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Enrichment Programs

Congratulations on your admittance to UChicago’s Enrichment programs! We are looking forward to having you on our campus this summer. Below, you will find pertinent information that includes a checklist of items you must complete before Summer Session begins, a note concerning the arrival day, and additional information that addresses UChicago residence life, and campus life and safety. 

Students admitted to China Emerging Leaders should refer to the Pre-College Students Admitted to Remote Programs page.

    Becoming a UChicago Student: A Checklist

    To secure space in UChicago Summer Session, students and their families need to complete all the items on the checklist below. All items are accessible through the Status Page located at

    Complete and submit the required forms via your UChicago Account:

    • Health and medical information
    • Emergency contact information
    • Parental Release Form (to be completed by parent or guardian ONLY)
    • Academic, Social, and Residential Policies Acknowledgment
    • Student Waiver of FERPA Rights
    • One-Week Programs Insurance Card
    • You will be emailed information about submitting a photo for your ID card.

    Campus Arrival

    Check-in will take place at the University’s Hyde Park campus. Please arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to check into the residence hall. Students who arrive before 10:00 a.m. will keep their belongings with them until they can check into their room after 10am.

    Please check your program page or decision letter to confirm your arrival day. On the Sunday of your arrival, you will become acquainted with and ask questions about life at UChicago. Students will check in at the residence hall and receive their program materials, attend an orientation session, and connect with their residential House through a campus tour, dinner, and an all-House meeting.  


    All travel is booked by Fox travel. You will receive more details about how to book travel.

    Packing List

    Chicago weather in the summer can fluctuate, but you should, when packing clothes, make sure you’re prepared for the possibility of high heat (as high as 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity. 

    Student rooms are provided with linens including a pillow with pillowcase, summer-weight blanket, sheets, and a towel, but students are welcome to bring their own preferred linens.  All beds are extra-long twin beds (36” x 80” ). Students who prefer more than one pillow, a heavier weight blanket (air-conditioned buildings can be chilly at night) or a larger towel will want to pack accordingly. The residence hall has pay-per-use laundry facilities, and Summer Session will provide basic laundry detergent, but you will need to provide your own fabric softener, dryer sheets and clothes hangers.

    We recommend that you pack the following items to make your stay more comfortable:

    • Light clothing
    • Extra blanket or comforter
    • Warm layer in case of cooler weather
    • Umbrella or rain jacket
    • Walking shoes
    • Laptop recommended, but not required
    • Notebook for notetaking
    • Smart Casual outfit for Networking dinner
    • Swimsuit
    • Sunscreen
    • Notebooks
    • Toiletries
    • Folders
    • Clothes hangers
    • Pens and pencils
    • Photo ID
    • Personal spending money


    All pre-college students on campus will check-in nightly with their residential staff members. This required nightly curfew sign-in period, which is reviewed with students during Orientation, is another opportunity for students and staff to connect. Although we do not conduct bed checks or enforce a “lights out” in the residence halls after curfew, quiet hours after 10pm ensure that all can study and sleep.  There are no exceptions to the nightly curfew policy for 9th and 10th grade Enrichment students. Parent or guardians of students in 11th grade may request to bring their students home (or elsewhere off campus) on a specific evening, and have submitted a Parental Curfew Release Form more than 24 hours before the student departs from campus.

    Parents must complete a Parental Curfew Release Form if:

    • They authorize an adult (including themselves) who is not a Summer Session participant, to accompany their student outside the dormitory after curfew hours, or
    • They authorize an adult (including themselves) who is not a Summer Session participant to accompany their student off-campus overnight and/or for a weekend.

    This online form is to be completed by the parent or guardian for every date the student will be outside the residence hall during designated curfew hours: after 10:00 PM and before 6:00 AM daily. This form must be received at least 24 hours prior to the release date. Please allow 24 hours for a staff member to acknowledge approval of your request. Students without approved Curfew Release Forms on file and who are not present for curfew sign-in will be considered in violation of the curfew policy and disciplined accordingly.

    The form should be used if the student will be continuously out of the residence hall during curfew hours: for example, a late dinner one night or staying with family off-campus overnight or for the weekend. Blanket releases that would allow students to come and go throughout the program without regard to curfew will be rejected.

    Checking Out

    All residential students must check out of the residence hall by 9:00 AM on the day their program ends.