June & July 2021 Pre-Enrollment Checklist Items

See details below for:

  • Applying for a Grad PLUS Loan
  • Submitting transcripts
  • Completing the math self-assessment
  • Registering for Math & Coding Camp
  • Connecting with your Polis
  • Learning through Online Orientation Modules
  • Accessing DataQuest

Domestic and Permanent Residents Only

Students can begin applying for the Graduate PLUS Loans in June. A credit-check (valid for 180 days) is required for the Graduate PLUS. Please make sure that you complete the additional Graduate PLUS Master Note (MPN) can both be completed at https://studentloans.gov/. For additional information, please refer to UChicago Financial Aid website.


June 1, 2021: Deadline for Submitting Your Transcript

Please note: We understand some incoming students are having challenges obtaining official transcripts. We have flexibility with the June 1 deadline for students not currently enrolled in a degree program or who graduated prior to June 1, 2019.

If you are not currently enrolled in a degree program and have your most recent degree conferral on your transcript, please follow this process to submit your official transcript if you haven't already done so.


June 7 - 11, 2021: Polis Kick-Off Meetings

Meet your Orientation Leader and start building your network of future policy leaders in your Polis.


All Master's Students (Except MACRM)

Complete the math self-assessment as soon as possible to help you decide whether to attend Math & Coding Camp.


June 30, 2021: Deadline for Federal Financial Aid

Domestic and Permanent Residents Only

The UChicago Financial Aid provides details about completing your FAFSA and other steps you need to follow to apply federal financial aid. Read more about your financial aid options.

(PhD/MACRM students are required to participate in the Mathematical Methods Program.)


July 1, 2021: New Student Orientation Modules

Access the new student orientation modules, which include a wealth of information for new students.


All Master's Students (Except MACRM)

Registration for this three-week review course designed to ensure that incoming master's students are prepared for the mandatory math exam held during Welcome Week.

(PhD/MACRM students are required to participate in the Mathematical Methods Program.)

at https://studentloans.gov/. For additional information, please refer to UChicago Financial Aid website.


July 12 - 16, 2021: Mid-Summer Polis Meeting

Reconnect with your Polis and start getting ready for everything orientation!


Late July, 2021: Access DataQuest

Access the coding platform, DataQuest, to start building your skills in Stata and R.


July 31, 2021: Deadline for Submitting Your Transcript

Students Graduating After June 1, 2021

If you are currently attending a college or university and are expecting your degree to be conferred this year, you should submit official transcripts by following these steps.