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UChicago Enrichment Programs

Enrichment students outside of dorm

UChicago enrichment programs offer pre-college students the opportunity to explore different areas of study and learn about different disciplines, especially those that make UChicago a distinct destination for higher education. Each enrichment program will advance and enhance skills that students can apply to their studies in high school, college, and beyond. Whether it be leadership, civil discourse, or quantitative analysis of complex problems, all enrichment programs give pre-college students a window into the unique culture of inquiry and discourse and the dynamism of intellectual discovery at the University of Chicago.


Pre-college students who are at least 14 years old. Check individual programs for specific eligibility requirements.


  • All enrichment programs, aside from China Emerging Leaders, will be hosted on-campus for summer 2023. Additional details related to health and safety protocols will be updated on our website. 
  • If a program is hosted on campus, then all students who participate are required to live in residence in campus housing; there is no hybrid or remote option for residential one-week programs.

How to Apply 

  • Applicants should review the instructions in our How to Apply section. 
  • All programs require students to complete and submit the Summer Session application as well as upload a complete high school transcript and respond to a short essay.
  • Select programs require or allow for a nomination by a counselor or teacher. The link to the form is provided on each webpage, and should be completed by the counselor or teacher, not the student.
    All Enrichment Programs share a single deadline of March 1, 2023, and all applicants will receive decisions at the same time. 

Enrichment Programs

China Emerging Leaders

Students attending high school in China who are in 10th grade are eligible to apply for a scholarship to participate in a one-week long, remotely taught online course, "Choosing Leadership: Learning and Leading in the 21st Century.”

Emerging Rural Leaders I: Freshmen

Thanks to the generous support of Trott Family Philanthropies, selected students from rural and small-town high schools will receive a full scholarship to participate in a one-week program between their freshman and sophomore years of high school.

Emerging Rural Leaders II

Thanks to the generous support of Trott Family Philanthropies, the College is excited to host the Emerging Rural Leaders II program for high achieving students who attend rural and small-town high schools across

Exploring Solutions to Global Problems: Climate, Energy & Sustainability

To meet the global energy challenge, the next generation of climate and energy scientists must address the need for reliable, affordable energy to foster economic growth while averting climate change and damages to the environmen

Latin American Phoenix Scholars

The Latin American Phoenix Scholars program brings together top high school students studying across Latin America.

Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars

Thanks to the vision and the generosity of the Neubauer family, this program brings together talented students engaged in Hispanic/Latino communities across the United States.

Neubauer Phoenix STEM Summer Scholars

From creating the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction to discovering the mathematical theory of black holes, the University of Chicago has long been a pioneer in groundbreaking STEM research.

Parrhesia Forum for Free Expression Ambassador Program

Rooted in the University of Chicago Principles of Free Expression, the Parrhesia Program offers an innovative curriculum in the theory and practice of public discourse and deliberation.

Quantum Quickstart

Program details have been updated as of February 1, 2023.

UWC Global Academy

The United World College (UWC) Global Academy brings together top students studying across the UWC’s 18 schools and colleges the opportunity to get an early taste of an exceptional college experience in a cohort-based model. 

Voltage Scholars

The Voltage Scholars program offers the opportunity for a diverse cohort of outstanding high school students with an interest in economics to be exposed to The University of Chicago’s distinctive approach and abundant research and academic opportu

Woodson Summer Scholars

*The deadline for this program has been extended to March 10.

Young Innovators Program

The Young Innovators Program empowers high achieving students for academic and career success in STEM innovation.