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Helpful Financial Aid Information for US students

Helpful Financial Aid Information for US students

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.

Round Two Update

Round Two Update

Greetings from Harris! 

We are extremely pleased to be releasing our Round Two decisions tomorrow, Friday April 28th. It was a pleasure reviewing all of your applications and learning more about your goals and ambitions. Please log into your account tomorrow evening for updated decisions. Students admitted in Round Two should plan to deposit by May 19th. We are excited to announce we will be hosting an Admitted Student Day for Round Two admits, and those who were not able to come to our earlier Admitted Student Day, in the next few weeks. We plan to send out dates and more details early next week.

Thank you again for the time and consideration you have put into the application process, and we can't wait to welcome all of our admitted students to campus this Fall! 

Today at Harris

The Inaugural Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Inaugural Lecture will be today at noon. Sergio Jaramillo Caro, Colombian High Commissioner for Peace, negotiated on behalf of the Republic of Colombia with the country's largest guerilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Jaramillo will share his experience negotiating a peace accord with the FARC that ended one of the world's longest-running conflicts, as well as what lies ahead for the region. 
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 12:00 PM — 1:15 PM
Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club 1212 East 59th Street
If you wish to attend, please RSVP here.
The event will be webcast here.

Former President Barrack Obama is speaking about civic engagement and the next generation of leadership at UChicago beginning at 11AM. He is speaking to invited students from local high schools and community colleges. You can watch his webcast here

Message from Katherine Baicker to the Harris community

Message from Katherine Baicker to the Harris community

Hear thoughts from the incoming Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy Katherine Baicker on the importance of public policy today, the need for analytical data in government, and what she envisions for Harris. 

Get to Know Hyde Park

Get to Know Hyde Park

Post from Emma

Hyde Park is a neighborhood bursting with rich Chicago culture and history. If you’re coming for a visit or just moving in, be sure to check out these five quintessential Hyde Park stops!

The Robie House

Inspired by the landscape of the Midwest, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright built the Robie House in the early 1990s. A stunning example of “Prairie Style” architecture, the house is a staple of the Hyde Park community. Plan your visit today!

The Woodlawn Tap

 Known to most locals as “Jimmy’s”, after the tavern’s famous barkeep, Woodlawn Tap has served everyone from UChicago professors and students to Dylan Thomas. Step inside, and you’ll be transported back in time throughout the tavern’s history (over half a century!).

Powells Books

 A part of the famous Powell’s independent used bookstore chain, this Chicago outpost has been in Hyde Park for over 40 years. Wander around for hours — feel free to get lost in their over a quarter million selection!

Promontory Point

 If you want one of the best views of Chicago’s beautiful skyline, head down to Promontory Point at Burnham Park. The Point is a part of renowned Chicago architect Daniel Burnham’s planning for the 1933-1934 World’s Fair held in Chicago — and one of Hyde Park’s best-kept secrets.


 This landmark cash-only eatery is one of President Obama’s favorite neighborhood spots. If you want to eat like a president, be sure to order the N.Y. Steak & Eggs, Mediterranean Omelette, or Two Pancakes special.

Language Camp - More than improving your English skills

Language Camp - More than improving your English skills

Post from current student Mayra

Many of our international students at Harris are required to attend the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP) – often called Language Camp by students - in early August. The University of Chicago's (AEPP) is an approximately three-week summer program designed to support incoming international students to improve their speaking and writing proficiency in academic and professional contexts before starting the master’s program.

Attending this program can help you develop skills needed to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. It can also give you the opportunity to know more about the culture and history of the city of Chicago and meet the amazing international community that will surround you in the next couple of years. Besides this, you will have the chance to enjoy the amazing Chicago summer! Are you ready to meet your new best friends?

Stay tuned: If you are required to attend the University of Chicago's Academic English Program you will be contacted soon by Harris administration with more information to register for the program.

Team Harris on Katherine Baicker

Team Harris on Katherine Baicker

Post from Emma

We asked three Team Harris ambassadors and the president of Women in Public Policy (WiPP) to share their insight on the announcement of the appointment of the new Dean of the Harris School, Katherine Baicker.

