Chicago Urban Experience (CUE) Pre-Orientation

Chicago has been called a number of things throughout its history. Nicknames like "The City of Big Shoulders," "Paris on the Prairie," and "The Windy City" have each attempted to sum up the essence of the city, but there is one name that we think might be more appropriate than any other: "home." For at least the next four years, you will be a Chicagoan, and the Chicago Urban Experience is your introduction to the culture and history of the city.

Through a focus on the key themes of politics, history, art and architecture, sociology, and Chicago as a modern city, you will delve into the richness and diversity of Chicago while also building a strong social network with other members of your incoming class. By day, you will travel the city in small groups, meeting with civic leaders, touring important landmarks and cultural institutions, and engaging with faculty to develop a deeper understanding of the complexities of Chicago. At night, all of the groups will come together for dinner, discussions, and lots of fun activities. Housing, meals, and transportation are provided throughout the program.

Program Overview

Dates: September 16, 2018 - September 21, 2018
Spaces Available: 80
Cost: $900 (CUE is a need-blind program. Financial assistance may be available to qualifying students. Please complete our Request for Financial Assistance form to be considered.)
Inclusions: Housing, meals, transportation, and any applicable admissions fees are included in the cost of the program. Students will be responsible for incidental/personal expenses as well as transporation to campus prior to start of the program.

Click here to apply for CUE.

To apply, please complete our online application. Please note that students may apply for and participate in multiple pre-orientation or summer experience programs, providing the dates of the program do not overlap.

CUE 2018 Application Timeline

April 13: Application Available
June 15: Application Deadline
July 6: Decision Notification
July 13: Acceptance Deadline
September 16: Program Begins (Students move in to temporary housing)
September 21: Program Ends (Students move in to term-time housing)
September 22: Opening Day - Orientation Begins

Financial Assistance

The Chicago Urban Experience is committed to fostering opportunities for all students in the College. In order to assist students with the cost of participating in the program, financial assistance may be available to qualifying students. To request financial assistance, please complete our supplemental Request for Financial Assistance form. CUE is a need-blind program, and your request for financial assistance will have no impact on your acceptance to the program. Requests for aid will be evaluated in July after acceptances have been issued.

Luggage Storage and Move-In

Students may bring all of their belongings for the academic year with them when they move in for the Chicago Urban Experience. Locked storage will be provided for the duration of the program, and all bags stored during the program will be moved for you into your permanent room over the course of the week. For this reason, it is highly recommended that students pack a seperate bag for the week and store everything else. You will find out more about move-in and luggage storage on the Orientation website.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this program or about the application process, contact the College Programming Office at or call us at 773-702-8616.