Summer Session is excited to welcome this year’s incoming class and invite pre-matriculant, incoming first-year and transfer students to apply to take a course prior to the start of the academic year! Enrolling in a summer course can be a great way to jumpstart your UChicago academic experience and to get your first taste of the distinctive academic culture of the College.
All courses will be taught remotely and online. In-person or on-campus courses are not available. Please review the following policies and guidelines prior to completing and submitting an application form. Although we hope we will be able to accommodate all interested students, we cannot guarantee that every student will receive a course assignment as demand for courses is at an all-time high.
Last year Summer Session hosted a virtual information session for incoming students to provide information about the course offerings and how to apply for a Summer Quarter course. You can listen to recording here!
If you have any questions about the courses or the admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
The application to register for courses will be on your UChicago status portal on Tuesday, May 2.
Timeline & Application
The application opens on May 2, 2023 and closes on May 12, 2023. Students who have submitted an application will be notified on May 19 of which course they have been assigned to. Students will need to confirm within 7 days that they would like to be enrolled into their assigned course.
- May 2: Application opens on your UChicago status portal (click access Submitted Application)
- May 12: Application closes
- May 19: Decision notification
- May 26: Confirmations due
Note: some courses fill more quickly than others, so we recommend all students indicate at least 2 courses they would like to take. You can apply for up to 4 courses on the form. No matter how many courses you select, you will only be assigned to one course.
We will consider the order in which you list your courses to be your order of preference. We make every effort to accommodate your preferences, but we cannot guarantee placement in any course as demand is very high and can vary depending on the course in a given year.
Students who are placed on the waitlist will be notified by June 7 (5 days before the first day of class) if a spot opens up in one of the courses they indicated interest in. After June 7, we will close enrollment for incoming students.
For Summer 2023, only remotely taught, online courses are open to incoming students. Summer courses cover a wide variety of topics and subject areas. Some courses have pre-requisites, so make sure you have completely reviewed the course description prior to electing a course.
These courses are open to current undergraduate students as well as visiting students. Upperclassmen UChicago students will be given priority placement in all courses, so we recommend that all pre-matriculated students indicate at least 2 courses (and up to 4) that you would like to be assigned to. No matter how many courses you apply for, you will only be assigned to one course.
Incoming students are eligible to apply to take courses offered either in Summer College or the Summer Language Institute. All courses will be taught remotely and online.
Summer College. The course list below is the complete catalog of Summer College courses that incoming students may apply to be enrolled in. Course descriptions can be found by clicking on the course name. In addition, the list below indicates whether a particular course is eligible for Core credit specifically.
Summer Language Institute and Heritage Language courses. In addition, incoming students have the option to apply to take a course in a foreign language offered by our Summer Language Institute. Languages offered include: American Sign Language, Ancient Greek, Ancient Latin, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish. All Heritage Language Courses and Summer Language Institute courses will fulfill the College's general Language Competency requirement.
If you have any questions related to the credit policy, review the following section, and if you have additional questions, please contact College Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit & Grading Policy
All Summer Quarter courses are for credit and provide quality letter grades. For Autumn 2023 incoming first-year students, any course taken in Summer 2023 will count generally towards the overall number of credits needed to graduate as general elective credits.
Courses taken in Summer 2023 cannot be used to meet Humanities, Social Science, or Civilization Core requirements, however some courses in the Arts, Biological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences may be taken in Summer 2023 and count towards your Core requirements. The full course list is can be found above. Only courses on this list are available for incoming students to apply for, and all courses will be taught remotely and online.
If you are not familiar with how this will factor into your academic plan, please contact College Advising at email@example.com.
Costs, Aid, & Billing
The cost of one Summer Quarter (100-unit) course is $4,500, and a Summer Language Institute (SLI) 300-unit intensive course is $7,725.
The costs for summer courses are not covered by any financial aid you’ve been awarded. Financial aid awards do not apply to summer courses taken prior to Autumn Quarter of the first year. If you received a financial aid award, then the first term for which your aid award will be applied is Autumn Quarter. All pre-matriculant, incoming students must be prepared to pay for the summer course independent of a financial aid award. Additional scholarship aid is not available for summer quarter courses taken prior to Fall Quarter of your first year.
Students who enroll in a Summer session course will be billed via the Bursar’s Office. The Bursar’s Office will issue bills to the student’s my.uchicago accounts on June 7 and payment will be due in on June 28, after Summer Session classes begin. Payments must be paid via bank account or wire transfer. Credit cards are not accepted.
Withdrawals and Refunds
Students who drop a three- or five-week Summer Session course through Friday of the first week of the course will not be billed for the course, and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript.
Students who drop a six-, seven-, or eight-week Summer Session course through Friday of the second week of the course will not be billed for the course, and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript.
If a student withdraws after that date, they will receive a “W” on their UChicago transcript, and they will be billed for the full cost of the course.
Requests to withdraw must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.