Students accepted to the Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) program have already completed their bachelor’s degrees, and enroll in regular graduate and undergraduate courses (with adequate pre-requisites) at the University of Chicago. They may take courses at the College, in the Graduate Divisions of the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and at the graduate schools in Divinity, Public Policy, Social Work, Business, and Law.
GSAL students can request to take any graduate course they are qualified for (i.e. have the prerequisites for); follow particular department’s registration policy, and have obtained approval from department. No courses in the medical school. The GSAL program can serve as a bridge to take students from their post-undergraduate studies to graduate and professional degree programs of all types, helping them explore fields of academic study and, determine which program or school would be a good fit for them.
As a tangible outcome of the University of Chicago’s commitment to lifelong learning, some variant of the Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) program has been available to students since the inception of the university in 1898. Students come from different learning backgrounds from public universities, liberal arts colleges, other research universities and, also from world renowned and newer international universities. Alumni from various divisions of University of Chicago, continue their research interests through GSAL; while, for many others, admission to the GSAL program serves as their first entry to the University of Chicago community.
GSAL students have the opportunity to engage with the University of Chicago faculty and other graduate students, continue learning through participating in the workshop tradition and keep their academic and professional focus regular advising appointments with GSAL advisors, and career advisors. GSAL students are welcome to program planned events and social mixers. GSAL students not only have the opportunity to take advantage of extensive University resources including career advising, but also have access to the professional advising staff within the Graham School, receiving intensive individual guidance on curriculum choices, faculty, and their ongoing graduate plans.
"The GSAL program is particularly valuable...I was able to solidify for myself that I’d be able not only to manage being a student again, but even to excel. My math knowledge returned and I even received an A in the Linear Algebra course I took."