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Residential Programs

Congratulations on your admittance to UChicago’s Summer Session programs! We are looking forward to having you on our campus this summer. As an admitted Summer Session student, you will have access to various services and resources at UChicago that we would like to make you aware of prior to Summer Session beginning. Additionally, we are providing you here pertinent information that includes a checklist of items you must complete before Summer Session begins, a note concerning the mandatory orientation day for admitted Summer Session students, and additional information that addresses UChicago residence life, course and billing information, and campus life and safety. 

For more information, make sure to review the Residential Student Handbook

    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 https://prospects.uchicago.edu/account/login

    • Submit your Reply to Offer of Admission form.
    • Pay the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit within a week of receiving your acceptance letter.
    • Students enrolled in Immersion, RIBS, or Stones & Bones must pay the remaining balance on the program fee within four weeks of receiving your offer of admission.
    • Claim your CNET ID and password at cnet.uchicago.edu using the UCID listed on your status page. Your CNET ID will be your email address while you are on campus. You must create your CNET ID before you arrive so that you can upload a current photo for your UChicago Card and also for international students to secure an F-1 visa.

    Complete and submit the required forms via your UChicago Account:

    • Health and medical information
    • Emergency contact information
    • Travel information
    • Parental Release Form (to be completed by parent or guardian ONLY)
    • Academic, Social, and Residential Policies Acknowledgment
    • Student Waiver of FERPA Rights
    • If you have a 504 plan or IEP at your current school, or otherwise believe that you might need accommodations such as extra time for tests or a dorm room close to an elevator, contact Student Disability Services as soon as possible at disabilities@uchicago.edu or at (773) 702-6000. The review process can take a while, so don’t delay your request if you think you might need it.

    Orientation & Campus Arrival

    Check-in will take place in the residence hall. Minor students will check in at Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons at 6031 South Ellis Avenue on the University’s Hyde Park campus. Students who are over 18 years old will check into Woodlawn Residential Commons at 1156 East 61st Street a few blocks away. 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.

    Orientation will take place on your arrival day, and attendance is mandatory.

    Orientation provides information for students to become acquainted with and ask questions about life at UChicago. On arrival day, all 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 students must attend Summer Session Orientation for their session; if you have an unavoidable conflict, and you know in advance that you will not be able to attend, you must contact the Summer Session Office well in advance at summersession@uchicago.edu

    Parents should plan to depart campus before orientation on arrival day. Residential students will have their first meal in the dining hall at dinner on arrival day. Commuter students are required to attend your Orientation check-in and Orientation Session on arrival day. All events after 6pm on arrival day are optional for commuter students. 

    SESSION I 

    Arrival Day:

    Check-in: Saturday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Orientation Session: Saturday, June 10

    Campus Logistics Day:

    Campus tours, bookstore visits, and more throughout the day on Sunday, June 11. 

    SESSION II

    Arrival Day:

    Check-in: Monday, July 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Orientation Session: Monday, July 3

    Campus Logistics Day:

    Campus tours, 4th of July activities, and more throughout the day on Tuesday, July 4.

    GETTING TO CAMPUS

    Students flying into O’Hare International Airport have the option to transport back to campus with other UChicago Summer Session students. A staff member will meet them at the airport, and lead them to our shuttle service. An additional fee is associated with this service.

    Students flying into Midway International Airport must arrange for their own transportation to and from campus. Students can use ride sharing apps, public transportation, or shuttles. 

    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 one pillow and a blanket, but students who prefer more than one pillow or a heavier weight blanket (air-conditioned buildings can be chilly at night) will want to pack accordingly. The residential commons 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 at the Residential Commons more comfortable:

    • Light clothing
    • Sheets and pillowcase for extra-long twin bed (36" x 80")*
    • Shower towel*
    • Hand towel*
    • Extra blanket or comforter*
    • Warm layer in case of cooler weather
    • Umbrella or rain jacket 
    • Walking shoes
    • Laptop**
    • Swimsuit
    • Sunscreen
    • Notebooks
    • Toiletries
    • Folders
    • Clothes hangers
    • Pens and pencils
    • Photo ID
    • •Personal spending money

    *The residence hall’s linen service provides a summer-weight blanket, sheets, pillows, and towels, but, if you are particular about your linens, you should bring your own. All beds are extra-long single beds (36” x 80”).

    **Computing facilities (including pay-per-use printers) are available on campus, but we suggest bringing your own if you have one. WiFi is available in all campus buildings. 

    Money

    Residential student should not carry large amounts of cash. Traveler’s checks or an ATM are safer alternatives. You will be able to find CitiBank ATMs on campus. Other banks and ATMs are available throughout the neighborhood. Some banks will provide customers with prepaid debit cards (you choose how much money can be loaded on to it), and some parents have found this option works well. However, you should be aware that students cannot use these cards to get cash (either from an ATM or as “cash back” during a transaction), as they are for purchases only.

    Parents often ask us how much pocket money they should give to their student. This varies according to the needs and habits of the individual, so it is difficult to say. Meals taken in the dining hall will be paid for, and the residential staff always plans many low-cost and no-cost activities, but students do go on outings to restaurants, movies, plays, and other destinations, both informally and with their RA groups, so you will want to provide some money for these sorts of activities.