Becki Planchard (MPP ’17), President of Women in Public Policy

“Harris students had been anxiously waiting for months to hear who our new Dean would be. When the announcement hit our inboxes last week about incoming Dean Kate Baicker, I eagerly joined in text and email chains with my fellow leaders from Women in Public Policy, all of us excited about the news. I see Dean Baicker’s background in health policy and economics as an asset to our school—to me, she is an embodiment of our slogan, “Social Impact, Down to a Science.” We at WiPP are grateful for our interim Dean, Kerwin Charles, and his consistent efforts to shed light on and transform diversity at Harris. We are confident that Dean Baicker will bring in her own perspectives to lead Harris forward, building on the momentum of the past years. I look forward to returning as an alumna to see her leadership in action.”

Peter Biava (MPP 19), Team Harris ambassador

“I'm thrilled that Harris has a new dean! Katherine Baicker is the heavy-hitter academic that UChicago needs to lead Harris into the future as a trendsetter in pubic policy. Her accomplishments in the executive branch as an economic policy advisor demonstrates the type of leadership and rigor that Harris is famous for. Her expertise in health economics adds a wonderful dimension to the depth of expertise within the Harris faculty. 

I want to thank Professor Kerwin Charles who did a remarkable job as interim dean. I'm very proud that Harris is now in the hands of an equally genuine, personable, and capable leader in Professor Baicker. The future of Harris is extremely bright, and the next few years here will be exciting to see how everything unfolds!”

Faraz Ahmed (MSCAPP 18), Team Harris ambassador

“The appointment of Katherine Baicker as the new dean of Harris School of Public Policy is a reflection of school's commitment to increasingly expand the evidence based research in different policy fields. Her tenure as the Dean will open the doors for rigorous inquiry in the fields of health economics and health policy, which is quite pertinent in today's age where the debate on future health insurance has become increasingly complex.

Dr. Baicker's exceptional track record in both academic and professional arenas will also accelerate Harris's core focus on bridging the gap between practitioners and academia. Having served and serving on the leadership at prestigious institutions such as the Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health, President's Council of Economic Advisors (2005-2007) and National Academy of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Baicker, in my view, will solidify the leadership potential of the Harris community and increasingly forge new partnerships between policy institutions and the student community at Harris. These collaborations will go a long way in devising the future policy making processes of America and other countries.”

Madeleine Toups (MPP 18), Team Harris ambassador

“Interim Dean Kerwin Charles has been a phenomenal resource for students in his time as Dean. I am very appreciative of his commitment to diversity and gender inclusivity at the Harris School, as well as genuine concern for students’ experiences. I look forward to his role at Harris in my final year in the MPP program.

That being said, I could not be more thrilled with Dr. Katherine Baicker’s appointment as Harris School’s new Dean. Dr. Baicker is knowledgeable and well-respected in a range of topics that are important to myself and current students, specifically her work in health economics. Healthcare is an increasingly important policy issue both in the United States and internationally, and having Dr. Baicker as a leader in this field at the helm of Harris will hopefully bring greater opportunities in healthcare reform and outreach for current students to explore as potential careers and research topics.

In addition to her high-caliber qualifications, Dr. Baicker will be the second woman to serve in this role. I look forward to working with her and Women in Public Policy to amplify women’s voice in advocacy, professional development, and inclusive dialogue on campus and at the Harris School.”


2017 Chicago Summer

2017 Chicago Summer

Post from Emma:

Summer is just around the corner — bring out your calendar and plan to eat, drink and dance your way through the season this year in Chicago! For more dates and details, please click here.


5/6-5/7: Greek & Mediterranean Wine Festival

Celebrate this inaugural festival on Van Buren and Halsted by sampling over 50 Mediterranean European wines and tastes of local Greek restaurants. Tickets start at $40 and benefit the Greektown Chamber of Commerce. Tickets available here.

 5/26-5/28: Mole de Mayo

Held in historic Pilsen at Ashland and 18th, the festival features food vendors, an open-air market for local Pilsen business owners, and a lucha libre wrestling ring. Admission is free, but suggested donations benefit the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation. 

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival: Come listen to Chicago’s best tribute bands while enjoying food and art from local vendors on N. Sheffield from Belmont to Roscoe!


 6/3-6/4: 57th Street Art Fair

This year is the 70th annual summer for the 57th Street Art Fair — the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest. Come see almost 200 artists in beautiful Hyde Park!

