Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

The EXPLO schedule lets you make your own day. Much like being a student at college or university, you will face the challenge of having so many incredible opportunities to choose from — and a finite amount of time to fit them all in. In addition to your courses and electives, we encourage all EXPLO students to take advantage of as many activities, events, and trips as possible. Below, an outline of what an EXPLO weekday (and weekend) looks like.

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Weekday Schedule

There are required academic periods and check-ins throughout the day, but there are also a range of options every afternoon and evening that allow you to choose how you’ll participate in the college campus environment. Attend academic sessions featuring special guest speakers, take advantage of the opportunities to explore Chicago, or participate in student clubs, interest-based societies, sports leagues, and other daily activities. You’ll be back on campus by 10:30 p.m. to check in, relax with your friends, and get ready for another day of exploration and adventure.

Weekday Schedule
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
Breakfast is served in the dining hall. Eat breakfast anytime before 8:30 Check-In.
8:30 a.m. Check-In
Check in with your Residential Advisors.
9:00 a.m. Morning Academics
Students take two courses per session. Both courses meet for 90 minutes each on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Each course meets for an extended period on either Wednesdays (Course 1) or Thursdays (Course 2).
12:30 p.m. Lunch
Lunch is served in the dining hall. Many students also use this time to hang out on the Quad or to head to their room to grab whatever they may need for the afternoon.
2:00 p.m. Electives + Studio Time
Electives meet during Weeks 1 + 2. Studio time is offered during Week 3 to allow students additional work time to complete their culminating course work.
3:15 p.m. Open Time
Use this time as you choose! Additional opportunities vary each day, but include electives, Studio Time, guest speakers, class trips, and more.
4:30 p.m. Community Time
You’ll spend Community Time in a variety of ways, depending on the day. Once a week the entire program will gather for a Community Meeting hosted by students.
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Dinner is served in the dining hall.
7:00 p.m. Intramurals
Join a club or sports league, participate in a planned activity, or hang out with your friends in the student lounge.
8:00 p.m. Evening EventsParticipate in a wide variety of on-campus events each night or keep it low-key with friends in the student lounge.
10:30 p.m. Check-In on Residential FloorsCheck in with your Residential Advisors.

Weekend Schedule

Saturdays and Sundays are weekend trip days. Each weekend you will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of 10-15 options throughout Chicago and surrounding areas. All residential students attend weekend trips, and although day students are not required to participate in weekend trips, we highly encourage them to come experience a side of EXPLO not found on campus.

Weekend Schedule
6:30 a.m. Breakfast
Wake up and breakfast times depend on the dismissal time of your trip.
8:00 a.m. Student Trips
Trips depart campus throughout the morning. Specific offerings and dismissal times are published during the summer. Students will purchase lunch while on their trip, taking advantage of Chicago’s exciting culinary scene.
6:00 p.m. Dinner
Dinner is served in the dining hall.
8:30 p.m. Check-In
Check in with your Residential Advisors.
9:00 p.m. Evening EventsEvening events and activities are offered throughout the weekend evenings, or you can enjoy a quiet night with friends in the student lounge.
11:00 p.m. Check-In on Residential FloorsCheck in with your Residential Advisors.