be sent until classes officially begin on September 27.

On Tuesdays, beginning in late May, you will receive the Preparedness Digest. This series will outline key steps/actions/tasks you need to complete over the summer to be set up for success when the fall quarter begins.

On Sundays, beginning in early June, you will receive the Events Digest. Use these emails to plan your week, register for events, build your network, and get involved with your UChicago community. These emails will also include information about Harris Orientation programming.

On Thursdays, beginning late June, you will receive the Career Advancement Digest from our Career Development Office,  This digest will feature advice, tools, and opportunities designed to help you reach your career goals.

Outside of those digests, we will also send you important emails about academics, orientation, resources, advising, Mentor Program, etc.  Please make sure to read your emails carefully!

May 24th Preparedness Digest

Announcements:

  • Polis Program assignments are coming! Later this week, you will receive an email from Harris Orientation letting you know to what Polis you will be assigned. The Polis Program is designed to connect the Harris community in smaller, more intimate groups. Each Polis serves as an independent community named after a Chicago neighborhood, promoting the values of its unique population. Each Polis is led by an Orientation Leader, a second-year student who is ready to provide guidance on how to have a meaningful Harris experience.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Reminders:

  • Claim your CNet ID and UChicago email address now so you don't miss out on important communications, resources, and orientation activities. To claim your UChicago email and network ID, you will need your UChicago ID number, which is an 8 digit number starting with "12." You should have received an email after you paid your deposit providing you with your UCID number. If you do not know your UCID number, please email Admissions, and they will look it up for you. Additionally, starting August 15, 2022 all official Harris and University communications will only be sent to your UChicago email. You are responsible for reading all email correspondence.
  • Slack: All incoming students were added to the current student Slack workspace at the beginning of May. Slack is an instant messenger platform intended for quick social interactions that also provides community channels. We encourage you to join your fellow students on Slack! You can find more information about the best way to utilize Slack here: Getting Started with Slack and Slack Community Guidelines.
May 31st Preparedness Digest

Announcements:

  • Students received emails last week about their Polis Program assignments. ​We are excited for you to meet your fellow Polis members and your Orientation Leader! Check your email for a message regarding your designated Polis and Kick-Off Meeting day/time.
  • Are you pursuing a Joint Degree with Harris and another program at the University of Chicago? Please complete this form if you are either (1) concurrently admitted to two programs at UChicago and have decided to pursue both, or (2) at another division in the University and applied to Harris while studying there.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Reminders:

  • Claim your CNet ID and UChicago email address now so you don't miss out on important communications, resources, and orientation activities. To claim your UChicago email and network ID, you will need your UChicago ID number, which is an 8 digit number starting with "12." You should have received an email after you paid your deposit providing you with your UCID number. If you do not know your UCID number, please email Admissions, and they will look it up for you. Additionally, starting August 15, 2022 all official Harris and University communications will only be sent to your UChicago email. You are responsible for reading all email correspondence.
  • Slack: All incoming students were added to the current student Slack workspace at the beginning of May. Slack is an instant messenger platform intended for quick social interactions that also provides community channels. We encourage you to join your fellow students on Slack! You can find more information about the best way to utilize Slack here: Getting Started with Slack and Slack Community Guidelines.
June 7th Preparedness Digest

Announcements:

  • Degree Transfers: If you would like to apply to change your master's degree program at Harris, please complete the Program Reconsideration Form for Admitted Students. Please note that space is very limited and very few degree changes will be able to be approved this year.
  • Are you pursuing a Joint Degree with Harris and another program at the University of Chicago? Please complete this form if you are either (1) concurrently admitted to two programs at UChicago and have decided to pursue both or (2) at another division in the University and applied to Harris while studying there.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • If you are a domestic or permanent resident and haven’t already, make sure to file FAFSA for Federal Financial Aid as soon as possible. The UChicago Financial Aid Office provides details about completing your FAFSA and other steps you need to follow to apply for federal financial aid. The FAFSA for Autumn 2022 is now available, so we suggest eligible students complete a FAFSA as soon as possible. Read more about your financial aid options.
  • Starting June 1: Complete the Grad PLUS Loan Application. Domestic and permanent resident students can begin applying for Graduate PLUS Loans in June. A credit-check (valid for 180 days) is required for Graduate PLUS. Please make sure that you complete the additional Graduate PLUS Master Note (MPN) along with your application. Both the application and the MPN can be completed at https://studentloans.gov/. For additional information, please refer to UChicago Financial Aid website.
  • July 26: The recommended deadline to for domestic or permanent resident students who have applied for and received their federal financial aid award to accept their aid award is July 26.

Reminders:

  • Slack: All incoming students were added to the current student Slack workspace at the beginning of May. Slack is an instant messenger platform intended for quick social interactions that also provides community channels. We encourage you to join your fellow students on Slack! You can find more information about the best way to utilize Slack here: Getting Started with Slack and Slack Community Guidelines.
June 14th Preparedness Digest

Announcements:

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • If you are a domestic or permanent resident and haven’t already, make sure to file FAFSA for Federal Financial Aid as soon as possible. The UChicago Financial Aid Office provides details about completing your FAFSA and other steps you need to follow to apply for federal financial aid. The FAFSA for Autumn 2022 is now available, so we suggest eligible students complete a FAFSA as soon as possible. Read more about your financial aid options.
  • Starting June 1: Complete the Grad PLUS Loan Application. Domestic and permanent resident can begin applying for Graduate PLUS Loans in June. A credit-check (valid for 180 days) is required for Graduate PLUS. Please make sure that you complete the additional Graduate PLUS Master Note (MPN) along with your application. Both the application and the MPN can be completed at https://studentloans.gov/. For additional information, please refer to UChicago Financial Aid website.
  • July 26: The recommended deadline for domestic or permanent resident students who have applied for and received their federal financial aid award to accept their aid award is July 26.

