Graham School Resources

The academic experience at the Graham School is just as accommodating as it is rigorous. As a student, you are welcome to take advantage of many of the world-class resources and services the University has to offer.

Student Resources

Resources for All Graham School Students

Academic and Professional Advice

Contact program staff who will provide you with advice or redirect your questions. Contact information can be found on program landing pages.

Accommodations and Disability Services

Please see our Accommodations and Disability page.

Books and Course Materials

For courses which require you to purchase books and other course materials, these can be purchased at the Barnes and Nobel book store in the Gleacher Center or on the main Hyde Park campus at the University of Chicago bookstore and Seminary Co-Op.

Consult your course syllabus for information on which store can meet your needs

Closings and Cancellations

The Graham School follows the university direction when it comes to cancelling classes due to inclement weather. Official campus notifications are always posted on the University of Chicago’s main page and may also appear on the Graham School’s main page.

Community Safety

The University is committed to working with the community and the Chicago Police Department to prevent crime and improve public safety in our community. The University of Chicago Police Department has approximately 100 professionally trained officers with full police powers to serve University students, faculty, staff, and community members. In addition, the University partners with the City of Chicago as well as neighborhood organizations to improve transportation and other aspects of community life.

We encourage students to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the University of Chicago Community Safety FAQs and Safety Resources.

UChicago Safe Mobile App

UChicago Safe is a free app to quickly access safety information by the tap of an icon. The University of Chicago’s Department of Safety & Security and AppArmor have developed this app to provide information for emergencies and links to safety resources. The app is easy to download and free.

Emergency Information

The University of Chicago’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Program outlines strategies to protect the life safety of University students, faculty, and staff, and to preserve University property and assets in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Management website is a resource the University community can use to receive information on how to prepare for emergencies and how to protect themselves from the effects of an emergency.

Emergency Contact Information

At any time you may call 911 to report an emergency.

Hyde Park: To report an emergency that may threaten the community, contact the University of Chicago Police Department: 123 (on-campus phone), or 773.702.8181 (from an off-campus phone).

Gleacher Center: To report a life threatening emergency call 911. To report a non-life threatening emergency and receive assistance contact Graham School Gleacher Center office staff at 312.464.8655 or the security desk staff at 312.464.8777.

cAlert Electronic Mass Notification System

The cAlert system is the University’s electronic emergency mass notification system, which enables University officials to provide notification and informational updates to members of the University community prior to, during, or after an emergency.

This comprehensive notification system possesses the capability to target a University-wide audience or it can be tailored to specific user groups or facilities. Through the cAlert system, the University can keep everyone informed before, during, and after events, whether the events are an emergency or non-emergency.

The cAlert system will be used only to contact you in case of emergency, a University closing, or some other event that requires rapid, wide-scale notification of the community.

Gleacher and NBC Bicycle Parking

If you are riding your bicycle to Gleacher or NBC please be sure to only lock your bicycle to designated bike racks. All others may be removed and taken to the City of Chicago pound. Owners of impounded bicycles are responsible for retrieving them and paying all associated fees.

Libraries

As a private institution, the University of Chicago Library is dedicated to serving the research and teaching needs of our faculty and students, as well as the larger University community of alumni and staff. Beyond serving the University, we also recognize that we are a destination for scholars from around the world and strive to provide access to our collections to those with a legitimate research need. If your research leads you to our collections, we will do our best to provide access whenever possible.

We expect all users to abide by the policies and principles expressed in the Library's statement of User Rights and Responsibilities for Creating and Sustaining a Scholarly Environment. We are committed to providing access to both our physical and electronic resources to users with disabilities; for more information see Services for Users with Disabilities.

User access varies based on your University affiliation. Please visit the University of Chicago Library website to view what kinds of access and privileges we can offer you.

Resources for Credit and Degree Students

Career Development

Programs and services provided by UChicagoGRAD complement Graham School efforts to help graduate students increase the impact of their scholarship and get an edge on the job market through flexible training.

Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Service (SCS) provides mental health care to University of Chicago students who are in programs that pay a student life fee. This care includes needs assessment, psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation, academic skills assessment program, support groups, referrals, emergency services, and health promotion and wellness programs.

Disability Services

To ensure the intellectual richness of research and education, the University of Chicago seeks to provide an environment conducive to learning, teaching, working, and conducting research that values the diversity of its community. The University strives to be supportive of the academic, personal and work-related needs of each individual and is committed to facilitating the full participation of students with a disability in the life of the University.

