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UChicago Summer Scholars

Thanks to the support of the Women's Board of the University of Chicago, the inagural UChicago Summer Scholars Program was launched in 2019. Black/African American students can participate in select Summer Session courses free of charge. The College is excited to continue UChicago Summer Scholars in Summer 2020.

Being a UChicago Summer Scholar is a great way to get an early look at college-level classes and get a feel for life on campus and in Chicago. You’ll also learn in-depth about the application process for highly selective universities with the guidance of UChicago admissions counselors. Topics include: essay writing, application case studies, and applying for financial aid. After class and on the weekends, students will have the opportunity to explore Chicago. Last year, students visited the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and took in a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Selected students will receive a full scholarship to participate in one of the following four Summer Session courses offered in Session II: 

Please review the course descriptions on the website carefully. You must choose the correct courses on the "Course Selection" page of the application. We will consider the order in which you place your courses as your order of preference and make our best efforts to accommodate your preferences.


Eligibility: current high school juniors

Applications will be accepted online beginning in early December. The Regular deadline to apply is February 26, 2020. Rolling admissions is not offered for this program. There is no application fee to apply. Review the Application Overview pages for more detailed information.

Any questions should be directed to Lauren Barlow at

Tuition & Fees

All programs expenses are covered by the program.

Program Dates: July 12, 2020 - July 31, 2020