Reminders:

  • Once you claim your CNET ID, be sure to start checking your UChicago email regularly, directly through the Office 365 Portal. You will receive all official University communication to your UChicago email. The Office 365 Portal is the primary and most secure way to access your UChicago email communications.
  • Degree Transfers: If you would like to apply to change your master's degree program at Harris, please complete the Program Reconsideration Form for Admitted Students. Please note that space is very limited and very few degree changes will be able to be approved this year.
  • Are you pursuing a Joint Degree with Harris and another program at the University of Chicago? Please complete this form if you are either (1) concurrently admitted to two programs at UChicago and have decided to pursue both or (2) at another division in the University and applied to Harris while studying there.

Resources:

  • Slack: All incoming students were added to the current student Slack workspace at the beginning of May. Slack is an instant messenger platform intended for quick social interactions that also provides community channels. We encourage you to join your fellow students on Slack! You can find more information about the best way to utilize Slack here: Getting Started with Slack and Slack Community Guidelines.
June 21st Preparedness Digest

Announcements:

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Provide your pronouns and preferred name for student name tags and name tents! All students will be provided with permanent name tags for use during orientation, engagement, and networking events throughout the academic year. Additionally, we will provide name tents that you can use in your classes. Please confirm the pronouns and preferred name that you would like listed on your permanent name tags and name tents by Friday, July 15thFor additional information on pronouns of reference, please view this resource from the UChicago Center for Identity and Inclusion.
  • July 26: The recommended deadline for domestic or permanent resident students who have applied for and received their federal financial aid award to accept their aid award is July 26.

Reminders:

  • Once you claim your CNET ID, be sure to start checking your UChicago email regularly, directly through the Office 365 Portal. You will receive all official University communication to your UChicago email. The Office 365 Portal is the primary and most secure way to access your UChicago email communications.
  • Degree Transfers: If you would like to apply to change your master's degree program at Harris, please complete the Program Reconsideration Form for Admitted Students. Please note that space is very limited and very few degree changes will be able to be approved this year.
  • Are you pursuing a Joint Degree with Harris and another program at the University of Chicago? Please complete this form if you are either (1) concurrently admitted to two programs at UChicago and have decided to pursue both or (2) at another division in the University and applied to Harris while studying there.

Resources:

  • Slack: All incoming students were added to the current student Slack workspace at the beginning of May. Slack is an instant messenger platform intended for quick social interactions that also provides community channels. We encourage you to join your fellow students on Slack! You can find more information about the best way to utilize Slack here: Getting Started with Slack and Slack Community Guidelines.
Math and Coding Camp 

Should you attend Math & Coding Camp? Harris Math & Coding Camp is a three-week review course designed to ensure that incoming Master’s students are proficient in the mathematical and coding concepts needed to navigate the Core Curriculum. Coursework is supplemented with orientation programming and community building to ensure a smooth transition to Harris. Most students benefit from the math and coding instruction as well as the community building at Math and Coding Camp, which will help you succeed in the Core.

Schedule and Registration Options: Math and Coding Camp will be held on weekdays, August 29th to September 16th from 9:00am – 4:30pm, and will be offered in-person only.

Students will have the option to register for either:

  • Math and Coding: students should expect to attend the entirety of Math and Coding Camp from 9:00am – 4:30pm each day, including a math lecture, math TA session, coding lecture, and coding TA session. View a more detailed schedule on this webpage.
  • Coding Only: students will be expected to attend half of the program each day (coding lecture and coding TA session). We will communicate the exact times based on the coding track you select. Additionally, if you choose the Accelerated Coding track, you will only have content on select days. View the coding curriculum schedule here.  

All students also have the option between two tracks of coding – Standard Coding or Accelerated Coding. View the curricular overviews for Standard Coding & Accelerated Coding here

  • Standard Coding is designed for students who have very little or no experience with coding in R. 
  • Accelerated Coding is designed for students who have some exposure to coding in R and covers the same content as Standard Coding but moves at a faster pace.

Please RSVP by August 1 using this link. If you do not want to participate, you can decline your Math & Coding Camp invitation here (by declining, you will not receive further Math & Coding Camp emails).

Please remember that self-study resources such as Dataquest and DiagKNOWstics will be shared with students later in the summer and can be utilized instead of participating in Math & Coding Camp.

The University of Chicago has a COVID vaccination requirement for all community members. In order to attend Harris pre-orientation programming students will need to comply with this requirement. Specific information will be sent at a later date, but students should anticipate that they’ll need to comply with the requirement by August 1.

We are so excited to have you as a member of the Harris community and hope that this information will ensure the smoothest possible transition.