The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (UCCSP) 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, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.

We offer courses taught by University of Chicago faculty in such areas as:

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Collegiate Scholars come from 86 Chicago Public Schools. Scholars are:


 74%  of our current cohort are under-represented minority students (URMs). urm.JPG

Prospective Students

  • 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
  • 42 Chicago Public Schools represented
  • 28% neighborhood schools; 20% charter schools; 52% selective enrollment schools
  • 44% male; 56% female
  • 45% African American; 31% Latino(a); 10% Asian American; 10% White; 3% Other
  • 69% receive free or reduced lunch
  • 43% will be first-generation college students
  • Average weighted GPA of graduating seniors is 4.48


  • They attend more than 100 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
  • 20 U of C CPS full tuition scholarships, 5 U of C Police & Fire Scholarships, 10 Gates Millennium Scholarships, 34 Posse Scholarships, 6 QuestBridge Scholarships
  • College Success: 73% graduate within 4 years; 93% graduate within 6 years