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Below are the steps you will need to accept your admittance to Harris Public Policy and to prepare yourself for this coming Fall.

Accept Your Decision

Make sure to fill out your Admission Reply Form to let us know that you are as excited as we are to have you join us Fall 2017.

Pay your deposit

To secure your place in the class of 2019, you must submit your $350 non-refundable deposit by April 15, 2017.  Log into your account to submit today! 

Submit Official Transcripts 

All enrolling students must submit official transcripts from any institution from which they have received a degree. If we did not receive your official transcripts our office will contact you by mid-May as a reminder to submit your official transcripts. If you know that during the application process you submitted unofficial transcripts, we recommend beginning the process of sending your official transcripts to Harris. To submit official transcripts:

  • If your previous institutions allow you to submit electronic official transcripts you may request those be sent to Harris via harrisadmissions@uchicago.edu. Our team will then upload your transcripts.
  • You may request your official transcripts be sent via mail. Please send them to the address below. Our staff will then upload your official transcripts.
    • Harris Public Policy ATTN: Admissions 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, Il 60637

Please do not send transcripts showing "unofficial" or "issued to student".  We do not encourage you to hand deliver opened transcripts as these may not be considered official. Students who have completed their degree program and have their degree conferral on their transcripts should send their official transcripts by June 1st.  Students who are currently attending a college or university and are expecting their degree to be conferred this year should submit official transcripts by July 31st. 

Please SEE below for helpful information on Financial Aid 

1.     Most domestic students are eligible to borrow funds for the full cost of attendance (tuition plus living expenses and fees, minus scholarships). You can apply to receive federal loans (Stafford and grad PLUS) and/or private loans (Alternative Loan Funds). Applications for federal loans are processed on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore we encourage you to submit your FAFSA by the priority deadline - May 5th.

2.     The application processing timeline is available here. Please, review the information on the page carefully as it outlines important steps in understanding, accepting, and receiving your awards

3.     Federal loans are sent directly from the government to the University and applied to your tuition account. Alternative Loans are generally sent to the University via an electronic disbursement method and applied to your tuition account. Scholarships provided by Harris are entered by the financial aid specialist at Harris and disbursed directly on your account. All financial aid is disbursed quarterly.

4.     As you might know, the FAFSA code for the school has changed. The school code for 2017-18 is 001774. If you sent your FAFSA to a different code, please go back to your FAFSA, update the school code, sign, and resubmit.

Request more information about research assistantships

Research Assistantships are the manner by which most Harris Public Policy students supplement their education. These paid positions can help students financially support themselves while gaining valuable research experience and working closely with Harris faculty. Fill out the form below to express your interest in Research Assistantships.

Claim CNet ID aND UChicago Email Address

You must claim your CNet ID and UChicago email address by June 1st, 2017. Over the summer, this will be the primary means of communication to send you information about matriculation this fall. You can claim your CNet ID and email address once you have accepted and completed your Admissions Reply Form and have paid your deposit.

Suggested date to complete math self-assessment

June 15th, 2017

Taking the mathematics self-assessment is helpful is allowing you to determine whether or not to register for the Mathematics Pre-Matriculation Program and will give you an example of what to expect from the Mandatory Math Exams in September.

Deadline to apply for the mentor program

July 1st, 2017

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.

This innovative program uses a multi-level structure that fosters meaningful connections between students and mentors and helps students build a powerful professional network. The program is open to all Harris students who choose to participate. A two-year program, students benefit from an affinity group based on career interest their first year, followed by a one-on-one relationship with a mentor in their second year. 

Deadline to register for the harris mathematics pre-matriculation program

July 31st, 2017

The Harris’ Mathematics Pre-Core Program (commonly called Math Camp) is a three-week review course designed to ensure that incoming Master's students are proficient in algebra and calculus. The course prepares students for the mandatory math exam, which is held during orientation week. One core faculty member leads the course with the support of several teaching assistants. Additional programs are also offered during the program to ensure that participants have a smooth transition into Harris.

The class meets every weekday from August 28, 2017 through September 15, 2017. Each day includes a review of algebra principles from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., a review of calculus principles from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, and TA sessions and office hours in the afternoon. There will be a algebra pre-test on the first day of the course.  If students pass that pre-test, they are passed out of algebra coursework during the Harris Mathematics Pre-Core Program.

academic english pre-matriculation program begins
(select international students only)

August 3rd, 2017


The University of Chicago's Academic English Program is an approximately three-week summer program designed to support incoming international students who are not fluent in English. The program seeks to:

  • Improve speaking proficiency in academic and professional contexts
  • Develop skills needed to succeed in a rigorous academic environment
  • Introduce the cultural and professional resources at the University of Chicago
  • Expose incoming students to the rich culture of historic and present-day Chicago

The cost of the program is $600 for Master's students, which includes placement testing, weekday afternoon academic English classes, Friday workshops, weekend cultural programming, course materials, and advising. Additional programs are also offered during the language program to ensure that participants have a smooth transition into Harris.

If you are required to attend you will be contacted directly by Harris administration and registered for the program.

Jumpstart begins

August 14th, 2017

mathematics Pre-matriculation program starts

August 28th, 2017

math exams (mandatory for all incoming students)

September 18th, 2017

welcome week 

September 18th - 22nd, 2017

Prepare for your autumn in ChicagO