Students accepted into the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program are also invited to participate in the Kaplan Pre-Orientation program!

Inspired by the highly popular Humanities Plunge, the Kaplan Pre-Orientation is designed to foster student engagement with some of the best cultural programs on offer in Chicago, and through experiential learning, to begin participating in Kaplan's intellectual conversations and start developing friendships with fellow Kaplan Scholars.

  • Program dates: Friday, September 8—Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Early Move-In! Pre-Orientation participants move into their university housing three days earlier than the rest of the incoming class!
  • The cost of all excursions and all meals while on the program are covered by Kaplan
  • Enrollment: Students accepted into the Kaplan Scholars Program will be invited to participate in the Pre-Orientation after they are accepted; participation in the Pre-Orientation is completely optional, though once a Scholar commits to participation in the Pre-Orientation, we consider it a binding agreement to participate.

Sample Schedule

To get a sense of the program, please view the 2016 Pre-Orientation schedule. This 2016 schedule should only be used as a reference. The full 2017 Pre-Orientation schedule will be shared with Pre-Orientation participants in summer 2017.


8:00 AM-12:30 AM: Obtain keys from Neighborhood Desks; move into dorms/res colleges; wildcards are available in the Kaplan Institute, Kresge Hall, Room 2-350

12:30 PM: Lunch and Introductions, meet in Kaplan Institute, Kresge Hall, Room 2-360

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Second City Improv Workshop, 1616 N Wells St, Chicago, IL (Old Town)

5:00 PM: Dinner @ Goose Island BrewPub, 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL

6:30 PM: Explore Old Town Neighborhood

8:00 PM: Second City MainStage Performance (meet at the Second City entrance at 7:30 PM), 1616 N Wells St, Chicago, IL


10:00 AM: Coffee & Debrief, meet in Kaplan Institute, Kresge Hall, Room 2-360

12:00 PM: Lunch @ Reza's, 255 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

1:15 PM: Guided Tour of the Kerry James Marshall exhibition at the MCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL

3:30 PM: Architectural Boat Tour, Chicago's First Lady, Boat Tour Agency, 112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL

5:30 PM: Dinner @ Ethiopian Diamond, 6120 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL

7:30 PM: Introduction to the Instigation Orchestra and Djaspora with Roell Schmidt, Executive Director of Links Hall

8:30 PM: The Instigation Orchestra with Djaspora at Links Hall, Links Hall, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL


10:30 AM: Coffee and debrief of Links Hall Performance with Prof. Susan Manning, meet in Kaplan Institute, Kresge Hall Room 2-360

12:00 PM: Reading with Parneshia Jones and Megan Stielstra, Bookends and Beginnings, 712 Sherman Ave, Evanston

1:15 PM: Lunch and Debrief, meet in Kaplan Institute, Kresge Hall Room 2-360