6/9-6/11: Chicago Blues Festival

A favorite amongst Chicagoans, this summer staple boasts free admission to hear the best talents in jazz at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

 6/9-6/11: Ribfest

Take a break from the Blues Fest and stop by Ribfest, held at the intersection of Lincoln Ave., Irving Park Road and Damen Ave. Last year, Chicagoans voted this the “Best Food Fest” of the summer.

6/17-6/18: Pride Fest

Starting at the 3200 block of North Halsted, celebrate LGBTQ pride both in Chicago and around the world at the famous Pride Parade.


Chicago Ale FestLove beer? Check out the Chicago Ale Fest at Grant Park — admission runs between $19-59 and gives you access to more than 200 craft beers, as well as live music and food trucks. Tickets available here.


 7/5-7/9: Taste of Chicago

Affectionately called “The Taste”, this is one of Chicago’s most popular summer festivals. Stroll through Grant Park and enjoy a large variety of popular food vendors from around the city!

7/16: Chinatown Summer Fair

 Come celebrate Chinese culture with 40,000 fellow Chicagoans — including performances of classical dance, traditional music and martial arts demonstrations.

7/14-7/16: Pitchfork Music Festival

With some of the hippest and eclectic selections of musicians, Pitchfork is hugely popular amongst music fans. A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, and LCD Soundsystem are some of the big names headlining this year. Tickets available here.


8/3-8/6: Lollapalooza

One of Chicago’s largest and most popular events of the year, “Lolla” brings the biggest names in music to Grant and Millienium Parks. General admission tickets have sold out, but can still be found through reputable, verifiable resale sites.

8/19-8/20: Chicago Air and Water Show

Bring your chairs and blankets down to your favorite area of the lakefront for a front-row seat to the air and water show. Watch dozens of different planes complete dazzling tricks of military aerobatics and a simulated water rescue.

8/11-13 62nd Annual Ginza Holiday Festival

 Come celebrate Japanese culture with food, performances and displays on W. Menomonee Street. The Midwest Buddhist Temple will be open for those who wish to learn more about the practice; Judo and Aikido schools will also be demonstrating self-defense.

Alumni Webinar - Monday April 3rd

Alumni Webinar - Monday April 3rd

Post from Zach - 

This Monday April 3rd, we have an incredible opportunity for you to hear from and ask questions of three wonderful alumni who are part of the Harris Alumni Council. We hope you can join us for the webinar from 5:30-6:30pm. Please register here! 

Cynthia Dubois completed her MPP in 2010 and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy. She is a recipient of the Harry S Truman Scholarship and was named by USA Today as a member of the All-USA Academic First Team, which recognizes twenty outstanding individuals graduating from American universities.

George Letavish—MPP 2011—works as the Senior Policy Analyst and Get IN Chicago. George joined Harris Public Policy after serving as an intelligence analyst in the US Army.

Chad Williams began working in the U.S. Government Accountability Office following receiving his MPP in 2010.

We look forward to speaking with you on Monday! 


Staff Introduction

Staff Introduction

Post from Sylvie

My name is Sylvie Bendier Decety. I recently rejoined Harris Public Policy after spending a fantastic sabbatical year traveling and volunteering in Europe and Africa.  I’m working in the Student Recruitment & Global Outreach department, mostly on Executive Education programs and International Partnerships.

I feel at home in the various cities where I’ve lived a fair amount of time (Lyon, France, Cape Town, South Africa, Seattle and Chicago, United States). I’m hoping to have a chance to some day live in Central and/or South America (slowly learning Spanish!), Asia and/or Eurasia (recommendations, anybody?), and Oceania. I have big dreams… Wish me a long and healthy life!

I look forward to meeting students and partners from all corners of Earth and hearing stories about "home” and hopes for achievements in Public Policy. Chicago Harris will help you to get there!

EPIC Forum

EPIC Forum

This week the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution co-hosted a forum in Washington, D.C. to address the need for bipartisan work within the fields of energy security and environmental policy. The event, held at the Brookings Institution, was composed of remarks by the former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, a fireside chat, and three roundtable discussions with panelists from the private and academic sectors.

In addition to the forum, EPIC Director Michael Greenstone, Executive Director Sam Ori, and Cass Sunstein (Harvard University) presented a proposal with recommendations for taking a market-based approach to fuel economy regulations.

Interested in this forum and the work that EPIC does? Please apply here. Applications are due April 14th, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.

 Click here for more information.

