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December isn’t too early to plan for your summer, especially when there are many benefits to applying to the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) Program by the December 13 Early Action deadline.
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We host Diversity Day each year for talented underrepresented individuals to get to know the Harris School of Public Policy and its community. This fall, students participated in the first Diversity Day hosted in The Keller Center. Watch the video, read the full recap, and read Hana Passen, MSCAPP 2021, reflect on the experience.
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Students recently had the unique opportunity to hear a panel composed of a Nobel laureate, top UChicago economists, and the president of the Obama Foundation as they discussed the question, "Can Economics Save the World?"

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Ever wonder what motivates a political compromise? Or why individuals in society fail to address shared social problems? Analytical Politics I, a required course taken by all Harris Master of Public Policy students in their first quarter, addresses these problems head-on. That’s why it has become my favorite class this quarter...
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At the beginning of the fall quarter, incoming and second year students flooded the doors of the Keller Center to participate in UChicago Service Day.
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Matt Shomo describes how he broadened his academic and professional horizons with Congressman Mike Quigley's Contemporary US Intelligence.
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At Harris, we are looking forward to a lively and informative Diversity Day, where our community will have the opportunity to learn about diversity and inclusion efforts and connect with Harris alumni, students, and speakers. We asked some Harris community members who attended last year’s Diversity Day what they were hoping to come away with from this year’s event.
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We are so glad you’re thinking of attending a campus visit at Harris Public Policy! This is a great first step in getting to know Harris culture, seeing what classes are like, and learning what the application process entails. Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your time here.

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Harris Student Government leaders reflect on projects that will make an impact on future classes, and give advice to applicants.
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Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Ta-Nehesi Coates, and Pete Buttigieg - though this sounds like the opening line of a promising joke, it’s also a list of three people I’ve had the chance to hear from since starting at Harris this fall.
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Thanks to Alejandro D. González, Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MAIDP) Class of '20, for writing this post on intentionally building community with his cohort.
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As we look forward to welcoming prospective students to campus throughout the Fall, our Admissions team wanted to share their favorite spots around the University and our Hyde Park neighborhood. Check out some of our recommendations the next time you are in town!
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Meet Sparkle Dalphinis, Associate Director of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach at the Harris School of Public Policy, as well as other student and alumni leaders in Diversity and Inclusion.
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Our deadlines for summer 2020 are around the corner. Make sure you are ready to submit your application by using this checklist. More information about summer program application requirements and deadlines can be found here. Email us your questions at [email protected]

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Incoming students at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy represent 48 countries, as well as various cultural backgrounds, languages, and experiences. International students applying to graduate school in the US may have many questions about our application process, and our admissions team is here to help.
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Students who start a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree at Harris are challenged to hit the ground running—and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Only a week into the program, my classes are churning through material, my calendar is jam-packed with new opportunities, and each day I’m meeting more of the diverse group of students who I now call classmates.

Here’s a rundown of what I’ve done so far:

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The fall semester has begun, the leaves are beginning to change color, and the halls of the Keller Center are bustling with activity. Whether you are new to UChicago, a second year student, or a Chicago resident, we wanted to share some activities and restaurants in Hyde Park that no one should overlook.

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Thanks to Esha Banerjee (MA'18), for this post! 

You’ve filled out your name, academic information, and work experience, uploaded your transcripts and test scores, and requested letters of recommendation. Now you face the Herculean task of writing the motivation statement and questions race through your mind: What to write? How to start? How do I fit everything in so few words, or for some, how do I write so much about myself? Should I start with a quote or is it too cliché?

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As you’re working through your application or beginning your graduate search process you may be wondering which program is the best fit for you. We’ve shared some frequently asked questions with two of our Directors, Jenny Erickson and Devon Reber Drehmer.
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Jens Ludwig’s Last Lecture was titled “Non Specialis.” The theme?

You are not special.

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