Student Disability Services works to provide resources, support and accommodations for all students with disabilities and works to remove physical and attitudinal barriers, which may prevent their full participation in the University community.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute seeks to meet the English language and enculturation needs of international students from all programs and divisions across the University. ELI offers academic year courses and tutoring in areas such as pronunciation, fluency, academic writing, and academic and professional English.

Financial Aid

The Student Loan Administration Office is responsible for processing student loans and work-study for students in the graduate and professional schools and divisions. SLA conducts entrance and exit student loan counseling for all students who receive federal student loans, and authorize disbursements of federal student loan funds. In addition, they provide service and collections for all Federal Perkins and institutional loan programs.

Students who are enrolled in degree seeking programs at least half-time are eligible to apply for federal student loans.

Graduate Students-at-Large are only eligible for alternative loan programs.

Fitness And Recreation

The University of Chicago's recreational facilities are open and available for both students and the at-large campus community alike. An active membership is required in order to access the buildings and fields. Membership packages are available for the following groups:

  • Students and spouses/partners
  • Faculty/staff and spouses/partners (active or retired)
  • Alumni and spouses/partners
  • Laboratory School parents
  • Children of members
  • Community members

Health Insurance

Students in the following programs must either enroll in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (USHIP) or submit a waiver to demonstrate comparable coverage:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (UTEP)
  • Graduate Students-at-Large

Students must confirm or waive enrollment by 5pm Central time on the fourth Friday of their first quarter enrolled at the University.

Students in the following programs may "opt in" to U-SHIP coverage on an individual basis:

  • Graham School Master of Liberal Arts program
  • Graham School MS Analytics program
  • Graham School MS Threat Response and Management program
  • Graham School MS in Biomedical Informatics program

For additional information on U-SHIP eligibility and benefits, contact the on-campus insurance office at uchicagadvocates@uhcsr.com

Housing

University of Chicago’s Residential Properties (RP) assists qualified graduate students in locating a home within close proximity to the Hyde Park campus. Graduate students may apply for Graduate Student Housing through the University of Chicago.

International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs is dedicated to enhancing a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience. They welcome, support and strengthen diversity through advocacy and holistic service.

International students are asked to choose between the two student statuses available: F-1 and J-1. All students are eligible for F-1 status, and it is the more common type. However, if you are an exchange student or if you have a scholarship, grant or other award that pays for at least half of your tuition cost, you can also qualify for J-1 status sponsored by the University of Chicago.

Both of these statuses will allow you to study here, and both allow for on-campus and some off-campus work authorization. There are a few important differences between the two statuses, however, so please read contact the Office of International Affairs if you have any further questions about how to choose a status.

Technology Resources Quick Start Guide

Visit the IT Services quick start guide to access the technology, resources, services, and support available to you. Find helpful information about my.UChicago, Canvas (availability will be indicated on your course syllabus), Box, campus wireless network, how to purchase hardware and software through the University's agreements with several vendors, and more.

Writing Program

The Writing Program partners with UChicago Grad to offer writing support to graduate students across the divisions. The Writing Program offers graduate writing consultations; increased graduate seats in cornerstone courses, Academic and Professional Writing (ENGL 33000); and a series of workshops that teach graduate student writers to recognize and diagnose writing issues common to expert writing, along with revision techniques for addressing them. The Writing Program is located in Stuart 330, 1116 East 59th Street.

Registrar

The Office of the University Registrar facilitates faculty teaching, student learning, and institutional research. As the stewards of student data, academic systems, and central classrooms, we provide service to all faculty, students, administrators, and alumni.

The Office of the University Registrar helps students by providing services that assist them in their time on campus and in their transition after their academic program is complete. Students can contact the Registrar’s Office via email at registrar@uchicago.edu or call 773.702.7891.

UChicago Grad

UChicago Grad is a one-stop shop of integrated services to help graduate students and postdocs navigate their academic and professional careers. UChicago Grad provides flexible training that complements support in academic units.

UChicago Grad staff are committed to serving the graduate and postdoc community, focusing on recruitment; skills and experience; career development; and alumni engagement.

Resources for Noncredit Students

Academic Record and Course Registration

You may log in to our Online Student Portal to view your course history and register for classes.

Career Development for Professional Development Students

The Graham School’s Professional Development team strives to provide career services and additional resources for our current students and alumni. We host events, workshops, seminars, and webinars focusing on important skills like networking, interviewing, resume writing, and negotiating. We also offer lectures that expand beyond the classroom and dive deep into diverse subjects. More information can be found on our Professional Student Experience page.

Financial Aid

Noncredit learners do not qualify for financial aid.

International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs is dedicated to enhancing a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience. They welcome, support and strengthen diversity through advocacy and holistic service.