Application Workshop: Graduate Student-at-Large

Join us on July 20 for a live webinar as we walk you through the process of applying to UChicago's Graduate-Student-at-Large program.

Jul 20
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About the Event

Our online application workshop will walk you through the process of applying to the University of Chicago Graduate Student-at-Large program. We will look at the steps you will need to set up an account in our application system and how to start, and submit, your application. We will take the time to answer questions about our application at the end of the event. We're happy to discuss things like your personal statement and any other portion of the application or application process.


Students accepted to the Graduate Student-at-Large program at the University of Chicago have already completed their bachelor’s degrees and enroll in regular graduate and undergraduate courses (with adequate prerequisites) at the University of Chicago. They have the opportunity to take courses at the College, in the Graduate Divisions of the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and at the graduate schools in Divinity, Public Policy, Social Work, Business, and Law.


Graduate Student-at-Large: Business (GSALB) students have the opportunity to deliberately explore the academic culture of the Chicago Booth School of Business, and participate in the rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education that consistently ranks Chicago Booth as the top MBA program in the world.


Speaking at the event

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Senior Associate Director of Recruitment

Charles Barkley serves as the lead advisor for prospective students to the Master of Science in Analytics program and Data Analytics for Business Professionals certificate. Prior to joining the University, Charles worked in post-baccalaureate pre-medicine program admissions at Northwestern University. He holds a master’s degree in English literature and undergraduate degrees in English and Art History.

Esther Pandian-Risk, Associate Director of Graduate Student-at-Large Programs

Esther Pandian-Riske, MA, MAPSS

Director, Graduate Student-at-Large

Esther Pandian-Riske is the Director of the Graduate Student-at-Large Program. Originally from Singapore, she came to Chicago as a student, and has two master’s degrees from the University of Chicago: an MA from MAPSS and an MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy. Pandian-Riske was previously the Assistant Dean of Students at the Honors College at UIC, Dean of Multicultural Affairs at the Latin School of Chicago, and the Assistant Dean of Students for the Graduate Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Pandian-Riske has years of experience in student advising and her main objective at the GSAL program is to ensure an exemplary student experience, working towards successful graduate school and career placement. She helps students choose classes and connect with faculty, departmental advisors, and admissions directors of UChicago graduate programs to explore courses and future programs of study. She oversees the special Bridge Scholarship Initiatives, the College Bridge Advising Program and supports international students attempting to bridge their academic efforts from GSAL to further Masters or PhD programs. 

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