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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 pre-college 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.

Each Sunday session 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 Account login and password 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 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. There will also be Q&A time.

Presenting…YOU!: Essay Writing

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 add an important perspective to the application.

A Look Inside the Admissions Committee: A Case Study 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.

The schedule for 2024 will be updated in May 2024, and registered Summer Session students will be notified when registration opens for the Admissions Academy.


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