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UChicago Programs for High School Students

The University of Chicago offers a number of programs for students interested in engaging more deeply in college academic preparation.


Collegiate Scholars Program

This challenging, fun, and rewarding three-year enrichment program is designed to prepare talented students for academic success at the best colleges and universities. The program begins the summer after ninth grade.

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College Bridge Program

College Bridge at the University of Chicago is an exciting opportunity for advanced high school students from the Chicago Public School system to challenge themselves by enrolling in a rigorous university course. Tuition, fees and textbooks are fully funded by the UChicago Office of Civic Engagement.

College Bridge consists of two programs: Academic Year Bridge and Summer Bridge. Eligible students can apply to either program or both programs. Courses available range from biology to history to the humanities. Subjects open to Bridge students vary depending on the courses offered for the quarter and student preparedness.

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Upward Bound

Upward Bound combines an array of programming from tutoring to financial aid research and college preparation and planning in order to make higher education a more accessible resource for families.

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Young Scholars

The aim of the Young Scholars Program (YSP) is to broaden and enrich students' understanding of mathematics rather than to accelerate them through the standard elementary or high school mathematics curriculum. Students in the Young Scholars program engage with UChicago faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students while also participating in cooperative research and study with other Young Scholars.

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Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars Program

This program brings talented rising high school seniors who are engaged in Hispanic and Latino communities to UChicago’s campus for Summer Session. During the Summer Scholars program, students enroll, with full scholarships, in undergraduate courses designed for high school students, gaining hands-on college experiences with teachers who are experts in their fields. Participants also have the chance to explore Chicago with their classmates during the program.

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SPLASH!

Splash! is a student organization at the University of Chicago that offers free educational programs on UChicago’s campus for Chicago area high school students. UChicago students teach Splash! participants courses that focus on topics ranging from garbage wars and food deserts to making economic decisions, cultural psychology, cybercrimes, and more. Splash! holds one-day sessions in April and the fall, and five-week programs that start in late October and late January.

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Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes (WIT) offers free ACT and SAT prep courses to high school students in the Chicago area. Prep courses last for ten weeks, with new courses available each academic quarter of the year. WIT accepts students from any school in the Chicago area—regardless of whether that school is public, private, or suburban.

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Winning Words

Winning Words works with students from pre-Kindergarten through 12 th grade in Chicago’s mid-South Side to provide high quality and diverse philosophy instruction both on UChicago’s campus and in various community locations. Through Winning Words, students learn how to engage in the Socratic method and form communities of inquiry that foster ethical and political reflection, meaningful self-expression, and critical thinking. As part of the program, students also compete in “Ethics Bowl” tournaments.

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Come back for a more extensive list of Promise programming, to be updated on a continual basis!