Our New Dean: Katherine Baicker

Our New Dean: Katherine Baicker

Post from Ranjan Daniels

It’s been an exciting week at Harris. Start of the new quarter, Round 2 application deadline and most noteworthy…. I met our new Dean Katherine Baicker.

This was an exhaustive search led by a faculty committee who nominated candidates to President Zimmer and Provost Diermeier. The identity of the candidate is strictly confidential…I learned about the pick just as you did and what a pick…I’m blown away by the choice and what it says about the direction of Harris.

Dean Baicker is an incredibly accomplished health economist who is best known for her landmark analysis of the Oregon health system. Her presence illustrates our commit to health policy which touches every community across the globe.  Additionally, Dean Baicker brings extensive experience advising US policy makers.  As we expand our global focus with the Pearson Institute, our faculty and University leadership are demonstrating our commitment to driving innovation in US public policy.  Dean Baicker also taught at Harris as a visiting professor in 2003 so it was nice to hear my colleagues talk about their experiences with her. Another point that jumped out about Dean Baicker’s background, she’s a department chair at the Harvard TS Chan School of Public Health.

As UChicago makes a commitment to expand the global impact and reach of our faculty and students in public policy, it’s critical that we have dynamic and seasoned leadership to direct this effort and by all accounts Katherine Baicker does just that. Her willingness to join Harris also speaks to our direction but also the sound underpinnings of our scholarship.

I found the following links helpful in getting a sense of our new Dean’s policy work:


November 2016 interview with the Harvard Gazette on the future of the ACA


Featured in a March 2017 article on the future of Medicaid in Oregon 


A July 2016 Politico podcast interview on Obama’s public option healthcare proposal 


I can’t wait for Dean Baicker to welcome you to Harris this fall!

Student Profile - Gregory Smith

Student Profile - Gregory Smith

Gregory SmithMPP ’17 Candidate at the Harris School

HOMETOWN: Maraval, Trinidad and Tobago

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE: BSC in Mechanical Engineering and MBA in Supply Chain Management, Howard University

How did your undergraduate experience shape your decision to go into public policy, and, specifically, to come to Harris?

I had always wanted to be involved in this idea that I had of both Caribbean unity and economic advancement. While in undergrad, and getting my MBA, I thought the process of achieving that was by doing business and finance. It was over time while working in strategic management after graduation, that I realized that just having a business degree is not going to be enough to achieve these social goals or social missions. I knew everything there was to know about business and finance, but not about policy. That shaped my decision to go back to school. I worked in Chicago originally after leaving my MBA program. While I was in Chicago, I was thinking about coming back to school and to go into policy, and I came to a recruitment  session at the Harris school— that caused me to be more interested based on their description of the programs. The approach here is very analytical and rigorous, compared to other schools— I thought I would benefit from that specific approach.

How has Harris shaped your interest in economic policy?

When I first came to Harris I was almost completely interested in economic development in the Caribbean. My interest has since bloomed to not just economic development or the Caribbean, but social impact as a whole. I got very interested in social impact bonds and financing, and that whole field. Being at Harris and the University of Chicago has expanded my interests. I believe the Caribbean as a region has an opportunity to expand only through cooperation, or through an economic bloc. We don’t have the scale to be truly competitive in the global market—but with a community we have more of an impact. I’ve built a quantitative skill set to understand how these global relationships work, and how I can apply that to my interest in the Caribbean region. Taking classes at Harris, like poverty and economic development, have helped me understand what works to alleviate poverty, and the research that has been done to show the impact of interventions to aid poverty. In general, my economic and micro-statistics courses have helped me to understand how to measure this impact. It’s one thing to want to do good stuff, but it’s very difficult to measure the impact social change has— I think the Harris School does a great job of showing students how to actually measure this.

Can you talk about your involvement with Team Harris and how that has been a part of your Harris experience?

There’s a lot of things I like about the Harris school, but of course there are improvements too. One of the things we can improve on is representation of minorities. Obviously I’m international, but I went to a historically black college, and lived in the United States for a long time. I definitely identify with the challenges and the cultures of those who identify as minorities in the United States. I feel a strong connection to issues affecting these communities. I realized there were not that many people from this background at the Harris School. If you don’t have people from these backgrounds represented in the policymaking, how can they help the communities with similar backgrounds? I joined Team Harris specifically to help recruit more people of color to the Harris School, which has been the biggest benefit to me. It’s also just fun to talk to other people who are passionate about recruiting new people to Harris, being brand ambassadors, that sort of thing.

