High School Students Admissions
Our application deadline for summer 2016 programs has passed. Please take a look at the site to see what we offer, so you can start planning ahead for 2017!
- Beginning Your Application
- Completing Your Application
- General Guidelines
- Letters of Recommendation
- Analytical Writing Sample
- Scholarship Application (optional)
- TOEFL/IELTS score (for international students)
- Hardcopy materials to mail
- Confirming Your Attendance
- Course Registration
We will begin accepting applications in November 2015. Submit your complete application as early as possible to avoid your course choice being full.
For UChicago Immersion, Arts & Sciences Summer in Chicago and Asia, Summer Quarter Undergraduate Courses, Stones and Bones, and Traveling Academy, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and emailed two weeks after a complete application is received.
Stones and Bones and Traveling Academy applications will not be accepted after April 15, 2016.
For Immersion, Arts and Sciences in Chicago, and Undergraduate Courses, international students must submit all application materials before April 15 for Session I, and before May 2 for Session II. US students must submit all application materials by May 2, 2016.
The Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS) program admission closes at 5 pm Central Standard Time on March 1, 2016. Only applications that are complete at that time will be considered. Admissions decisions will be emailed on April 1, 2016.
Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars program admission closes at 5 pm Central Standard Time on March 15, 2016. Only applications that are complete at that time will be considered. Admissions decisions will be emailed in mid-April.
Summer Bridge applicants should review the Bridge website for details; the information below does not pertain to the Summer Bridge program.
Review the programs listed below, their costs, and course dates to determine the best fit for you. Once you select a program, click the Apply button to begin the online application.
Signature programs- only open to high school students:
- UChicago Immersion
- Research in the Biological Sciences
- Stones and Bones
- Traveling Academy
- Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars
- UChicago Arts & Sciences Summer in Chicago
- UChicago Arts & Sciences Summer in Asia (Beijing & Bangalore)
Study alongside undergraduates from UChicago and around the world:
You can track your application's progress in your online account; it is your responsibility to ensure the application is completed. Once your application is complete, including all supplemental materials, it will be reviewed and an admissions decision will be emailed to you within two weeks unless otherwise noted.
Below are detailed guidelines to ensure the materials you submit are complete and correct so that your admissions decision can be made as early as possible.
Submitting an Online Application
- Make a note of the program/ course(s) for which you will apply (ex: UChicago Immersion, Law, Session I, or Summer Quarter Undergraduate Course Offerings, ANTH 21015)
- Create an account for your application, with your (the applicant’s) email address, which you should check regularly
- Retrieve the temporary PIN sent to your email address to log in to your application
- Complete and submit the online application
- You should also have a parent/guardian email address to submit within the application; all parents are required to provide an electronic signature permitting their student to apply and provide their email address.
- Major updates sent by our office will be sent to both email addresses.
- Application Fee: $40 for U.S. Citizens; $55 for International citizens.
- There is no application fee for the Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars program.
- Students applying through specific organizations with whom we have a partnership (Ivy League Connection, Minds Matter, and Summer of a Lifetime) will have their application fee waived. Students applying through these programs should contact the organization for details. Fee waivers are only available to students who apply through these partnerships.
- Please submit your recommenders' email addresses in your online application; when you save their information, each recommender will receive a unique link to submit their recommendation online.
- Students should give their recommenders information on the course/program for which they are applying in advance; that way the recommender can write the letter at their convenience and they will be able to copy or upload their letter into the website.
- Use your recommender's school or work email address. Submissions from other email addresses (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) may be subject to additional review.
- You only need to send the request to your recommenders to be able to submit the online component of your application; however, your application will not be complete until the letters are received. Do not wait until the letters are received to submit your online application.
- Students applying for Arts & Sciences Summer in Asia only need to submit one letter of recommendation.
- The online application includes spaces to paste in your short essays. Please prepare your essays before you begin the online application process, so that they will be carefully considered and well-written. Each essay should be no more than 1600 characters, including spaces (approximately 250 words.)
