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Important Information for Parents and Families

We are excited to welcome your high school student to campus this summer! We recommend you visit the Admitted Student page as we have detailed all of the information students need to complete prior to their arrival on campus. Most forms and information will be collected or requested via the student’s UChicago Account. In the following sections, we have condensed some of the information related to completing enrollment for your student and what to expect in the weeks (or months) before the start of class. 

"The Summer Session allowed me to set a new and higher standard for my writing. The writing sessions with the TA, where we annotated and discussed each other's papers, allowed me to see things I had never considered about my writing. The higher standard of writing prepared me for my humanities & sociology courses at UChicago."

Luca G., Neubauer Summer Scholars Student 2017 Student Luca G. on campus

Enrollment Forms


In order to complete enrollment, students have several different forms they need to ensure are completed prior to arrival. Only students have access to their student forms on their UChicago Status page.

The Parental Permission and Release form is not on your student’s account. Instead, Parents or guardians will be emailed Parental Permission and Release form. This form must be submitted by the parent to confirm your student’s enrollment.

Students must also complete the student versions of the following forms found in their UChicago account:

  1. Academic, Program, and Community Policies Acknowledgement form - Before signing, students must review and read the Policies Handbook. The policies cover grounds for dismissal, withdrawal and grading policies, as well as our community standards.
  2. Media Release Form
  3. FERPA Waiver Form - Parents and students should fill out this form together.



Every email Summer Session sends to students includes a copy to the parent/guardian email address that your student indicated on the application. Depending on the security settings of your email account(s), sometimes our emails will be routed to junk or spam; please check those folders and change your settings if you aren’t receiving emails from us. Please email if you would like to add a different email account.

We will be in regular touch with you and your student between the admissions letter and to the start of class! Here is an approximate timeline of when you and your student can expect to receive information related to arrival, Orientation, and travel preparations:

  • March: Create your CNET ID
  • April: Orientation Information
  • May: Ordering your Summer Session books
  • June: Remote Learning Essentials
  • Late June: Bills sent for Summer College and Pre-College SLI only

Precollege Online Orientation


Emails will be forthcoming with information relating to Precollege Online Orientation. Attending one of the virtual Orientation sessions is mandatory in order for students to take any course as part of Summer Session. Parents are welcome to join us for Orientation.

In addition, there is more detailed information to be found on the following pages. All students are required to be familiar with, and parents are recommended to review, the information in our Policies pages prior to the start of class.

Billings, Withdrawals, & Refunds


We understand that plans change and circumstances may require a student to withdraw from a class. Please make sure you and your student are aware of the deadlines for withdrawals and refunds here.

Technology Requirements


Students will be expected to have regular access to the internet and a laptop to conduct the work expected of them in class.  Below, is a brief description of the primary platforms that Summer Session will utilize for remote learning this summer.

Platforms and Infrastructure for Online Learning

UChicago Summer Session courses will be supported by a suite of platforms.

  • Canvas is the official learning management system already in use for instructors across campus to manage individual courses. Canvas provides access to the course syllabus, links to online resources, assignments, discussion boards, and other essential teaching tools.
  • Zoom (Enterprise) is the official video conferencing platform, which allows for real-time interactions among instructors, teaching assistants, and students. All instructor-led class sessions on Zoom will be recorded, so that a student who misses the session may view it later on their own schedule. Students may also use Zoom to engage with each other on assignments and group projects.
  • Other online tools such as Microsoft Teams and Google’s G-Suite may be used by instructors depending on the course’s specific curricular needs, but all will be required to fulfill the privacy requirements articulated

Enrolled students can access these accounts using their CNET IDs. Instructions on how to create or claim a CNET ID can be found on the UChicago Account. Starting in early June, students will have access to Zoom and Canvas trainings. After the start of classes, students can attend virtual workshops on topics such as how to use library resources online, optimal study skills for college, and tackling undergraduate-level reading and writing assignments.

The University has also launched the Learning Remotely site, which we highly suggest that students take some time to review before classes begin. In particular, the Getting Started page is very useful and contains information like what internet connection speed you’ll need to be able to participate in online classes and how to improve your internet connection. Spending time on this website before the start of class is a good jumpstart to Summer Session.

Contact us! We are here to answer questions and help make sure this is a great summer for your student and your family! We look forward to having your student join us for a life-changing summer and to welcoming you to the University of Chicago campus!