You’re heading into the consulting field at Deloitte Consulting. How will you apply what you’ve learned at Harris outside of the educational setting?

My role at Deloitte will be as a strategy consultant, specifically deployed to state and local governments. I’ll be working on projects at that level. I worked with the state of IL to implement a state-wide resource planning system. My role was to be the go-between for the technical consultants typing into computers and the state representatives with real day-to-day concerns. My Harris degree helps me to speak to people at a state and local level to speak to their concerns and also translate what we’re doing into something that’s beneficial for them. I chose Deloitte because they have a really strong global footprint, especially in the Caribbean. My vision for my role in Deloitte is to parlay my experience from the state and local levels in the US back to my ultimate goal of being a part of the Caribbean growth and expansion.

As you near the end of your time as an MPP candidate, what are some words of wisdom you might pass along to incoming candidates at Harris?

Two things: Go to math camp, prep classes, and make sure you come to participate; because it was definitely helpful to get back into the educational setting after working for a few years. Take advantage of extracurriculars, guest lectures, etc. That has helped shaped my experience holistically. If you never participate outside of class, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Also, I’m a co-chair of the Community Action Bureau. We work with non-profit organizations on the South Side and match students with these organizations to help advance or achieve the organization’s mission. Often these non-profits are so mission-driven that they don’t have time to do the stuff that the Harris School is good at, like organizational management or impact measurement. So we bring Harris students in to help them develop these tools. That’s something I’m really passionate about, and I hope we can get interest from prospective students to be involved. It helps apply what you’re learning on a practical level.

*Featured in this photo: Members of Harris student group Minorities in Public Policy (MiPPS). L to R: Riddhima Mishra, MPP'18; Jasmin Dial, MSCAPP'18; Tadelech Mengesha, MPP'17; Janelle Highland, MPP'17; Gregory Smith, MPP'17; David McMillon, PhD'21. MiPPS recently hosted Michael Tubbs, the first black mayor of Stockton California, on campus for a discussion on his experience running for office. Learn more here. Photo credit: Lauren Daurizio.

Alumni Update

Alumni Update

Julie Cooper MPP 2014

HOMETOWN: New York, New York

Undergraduate Degree: B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago

Current Employer: Policy and Real Estate Analyst at Development Strategies, Inc. (St. Louis)

From your undergraduate experience with the University of Chicago, was it natural that you applied to Harris, or were you looking at other public policy schools?  

I actually took some time off between undergrad and grad school. I worked for five years for the Israel Ministry of Tourism, and I was looking to go into a career in foreign policy. I had applied to a number of grad schools that were more in the international relations/foreign policy space. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do something a little bit broader— I didn’t want to just focus on foreign affairs. I was pretty familiar with the Harris School because I had some class space in undergraduate there. I knew it would be a good program because I knew the university and the caliber of academics there. I knew they were doing some really interesting stuff—they were just getting the Energy Policy Institute off the ground when I started there. It came to me as a great opportunity for the next phase in my career.

What was your MPP focus? You have interest in urban development and energy efficiency what grounded your Harris experience?

 I definitely started out thinking I would be more focused in energy policy. I had a fellowship with the Energy Policy Institute when I started. As I went through that experience, I started to do research on the energy efficiency programs, particularly targeted at low-income housing or families—helping to make their living spaces more energy efficient. I just realized that energy policy itself wasn’t what my interest was in. My interest was in community development and urban development, and energy was a piece of that, but I was looking for something a little broader about cities and communities. So I shifted a little in my second year and was more grounded in looking at urban issues—for example, I did the Municipal Finance Certificate Program; I took a class on housing policy and transportation policy. That really did become the focus of my studies there. It took me the first year to really figure that out, but since the first year is more focused on the core, that gave me the chance to figure out where I fell in the policy world.

 How did your experience at Harris lead you to your current career path?

