Our passionate, dedicated students reach beyond our campus to take part in the life of our city and use their talents to support our neighboring communities.
Each year, thousands of UChicago students work and volunteer in local schools and community organizations. On campus and off, students are empowered to challenge conventional thinking as they confront some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Working alongside neighborhood partners, our students engage with the broader community, build lasting relationships, and expand their horizons as they bring their energy, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas to classrooms, community centers, and civic institutions across the city.
By becoming active participants in civic life, students make a valuable and lasting contribution to Chicago during their college years. Through these activities, they also hone their skills, broaden their worldviews, and develop a commitment to civic engagement that will shape and enrich the rest of their lives.
Find paid and volunteer opportunities with Office of Civic Engagement programs: Civic Knowledge Project, Collegiate Scholars Program, Community Programs Accelerator, Neighborhood Schools Program, Office of Special Programs-College Prep, and University Community Service Center.Learn more
Through education, resources and programs, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation commercializes discoveries, partners with companies, and attracts venture capital. The Polsky Center runs a top-ranked business accelerator, the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge; operates a 34,000 square-foot, multi-disciplinary co-working space and state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab for prototyping new products called the Polsky Exchange; and manages the George Shultz Innovation Fund, which invests in early-stage ventures.Learn more
Institute of Politics
The Institute of Politics, a non-partisan, extracurricular organization at the University of Chicago, aims to inspire and cultivate the next generation of political and public service leaders. The Civic Engagement Program provides pathways for undergraduate and graduate students from any academic division to activate their interest in politics through civic engagement.Learn more
Neighborhood Schools Program
The Neighborhood Schools Program is a community outreach program creating pathways of engagement between the University and local schools.Learn more
Community Programs Accelerator
The Community Programs Accelerator helps equip nonprofits that serve the South Side with tools and resources to fulfill their unique missions.Learn more
Chicago Bound is a pre-orientation experience, sponsored by the University Community Service Center in partnership with the Institute of Politics, aimed at giving you a solid foundation to become a well-informed, active member of the city so that you can break out of the UChicago bubble and make the most of your college experience. You can begin engaging with Chicago Bound content and events virtually in August, and you can also apply to take part in our in-person cohort experience, from September 14-19, during which we engage with different community partners around the city!Learn more
Student Civic Engagement Center
Home to the University’s two largest student civic engagement programs — the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) and University Community Service Center (UCSC) — the Student Civic Engagement Center is a central hub for student civic engagement activities on campus.
6030 S. Ellis Ave.
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