College Events

Though your student may be the one enrolled in classes, that shouldn't stop parents and family members from pursuing their own interests and engaging with College events. From Family Weekend to Harper Lectures and more, there are UChicago-sponsored events going on across campus and around the world that will engage, educate, challenge, and entertain you.

Each quarter you will find a calendar of events in the Parent Connection Newsletter. Additionally, you will find a robust collection of events published regularly on the Events page of the Alumni and Friends Website. Below are some of the most popular ways for parents to build their own UChicago experience.

Family Orientation

As your student begins their transition into the College, we have set aside time for parents to learn more about the resources and programs that students will engage with throughout their academic career. Occurring Monday of O-Week, this annual event offers an excellent indepth view of life at the University of Chicago. Learn more at

Family Weekend

Occurring in mid-October, Family Weekend is our annual celebration of the important impact that parents and families have in the lives of UChicago students. Including tours, special events, information sessions, model classes, and more, Family Weekend is a favorite annual event that you won't want to miss. Learn more at

The Harper Lectures Series

The Harper Lecture series is offered to the worldwide UChicago community by the University of Chicago Alumni Association. Named for the University's first president, William Rainey Harper, the series carries on his vision of broadly accessible and innovative education. You are invited to debate with renowned faculty, connect with former classmates, and network with fellow alumni, parents, and friends. Learn more on the Harper Lectures website.

Maroon Athletics

UChicago boasts a rich athletics history that includes being a founding member of the Big Ten Athletics Conference and being home to the first recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Today the Maroons compete as a member of the University Athletics Association, an NCAA Division III conference, against some of the top research institutions in the country. Keep up with the Maroons at

UChicago Arts

From music to theatre and award-winning museums, UChicago Arts boasts a rich variety of artistic opportunities for any taste. The arts are central to the mission of the University of Chicago. With a strong tradition of cross-disciplinary practices, intricately mixed with intellectual curiosity and creative energy, the University fosters a bustling arts community that invites everyone to engage with big thoughts and important issues. Learn more at