The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program was founded in 2003 as a three-year program that aims to prepare talented Chicago Public Schools students in grades 10-12 for admission and success at the nation’s top colleges and universities.

  • UCCSP is shaped around a core curriculum of humanities, social science, math, and science courses.
  • During the summer months taught by University of Chicago faculty and PhD candidates.
  • Enrichment activities during the academic year are geared toward college readiness, leadership development, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.

Prospective Students

  • The Collegiate Scholars Program application for the graduating high school class of 2022 is now closed. The application for the graduating high school cclass of 2023 will be available in Fall 2019.
  • Applications received from over 95 Chicago Public High Schools
  • Students apply during ninth grade 
  • Students begin program during summer after ninth grade
  • Students participate in the program until they graduate high school

Current Students

  • 108 current scholars
  • 39 Chicago Public Schools represented
  • 22% neighborhood schools; 29% charter schools; 49% selective enrollment schools
  • 44% male; 56% female
  • 45% African American; 29% Latino(a); 13% Asian American; 12% White; 1% Other
  • 70% receive free or reduced lunch
  • 50% will be first-generation college students
  • Average weighted GPA of graduating seniors is 4.90


  • Attend more than 118 different colleges and universities across the country.
  • 100% attend four-year colleges
  • 70% attend most or highly selective colleges and universities
  • 54% attend colleges or universities outside of Illinois
  • Alumni receive a number of Scholarships including: the Odyssey Scholarship, UChicago CPS full tuition scholarships, UChicago Police & Fire Scholarships, Gates Millennium Scholarships, Posse Scholarships, QuestBridge Scholarships
  • College Success: 73% graduate within 4 years; 93% graduate within 6 years