Summer Courses

During the summer, Collegiate Scholars come to the University of Chicago campus for six weeks—from the last week in June to the first week in August—to take courses taught by University of Chicago faculty in a variety of disciplines.

Before summer session begins, incoming first-year Collegiate Scholars attend an orientation weekend where they stay overnight in a dormitory on the University of Chicago campus, learning about the program, setting goals for their first year and getting to know their peers.

The First Summer

During the first summer, students take a humanities course, a writing course, and a math or physical sciences course.

Second & Third Summers

Options during the second and third summers include humanities or social sciences and math, biology, or physical sciences. Rising seniors also participate in College Countdown.

Some students may apply to participate in special programs.

Throughout the summer, students are also able to participate in social events and fun academic breaks where they gather before or between classes to visit with their classmates over doughnuts, ice cream or other treats.

Scholars also have the option to participate in summer sports, which include basketball, soccer, swimming and more.

At the end of six weeks, scholars participate in the culminating celebration of the summer session, where they present what they have learned over the summer in front of a community of faculty, family and friends.