Summer Session

Summer Session FAQs

For program-specific details, please refer to that program's web page.

General Questions

Undergraduate courses offered during Summer Session may be three, four, five, or six weeks in length, but they all meet for at least 30 contact hours, as required by the College. Each course, regardless of length, is therefore the equivalent of a full quarter-long course, yielding 100 units of credit.

Intensive language courses offered as part of the Summer Language Institute, however, are six or eight weeks in length, and yield 300 units of credit. These courses are the equivalent of one full year's worth of language instruction. 

Summer 2020 courses taught via remote instruction will provide the same undergraduate credit as always. Students will receive a quality letter grade on their University of Chicago transcript. 

For Summer 2020 only, Precollege, Visiting Undergraduate, incoming and current College students may request a Pass/Fail grade for any course, including General Education (Core) classes.

  • Precollege students should contact the Summer Session team at to request the Pass/Fail option before the second to last day of class but no earlier than half-way through the class.  Do not approach the instructor; be sure to reach out to Summer Session with your request. 
  • Visiting Undergrad, incoming and current College students must approach their instructor to request a Pass/Fail before the second to last day of class. but no earlier than half-way through the class. If the instructor approves, the student should forward the approval (email from the instructor is sufficient) to for final approval and processing. Current College students are strongly urged to consult with their College Advisers if they are interested in requesting the Pass/Fail option in advance of formally submitting their request to their instructors(s).

Official grades for all Summer Session programs, regardless of course dates, are not available until after the end of Summer Session (mid-September). Once official grades are available, you may log on to myUChicago to view your grades.

No auditing is allowed in any Summer Session program. All students must be fully registered to attend any course or program. 

  • UChicago incoming first-year students, current College students and visiting students who wish to add or drop a Summer Quarter or Summer Language Institute course after May 29 should email the student name, student ID number, and relevant course numbers and titles to
  • Since Summer Session courses are very brief and very intensive, we strongly encourage students to consider their choices very carefully before they register. Students wishing to enroll in a course that has already met (even once) must have the written consent of the instructor.
  • Current UChicago graduate students who wish to add or drop should do so through your division’s Dean of Students office.

Summer Business Scholars and Summer Financial Math programs have a different billing and refund schedule. See those programs' specific pages for more information. 

Any incoming, current UChicago or visiting student who elects to drop Summer Quarter or Summer Language Institute courses will need to notify the Summer Session office via email at in order to be dropped from the courses and have their Term Record updated.

Current UChicago graduate students who wish to drop all of their Summer Quarter courses should do so through your division’s Dean of Students office. Tuition refunds decrease with the lateness of the withdrawal date. 

Refund Schedules: Summer Quarter and Summer Language Institute

Undergraduate program tuition refund schedules vary slightly based on the length of course. Please note all days refer to Monday through Friday calendar days of the course session, not class days. For example, the second day of a class meeting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday would be Tuesday of the first week of class.

3-week long course deadlines

  • 2nd day: 100% refund
  • 4th day: 65% refund
  • 5th day: 50% refund
  • 8th day: 30% refund
  • 9th day and after: no refund, “W” appears on transcript

5-week long course deadlines

  • 4th day: 100% refund
  • 8th day: 65% refund
  • 9th day: 50% refund
  • 14th day: 30% refund
  • 15th day and after: no refund, “W” appears on transcript

Summer Language Institute course deadlines

  • 2nd day: 100% refund
  • 4th day: 65% refund
  • 5th day: 50% refund
  • 8th day: 30% refund
  • 9th day and after: No refund, “W” appears on transcript


Summer Business Scholars and Summer Financial Math programs have a different billing and refund schedules for Visiting Students. See those programs' specific pages for more information. 

Sometimes, either because the instructor can no longer teach the class or because an insufficient number of students have enrolled in a class, a course is canceled. If a course you are enrolled in needs to be canceled, you will be notified by the Summer Session office and given the opportunity to enroll in a different course. If a program that requires payment of program fees pre-summer is canceled, and you do not wish to enroll in another Summer Session program or course, all program fees will be refunded (including the deposit if you paid one). 

The Independence Day holiday will be observed on Friday, July 3, 2020. All administrative offices will be closed, and classes will not be held.

In general, if the Fourth of July falls on a weekday, classes will not be held and University administrative offices will also be closed. The University will not be closed on any other days surrounding the holiday, and you should expect to be in class on these days unless your instructor tells you otherwise. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the University will be closed on either Friday or Monday in observance of the holiday, and you should consult your course syllabus to see how your class schedule will be affected.

For Summer Quarter undergraduate courses, Summer Financial Math and Summer Business Scholars Program (not precollege or Summer Language Institute). For Summer Language Institute schedules, visit the SLI program page

Students dropping a Summer Session undergraduate course before the course start date are eligible for a 100% tuition refund.  After, there is still a day or two leeway but it depends on the length of the course. Please check the course start and end dates in Class Search, these are the dates used when calculating refund eligibility.  Please note the dates listed are the last date to qualify for a specific refund amount.



































































The italicized rows apply to the PHYS 13100 – 13200 – 13300 sequence only.Any drops requested after the 30% tuition refund deadline will not be eligible for any tuition refund and a withdrawal will appear as the course grade on your transcript.

