Welcome to UChicago CS!  Here are some items to prepare for your arrival to our department. 

  •  (International students) Check in with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) after arriving to Chicago.  Check-ins are done electronically (https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/content/f-1-and-j-1-student-e-check).
  •  Pick up keys from Donna Brooms in 2nd floor of Crerar building.  [Note: sometimes Margaret Jaffey has the keys to distribute to new students instead.]  
  • Get your new student ID card from Regenstein Library at the Identification and Privileges Office in Room 100 (1100 E. 57th Street).
  • After getting the new student ID card, please make a photocopy of both sides for Nita Yack or Donna Brooms, so they can arrange for you to have after-hours and weekend access to Crerar.
  •  (International students) Apply for your Social Security Number (SSN) as soon as possible after having been in the US for at least ten days.  The SSN is needed for payroll. Information about the SSN is available on OIA’s webpage: https://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/ssn
  • See Caroline Santana in ERC 387 (Eckhardt Research Center at 5640 S. Ellis) as soon as possible to complete payroll paperwork.  TAs and RAs are paid on a monthly basis, and the first payment is on the last work day of October.
  •  Please sign up for direct deposit as soon as you’re in the payroll system.  To sign up for direct deposit go to https://workday.uchicago.edu.  You will need to have your bank account information handy so that you can enter your bank’s routing code and your account number when you sign up for direct deposit  You will also be able to view your paystubs, view your W-4 form, etc. through Workday.
  • If you haven’t already sent in your immunization record to the Student Health Service please bring it to them as soon as possible (it’s a good idea to keep a copy for your records).  The SHS is located in suite R-100 of the U of C Hospitals (Goldblatt Pavilion Entrance at 860 E. 59th Street). Their webpage about immunization requirements is https://wellness.uchicago.edu/page/immunizations-required-enrollment
  •  If you haven’t already done so, please complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training through the CITI program as soon as possible (http://physical-sciences.uchicago.edu/page/responsible-conduct-research-rcr-training)
  • If you haven’t already done so, please give copies of your official transcripts showing receipt of your degree to Margaret Jaffey.  You may also arrange to have them mailed directly to: Margaret Jaffey, Dept of Computer Science, The University of Chicago, 5730 S. Ellis, Chicago, IL  60637. 
  • Discuss your autumn courses with your advisor.   New students generally take CMSC 37110, Discrete Mathematics (a core course), and two other courses. Students register for 300 units of credit each quarter, which equals three standard classes. (Students may take up to 400 units of credit, but 300 is the norm.)
  • After receiving your advisor’s approval of your autumn courses please register for your classes on your my.uchicago portal during the registration period [Note: for Autumn 2018, students will register September 24-27].  Please ask your advisor to send his/her approval of your courses to Margaret Jaffey.
  • There will be orientation activities the week of September 24, 2018.   Details will be available later. Please be sure to RSVP for the CS Dept BBQ if you haven’t already done so.