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UChicago One-Week Enrichment

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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.


  • Each program is one-week long and offered on a non-credit basis.
  • All enrichment programs are tentatively planned to be hosted on-campus for summer 2022. 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 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.

UChicago One Week Enrichment

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 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.

Parrhesia Pre-College Forum on Free Expression

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

The Quantum Quickstart program offers Illinois high school students with a passion for STEM to be exposed to the great scientific advances in quantum sciences and the physical foundations of quantum mechanics.

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