Graduate Student-at-Large In-person

Graduate Student-at-Large

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Application deadlines
Round Deadline
Autumn Quarter 2024 Sep. 03, 2024

The application portal is now open! Please submit your app to the GSAL program now to be considered for enrollment. International applicants requiring a University- sponsored visa should apply by the international application deadlines.

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At the University of Chicago, we offer a multitude of benefits designed to enhance your academic and professional journey. Our programs provide unique opportunities and resources that support your growth and success. Explore the some of the perks of becoming a Graduate Student-at-Large:

  • Critical academic support.
  • Professional resources.
  • Personalized advising.
  • Student success workshops and seminars.
  • Social events including virtual happy hours with people from across the nation for scholarly exchange and career networking.

Admission Information

We encourage applicants to the GSAL bridge program to complete their application by the day of the app deadline to be considered for admission. Admission decisions are rolling, and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Late applications will be reviewed the following quarter. We recommend late applicants email GSAL admissions staff at

How to Apply

Start your application with our online application form. You'll set up an account with your email address and give us a little more basic information about yourself.

The following materials are required to complete the online application:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Official documentation of bachelors degree or equivalent if not included on transcripts
  • $75 non-refundable application fee

The GSAL Associate Director, Esther Pandian-Riske, and team will carefully review your application and, should you meet the general application standards, will invite you for either a telephone or in-person interview. The interview is a time for you to share your main objectives and goals for participating in the GSAL, GSALB, or RS programs and an opportunity for the interviewer to help contextualize your academic performance thus far, and make collaborative plans for your academic future. During this time, you will have the opportunity to review courses in the upcoming quarter. 

Applicants will be informed of the admissions decision by the end of the interview.

Esther Pandian-Riske, GSAL Program Director

Esther Pandian-Riske, MA, MAPSS

Program Director, Graduate Student-at-Large

Esther Pandian-Riske is the Program Director of the Graduate Student-at-Large Program. Originally from Singapore, she came to Chicago as an international student and has two Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago: a MAPSS from the Graduate Division of the Social Sciences and an MPP from the...

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Once you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:

The University of Chicago Professional Education
Attention: GSAL
455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Or via email to Transcripts must be submitted by the end of the first week of classes as a GSAL, GSALB, or RS student. Failure to do so may result in the inability to register for courses and disciplinary action.

Applicants to the Graduate Student-at-Large who do not meet the English Language Proficiency criteria must submit proof of English language proficiency. The program requires a minimum TOEFL 104, no less than 26 on each subsection, or IELTS 7, no less than 7.0 on each subsection. Only the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic tests are accepted as proof of proficiency. Please review score requirements posted on the UChicagoGRAD website for more information. 

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Meet your Admissions Counselor

Do you have questions about the GSAL program? The UCPE admissions office is here to help you through the enrollment process. Create your online application as early as possible so that we may create your file and help you track additional materials as they arrive. Contact our admissions adviser if you have any questions along the way through email or book an appointment today.

Ali Case, Associate Director of Recruitment

Alexandra Case, MS

Associate Director of Recruitment

Alexandra Case, Associate Director of Recruitment, has over fifteen years of recruitment, admission, and marketing experience. She started her career in higher education at the New York Institute of Technology as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, then served seven years at Illinois Tech...

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Explore fields of academic study and preview graduate and undergraduate level courses by taking for-credit classes through the GSAL program.

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