College Pathway Program in Economics

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Summer Economics Program for High School Students

The College Pathway Program in Economics welcomes a group of talented rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the globe for a three-week program in economics. Participants will be immersed in the innovative and iconoclastic UChicago approach to the discipline of economics through lectures from world-renowned faculty and small group discussions led by current UChicago Economics students. Participants will also receive instruction to help them prepare for application to admission to elite U.S. higher education institutions.

The three-week summer economics program will feature:

  • An inside look at economics at UChicago, with weekly lectures in microeconomics, macroeconomics, financial literacy, and field experiments in economics
  • A guest faculty speaker series in economics and small weekly discussion sections
  • Weekly sessions led by University of Chicago College Admissions officers, which will offer insights into admissions at highly selective American colleges and universities, tips on essay writing, and introductions to selective colleges and universities in the Midwest

28 Nobel Prizes in Economic Sciences have been awarded to the University of Chicago faculty, alumni, or researchers, and there are currently five Nobel Laureates in economics on the faculty at the University of Chicago. Gain exposure to what makes our Department of Economics one of the most impactful, and economics at Chicago one of the most sought-after degrees in the world, by joining us this summer. Interested in learning more? Contact us today to request more information about the College Pathway Program in Economics.


Course Details

Participants may apply to one of two College Pathway sessions. Programming and content is identical for each session. Admitted students are enrolled in just one session.

  • Session I: Sunday, June 25th (move-in and orientation) to July 14th (check out by 9am)
  • Session II: Sunday, July 16th (move-in and orientation) to August 4th (check out by 9am)

College Pathways consists of four academic components:

  • Lectures in macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial literacy, and field experiments delivered by UChicago faculty in the Department of Economics.
  • Bi-weekly guest lectures delivered by preeminent UChicago faculty in the Division of Social Sciences.
  • Tailored tutorials and small group discussion sections delivered by a team of outstanding current UChicago students.
  • An Admissions Academy to prepare students for the U.S. college application and school selection processes led by the Office of College Admissions.

College Pathways courses do not offer academic credit or a grade. Students will receive individual evaluations of their participation from UChicago instructors.

Program Fee & Scholarships

Program fee: $5,300 (includes tuition, housing and dining, access to campus facilities)

Not included: University Student Health Insurance (U-SHIP): $195 for each 3-week session (estimate; participants who cannot prove that they have adequate health care coverage in the U.S. must enroll in and be billed for U-SHIP)


Need-based partial tuition scholarships (maximum 50% tuition award) to support families with demonstrated financial need.

Students will be asked to upload additional financial documentation on the Supplement page of their application. US citizens and permanent residents should supply their parents' most recent 1040s and W2s. International students should provide (1) a copy of the most recent income tax forms from the country where your parents pay taxes; (2) a letter from parents’ employer, stating position, salary, all benefits, and years of service; (3) a bank statement (or a letter from the bank) showing the amount of funds available to parents or student. If you have any questions about what to provide, please contact us at

Former participants in the UChicago Arts & Sciences in Asia programs will have their application fees waived and will receive a $500 scholarship towards the College Pathway Program in Economics program fee.


  • Eligibility: current high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors, 14 years and older.
  • Applications accepted online beginning mid-November.
  • $50 application fee.
  • Rolling admissions: programs fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.
  • All application materials must be submitted by March 10, 2017.
  • Applicants must meet the program’s English proficiency requirement.
  • Review Application Overview pages for detailed information.

Admissions Academy

In addition to the Economics curriculum, the Pathway program includes Admissions Academy sessions to help students better understand the landscape of higher education in the U.S. and gain some insight into how the admissions process works at highly selective U.S. institutions. Topics for these sessions include everything from an explanation of Liberal Arts Education, how to find the institution that fits you and your academic goals, and small group tours of other local colleges and universities.

International Students

College Pathways courses do not offer academic credit or grades. Participants in this program are not eligible for an F-1 or J-1 (international student) visa. Participants requiring a visa to enter the U.S. must do so on a B (tourist) visa. Participants should be sure to travel with a copy of their admittance letter when entering the U.S, in order to be able to produce it if asked to do so for immigration officials. Participants should also carefully review the visa information provided on the website of the consulate where they intend to apply for a visa and follow the instructions there. Please visit to find a consulate near you.


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