Summer Bridge

The application cycle for Summer Bridge 2014 is closed.  Check back in February 2015 for the Summer 2015 application.

If you are currently enrolled in Arabic or Chinese at your CPS high school and you would like to further your language study over the summer, please check out the STARTALK Institute.


As a CPS student participating in the Summer College Bridge program, you will enroll in one course at the University of Chicago during our Summer Session.  The course you take will be determined in close consultation with the Director of College Bridge. Tuition, fees and textbooks are paid for by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement.


You will be receiving college credit for the course you take through College Bridge, therefore the course can not count toward your high school graduation requirementsIn general, in order to enroll in a class in a particular subject area, you must have completed the most advanced course in that subject (typically, an AP or IB course) at your high school with a minimum grade of B. In some cases, this requirement may be waived if your school does not allow you to take a particular AP or IB course in a subject until your Senior Year.  In those cases, you must have received an A in all other courses you've taken in that subject.  The following departments are offering courses for summer enrollment: Biological Sciences, English, Foreign Languages (placement test may be required, beginning language can be taken if the language is not offered at your high school - see below for a list of languages offered), History, Math, Intro to Economics, Physical Science, Humanities courses in Art/Music/Art History, and courses in the Social Sciences. View a preliminary list of non-language Summer 2013 offerings here.  Pay close attention to the requirements for each class.  Days/times and course descriptions can be found on the Summer Session website (scroll down for listings by department).  Final decisions on courses will be made by the Director and the Summer Session office after meeting with students for interviews.

Languages offered Summer Bridge 2013: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Spanish.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Hyde Park campus.  CTA student discount passes are provided by the program.

Eligibility/Selection Process

Rising Juniors and Seniors in CPS high schools are eligible to apply for Summer Bridge. Students are chosen based on a combination of factors, including unweighted GPA (for requirement see application), coursework preparation in high school and writing abilities.  You must also have a 95% attendance rate at your school.  An interview is required for final selection and a parent/guardian must be present at that time.

Requirements Once Admitted


Summer Session courses are taught in short blocks.  Courses last between three and five weeks long.  Courses are spread out throughout the summer from mid-June to late August.  Some subjects may only be available in one or two blocks.  The Director will discuss your availability and its impact on course choice with you at your interview.

As mentioned above, classes are very short and therefore move very quickly.  The class will cover material equivalent to that taught in one quarter (11 weeks) of a regular school year. You will be expected to focus solely on your course while you are participating in College Bridge - you are not permitted to be simultaneously enrolled in another program, and outside commitments should be kept to a minimum.


A mandatory orientation will be held prior to the start of Summer Session.  Also, students are required to meet weekly with the Director of College Bridge.