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The University of Chicago Centennial Catalogues
Exhibition on view from
Jan. 1, 1992
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Photograph by J. Quinn.
A day after arriving on
campus and becoming acquainted with new students and unfamiliar
surroundings, first-year students were required to take five days
of placement exams, which covered math, the physical and biological
sciences, languages, and physical education. The exams allowed
students to "place out" of courses in which they had shown sufficient
aptitude and helped in matching students with the proper level
With shoeboxes and suitcase in hand,
this first-year student, accompanied by her parents and siblings,
takes her initial contemplative and skeptical glance at her
new home. After checking in, the Orientation Board held a parents'
meeting to acquaint them with the University.
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