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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I take summer courses for credit?

Every Summer Session course, regardless of length, carries the equivalent credit of one full-length (quarter-long) course in the College at the University of Chicago, with the exception of the Pathway programs, which are non-credit. UChicago operates on the quarter, rather than the semester, system; each course offered at the University during Summer Session is the equivalent of 5 quarter hours, or 3.3 semester hours. UChicago grants 100 credits per course.

Each undergraduate course offering is worth one course credit. Students who wish to take undergraduate courses must be registered for two concurrent courses if they are living in the residence hall and/or require a student visa; students who live year-round in the Chicago area and commute from home rather than living on-campus can choose to take only one undergraduate course, rather than two.

Only the college or university students attend for their undergraduate degree, in accordance with its own policies, can determine the acceptability of these courses for transfer credit. Official transcripts must be requested by students directly from the University Registrar via myUChicago; grades will not be sent automatically to a student’s home institution. Instead of receiving a grade recorded on a transcript, participants in the Pathway programs will receive a certificate of completion and a qualitative report detailing your effort and ability.

Are you a current UChicago student? Learn more about how to register for summer courses and housing here.

What is your attendance policy?

Because Summer Session is meant to provide a college-like experience, students will be held to the attendance standards their instructors establish. Regular class attendance, timely completion of work, and participation are all required. Failure to meet these standards may result in probation or dismissal.

Can I change courses (Add/Drop) during the summer?

Because Summer Session courses are brief and very intensive, we strongly encourage students to consider their choices very carefully before they apply. Course changes in the Summer Quarter Undergraduate Course Offerings program must be made before the second class meeting of a three-week course, and before the third class meeting for longer courses. Course changes in the Immersion or Arts and Sciences program must be made before the end of the second day of classes. High school students in other programs will only be allowed to add/drop under very special circumstances once courses have begun. All changes must be approved by the Summer Session program staff.

What if the course I want to take is canceled?

Sometimes, either because the instructor can no longer teach the class or because an insufficient number of students have enrolled in a class, a course is canceled. If a student registers for a course that has been canceled, the student will be contacted by the Summer Programs office and asked if they would like to register for an alternative course or program. If the student does not wish to take another course in its place, their tuition deposit will be returned to them. Decisions over whether or not to cancel a course are made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

How many courses may I enroll in?

Because each Summer Session course is the equivalent of a course that normally meets for 10 weeks during the regular academic year, registration in two concurrent undergraduate courses or enrollment in one of our pre-college programs is considered a full course load.

Will I have any academic or tutoring support while attending a Summer Session?

Summer Session will feature an academic advisor who will regularly provide support to students, both by appointment and during drop-in hours in the residence hall. The advisor will provide one-on-one support for students struggling with any aspect of Summer Session. For students who would like extra writing help, we also provide an English Language tutor with drop-in hours in the residence hall.

Are there classes on July 4 (Independence Day)?

If July 4th falls on a weekday, classes will not be held, and University administrative offices will also be closed. Please note, however, that the University will not be closed on any other days surrounding July 4th. Students should expect to be in class on the days surrounding the holiday unless an instructor says otherwise. The dining hall will still be open, and the residential staff will provide special activities for students residing on campus.

How do I transfer credit from Summer Session courses to another university?

Students interested in the possible transfer of any University of Chicago credit earned while taking Summer Session courses will have to contact that institution directly. Transferability of credit to another institution is at the discretion of that institution. Please note that a student’s grades will not be sent to a university or any other institution unless a student has requested a transcript. Transcripts for Summer Session courses are available through a student's myUChicago account beginning in late August.

I am a current graduate student, what options are available to me during Summer Session?

As a graduate student either at UChicago or elsewhere, you may consider applying to the Urban Studies program, the Climate Change & Culture Institute (4CI), or enrolling in one of the many undergraduate course offerings. Please refer to their respective descriptions for more information about the programs or individual courses being offered. Course numbers that include a 300 level indicate graduate study.


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I have been admitted to a Summer Session program. Do I need to make a tuition deposit?

To accept your admission into the program and hold your spot, Summer Session students must pay one or more nonrefundable deposits by the deadline provided in their acceptance letter and on the confirmation form. Deposit amounts may vary according to program. To learn more about specific Summer Session program costs click here.

Where can I find my tuition bill?

You will receive an email in late June telling you your bill is ready for payment, and all account balances can be found in the student's account. Your charges and credits will be adjusted and corrected until then, so please don’t try to pay the university before bills are released, as you will likely pay the wrong amount!

How do I make a payment towards my tuition bill?

Tuition can be paid to the Bursar's Office electronically, via a United States bank account, or Peer Transfer, a service that allows students to make a payment from a non-U.S. bank account. The email that accompanies your electronic bill will provide details about payment, as does the Bursar’s Office website.

What are the tuition billing dates?

The summer tuition billing schedule can be found on the on the Bursar’s Office website.


What if there is an emergency on campus?

Campus safety for all is a top priority at the University of Chicago. Support is available 24/7, including health care, mental wellness, and a dean-on-call. For non-threatening situations on campus or in the residence halls, students will be able to utilize either their Resident Assistant, Summer Program staff, or the Campus Residential Hall front desk. If a serious situation arises, students should contact the dean-on-call or the University Police 24/7.

What if I need medical care?

Students 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 contact the parent/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 son/daughter has been accepted to the program.

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Airline Policies

I am a minor flying from overseas for my Summer Session program. Do I have anything to be worried about with respect to my flight?

Summer Session students and families should be sure to double check airline policies prior to booking tickets; different airlines have different policies regarding the minimum age one has to be to fly unaccompanied. These ages are not fixed. One airline may set 14 as the youngest one can be in order to fly alone, while another may set the minimum age at 17. Take extra precautions to verify an airline's age policy before purchasing tickets.


I'm under 18 and arriving a day early for Summer Session. What are some nearby hotels I can stay at prior to check in?

Summer Session students and families should be aware prior to the beginning of Summer Session that the minimum age necessary to rent a hotel room in the United States is 18. The same restriction applies to renting an Air BnB. Minors—those under the age of 18—will therefore be unable to, unaccompanied, rent and stay in a hotel room on their own. Students and families will need to prepare accordingly.  

Pick up/drop off

I'm planning to arrive a day before Summer Session begins/leave a day after Summer Session ends. Can I check in a day early to my residence hall/stay at my residence hall for an extra day?

Summer Session students are neither allowed to check in to Campus North before the official check-in date nor allowed to stay in the residence hall beyond Summer Session's end date. All Summer Session students living in Campus North will move in for their program on the same day, as well as move out on the same day. There will be no exceptions. Summer Session students and families should plan accordingly.