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Our admissions team tries our best to answer your questions as thoroughly as possible – in person, on the phone, and online, especially on our blog. With regularly updated information, the admissions blog is great resource for anyone looking to learn more about Harris. We’ve gathered our top five posts from the fall to help you as you complete your application for the next deadline.

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When you arrive at Harris in the Fall of 2019 you’ll be joining us in our new building, the Keller Center. All Harris faculty, staff, and students will be moved into the building in December of 2018, and Winter Quarter classes will begin in January of 2019 in Keller.

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Graduate school is challenging. The coursework is demanding, the material can be difficult, the hours can be exhausting; but at the University of Chicago, the people make all the difference.

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If you’re in Chicago and you let the cold weather keep you inside, you’ll be missing out on some of the most classic winter activities! Brave the outdoors and experience the thrill of a Midwestern winter by checking out these Chicago activities you can’t find anywhere else.

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Students frequently have questions related to transcripts — details on which ones we need and how to submit them, and what we are looking at when we review them. Review this helpful guide as you are completing your application!  

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We are excited that today is our Early Action deadline for our full-time programs at Harris Public Policy! It has been wonderful to meet so many engaging applicants who are eager to become future policy leaders, and we are looking forward to reviewing your materials. 

If you need last-minute help on your application, we have several resources available to you: 

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Shilin Liu
Shilin Liu, Director, International Partnerships & Executive Education.

Incoming students at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy represent 39 countries, as well as various cultural backgrounds, languages, and experiences.

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Thanks to our Director of Student Recruitment, Devon Reber Drehmer, for this post! 

One of the most common topics applicants ask me about are the letters of recommendation.  These letters are an important part of your application and provide the committee with helpful information and insight into your ability to be successful at Harris Public Policy. I hope these answers to common questions will be helpful to you as you are completing your application!

 

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Matt Shomo
Matt Shomo, Class of 2020

My name is Matt Shomo and I am an incoming first year student at the Harris School of Public Policy. I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State in December of 2015 with a degree from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

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We are currently updating this information with our Office of International Affairs. We will update the post when we have the most updated information to share with admitted students. Thank you! 

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We are currently accepting applications for our part-time Evening Master’s Program (EMP) held at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart! As you complete your application, please consult the following Frequently Asked Questions, or email our admissions team at [email protected] with any questions.

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Nobel laureate Roger Myerson has been appointed the inaugural David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies, joining one of four named professorships within The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago. The new appointment is in the Harris School of Public Policy, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, and the College. 

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Our team traveled over 22,000 miles this fall to visit prospective students across the country. Whether you came to a graduate school fair, met us for coffee before work, or mingled with our alumni at a reception, we so enjoyed getting to know our applicants on the road. Read on to hear our staff's highlights!

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When I was a first year MPP student, I took what we call “the core” – classes in Microeconomics, Statistics, and Analytical Politics. During my first year in the core, I sometimes felt lost and had a difficult time applying the quantitative foundations and models to the real world.

So, to start my second year, I knew I wanted to take courses that would expand upon the concepts I learned in the core, but ultimately had real life applications.

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One of the best parts about working at Harris is having the opportunity to connect with students who share our own passion for policy. We love to hear what you are reading, how you are spending your time, and which issues excite you. Many of our prospective students have shared with our team the work they have been doing on campaigns, or their interest in running for office, or how interning or working for a particular representative changed their career trajectory.

These are truly the stories we love to hear.

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Are you preparing to vote on Election Day tomorrow and need a study guide for your ballot measures? Head over to BallotReady, an online tool that allows voters to research candidates and ballot measures based on nonpartisan information.

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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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This month, the University of Chicago community came together to discuss and process the trial and verdict of the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. The week of the verdict, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) hosted panel discussions with UChicago faculty and local media and activists.

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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! 

Ranjan Daniels, Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach

Ranjan recommends that visiting students eat at the Medici on 57th—his favorite spot in Hyde Park—because of the diverse mix of people and the stellar milkshakes.

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Did you read second year Laurel Harnett’s blog post on a day in the life of a Harris student? Now you can experience this in real time over on our Instagram page!

Follow along this week as current student Payton Head takes you around campus, through his classes, and introduces you to other Harris students!

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