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How to Apply

We are excited for you to start your application to the University of Chicago Summer Session! Please review the deadline information, application checklist, instructions, and how to confirm your enrollment on this page before you begin your application


Multi-Week Program Deadlines

Please see the following chart for application dates and deadlines that apply to each of our Multi-Week Pre-College programs. “Final Deadline” means that is the last date we will accept applications to that particular program.

  Priority Regular  Extended Rolling
Deadline Wed, Jan 19 Wed, Mar 9 Thu, Apr 7 After Apr 12 – May 1
Decision Release Early Mar Mid-Apr End of Apr 3 weeks after completed app
Immersion, Stones & Bones, Summer College, Summer Online
Pre-College Summer Language Institute Final Deadline    
RIBS Final Deadline      
Scholarship Programs    Final Deadline    
International students in residential programs* Final Deadline    

*International students who do not already hold a student F-1 visa will need to apply by the Regular deadline in order to meet visa deadlines. Students applying to RIBS must apply by the January 19 deadline.

We are no longer accepting Pre-College applications for Summer College. During the Rolling round, we are only able to admit qualified high school students to the waitlist. 

One-Week Enrichment Deadlines

Please see the following chart for application dates and deadlines that apply to each of our One-Week Enrichment programs. “Final Deadline” means that is the last date we will accept applications to that particular program. 

Program Early: Feb 1 Standard: Mar 1 Rolling: Mar 15
Emerging Rural Leaders I
Chinese Emerging Leaders

Final Deadline

Parrhesia Pre-College Forum on Free Expression  
Quantum Quickstart  

Application Checklist

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

Application Section Multi-Week Pre-College One Week Enrichment
Personal Profile All programs All programs
Program & Course Selection All programs All programs
Education History & Transcript All programs All programs
Supplement  All programs All programs
Writing Sample All programs Not required
Financial Aid Application Required for those applying for need-based aid, or those applying to Summer Bridge, Police & Fire, and or through community-based partners  Not required
Letter of Recommendation All programs Not required
Test Scores Required for international applicants
Optional for all other programs
Additional Academic Information Required for courses related to Computer Science, Creative Writing, Data Science, Economics, Math, Physics, and Quantum  
Parent Confirmation Response All programs Not required
Application Fee All programs except for Scholarship Programs All programs


The instructions below apply for Pre-College students. Visiting Undergraduate students can learn more about applying here. Your online application is considered complete when the following materials have been received:

Personal Profile and Program & Course Selection

  • 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.
    • Students applying to Immersion, RIBS, Scholarship Programs, Stones and Bones, Summer College, Summer Language Institute Summer Online should select “Multi-week Summer Programs for High School Students” under Program type.
    • Students applying for Emerging Rural Leaders I, Exploring Frontiers, Parrhesia Pre-College Forum on Free Expression, or Quantum Quickstart should select “One-Week Enrichment Programs for Pre-College Students” under Program Type.
    • You may choose up to four program selections with one course under each program selection 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 or any Scholarship Program (i.e. Emerging Rural Leaders II, Latin American Phoenix Scholars, Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars, UWC Global Academy, or Woodson Summer Scholars), you must select the program as your first-choice program
      • You will not be able to apply to RIBS or any Scholarship Programs if you do not choose one of them as your first choice.
      • You may apply to other Summer Session programs or other Scholarship Programs. 
      • If you wish to be considered for admission to a non-Scholarship Program, but know that you will need financial aid, you must complete the Financial Aid Application.


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 2021–2022 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

  • 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, DET, or IELTS scores (see International Students page for details). A copy of the entire report should be provided, not just the final score. 
    • International students who are applying to any of the One-Week Enrichment or Scholarship Programs are encouraged to submit proof of English proficiency from any exam (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test) if they feel mastery of the English language is not otherwise demonstrated in their application.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Program Application

  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Program Application with supporting materials (if applying for need-based aid).
    • If you need financial aid, you must apply on the application and upload financial documentation in support of your application. Financial aid cannot be awarded after an admissions decision is received.
    • If you are only applying for a Scholarship Program, then you do not need to separately apply for need-based financial aid.

Supplement Essays and Writing Sample

  • Supplement Essays
    • Students applying to Immersion, RIBS, Pre-College Summer Language Institute, Stones and Bones, Summer College, and Summer Online will be asked to respond to these two essays:
      • Why did you choose the particular program/courses for which you have applied? How are they related to your current interests and future plans? Please be as specific as possible, and make sure your response covers each of the courses you elected. (Limit: 500 words) 
      • Describe your most rewarding academic project or academic experience. (Limit: 250 words).
    • Students applying to the Scholarship Programs will have different supplement essays to complete. Please refer to the program pages for the scholarship program you are applying to for more information.
    • Students applying to One-Week Enrichment will respond only to the first essay above. 
  • Writing Sample
    • Students applying to any Multi-week Pre-College program 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. 
    • Lab notes or math sets will not be accepted; the writing sample should be English expository prose.
    • Students who do not have a writing sample that meets these guidelines will need to write a paper and have their teacher review it.
    • Please note that Immersion's Creative Writing course applicants should also submit a piece of fiction, which does not need to be graded.
    • No writing sample is required for students applying for One-Week Enrichment. 

Additional Academic Information

Additional Academic Information is required for applications to programs or courses in Computer Science, Creative Writing, Data Science, Economics, Math, Physics, Quantum, and related fields of study. 

Letter of Recommendation

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.

If a Counselor or Teacher nomination is optional or recommended for your program, please use the form that is directly linked on the program page. Do not send a recommendation link to your counselor or teacher via the application. Programs that have the nomination form include: 

Parent Confirmation Emails

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

Students admitted to any Multi-Week Program 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 to any Scholarship Program will have the enrollment deposit automatically waived.

The full program fee will be due four weeks after Immersion, RIBS, Stones & Bones, and Summer Online students are admitted; 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.