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Admissions Academy

Welcome to the Admissions Academy!

The Office of College Admissions welcomes you to Summer Session and invites you to join us for a series of workshops and presentations to help you navigate and prepare for the college admissions process. These are available to every registered student of Summer Session, and for our online sessions, parents or family members living in the same household are welcome to join! You may participate in as many of the sessions as you would like.

Saturday sessions will be hosted on campus for our students in residential programs. Sunday sessions will be hosted virtually via Zoom for any and all students enrolled in Summer Session. Registration for the sessions is required, and you must use your @uchicago.edu email address to register. Some of our sessions will have a capacity limit as some workshops depend on audience participation.

All of the sessions provided below are exclusive to our enrolled Summer Session students. Summer Session students are also invited to register for any of our standard information sessions and virtual campus tours, or any of our student life or campus partner sessions, all of which can be found on our College Admissions visit page.

Summary of Sessions

Holistic Review & Highly Selective Admissions

Nuts and bolts session intended for younger students or family members who may not be as familiar with the application process to U.S. colleges and universities, especially regarding what the different components of the application are and how are they considered in a holistic review process.

Presenting…YOU!:

Essay Writing: From the personal statement to institution-specific programs, essays are an integral part of the admissions process at highly selective institutions. We will review some basic do’s and don’ts and share some insight into how essays can add an important perspective to the application.

A Look Inside the Admissions Committee

A Case Studies Exercise. This is your chance to see what an application looks like and how applications are reviewed. Together we will serve as the admissions committee for a university, review applications, and decide who is admitted, waitlisted, or denied admission.

If you are looking for a UChicago information session or virtual campus tour, we offer them regularly, and you can register on the College Admissions website. We offer these multiple times a week and on weekends so you can find a time that works for you!

Session I: June 13 – July 1. All times listed are US-Central DT.

Session I Saturday Sunday
Week 1
June 13
June 18 - 1:30 p.m.
Highly Selective Admissions
June 19 - 9:00 a.m.
Essay Writing
(Virtual Session)
Week 2
June 20
June 25 - 1:30 p.m.
Essay Writing
June 26 - 9:00 a.m.
Case Studies
(Virtual Session)
Week 3
June 27
  July 3 - 9:00 a.m.
Highly Selective Admissions
(Virtual Session)

Session II: July 4 – July 22 All times listed are US-Central DT.

Session II Saturday Sunday
Week 1
July 4
July 9 - 1:30 p.m.
Highly Selective Admissions
July 10 - 9:00 a.m.
Essay Writing
(Virtual Session)
Week 2
July 11
July 16 - 1:30 p.m.
Essay Writing
July 17 - 9:00 a.m.
Case Studies
(Virtual Session)