Orientation Week: Statistics

September 18-22, 2023

Maps of campus and Hyde Park are available at

Revised: 9/22/23


  • Diagnostic Exam
    Students will be emailed the exam starting September 11. All new students must complete the take-home diagnostic exam and email it to their faculty advisor by Friday, September 15. Your advisor will need time to review your exam before approving your course registration. If you cannot find your advisor, email your exam to Keisha Prowoznik at kprowoznik@uchicago.edu.
    Required for: all new students
  • Course Registration
    New and returning students should meet with advisors, register online, and email advisor-approved registration forms to Keisha Prowoznik no later than Friday, September 22, at noon. 
    Required for: all students
  • Online Orientation for International Students
    Date: Thursday, September 28
    Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    Zoom: https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/95640845145?pwd=cnpLWE9aODZSbzJEbUlJZjFQclUzQT09


Wednesday, September 13

  • Incoming international students are invited to attend an international student orientation hosted by the Office of International Affairs (OIA). This orientation is not required but may be a helpful resource for incoming international students. OIA will cover a variety of topics including a general overview of OIA services, important reminders, information about maintaining status, information about employment for international students, and ways to get involved in the international student community at the University of Chicago.
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
    Location: Please use this link to access the Zoom orientation session on September 14 at 1:00 PM (Chicago time): https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/93091123999?pwd=cnNlUXFkaEhiU3RKZkpML0lROXE2QT09
    Encouraged for:  All international students

Monday, September 18

  • Orientation Meeting for Incoming MS Students
    11:00 am -12:00 pm
    Location: Eckhart 133
    Prof. Mei Wang and Student Affairs Specialist Keisha Prowoznik will provide an overview of the MS academic program.  
    Required for: all new MS students
    **MS students can receive a key to the MS student office anytime during orientation week or thereafter. **
  • Orientation Meeting for Incoming PhD Students
    11:15 am-12:15 pm
    Location: Jones 303
    Prof. Yali Amit and Student Affairs Specialist Keisha Prowoznik will provide an overview of the PhD academic program and give a brief tour of the student office.
    Required for: all new PhD students
    **PhD students receive their desks**
  • Library Resources Information Session
    2:00 pm—2:30 pm
    Location: Eckhart 133
    Jennifer Hart, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Librarian, will give an overview of library services and resources available to all students.

Tuesday, September 19

Wednesday, September 20

  • IT Informational Session
    12:00 pm–12:45 pm
    Location: Eckhart 133
    Ed Friedman, John Zekos, and Mitzi Nakatsuka will explain computational resources in the Department of the Statistics and across campus.
    Required for: all new students
  • Lunch with Chair Matthew Stephens
    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Location: Jones 303
    Lunch with Chair Matthew Stephens to kick off the new year.
    All new Statistics PhD and MS students are strongly encouraged to attend

Thursday, September 21

  • Campus Tour
    4:00-5:00 pm
    Location: Jones Laboratory
    Tour the campus with fellow students to become acquainted with the university and all it has to offer!
    Alex Hill

Friday, September 22

  • 3:00 PM—Deadline for Course Registration (update)
  • PSD Career Services
    1:00-1:30 pm
    Location: Eckhart 133
    Alma Ceballos
    Encouraged for all new students (including CAM students)
  • UChicagoGRAD: Career Development and Fellowships
    1:30 pm—2:15 pm
    Location: Eckhart 133
    Amy Rapp and Nathan Hardy
  • Fire Safety Training 
    2:30 pm–3:00 pm
    Location: Eckhart 133
    Gelacio Rodriguez, Laboratory Safety Specialist, will give a fire safety training presentation.
    Required for: all students

Monday, September 25

  • Second-year PhD Students Orientation Meeting
    4:30-5:00 pm
    Location: Jones 303
    Profs. Mary Sara McPeek and Per Mykland will provide an overview of academic matters for returning PhD students.
    Required for: all second-year PhD students

Tuesday, September 26

Thursday, September 28