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Graduate Student-at-Large

Resources for Current GSAL Students

Find helpful next steps as a newly admitted student and many of the resources available to you as a current GSAL student below.

Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations! You have been admitted into the Graduate Student-at-Large Program at the University of Chicago. Please read these details carefully, on both the After Admission and the After Registering for a Course sections below.

GSAL students will receive tuition and student life bills only after they have registered at least for one course for the quarter. Students will be billed for medical insurance (USHIP) automatically unless they waive it at the start of their first quarter of studies as a GSAL student. If not waived at the start of their first quarter of studies, during subsequent quarters, USHIP will automatically bill the student, and an appeal process must to be initiated through the Dean of Students Office at the Graham School in order to opt out of coverage.

    After Admission: Next steps

    After Registering for a Course: Next Steps

    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

    Current Students

    Maintaining Active Status

    GSAL students in good academic standing (with no more than 1 grade 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 supports their students in the development of their academic, career, and life goals by:

    • Offering 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 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
    • Refer students to a host of campus support services including academic tutoring services, career advancement and planning, and counseling
    • 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

    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.

    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

    Student Services and Resources

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