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February 20–24, join us for Admitted Student Week and discover why Harris is the best place to study public policy. See the schedule and register for events below.
All Admitted Student Week programming is only available for students admitted to the class starting in Fall 2023.
If you miss a virtual session or would like to review a session you previously attended, recordings for each session will be made available within 72 hours of the event on this page. Program-specific recordings are available on request to admits of that particular program.
Monday, February 20 | 9–10 a.m. Central Standard Time
Watch the webinar: Life as a Current Harris Student (56 min.)
Once you're a student at Harris you'll start to hear students refer to themselves as "Harristas" and their "Harrista Life." Join this session to get insight into what it's like to be a "Harrista".
You'll learn about life as a current Harris student directly from the students themselves. We are pleased to be joined by:
Monday, February 20 | 10:30–11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time
Watch the webinar: Moving to Chicago 101 (56 min.)
Tuesday, February 21 | 8–9 a.m. Central Standard Time
Watch the webinar: International Alumni Session (58 min.)
Please join a panel of Harris alumni from across the globe to learn about their experiences at UChicago and their career trajectories after graduation. This session will be moderated by Rebecca Hou, Associate Director of Student Recruitment. Rebecca has experience working with, and being, an international student.
Rebecca will be joined by the following students:
Tuesday, February 21| noon–1 p.m. Central Standard Time
Watch the webinar: Health Policy Living Room with Harold Pollack and Ellen Cohen (55 min.)
As part of Admitted Student Week, please join Harold Pollack, Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration, and Ellen Cohen, Deputy Director, Data for the Common Good (D4CG), Home of the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) as they discuss Health Policy at the University of Chicago.
Tuesday, February 21 | 9–10 a.m. Central Standard Time
MSCAPP Program Deep Dive (MSCAPP admits only, email Harris Admissions for a recording)
Please join MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP) Harris Professor and MSCAPP Academic Director for Harris Dan Black, MSCAPP Academic Director for Computer Science David Uminsky, Program Director Kathryn Mattie, Associate Program Director Alyssa Szynal, and Assistant Program Director Jeff Jackson for a discussion of the MSCAPP program.
Please note, this session is reserved for MSCAPP admits.
Tuesday, February 21 | 3:30–4:30 a.m. Central Standard Time
Watch the webinar: Financial Aid Webinar (44 min.)
Please join our team for a webinar discussing ways in which students finance their degree at the University of Chicago. This webinar will address scholarships, on campus employment including research assistantships and teaching assistantships, financial aid (FAFSA), tuition, total cost of attendance, and next steps. We will go over frequently asked questions, as well as answer any remaining questions you may have. We look forward to connecting!
Tuesday, February 21 | 5–6 p.m. Central Standard Time
No recording is available for this session.
Please join current Harris students for a panel to learn more about the Harris student experience. We are pleased to be joined by:
Wednesday, February 22 | 9–10 a.m. Central Standard Time
Watch the webinar: Policy Labs Overview (52 min.)
Interested in learning more about Policy Labs? Please join Executive Director Carol Brown for a Policy Lab Overview.
Wednesday, February 22 | 6:30–7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
No recording is available for this session, but we recommend you watch Alumni Conversation - The Value of UChicago (59 min.), which also features Manuel Aragonés.
Join Senior Associate Dean Ranjan Daniels for a session on the value and versatility of a public policy degree from Harris to conclude the virtual portion of Admitted Student Week. We are pleased to be joined by Manuel Aragonés, MPP'16, CEO of deep_dive, a Data Science consultancy firm with a talented team of data scientists, data engineers and analysts. Learn more about the work of deep_dive.
Thursday, February 23 | 3:30–8 p.m. Central Standard Time
Harris School of Public Policy (The Keller Center)
1307 E. 60th St., Chicago IL 60637
Register for February 23 Admitted Student Day (In-person)
Thursday, February 23 | 3:30–3:45 p.m. Central Standard Time
Check in with Admissions in the Keller Center Lobby and head up to the Sky Suite
Thursday, February 23 | 3:45–4 p.m. Central Standard Time
Join Senior Director Jenny Erickson for welcome remarks to kick of our in-person Admitted Student Day programming.
Thursday, February 23 | 4–5 p.m. Central Standard Time
Admitted students will have the opportunity to engage in a community activity with their future classmates including trivia and board games.
Thursday, February 23 | 5–6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
In honor of Black History Month, the Student Engagement Team has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Harris Student Organization, Black Action in Public Policy Studies (BAPPS) to uplift Black joy. Please join us for a gallery night featuring local artists and food catered from local, Black-owned businesses.
Thursday, February 23 | 6:30–8 p.m. Central Standard Time
Join current Harris students and alumni for dinner.
Friday, February 24 | 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Central Standard Time
Friday, February 24 | 8:30–9:30 a.m. Central Standard Time
Check in in the Keller Center Lobby and enjoy breakfast with other admitted students.
Friday, February 24 | 9:30–9:50 a.m. Central Standard Time
Senior Director Jenny Erickson will provide an overview of the day in the Keller Center Forum, followed by welcome remarks from Senior Associate Dean Ranjan Daniels.
Friday, February 24 | 10–11 a.m. Central Standard Time
Join a faculty breakout session with either Assistant Professor Austin Wright (Keller Forum) or Senior Lecturer Rebecca Wolfe (Sky Suite) for an overview of the international policy and development curriculum at Harris.
Wright is a faculty affiliate of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. Wright's research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq.
Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she also is an associate at the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts.
Friday, February 24 | 11:15–noon Central Standard Time
Join a breakout session with Harris alumni to learn about their career trajectory after Harris. Harin Contractor, MPP'08, Director of Labor Policy for the National Economic Council and Nikki Wegner, MPP'13, Director of Strategy, Public Policy and Business Development for Children's Home and Aid, are in the Forum. Faraz Ahmed, MSCAPP'18, Senior Data Scientist with Deloitte Digital, Ashlee Gabrysch, MPP'13, AB'07, Regional Manager of Midwest Tax-Supported Ratings & Director, and Haley Klosky, MPP'19, Data Analyst with US Government Accountability Office are in the Sky Suite.
Friday, February 24 | noon–1 Central Standard Time
Join your fellow admitted students for lunch in the Keller Center Commons on the first floor.
MSCAPP students will have a separate lunch in the Sky Suite and The Pearson Institute will host a lunch for Pearson Fellows in the 4th floor board room.
Breakout session 1—Friday, February 24 | 1:05–1:50 p.m. Central Standard Time
Breakout Session 2—Friday, February 24 | 2:05–2:50 p.m. Central Standard Time
Choose one of the following three options for each breakout session:
Location: Sky Suite (Session 1)
Board Room (Session 2)
Learn the difference between "spilling your guts" and "showing your scars" in storytelling with a workshop conducted by David Chrisinger, Executive and Writing Director of the Writing Program. Chrisinger also recently won the George Orwell Award for his contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.
Location: Boardroom (Session 1)
Sky Suite (Session 2)
Hear from Dana Bozeman, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Kate Shannon Biddle, Dean of Students, about The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and many programs including academic advising, orientation, student life initiatives, Harris Student Organization advising, the Mentor Program, the Common Read, the tutoring program, and the Stata and R Bar.
Location: Forum (both sessions 1 and 2)
Jeremy Edwards, the Senior Associate Dean of Professional and Career Development, and members of his team will be available to share more information about the career services support available at Harris.
Location: Keller Forum
We are pleased to share our keynote speaker will be John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, Co-CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments. John is a member of the board of directors of McDonald’s, NIKE, The New York Times Company, and Ryan Specialty Group Holdings. John also serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.