Student Life

Student Life


MS-PSD students come from a wide range of academic backgrounds, but also cultural and social backgrounds and we take the opportunity to get together regularly to share ideas and information, often over dinner. An extracurricular life is crucial to productive graduate study and we encourage you to take advantage of social programs (and their accompanying free food) as often as you can.


During Orientation week, we hold a group social – in 2013 we took a pizza tour of Chicago, learning about city history while sampling a definitive Chicago food.  Once a quarter, we gather together for a cohort dinner at a Chicago restaurant. Throughout the quarter, we also host informal lunch breaks and coffee breaks, often with topics to discuss (such as applying to PhD programs).


The PSD Social Committee sponsors a weekly Happy Hour (beer, pizza, and pop) each Friday during the autumn, winter, and spring quarters at 5:30 p.m. in the GCIS 3rd floor atrium. They also organize events which range from theater outings to sporting events to game nights.


Every day, the University of Chicago hosts dozens of events with a wide variety in that programming; there are plenty of ways to participate and learn, no matter your interests. We especially recommend students take advantage of programming from UChicago GRAD , which offers events and opportunities specifically aimed at a grad student audience. The best way to stay in touch with these events is to maintain your subscription to the Grad Guide Weekly.


Office of Civic Engagement – an anchor for local neighborhoods and a global center for education, research, and innovation. Partners with different communities to share talent, information, and resources.


Office of International Affairs – provides advising services and supportive programming to the international community at the University of Chicago.

English Language Institute – supports individuals for whom English is an additional language at the University of Chicago.


Athletics & Recreation – providing access to an impressive array of fitness facilities, programs and services.

Spiritual Life – connecting students to specific spiritual or religious communities.


Student Health & Counseling Services – giving students access to coordinated and comprehensive services targets at building and maintaining overall well-being.

Student Disability Services – works in collaboration with University of Chicago faculty and staff to provide resources, support, and accommodations to ensure that all aspects of student life are accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Campus & Student Life Resources – providing a robust set of systems and practices that support and care for our students and members of the University community.


Center for Identity & Inclusion – creates intentionally diverse and inclusive communities, serving as a bridge builder by engaging students and members of the University community of all backgrounds to ensure personal, academic, and professional growth and success.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs – strives to foster intercultural engagement and raise the critical consciousness of students and the broader UChicago community, particularly as it relates to the lived experiences of varied racial and ethnic communities.

LGBTQ Student Life – serves as the hub for all LGBTQ student life at The University of Chicago.

PSD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Physical Sciences Division statement on Diversity and Inclusion


Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture – is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to promoting engaged scholarship and debate around the topics of race and ethnicity.

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality – fosters teaching, learning and discussion about gender and sexuality at the University of Chicago.

Summer Language Institute – provides courses to acquire proficiency skills in languages outside of English.


UChicagoGRAD – a dedicated resource for graduate students and postdocs to receive personalized, flexible training to complement their academic pursuits.

Institute of Politics – a non-partisan, extracurricular organization at the University of Chicago, aims to inspire and cultivate the next generation of political and public service leaders.