Photos by Jean Lachat, Joel Wintermantle, and Nancy Wong

We’re updating this story as Orientation Week unfolds, with photos, stories, and social media.

Visit the UChicago Facebook page to get acquainted with this year’s incoming students. You can follow student activities on UChicago’s Twitter and Instagram feeds and share your photos using #OWeekUChicago and #UChicago2020, and add TeamUChicago on Snapchat for a behind-the-scenes look at campus activities.

Follow the procession of incoming freshmen as they enter Hull Gate and are greeted by the University of Chicago community. (This 360-degree video is best viewed in a Chrome browser or with a VR viewer.) Video Link: (360-degree video by UChicago Creative)

Orientation Week highlights

On Saturday the Class of 2020 began moving into their new homes, including the recently opened Jeanne Gang-designed Campus North Residential Commons.

On Sunday, the Class of 2020 will say farewell to their parents and families before joining their peers for Opening Convocation, where they will hear from President Robert J. Zimmer; John W. Boyer, dean of the College; Jim Nondorf, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid; and Elizabeth Davenport, dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Students then will process out to Hull Gate, where members of the UChicago community will welcome them in a lively celebration.

Later Sunday, first-year students will participate in the first of four Campus Life Meetings, in which students engage in conversations on free expression, identity, diversity, inclusion, service, social change, civic engagement and gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination. Students also will learn about the robust set of campus support resources available to them.

On Tuesday, more than 1,500 graduate students will participate in their own Convocation and procession from Rockefeller Chapel. Dean Boyer will deliver the Convocation’s featured address. The event kicks off a day full of grad-specific activities, including lunch on the Midway Plaisance, an information fair in Ida Noyes Hall, and graduate student social events. 

Beginning Wednesday, undergraduates start registering for classes, and they will also have opportunities to learn about activities outside of the classroom. Many religious and spiritual organizations and Campus and Student Life departments will host welcome parties throughout the week.

The 54th annual Aims of Education Address will take place Thursday in Rockefeller Chapel, featuring Prof. Geoffrey Stone, the Law School scholar who chaired the committee that drafted the University’s statement on its commitment to the freedom of expression. Faculty-led discussions will follow in College houses across campus.

The week also provides opportunities for students to engage with the city of Chicago through events such as The Civic Knowledge Project Experience and the Engage Chicago Through Service Day, organized by the University Community Service Center.

At the end of the week, students will be able to kick back at the Reynolds Club O-Party or at the 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, featuring nationally and internationally recognized jazz artists at locations throughout Hyde Park.

Originally published on September 17, 2016.