Online add/drops via are no longer available as of 6/01/20. UChicago undergraduates wishing to drop a Summer Session course after should send an email to with their name as it appears on their student record, 8-digit UCID and the course codes of the courses they wish to add and/or drop.  In the case of course drops, the date the email is sent will be used as the effective drop date.


Current UChicago Students 

Application and registration processes vary depending on the program as well as your student status. Refer to the appropriate student page or program page for the most accurate information:

Ordinarily, students may not enroll in courses whose class time overlaps given the expectation that all students attended courses for which they receive credit. However, in Summer 2020, simultaneous enrollment may be permitted in remotely taught courses with the permission of both instructors and the approval of the Summer Session office. After June 1, contact Val Huston, Enrollment Manager, at, to request simultaneous enrollment.  

Because Summer Session courses are on a more intensive schedule, it is not feasible to take the same number of courses as you would during a normal academic quarter. We strongly encourage students not to enroll in more than two courses in the same session. Students can take up to five total in the summer (for example, a three-course Core sequence, a 3- or 5-week course in Session 1 and a 3- or 5-week course in Session 2, so that you are enrolled in no more than two courses at the same time.  

To be placed on a waitlist for any Summer Quarter course, submit the 2020 Summer Quarter Waitlist form, found here:  Submit the form for each course you wish to be waitlisted for. Questions? Contact Val Huston, Enrollment Manager, at  


Autumn 2020 Incoming Students

For Autumn 2020 incoming first-year students interested in Summer 2020 courses. 

There is no application, but you will need to submit a form that lets us know which courses you would like to take. This “Summer Courses for Incoming Students” form can be found in your UChicago Account. After you submit the form, we will review your course preferences. If spaces are available, we will assign you to a course, placing you in one or more of your preferred courses, in order of your preference.

For Summer 2020 only, incoming first-year students may take up to two Summer Quarter undergraduate courses on a space-available basis from the following options:

Full Title Course Length StartDate-2020 EndDate-2020 Offering-Days Offering-Times
ARTH 14200 91 - Introduction to Medieval Art 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MTWRF 1:30-3:30 pm
ARTV 10100 92 - Visual Language: On Images 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MWF 9:00am - 12:30pm
ARTV 23813 91 - Experimental Animation: Handmade Motion 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MWF 1:00-4:00 pm
BIOS 10130 92 - Core Biology 3 weeks 13-Jul 31-Jul MTWRF 8:30am - 12:30pm
BIOS 12114 91 - Nutritional Science 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MTWRF 1:30pm - 3:30pm
BIOS 13140 91 - Public and Private Lives of Insects 3 weeks 13-Jul 31-Jul MWF 1:30pm - 5:00pm
BIOS 14112 91 - The Workings of the Human Brain: From Brain to Behavior 3 weeks 13-Jul 31-Jul MTWRF 1:30pm - 3:30pm
BIOS 20151 91 - Introduction to Quantitative Modeling in Biology 3 weeks 13-Jul 31-Jul MTWRF 1:30-4:30 pm
CMSC 10500 91 - Fundamentals of Computer Programming I: Swift and iOS Application Development 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MWF 10:00am - 12:00pm
CMSC 15100 91 - Introduction to Computer Science 1 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MWF 1:30pm - 3:30pm
CRWR 10306 91 - Beginning Poetry Workshop: Composition 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MWF 9:00 am-12:30 pm
ECON 10000 91 - Principles of Microeconomics 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MW 9:00am - 12:00pm
ECON 10200 91 - Principles of Macroeconomics 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul TR 9:00am - 12:00pm
ENGL 10703 91 - 20th Century American Short Fiction 3 weeks 13-Jul 31-Jul MTWR 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ENGL 10709 91 - Genre Fundamentals: Fiction 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MWF 9:00 am-12:30 pm
ENGL 13651 91 - A Brief History of Doom: Ragnarok & Other Apocalypses 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MTWRF 2:30pm - 4:30pm
GEOG 28702 91 - Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis for Social Scientists 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MTWR 1:30 -3:00pm
HLTH 17001 91 - Introduction to Health and Society II 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MTWR 9:00-11:30 am
MACS 20500 91 - Computing for the Social Sciences 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MTWR 9:30-11:30am
MATH 19520 91 - Mathematical Methods for Social Sciences 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MWF 10:00am - 12:00pm
MATH 19620 91 - Linear Algebra 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MWF 1:30-3:30 pm
PHIL 20100 91 - Elementary Logic 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MWF 1:30pm - 3:30pm
PHSC 12610 91 - Black Holes 3 weeks 13-Jul 31-Jul MWF 1:00-4:30 pm
PHSC 12700 91 - Stars 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MWF 1:00-4:30 pm
PHSC 13410 91 - Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MTWRF 1:30-3:00 pm
PSYC 20200 91 - Psychological Research Methods 5 weeks 22-Jun 24-Jul MTRF 9:30-11:30am
SOSC 20112 91 - Introductory Statistical Methods and Applications for the Social Sciences 3 weeks 22-Jun 10-Jul MTWR 9:30-11:30 am
ARAB 10123 91 - Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWRF 9:00am - 3:30pm
ARAB 20123 91 - Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWRF 9:00am - 3:30 pm
CHIN 10123 91 - Summer Intensive Introductory Chinese 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWRF 9:00am- 2:30pm
FREN 10123 91 - Summer Intensive Elementary French 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWR 9:00am - 2:30pm
GREK 10123 91 - Summer Intensive Introductory Ancient Greek 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWRF 9:00am - 3:00pm
GREK 20123 91 - Summer Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek 6 weeks 22-Jun 31-Jul MTWRF 9:00am - 3:00pm
KORE 10123 91 - Summer Intensive Introductory Korean 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWRF 9:00am - 2:30pm
LATN 10123 91 - Summer Intensive Introductory Latin 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWRF 9:00am - 3:00pm
LATN 20123 91 - Summer Intensive Intermediate Latin 6 weeks 22-Jun 31-Jul MTWRF 9:00am - 3:00pm
SPAN 10123 91 - Summer Intensive Elementary Spanish 8 weeks 22-Jun 14-Aug MTWR 9:00am - 2:30pm
TURK 20123 91 - Summer Intensive Intermediate Turkish 6 weeks 22-Jun 31-Jul MTWRF 9:00am - 3:30pm

