2023 Summer Bridge Application Instructions


Applicants for this commuter-based program must be enrolled in Chicago Public Schools for both the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years.  They should have a strong academic record in a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum, taking the most advanced courses possible in their high school in the subject they wish to study at UChicago or the most closely related discipline. In addition, students should demonstrate the emotional maturity necessary to tackle undergraduate-level coursework, in areas such as self-motivation, self-discipline, and time management.

Application Instructions

All applications require short personal essays, a graded work sample, a letter of recommendation from a teacher in subject related to the one they wish to study at UChicago, and transcripts from all high schools attended.

Tips for completing the application:

  • All students must complete the standard Summer Session application; no additional College Bridge application is required
  • Review the Summer Session courses available in the Immersion and Summer Online programs (current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade) and/or the PreCollege Summer Language Institute (current 11th grade only)
    • You should select three courses
  • Under the Recommender section: jump here after completing the Personal Profile section
    • Enter your recommender's information to give them the most time possible to submit their recommendation
    • Students should submit their application as soon their parts are done- they should not wait for the recommendation
  • Under Program Selection:
    • Current level of education is for the 2022-2023 academic year
    • Apply for the "Regular" deadline of March 1, 2023
    • The order in which you select your program and courses will be read as your order of preference (e.g. first course listed is your first choice, second course listed is second choice, etc.)
  • On the Financial Aid section:
    • Students should select "Yes" for the question "Are you a Chicago Public School student who would like to be considered for College Bridge?"
    • Students who want to apply for additional financial support from College Bridge should say "yes" to "Would you like to apply for need-based financial aid?" answer the supplementary questions and upload the required financial documentation. US citizens and permanent residents can either submit:
      • documents showing eligibility for SNAP benefits, or
      • their parents' most recent 1040s and W2s
      • If you have any questions about what to provide, please contact us at summersession@uchicago.edu

Students are chosen based on a combination of factors, including the course prerequisites, along with the student’s essays, graded writing or project sample, and a video interview with College Bridge.  Please review the Overview for Summer Session Pre-College Applicants on the How to Apply page to begin your application; the same guidelines apply for Summer Session, Summer Bridge, and Academic Year Bridge.

Due Date: March 1, 2023

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Questions?  Please email the College Bridge/Summer Session Office at summersession@uchicago.edu.