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How to Apply


Summer Session 2020 has concluded. Course information will be updated later this year for Summer 2021. We hope you will join us next summer!

Please see the following chart for application dates and deadlines for Immersion, Pathways, Pre-College Summer Language Institute, and Summer College:

Pre-College (High School) Programs with Multiple Deadlines

Round Application Fee Application Deadline Decision Released by
Priority $25 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Early March
Regular $50 Wednesday, February 26, 2020     Mid-April
Extended    $50 Friday, May 1, 2020        Late May
Rolling     $50 After May 1, 2020     Within three weeks of submission

Pre-College Programs with a Single Deadline

Program Application Fee Application Deadline Decision Released
Research in the Biological Sciences     $25 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (Priority Deadline)       Early March

-Emerging Rural Leaders II
-Latin American Phoenix Scholars
-Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars 
-Police & Fire Summer Scholars
-UChicago Summer Scholars        
-UWC Global Academy

$0 Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (Regular Deadline)         Mid-April

Application Overview

Pre-College Applicants

Please review these instructions prior to starting your application. You will need to prepare materials to upload as part of the application and also consider which programs or courses you would like to be considered for.Your online application is considered complete when the following materials have been received:

  • Personal Profile
  • Program and Course Selection based upon eligibility. You will be asked to indicate your current grade level. Based upon your current grade level, the application will provide you with programs you are eligible to apply for.
    • You may select up to three programs (with two different courses each) to be considered for.
    • Order matters! Your selections will be read in order of your program and course preferences. We will consider the first program you list to be your top choice, and the first course you list to be your preferred course in that program.
      • If you wish to be considered for RIBS, you must select the program as your first-choice program.
    • You will only be admitted to one program and one course in one session. Even if listed on the application, students will not be admitted to more than one session of Summer Session.
    • Exceptions:
      • Summer College (and Visiting Undergraduate) applicants must apply to 2 courses in the same session if they wish to be eligible for on-campus housing.
  • Transcript for all years in high school. You must include a transcript for all classes taken in high school for grades 9, 10, and 11, as applicable. A 2019–2020 grade report for current courses is also required if they do not appear on your official transcript. Students currently in 9th grade should also submit their grade report from 8th grade.
  • Test Scores, including the PSAT, PreACT, SAT, ACT, and any AP scores are optional, but encouraged if you have taken one of these tests.
    • International students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (see International Students page for details). A copy of the entire report should be provided, not just the final score. 
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Program Application with supporting materials (if applying for need-based aid).
  • Supplement and Writing Sample for all pre-college programs. Once you enter your program information and complete the financial aid and scholarship page, the supplement page with the essay prompts will appear. Students must submit a legible copy of one of their essays or research papers which is typed, written in English, and includes their teacher's grade and comments. Students may submit a marked handwritten paper if it is accompanied by a typed copy. Some courses may require additional requirements.
    • Lab notes or math sets will not be accepted; the writing sample should be English expository prose.
    • Please note that Immersion's Creative Writing course applicants will also be asked to submit a sample of creative writing, which does not need to be graded.
  • Additional Academic Information is required for applications to programs or courses in Computer Science, Creative Writing, Math, Physics, and related fields of study. 
  • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher in a subject related to the course(s) for which you are applying. You can request up to 3 letters from teachers.
  • Parent Confirmation emails will be sent to the parent on file for all pre-college applicants. Your application is not considered complete until we receive the Parent Confirmation Email, and we will not review your application until we receive a response from your parent.

Confirming Enrollment with a Program Deposit

Admitted students must confirm attendance by submitting a $1,000 non-refundable program deposit within seven days of the release of their admissions decision. Students will not be registered for courses or programs until this initial deposit is received. Students admitted as part of any Scholarship Program will have the enrollment deposit automatically waived.

The full program fee will be due three weeks after high school students are accepted; students who fail to pay the program fee will forfeit their spot in their program. 

Please see the Application FAQs for more information on the application.

Visiting Undergraduate Students

Visiting Undergraduate students can learn more about applying here