What our company does is grounded in working with our clients—whether they’re developers, cities, institutions—helping them to utilize their assets to have the best outcomes for their organizations. There’s a couple ways that Harris helped me. When I started out with this job, I was kind of doing more data analysis— collecting demographic information, socioeconomic information to understand “what are the trends in this community? What are the particular needs?” More focused on housing than anything, but the data analysis field that I got out of Harris—particularly in the econ and stats classes—just made me very comfortable in working with data and numbers. I’ll understand what the story is and what conclusions we can start to draw from these numbers. As I’ve transitioned to project management and strategic planning, I think one of the things that always comes back to me from what I learned at Harris is always looking at all sides of an issue, and thinking about what are some unintended consequences of particular strategies that an entity might undertake. And always thinking about who are the different players that might be impacted, and thinking about the levers—what are the levers that we can press to make a difference? I think a lot of that came out of what I learned at Harris—really thinking about all sides of an issue, and being mindful that nothing is what it seems on the surface. That’s had a big influence on how I approach my job now. I see how much my employer appreciates that—I can do critical thinking around data; it’s an important skill when you go out into the professional world.

What were some non coursework-related activities or events that were influential during your time at Harris?

 I was involved with the Harris Energy Association— it was an HSO [Harris Student Organization]. It was an opportunity for students interested in energy policy issues to get together; they used to have an event called Energy On Tap, where they’d get together at the pub and would have a topic to talk about over beers. What we did was bring in an expert to have an informal conversation with over pizza and beer, and give us an opportunity to hear about what was going on in the real world of energy policy. We did an event with a congressman from South Carolina, and he was at the Institute of Politics one of the quarters, and we got in touch with him and he came over to the Harris School to have a casual conversation about his experience, what he was doing as an advocate for different efficiency programs and alternative energy funding. The HSOs helped you to see the real-world application of policy work and be up-to-date with what was going on in the real world. The benefit of going to the University of Chicago can’t be overstated. The breadth of courses you can take, professors you can interact with, speakers that they bring to campus, are a huge benefit to the Harris students and really enhance what they are doing with their Harris work.

Do you have any advice for current or prospective Harris students?

I would say a couple things. One is that, from a course-taking perspective, I highly, highly encourage prospective or current students to seriously consider taking at least one practicum course. Those courses were perhaps the most impactful of the experiences I had at Harris, because you are out in the field, and seeing what real communities and organizations are faced with. It gives you a perspective on why you’re doing policy—there’s a real world out there that we have a chance to make a difference in. And then, based on my own experience, I would say it’s okay if you don’t know exactly what kind of policy you want to study. You have time to sample and get involved—don’t feel like you have to go in and stick with something. I obviously didn’t and it ended up really working out. Just be open-minded and don’t feel too much pressure to fit in to one slot.

Waitlist Information

Waitlist Information

Many students currently on the waitlist have contacted our office with questions regarding the next steps with the waitlist. We wanted to provide some additional insight and share the information below: 

  • All waitlisted applicants will be reviewed with newly submitted applications in the final application round. The deadline for that Round is March 26th. If you are on the waitlist and preparing to submit new documents we recommend submitting that information by then.  
  • Waitlisted applicants who are admitted will receive an updated letter to their account. Students who are not admitted will not see a change to their account

 Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I do next?

          If submitting additional information please submit the form here. Some students have sent us updated information directly to harrisadmissions@uchicago.edu but if you are able to fill out the form as well that will be helpful. We encourage you to contact our office to determine how to strengthen your application, but to also continue to attend webinars and events near you that may be helpful. Please register here: http://whypolicy.uchicago.edu/recruitment-schedule/

What is my number on the waitlist?

            Harris does not rank applicants on the waitlist.

How often should I contact your office?

            We encourage you to contact our office to confirm your interest in Harris as well as to speak with an admissions staff members to discuss options for strengthening your application. If you have new information you would like to share you can email harrisadmisions@uchicago.edu

When will I know if I am admitted?

            Students admitted in Round Two will be notified in late-April to early-May.

Chicago Event TONIGHT - 1871

Chicago Event TONIGHT - 1871

We’re experiencing a great response for our event exploring the latest trends in social impact investing and startups at 1871, one of the largest technology incubators in the United States. If you can’t make it…you can follow in real-time viaFBLive

You’ll hear from UChicago faculty, alumni, and seasoned entrepreneurs about how startups can reshape government and the social sector. We are delighted to welcome the following panelists:

We have a great mix of alumni, current students, and civic leaders who may meet the next value-added investor, must-hire, collaborator, or future client.

With most governments and non-profits facing fiscal constraints, the ability to develop new models to drive innovation from within or through a startup is even more critical which is why UChicago focuses on supporting the ecosystem needed to help entrepreneurs.  Over the next few months, Harris will be sharing plans to working more closely with 1871 providing our students with more access to leading-edge social impact startups.

