MBL September Courses

In September 2019, the College is offering three courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Each course will be taught by University of Chicago and MBL faculty.

These intensive, three-week long courses meet for up to eight hours per day for 5–6 days per week, combining morning lectures with afternoon labs and fieldwork. Each student can only enroll in one course.

Students register for a September MBL course as part of their Autumn quarter course load, and each course carries 100 units of credit. Classes take place September 9–27. With a maximum of 15 students each, classes are small and offer an interactive teaching environment where instructors spend considerable time with each student.

The schedule ensures that students have ample time to return to campus for the remainder of the Autumn Quarter.

Cost and Financial Aid

College participants in the September MBL courses pay regular University of Chicago tuition for Autumn Quarter. Additionally, each course has a program fee that covers three weeks' dorm-style housing and meals at MBL, as well as all supplies and excursions. The fee amount will be posted at a later date. Students are responsible for covering their own airfare and related travel expenses to MBL.

Since participants remain fully registered in the College, they retain financial aid eligibility for tuition while at MBL. Need-based scholarships are available to assist with the program fee.

Application Process

The deadline for Autumn 2019 application will most likely be around the end of March. The exact date of the deadline will be posted when applications are live.

As part of the application, students select both their first and second choice course options.

Register for a course online.


The below courses were offered in 2018, and may be different in 2019.