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High School Students

Thank you for a wonderful 2019 Summer Session! Please join our mailing list and check back in December for our Summer Session 2020 offerings!

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Program Descriptions

Discover the awesome course opportunities for high school students this summer at the University of Chicago. Within a supportive campus community, students from all over the globe are exposed to diverse ideas in classrooms taught by world-class faculty and instructors. In the classroom, students are given the chance to take intellectual risks, dive more deeply into subject matter, and discuss questions that go beyond the realm of their high school curriculum.


Learn what makes UChicago one of the most innovative and impactful universities in the world through the Pathway programs. Explore different facets of a subject area, in order to learn more about the approaches and issues involved, and to determine which facet they want to study further.


Whether it’s the remote depths of the universe or this planet’s great works of literature, we know that everybody is passionate about something. This summer, take advantage of the rich educational resources offered by the University of Chicago and transform your passion into your expertise.

Summer College

Join us this summer to explore new subjects, delve into a current interest with intense focus, and broaden your powers of perception while earning college credit for undergraduate courses at the University of Chicago.As a Summer Session student, you have the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate courses drawn from the regular curriculum of the College at the University of Chicago.

Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS)

*This course is currently at capacity, and we are no longer admitting students. Furthering the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, discovering how to preserve blood, laying the mathematical foundations for the theory of genetic evolution—the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division is a leader in these and many other areas of research. This summer, learn the techniques used in leading-edge biological research in lab facilities at a premier research university.

Stones and Bones

Join the Field Museum’s Distinguished Service Curator, Lance Grande, for a four-week, intensive practicum in paleontology in Chicago and Wyoming. Go into the field and behind the scenes at The Field Museum to learn how fossils are collected, analyzed, and conserved, as you work alongside museum scientists in the lab and in the field.

Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars

Thanks to the vision and the generosity of the Neubauer family, top students engaged in Hispanic/Latino communities can now participate in select University of Chicago Summer Session courses free of charge.

UChicago Summer Scholars

Thanks to the support of the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago, the College is excited to launch the inaugural UChicago Summer Scholars program. Top Black/African-American students are invited to apply for an opportunity to participate in a select Summer Session course free of charge.

Emerging Rural Leaders

Thanks to the generous support of the Trott Family Foundation, the College is excited to launch the inaugural Emerging Rural Leaders program. Emerging Rural Leaders offers two summer programs to top freshmen and juniors from rural and small town high schools. Selected students will have the opportunity to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge.