CBO Newsletter: August 2014

The University of Chicago
College Admissions Newsletter

Co–Curricular Options & Our New Web Resource for CBOs

If you are finding it difficult to convince kids to look beyond college rankings to find schools to fall in love with, this newsletter should give you concrete examples of the non–classroom educational opportunities that high–achieving students should be considering while developing their college lists. This summer issue features several of UChicago's co–curricular offerings: study abroad, internships, academic teams and more. I am also pleased to announce that UChicago's Community–Based Organizations page is now live and filled with resources for CBO counselors and their students. If you are looking for tips to navigate the highly–selective admissions process or a place to request UChicago information and admissions counselor visits with the kids in your organization, the CBO resource page is the place to go. (There's even an archive of previously published newsletters.) I hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter and find the new web page useful!


Colin Melinda Johnson
Enrollment & Web Technologies

Study Abroad Creates Scenes of Discovery: Undergraduates Share Cultural Adventures

Maasai girl with her goat

Maasai girl with her goat—Tanzania (Photo by fourth–year Sydney Combs)

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy (Photo by third–year Freddy Tsao)

Currently 40 percent of students in the College study abroad. They travel to UChicago centers in Paris and Beijing, to partner universities in places like Chile and South Korea, to Civilization programs with faculty around the world, and to undertake intensive foreign language study programs or original research projects. For many, it is a transformative experience. Every year the Study Abroad office collects hundreds of photos, videos, and essays from students in the College, looking for scenes that capture the awe, delight, romance, discovery, and challenges of living abroad. Read more »

Still from the Video <i>Good Life (Tanzania)</i>

VIDEO: Study Abroad in 60 Seconds—Good Life (Tanzania)

Jeff Metcalf Internship Program Reaches New Milestone: 1,000 Paid Internships this Year

Anamaria Hernandez, Metcalf intern

As a Metcalf intern at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Anamaria Hernandez helped conduct ethogram studies—inventories of animal behavior.

More than 1,000 students in the College will work in paid internships this academic year through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, a new height for the program that has seen exponential growth since its creation 17 years ago. The Metcalf interns will spread out across the globe to work for companies and organizations in many fields, gaining professional experience and building their career networks. “We want to do all that we can to help students in the College make the transition to a career as thoughtfully as possible,” said John W. Boyer, dean of the College. Read more »

Undergraduate Programming Team Reaches the Finals of the World's Oldest Programming Contest

Borja Sotomajor, associate director for technology and coach of the ICPC programming team.

UChicago teams have qualified for the World Finals of the ICPC for six consecutive years under the leadership of coach Borja Sotomajor, associate director for technology.

What do you get when you combine three UChicago students, one computer, five hours and one problem set? The three students, members of the programming team “Conjurers of Cheap Tricks,” earned a chance to take part in the finals of the world's oldest and largest programming contest, the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The annual competition pits the brightest minds in computer science against one another, in teams of three. Read more »

Brief News & Notes

Anne Marsden Ryan McGillicuddy

Two students in the College have been awarded prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships for academic merit in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. Read more »

A team of “scavvies.”

Scav Hunt 2014 in Pictures View the slideshow »

Al Gore visits the IOP.

Former Vice President Al Gore visits the IOP.
View the video »

Award–winning MUN team.

The University of Chicago Model U.N. team won first place on the college circuit for 2013–2014.
Read more »

UChicago Undergrad Business Journal

UChicago has a new online publication: the UChicago Undergraduate Business Journal. Read the latest issue »

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