Pearson Update

Pearson Update

Pearson post from Rebecca Rosen

We’ve received some questions from students lately asking for more information about The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts.  Harris is in the process of launching a new website with additional details on Pearson, but Rebecca Rosen, Director of Operations, provided the details below in order to give our students some additional insight. 

The Pearson Fellows program

The Pearson Fellows program is open to Master of Public Policy students. Fellows are selected based on a student’s leadership, academic aptitude, and dedication to global conflict resolution through demonstrated experience and/or coursework. Evaluation also includes a student’s grade point average and GRE score, which may be supplemented by fieldwork directly related to conflict resolution. Potential Fellows can declare their interest during the application process found here. Please note you must first be admitted to the MPP program.

As a Pearson Fellow, the Institute will provide mentoring opportunities for you to work and meet with academic leaders at the Harris School of Public Policy, the University, and beyond. There will be intimate discussions with key public policy leaders in the diplomatic, military, humanitarian, and political communities. At Harris, you will have the opportunity to take courses taught by The Pearson Institute faculty on the study of peace and conflict and the political economy of development that demonstrate our data-driven philosophy.  

In addition, The Pearson Institute also hosts series of public events that we hope you will attend. Just this week, The Pearson Institute announced they will host Sergio Jaramillo, the Colombian High Commissioner for Peace, on Monday, April 24th at the University of Chicago. This event is open to the public and for those of you who may not be able to make it to Chicago, it will be live webcast as well. For more information and to register for this event please visit this page.

If you have any additional questions regarding The Pearson Institute, please email pearsoninstitute@uchicago.edu Thank you for your interest!

Update- Scholarships

Update- Scholarships

Many students are eager for more information on scholarships, and I know I made an announcement at Admitted Student Day that we would have a form ready for you to complete this week. You can find that form here. Some notes:

  • There is a spot on the form to indicate the date by which you need a decision. Of course we understand everyone would like a decision right away, but we were hoping students would use this to indicate if they are under a deadline for another program or scholarship. Outside of these circumstances, please allow two weeks for the committee to review your request.
  • When completing the form, please keep in mind that we are looking for new and updated information.
  • We encourage you to only submit this form once. If there is other information you are waiting on that may impact the content you submit in this form, it would be best to wait until you have complete information.

So, why did I set up the lead photo with the tag line "Why I study Public Policy?" for a blog post about scholarships? Our team knows you are about to make a major career and life-changing decision. We know this is an investment both of your time and money, and we think the question can serve as a reminder of the goals you will achieve with a public policy degree. 

Also - I just loved the comment from the student who answered this question with "Watched too much West Wing." I mean, who hasn't? 



Admitted Student Day

Admitted Student Day


There was much anticipation leading up to Admitted Student Day, and it was wonderful to finally meet so many of you in person. A big thank you to those of you who have already submitted our Admitted Student Day Survey - we've been happy to receive positive feedback and some great suggestions for the future. Keep an eye out for pictures on our Facebook page! 

Two important follow up forms are below: 

Thank you all again for attending last week! We know many of you traveled some pretty great distances to be here and we are pleased we had such strong attendance. 

Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Post from Emma (she's been super productive while others were wrapped up in ASD planning, thanks Emma!) 

Professor Ariel Kalil recently gave a lecture this February in Luxembourg on the relationship between inequality and child development. Kalil is a professor at the Harris School, as well as the Director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. The lecture series, sponsored in part by the European Investment Bank Institute, was titled “Inequality and …?”, featuring a broad panel of researchers focused on diverse concepts of inequality. Professor Kalil spoke on the role of parenting and familial socioeconomic status in creating inequalities amongst children. Kalil advocates for the investment in parents themselves to address achievement gaps— so that parents may then invest in their children. Kalil is a co-director of the Behavioral Insights and Parenting (BIP) Lab, which looks at the ways in which parents invest in their children, particularly through the lens of behavioral tools. The research at the BIP Lab focuses on early literacy rates, early math activities, and engagement with Head Start, amongst other grant-funded research. The research team at the BIP Lab is a collaboration between academics, staff, and PhD students. If you are interested in gaining field work experience, and have a focus in child development, behavioral economics, etc., you may find more information about opportunities with the BIP Lab here!