    Curfew Release Form

    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 through occasional study break snacks, games and activities. 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, unless parents or family 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. Curfew Release Forms are not necessary for students who will only be off-campus before curfew hours, although students must inform the residential staff if they plan to leave campus. 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 after their classes end. Students who wish to leave on the evening of the day that their courses end may do so. If you intend to check out early, please let your RA know, and make sure your parents submit a Curfew Release Form.

    Health & Wellness

    Student Health Services

    Summer Session students have access to medical resources at UChicago Student Wellness, which supports primary and acute health care needs and routine medical services in their on-campus offices. Urgent or emergent medical care will be provided at Comer Children’s Hospital.  

    Students are encouraged to maintain contact with their ongoing mental health resources while in their Summer Session program.  While urgent mental health crises can be supported by on-campus Student Wellness resources, Summer Session students do not have access to non-emergent therapy or medication management.   

    Student Health Insurance

    The University of Chicago will be providing “blanket” accident, injury and sickness insurance coverage for Summer Session students. Students will be automatically covered by this blanket accident, injury and sickness insurance. This coverage will be in addition to any primary health insurance they may already have. 

    Please see more information on health insurance coverage on the student insurance website. The cost of this coverage will be included as part of the program fee. 

    Injury, Illness, or Other Emergent Situations

    Students in Immersion, RIBS, Stones & Bones programs have access to medical facilities, including the Student Health Services and an on-call physician for after business hours care. If a student requires immediate medical attention, the University of Chicago’s Medical Center is on campus. 

    Residential staff members will be available 24/7 to help in the case of any emergency and will contact the parent or guardian. All parents of minors are required to submit a release form authorizing necessary medical treatment in the case that the parent/guardian cannot be reached. This release is provided to parents after their student has been accepted to the program. 

    Class attendance is required, as our courses are very intensive and catching up can be very difficult for a student who has fallen behind, but we understand that emergencies arise. Students who must miss 1-2 days of class should notify their instructor immediately to let them know that they will not be in class, and to learn what course work must be completed.  

    Students who miss 3 or more days of class must contact the Summer Session Office for withdrawal counseling. Students who have completed the majority of the requirements in their course may petition the Summer Session Office for the option to take their course for an Incomplete. Our office will consult with the course instructor(s) about the feasibility of completing the coursework off-campus and how and when the remaining requirements would be fulfilled if granted. All requests for Incompletes in pre-college courses must be made through the Summer Session Office, not through the instructor(s), and the decision of our office is final. Students who are granted an Incomplete must complete their remaining requirements in the stipulated timeframe or they will receive an F in the course; they also are responsible for payment of their entire program fee. Students who are not granted an Incomplete must withdraw from the program; depending upon their withdrawal date, they will receive a partial refund of their program fee. 

    If a residential Summer Session student must depart campus due to physical or mental health concerns, an approved parent or guardian must retrieve the student within 48 hours of being notified of the student’s situation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student’s family. This policy also applies to Stones and Bones students during the field work portion of the program in Wyoming.   

    Immunizations 

    The State of Illinois and the University require students to provide proof of immunization. Beginning in April, Immersion, RIBS, and Stones & Bones students will need to provide proof that they have received the required immunizations via the my.WellnessPortal. 

    On my.WellnessPortal, students can download the immunization form, upload documentation, and view compliance status. Students who have not received the required immunizations, can be vaccinated when they arrive on-campus.  

    We will email admitted students further instructions on immunizations in the spring. 

    Covid-19 

    The University of Chicago remains committed to having on-campus activities and in-person instruction in Summer 2023. COVID-19 guidelines may be updated at any time, and may result in changes to the protocols described below. 

    The following policies pertain to residential pre-college programs overseen by UChicago’s Summer Session Office for Summer 2023. Anyone traveling to Chicago should confirm what the current requirements are prior to their departure.  

    Vaccinations 

    We are grateful that the vast majority of University employees and students have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly recommend staying up to date on CDC vaccine recommendations, including the guidance that people 12 years and older should receive an updated booster that targets the more recent subvariants.  

    Masking 

    You may review the University’s current guidance on masking for your information, but the University recommends that individuals wear a mask in indoor settings when others are present. 

    Masks are required in the following situations: 

    • Any Summer Session student who is exhibiting symptoms of illness, has been identified as a close contact for 10-days, and needs to share a space with others 

    • Summer Session transportation, including Arrival Day shuttle buses, field trip buses, etc. 

    • Any off-campus location that requires masks  

    Protocols for Students who Test Positive for COVID-19 or Identified as a Close Contact 

    If a Summer Session student tests positive for COVID-19 while participating in a residential program, they will be moved to a room in the program residence that has been set aside for isolating sick students.  Anyone identified as a close contact of the student who tests positive will be instructed to test for COVID-19 in accordance with the University’s exposure protocols, which follow public health guidance. All students are required to cooperate with contact tracing, whether by the University or other public health agency. 

    Students who must leave campus because they have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be released for independent travel. An approved parent or guardian must retrieve the student. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student’s family. This policy also applies to Stones and Bones students during the field work portion of the program in Wyoming. 

    As in other emergent situations, students who must depart campus after a positive COVID-19 test may petition the Summer Session Office to take their course for an Incomplete if they have already completed most of the requirements of their course.