Information about student activities and campus resources for students in the Evening Master’s Program at 1871.

Starting on day one, and at every step of the way—through course work, academic support programs, student organizations, our mentor program and career development, within your cohort and across the University—student life at Harris Public Policy is designed to help you turn your passion for doing good into proven social impact.

Earning a degree at Harris isn't a transactional experience. This is a place to immerse yourself in all that Harris is, to be part of a community that will challenge you as much as it supports you, where classmates will make you laugh as hard as you will study. It is where you will build your experience as well as lifelong relationships, where you will broaden your network as well as your point of view.

1871 Membership

As a student in the Evening Master's Program, you will receive a Night and Weekend Membership to 1871 included as part of your tuition. This will provide access to 1871's facilities, network, co-working space, business services, workshops, and programming. A full list of events is available on the 1871 website.

Student Organizations

Evening Master's Program students are welcome to attend any of the numerous on campus and student events offered by the school and our active roster of student organizations. Most of these are listed in the News and Events section of this website and are included in twice-weekly email newsletters that you will receive as a Harris student.

Many of the student events that are offered are held during the workday. Since it may not be convenient for you attend, we are looking at ways to create new programming that fits the needs of your Evening Master's students. If you have ideas or want to start an organization, please let us know.

School-Wide Events

In addition to the wide array of events and symposia offered by Harris, staff and students also hold large student-focused events once per quarter. These include an off-campus experience (Autumn), Harris Follies (Winter), and our end of year awards event (Spring).

Campus Resources

Evening Master's Program students will have access to the UChicago Library and the Harris building. The campus fitness facilities and student health services are not available for part-time students, although students can opt-in to the health insurance.

Mentor Program

Unique among top-tier policy schools, Harris Public Policy has offered the Mentor Program since the school’s inception.

Harris mentors, many of whom are alumni, call on their experience to help students connect academic training with practical opportunities and to navigate the transition to professional careers. Mentors have included elected officials, CEOs, executive directors, policy advocates, and other professionals who freely give their time and insight to the important task of nurturing our next generation of policy leaders.

Part-time students are encouraged to participate in any of the group activities, including first year affinity groups. Applications and other information will be made available at Orientation.

Harris Professional Development Fund

The Harris Professional Development Fund (login required) offers students opportunities to advance their chosen academic and professional goals by offering grants to support students who are attending conferences to present research or for professional development. Funds can be used to reimburse students for conference registration fees as well as travel and lodging.

Students can receive grant amounts up to $500.  Grants are taxable income.

All requests for the Harris Professional Development Fund must by made through electronic application by 5:00 pm on fourth Friday of the academic quarter in which the student wishes to receive funding.

Career Development Services

The Career Development Office offers a wide range of resources to help students and alumni build their skills and identify career opportunities. It also helps employers connect with qualified job candidates.

As Harris student, you can access any of the programming and advising services. You will also have full access to UChicagoGRAD resources, including career advising, programs, workshops, and job fairs.

If you or your employer have are seeking to hire public policy graduates, please consider posting the job with Career Development.


Follies performers
Follies is a favorite annual event at Harris.
Follies performers
The 13th annual event raised funds for Women in Public Policy Conference Fund.
Follies performers
Parody is all part of the fun.
Follies performers
The laughs continue at the after-party.
Follies performers
Faculty, like Provost Daniel Diermeier (right), gamely participate.