Maintaining Active Status

GSAL students in good academic standing (with no more than 2 grades of “C” in total) remain in active status for up to four quarters of non-registration after their initial acceptance into the GSAL program.

After four quarters of non-registration, GSAL requires an updated candidate statement and resume from students wishing to have their status reinstated in order to take courses again.

Please note that even one quarter of non-registration will result in not having any campus benefits, as students may not retain student life benefits without actively being registered for courses as a GSAL student.

Academic and Professional Advising

The GSAL program advising team consists of the Associate Director and an Admission Coordinator who support their students in the development of their academic, career, and life goals under the guidance of the Associate Dean of GSAL/RS and Bridges and Partnerships. The Advising Team offers up-to-date information about courses and prerequisites across the campus as well as academic program requirements for all degree-granting programs at the University of Chicago. GSAL program advisors help provide tools for students to build important professional relationships with faculty members to secure academic opportunities such as research and internships, as well as serve as recommenders on future graduate school applications. Advisors help refer students to a host of campus support services including academic tutoring services, career advancement and planning, and counseling. Esther Pandian-Riske, who heads the advising team for GSAL, is a graduate alumna of the University of Chicago and will meet one-on-one with students, help with the graduate school admissions process (reviewing statements and advising on obtaining letters of recommendation) as well as plan a range of periodic academic and social events for students to meet and network with colleagues and faculty members. Students belong to the GSAL listhost and receive periodic information on program and campus-wide events. All GSAL students are invited to join the GSAL LinkedIn page for event information and further networking as well.

Office of the Dean of Students

Dean of Students team is available for student support in the areas of academic progress, issues of student life, well-being, and student conduct. Jarquetta Egeston, Graham School's Associate Dean of Students, can be reached at

Books and Supplies

There are two primary bookstores on the Hyde Park campus. The University of Chicago Bookstore stocks most course orders for mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, and Chicago Booth. The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore carries many books for courses in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. The Gleacher Center Bookstore stocks books and course packets for the Chicago Booth School of Business and texts for students enrolled in Master of Liberal Arts courses. For computers, hardware, and software purchases, the University Solutions Center serves all faculty, staff, and students and is located just above the campus bookstore.


The University of Chicago Library includes the Regenstein, Mansueto, Crerar, D’Angelo, Eckhart, Harper and School of Social Service Administration libraries. GSAL and RS students have borrowing privileges during the quarter(s) in which they are registered for courses. Students can also scan and print documents throughout the libraries. View a listing of copy, scan and print stations on campus.


Athletic facilities on campus include the modern Gerald Ratner Fitness Center, with cardio and weight machines, a dance studio, and an Olympic-sized pool. Additional weight rooms, an indoor track, and indoor squash, basketball, and racquetball courts are located in the Henry Crown Field House. Facilities are available to all GSAL students currently registered for classes.

Employment Opportunities

All GSAL and RS students, including international students, are eligible for up to 20 hours of student employment on campus during the academic year and full-time employment during breaks. GSAL students are not eligible for work-study positions. There are short-term temporary positions for on- and off-campus employment; please consult UChicago Jobs for positions. There are also research and employment opportunities at the University of Chicago Survey Lab.

Student Services

All GSAL/RS students have access to the following services during each quarter in which they are registered for classes:

International Students

Upon arrival, international GSAL/GSALB students should plan to:

  • check in with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) located on the second floor of the International House
  • attend the GSAL student orientation
  • make an appointment with GSAL staff for academic advising and course registration

Accommodation in Hyde Park

GSAL students are eligible for UChicago graduate student housing if they are registered full-time. Enrollment in 300 units or more (typically 3 courses) confers full-time status.

GSAL students needing living accommodation within Hyde Park, whether single room or shared apartment style, should visit Graduate Student Housing for all details, costs, and deadlines for application.

To experience a global hostel style living environment in Hyde Park, please consider International House at

GSAL advisors are happy to assist you in your final decision about the best possible living accommodations in Hyde Park while you are a GSAL student at the University of Chicago.