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We are pleased to announce that our summer visit schedule is now live! Join us on Mondays and Thursdays from June 6 - September 26 to experience our beautiful and historic campus. 

Your day will include coffee with a current Harris student, a tour of the Keller Center, and a meeting with admissions. More information on scheduling your visit, accommodations, and university tours can be found here

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Summer is melting away and in just a few short weeks the fall 2019 Harris School of Public Policy class will be bustling through the halls of the Keller Center.

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Harris is home to students from around the globe, and it’s common for our international students to have unique questions. All interested students can find a complete FAQ here, but below is a round-up of the questions we most commonly receive from interested international students:

Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS? 

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“[The Evening Master’s Program] has reignited my passion to drive change in this world.”
Heather George, Director of Wealth Strategies, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

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Thanks to our Directors of Recruitment, Jenny Erickson and Devon Reber Drehmer, for this post!

We frequently receive this question from eager students searching for opportunities to strengthen their application, as well as those who are concerned about specific aspects of their application. Read more to hear our thoughts on these questions! 

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Want to learn more about the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy? Please join members of our staff for coffee chats in Chicago and surrounding suburbs this summer! We will be available to answer your application questions or general inquiries about Harris. Please see our summer schedule and click the links to register below:

July 9

2–4 p.m.
3 Greens, 354 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

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Sunday, June 30 marked the 50th Pride Parade in Chicago, during which celebrations took place throughout the city. Mayor Lori Lightfoot served as honorary grand marshal for the annual parade, walking the route with her wife Amy Eshleman.

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When you come to Harris, you will be joining a supportive community of faculty, staff and students. We are thrilled to announce that our own Milvia Rodriguez is the recipient of the Marlene F. Richman Award for Excellence and Dedication in Service to Students.

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Each year incoming students participate in the Common Read, reading a shared text before arriving at Harris. The main goal is simple – to have all incoming students collectively share in a single learning experience while gaining an appreciation for diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and individual stories that not only impacts how you work together as classmates, but how you view the world as future policymakers.

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We sat down with our colleagues in Academic & Student Affairs to answer your questions on the algebra and calculus self-assessments.

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We hope you are getting excited to meet your future classmates here at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. This week you’ll be hearing from your Orientation Leaders—rising second years at Harris who will be in touch with you over the summer.

We’d also like to share a little about your incoming class. While we’ll share more detailed information once classes begin, below are a few pieces of information we think you’ll find interesting:

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As you’re planning to attend Harris this fall, you may already be thinking about your career outcomes after graduation. We’re happy to share the following benefits, experiences, and outcomes for the Master of Arts in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) program.

Benefits of MACRM

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On June 5, University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts hosted a live episode of “Thank You for Your Service” (TYFYS), an exploration of American civil-military relations. The podcast featured David Axelrod, UChicago Institute of Politics director and former campaign strategist and advisor to President Barack Obama.

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The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy excels in giving students an invaluable analytical toolkit for determining optimal public policy solutions.  The core classes at Harris are a critical component of that effort as they help students develop the analytical skills they need  to become better researchers and thinkers. However, data inquiry and evidence-based analysis must be paired with persuasive communication.  Communicating effectively is a major key to becoming an influential policy maker and advocate.

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M-o-v-i-n-g. Perhaps the most dreaded six letters in the English language, this torturous activity can be expensive, exhausting, and… enjoyable? That’s right!

Whether you’re loading your car with all of your possessions and driving down the road, flying in from halfway across the world and starting new, or somewhere in between, here are five tips to make your move to Chicago an enjoyable experience:

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Last week, the Harris, UChicago, and greater Chicago community came together for our grand opening of our new home, the Keller Center. The day's events included flash talks with policy leaders, experts, and elected officials, as well as featured speakers such as: artist Theaster Gates; former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Harris Dean Katherine Baicker; University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer; Provost Daniel Diermeier; and the building was dedicated by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. 

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We are so pleased to welcome you to our community this fall. We know the process of applying to graduate school can be overwhelming, so we wanted to provide you with a key information checklist, important dates, and a month-by-month breakdown of what you should do, and can expect, over the next few months. We strongly recommend exploring the International Student Page, as it contains much valuable information.

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Student: Courtney Jacquin, MPP, Class of 2019 Position: Illinois Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Congratulations on your new role! Tell us about the position and what you’ll be doing.

As the deputy press secretary in Illinois for Senator Duckworth, I’m responsible for the press operations around the state with support from our D.C.-based communications team.

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Are you an incoming student this fall? Hear from Brandon Kurzweg, Associate Director, Student Affairs, Student Life, on what your next steps look like. 

Whichever degree program you choose to pursue, here at UChicago, you’ll have the support and tools to succeed – and it’s not too early to start thinking about what your student experience will be like and what you can start doing over the summer to be ready on day one of class.

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Student: Laurel Harnett, MPP, Class of 2019 Position: Auditor Evaluator  Location: Sacramento, CA Congratulations on your new role! Tell us about the position and what you’ll be doing.

I will be working as an Auditor Evaluator at the California State Auditor in Sacramento, CA. In this role, I will work with a team of auditors to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement and report findings to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

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