- Please be open, honest, and direct in your responses. Let us know something about who you really are and what you care about. This is your chance to show who you are beyond your grades.
1. Why did you choose the particular program/courses for which you have applied? How are they related to your current academic interests?
2. Describe your most rewarding recent academic project or academic experience.
3. UChicago is famous for its “uncommon” essay prompts in our undergraduate applications. Here is an uncommon prompt for you:
Chicago author Nelson Algren said, "A writer does well if in his whole life he can tell the story of one street." Chicagoans, but not just Chicagoans, have always found something instructive, and pleasing, and profound in the stories of their block, of Main Street, of Highway 61, of a farm lane, of the Celestial Highway. Tell us the story of a street, path, road—real or imagined or metaphorical.
- Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars program applicants should answer only the following question in an essay of 250-500 words: Chicago is a city of diversity and each one of our 77 neighborhoods has its own unique culture. Tell us about your culture and what it means to you. How will the Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars Program help advance the community you come from?
- Students in all courses/programs must submit a legible copy of one of their essays or research papers which is typed, written in English, and includes your teacher's grade and comments. If you want to submit a marked paper that is handwritten, a typed copy must accompany it.
- Lab notes or math sets will not be accepted; the writing sample should be English expository prose. See below for the two exceptions
- Writing samples, whether expository or creative, can be brief (no more than a few pages): quality matters more than quantity. Our main concern is to get a sense of how you think and express yourself, and what your interests are.
Students who would like to be considered for a need-based scholarship should:
- Review the Tuition, Scholarships, & Billing page for additional details.
- Download and complete the scholarship application, which is found on the Supplement page of the online application.
- Scan the completed application, along with the required supplemental documentation, in one document to upload to the online application.
- Supplemental documentation to include verification of family’s annual income should be:
- For U.S. based families, the Federal 1040, including W-2s and any schedules submitted with the return, such as C, D, E, etc.;
- For internationally based families, an income verification letter from the parent(s) employers will suffice.
A copy of the entire report should be provided, not just the final score (if applicable, see International Students page for details.)
If you do not upload an official school transcript plus a 2015–2016 grade report to your application you may mail a hard copy to: Summer Programs for High School Students, University of Chicago Graham School, 1427 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 or send a high quality scan to email@example.com. Transcripts should be provided for 9th, 10th, and/or 11th grades, as applicable.
- If your school uses programs like Docufide or Naviance please be aware transcripts will only be sent to the University of Chicago Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Summer Session Office will not receive them.
An application is considered complete when the following materials have been received:
- Online application, including:
- Two letters of recommendation: Do not wait until the letters are received to submit your online application.
- Analytical or creative writing sample (see guidelines above)
- Complete Graham Summer Scholars application, with supporting materials (optional)
- TOEFL scores: a copy of the entire report should be provided, not just the final score (if applicable, see International Students page for details.)
- Official school transcripts for grades 9, 10, and/or 11, as applicable, plus a 2015–2016 grade report
An email will be sent to the students (and parents) with an admissions decision. See top of this page for details by program when to expect this email.
Within two weeks of the email notification, students who are accepted into the program must submit:
- A $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit to secure their place in the program (and housing, if applicable) through their online account. Waived for Neubauer Summer Scholars.
- A series of required documents in order to be enrolled in their course. These documents will appear in their online account after they have been accepted with additional instructions.
Once your deposit and confirmation documents have been received, we will enroll you in your course(s) and email you your UChicago ID (UCID) number. The receipt of the UCID indicates that the Summer Session Office has received all required documentation, and the student is enrolled in their course and/or housing, as indicated on the student confirmation form in their online account. In addition, forms related to health insurance and immunization will appear in the student’s online account. It is the student's responsibility to ensure these are delivered to the correct UChicago offices.
The student now needs to make travel arrangements to get to UChicago and prepare for their time on campus.