Summer Bridge

Overview

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students are eligible to apply for UChicago's Summer Session with support from College Bridge.  Through this program, you will be among our global community of thinkers who ask tough questions and embrace new ideas. Within a supportive online community, students from all over the globe are exposed to diverse ideas in classes taught by world-class faculty and instructors. In their classes, students are given the chance to take intellectual risks, dive more deeply into subject matter, and discuss questions that go beyond the realm of their high school curriculum.

College Bridge students accepted to Summer Session are assessed greatly reduced tuition rates and those eligible can receive scholarships, with the maximum award covering the costs of all tuition, fees, and course books. This program is made possible by a collaboration between the University of Chicago's Summer Session and Office of Civic Engagement.

Important Dates

  • March 9, 2022: Deadline to submit all applications.  Students should start an application and input their recommender’s information as soon as possible and the recommender will receive a request right away, even before the application is submitted.  Students should submit their application before their recommendation is received, if necessary. 
  • Mid-April 2022: Admissions decisions will be released, including the course placement.

Program Costs

Costs for this commuter-based program include a greatly reduced tuition, the Lifetime Transcript Fee, and textbooks, as noted in Tier 3 in the chart, below. Students can be considered for additional funding, which will be based on household income, and assigned to a different funding tier, if admitted. The chart below shows the three tiers of support available. No program deposit is required for students accepted through College Bridge.

Students who wish to be considered for the additional funding will need to upload additional financial documentation on the Financial Aid and Scholarship page of their application. US citizens and permanent residents should supply their parents' most recent 1040s and W2s. If you have any questions about what to provide, please contact us at summersession@uchicago.edu

Please note that funding for the College Bridge program does not cover any costs associated with the technology necessary to participate in remote learning, such as laptops or tablets, and home internet access. Funding also does not cover costs associated with commuting to campus for in-person courses. Students admitted to residential programs will commute to campus for classes.

Tier 1 Student Pays UChicago Pays
Tuition (per 100 units*) $0 $600
Books (per quarter; estimate) $0 $50-100
Lifetime Transcript Fee (one-time) $0 $75
Commuter Costs varies by student $0
     
Tier 2 Student Pays UChicago Pays
Tuition (per 100 units*) $300 $300
Books (per quarter; estimate) $50-100 $0
Lifetime Transcript Fee (one-time) $0 $75
Commuter Costs varies by student $0
     
Tier 3 Student Pays  
Tuition (per 100 units*) $600  
Books (per quarter; estimate) $50-100  
Lifetime Transcript Fee (one-time) $75  
Commuter Costs varies by student  

* Summer Language Institute intensive summer courses are 300 units, which means billing and aid will be based on a tuition of $1,800 per course.

Courses

For Summer 2022, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students can apply to take remote classes or participate in in-person classes as commuters to courses in the following UChicago Summer Session programs:

  • Immersion Program: open to current CPS freshmen, sophomores, or juniors, these courses are only open to pre-college students and dive deep into a specific subject; they are the equivalent of one undergraduate-level course in 3 weeks; these courses are only offered in person.
  • Summer Online: open to current CPS freshmen, sophomores, or juniors, these courses are only open to pre-college students and dive deep into a specific subject; they are the equivalent of one undergraduate-level course in 5 weeks; these courses are only offered remotely.
  • Summer College: open to current CPS juniors, these courses are from the regular undergraduate curriculum and are the equivalent of 10 weeks condensed down to 3-5 weeks; these courses are only offered remotely.
  • Summer Language Institute: open to current CPS juniors, these courses condense language learning from an entire 30-week academic year into 8 weeks; these courses are only offered remotely and are 300 units per course.

All Summer Session 2022 can be viewed the courses at the pages linked above for details about the various programs, including links to the individual course listings. On your application, you will be asked to provide up to 4 course choices from any of the programs listed above and final decisions on course placement will be made by the Summer Session and College Admissions team.

Please review the Instructions on the How to Apply page to begin your application.

Orientation

Summer Session Orientation provides information for students (and parents/family members, should they wish to attend) to become acquainted with class expectations, community standards, and what typical day will be.

All students must attend Summer Session Orientation for their session. We will send emails with the dates and times of Orientation closer to the start of Session I, which begins June 13, 2022.

If you have additional questions, please message us at summersession@uchicago.edu.