Graduate Student-at-Large

Explore fields of academic study and grow your professional network by taking for-credit undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Chicago.

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At a Glance

Full-time, Part-time, Open Enrollment
Varies Open Enrollment
$3,988 per course


Spring Quarter 2022

Mar. 01, 2022

Summer Quarter 2022 (international)

Mar. 01, 2022

Summer Quarter 2022

May. 16, 2022

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What if you could attend graduate school before you applied to graduate school?

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The Graduate Student-at-Large (GSAL) program at the University of Chicago has been carefully designed to serve as a bridge from undergraduate studies to graduate programs. GSAL allows you to maintain your scholastic and professional focus while providing you with the knowledge, faculty support, and credentials you need to pursue your academic, personal, and professional goals. 

Designed For

Students interested in exploring undergraduate and graduate-level courses at the University of Chicago.

Find Your Fit—For Credit 

Joining GSAL allows you to explore different fields of academic study to determine which program or school might be a good fit. You can earn credit, receive a letter grade, and obtain transcripts for graduate and undergraduate courses at the College; in the 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. Throughout, you will have the dedicated support of an academic advisor to help you navigate your academic journey.

Build Your Network Before Starting Grad School

When you join GSAL, you join an esteemed community of scholars, faculty, and alumni. The program is an outstanding way to gain inroads—and a broader network—by engaging closely with faculty and program directors who can provide letters of recommendation that will enhance your graduate or PhD program applications. What’s more, you can take advantage of the University’s extensive resources and will receive intensive individual guidance on curriculum choices, faculty, and your ongoing graduate plans.

GSAL students come from a range of backgrounds—recent undergraduates, career changers, those interested in new professional fields, and international students—yet share a curiosity and determination to advance their education and explore fields of study at the University of Chicago.

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We Are Here to Support You Through the Application Process

Have a question about becoming a graduate student-at-large? Please contact our admissions team by email at

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GSAL allowed me to forge invaluable relationships with University of Chicago professors while working full-time, which helped me to get to know my field and prepare my application for graduate school. The support and preparation afforded by the GSAL program enabled me to get into a PhD program in history.

Cheryl Trauscht, PhD candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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