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Admitted Student Week is a chance for newly admitted students to connect with current and incoming students, as well as alumni, hear from faculty across policy areas, learn about the student support offered at Harris, and see the unique opportunities to study public policy and gain hands-on experience. We asked the Admissions team what they look forward to most about Admitted Student Week April 4–9.
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Isabelle Hirschy, MPP Class of 2022, writes about how she built and strengthened her community after moving from North Carolina to Chicago.
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Lindsay Hiser, MPP Class of 2023, shares her experience getting to know the state-of-the-art Keller Center that Harris calls home.
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Bradley McCandless, MPP Class of 2022, writes about the Competitive Strategy Game, an interactive experience that puts economic theory into practice and made Strategic Behavior and Regulation of Firms with Professor Katherine Baird his favorite class.
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As we approach the next Admitted Student Week April 4–9, we wanted to share some fun places to stop in Hyde Park if you decide to visit in person. Whether you are new to UChicago, a second year student, or a Chicago resident, we wanted to share some activities and restaurants in and around Hyde Park that no one should overlook.
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During Admitted Student Week, February 28—March 4, Admissions hosted an International Current Student Panel. In the session, panelists were invited to share a picture they took since they arrived in Chicago that brings back fond memories. We enjoyed their responses so much that we wanted to share them with you.
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We asked our Harris Ambassadors about the highlights of their Admitted Student Week (ASW) last year and what admitted students should look forward to about ASW this year.
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Short-term programs at the University of Chicago, like the Harris Credential Programs, are an investment in your academic and professional career. The programs provide skills you can apply immediately, a global network of peers, and strengthen your resume for your next opportunity. Following are some tips to help you understand the financial planning needed for this investment in your future.
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The PKU-UChicago International Policy Action Lab (IPAL) gives students a foundation in policy analysis and coding with a space to apply the skills in a capstone research project. IPAL provides resources from Peking University and the University of Chicago to broaden the social experience and out-of-classroom learning. We spoke with Shilin Liu, Senior Director of International Partnerships and Executive Education, to learn about these resources for the upcoming 2022 program.
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This year we’re excited to announce our Unlock Series – a list of programming and events you can access as an incoming student. By submitting your admission reply form and deposit, you’ll have access to a variety of resources.
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The Persuasive Writing Credential (PWC) is not your typical online writing course. Whether you work in writing, policy, or another field, this program will enhance your persuasive writing at all stages. Below are four factors, according to students, that make this program unique.
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This is an exciting time for our admissions team. We are preparing to release decisions to students who submitted their completed application for the Round 1 deadline on December 1. It was a pleasure getting to know more about you, all that you have done to improve your communities, and all that you are planning to do with a graduate degree in public policy. We asked our recruiters to weigh in on their reading experience, and here is what they said.
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The PKU-UChicago International Policy Action Lab (IPAL) gives students a foundation in policy analysis and coding with a space to apply their skills in a capstone research project. We spoke with three participants of the 2021 program, Jiakai Chen, Jiachen Shi, and Ziyao Wang, to learn about their academic experiences and application of the knowledge they learned to their education and careers since the program.
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Embarking on a full-time graduate degree is a big commitment. Harris Credential Programs can help prepare you for graduate school while you work or complete your undergraduate studies. We’ve shared three ways credentials can support your graduate study using the example of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) program.
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Victor Hinardi, MPP Class of 2023, writes about his experience taking Principles of Microeconomics with Professor Thomas Coleman.

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The Round Two deadline is Thursday, January 20—submit your application if you haven't done so already! We frequently receive questions from eager students on how they can strengthen their application. Ahead of the deadline, we wanted to give you some tips on how you can make your application stand out—read more to hear Senior Director of Enrollment Management Jenny Erickson's thoughts on these frequently asked questions!
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Whether you just graduated or have years of work experience, starting graduate school is a big transition. Ezra Serrins, MPP Class of 2023, writes about his experience moving to Hyde Park and how Orientation Programs gave him the opportunity to adjust to the graduate school environment.
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The Harris School of Public Policy's full time master's programs will extend the optional GRE policy to 2022 for all applicants—domestic and international. The policy is open to students who do not wish to share their scores and to students who are unable to take the GRE or GMAT.
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Happy Holidays from the Student Recruitment and Global Outreach (SRGO) team at Harris! The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy will be closed December 24, 2021—January 2, 2022, and your Admissions team will have limited access to email during that time. Before we leave for the break, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite ways to celebrate winter in Chicago.
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Our PhD deadline is January 5, 2022. While our office is closed from December 24, 2021-January 2, 2022, we wanted to provide a roundup of resources you may find helpful, including information on both our PhD and MA in Public Policy with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM) programs. Read this post for more information, and know that our team will be back to assist students on Monday, January 3, 2022. Happy New Year!