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Our Commitment

At the University of Chicago, we believe that all students should have access to higher education opportunities no matter their background, geographic location, or ability to pay. UChicago knows that students from rural and small-town contexts bring valuable experiences and viewpoints to a college community. However, students from rural and small-town communities are often faced with unique barriers to college admissions because of their geographic isolation. The UChicago Empower access initiative was designed to address the challenges faced by first-generation, low-income, and rural and small-town students. Thanks to a generous donation from Trott Family Philanthropies, UChicago created the Emerging Rural Leaders Program in 2019 to reduce the barriers to college that rural students and families face by offering college admissions programming on-campus and in local communities, providing mentoring and support systems for high school and college students, and updating financial aid policies and scholarships to enable more rural students to pursue higher education at UChicago. By collaborating with Network members and leveraging existing resources and infrastructure created by the Empower Initiative, the STARS College Network at UChicago will enhance and expand the college access work that began with the Emerging Rural Leaders program in 2019.

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The University of Chicago Events

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STARS Virtual Panel: College to Career (Social Sciences)

August 6th 2024, 7:00 pm CDT

Every month, STARS College Network member schools host Zoom webinars featuring a variety of perspectives on the academic programs, philosophies, and traditions that make our colleges great places to live and learn. Join STARS this month to learn more about how STARS member schools support their students as they pursue a wide variety of careers in the Social Sciences. From archaeology to business to psychology, and everything in between, STARS member schools have programs to set their students up for success in hundreds of careers in the Social Sciences. We'll explore the wide variety of resources and opportunities available to you as you think about your future!

Host: The University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, The University of Iowa, Brown University

Virtual Event

STARS Virtual College Fair

October 1st 2024, 7:00 pm CDT

Join the STARS Network Schools to discover the exceptional opportunities all of our schools have to offer through a virtual college fair!

Host: Brown University, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Colby College, Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University in the City of New York, The University of Chicago, The University of Iowa, University of Maryland, College Park, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Southern California, The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University

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