All Summer Quarter courses are for credit. For Autumn 2020 incoming first-year students, any course taken in Summer 2020 will count towards the overall number of credits needed to graduate as general elective credits. Courses taken in Summer 2020 cannot be used to meet Core requirements. 

Unfortunately, we do not have financial aid available for incoming students enrolling in Summer 2020 courses. 


Housing & Dining

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, residential options will not be available in Summer 2020.  The information for housing and dining that appears below will be in force in Summer 2021 and beyond. 

During Summer Session, visiting undergraduate students will live in a residence hall that is used by UChicago undergraduates during the regular academic year. These air-conditioned facilities offer single and double rooms. Each floor is accessible by elevator and has a community bathroom. Different sections of the living area, including the community bathrooms, will likely be segregated by sex.

All bedrooms are fully furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, bookshelves, lighting, carpeting, and window treatments. Amenities include: weekly linen exchange, multiple lounges and recreation rooms, computer labs, music practice rooms, laundry facilities, wireless internet service, vending and ice machines, and 24-hour front desk service.

UChicago students enrolled in Summer Quarter courses or Summer Language Institute who opt to live on campus can check in to their designated residence hall the day before their classes start, beginning the Sunday before Summer Quarter begins and no earlier. Unfortunately, the Summer Session office does not have any housing available during the time between the end of Spring Quarter and the beginning of Summer Quarter. Current residents of UChicago undergraduate residences who are planning to stay on campus for Summer Quarter will still have to move out for the period between quarters and make arrangements for housing elsewhere. Questions about storage options in your current residence hall should be addressed to your current residence hall staff. The Summer Session office cannot guarantee or make arrangements for any other hall or for any other academic quarter.

You must check out of your residence hall by 9 a.m. the day after your classes end. For example, if your last class is on Friday, July 10, then you must check out of the dorm by 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 11. All Summer Session students must be checked out of the dorm by 9 a.m. on the last day of Summer Quarter.

Single rooms are available, but are limited in number. Please indicate your room preference on the housing application.

Yes. If you request to live in a double room or apartment and would like to request a specific roommate of the same gender, both you and that person must list each other as a requested roommate when requesting housing during your housing registration.

When you check in to the hall, you will receive a room number and mailing address information.

Mail can be picked up at the front desk of the hall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Front Desk will sign for all priority packages (24 hours a day). Students receiving packages will have a package slip in the expanding file at the Front Desk in the Summer Session section. Please do not have mail sent until you receive your room number at check-in. Mail that arrives for Summer Quarter students before they move in or after they depart will be returned to sender. 

Please talk to the staff of the hall you are currently staying in to find out if storage is available between housing assignments. The Summer Session Office does not have separate storage facilities and cannot make storage arrangements through other halls.

The Summer Session Office can only make housing arrangements for students in the buildings assigned to us by Summer Conferences; we cannot make arrangements for any other type of campus housing (married student housing, I-House, sublets, etc.). We share use of the hall with other groups and conferences over the summer, so we cannot guarantee a particular building or room within the hall.

Housing and Residence Life requires that all rooms be vacated at the end of Spring Quarter in order to be cleaned and repaired as necessary, so all students are required to move out between Spring and Summer quarters.

The only people who can stay in your room are you and your roommate(s), if applicable. Guests are welcome to visit you in your residence hall room (so long as you meet them at the front desk and they sign them in); however, they cannot stay overnight in student rooms: no exceptions. Hosts are always responsible for the behavior of campus guests; visitors are expected to conform to the behavioral standards set for students at the University.

A meal plan for Cathey Dining Commons is available to students living on campus only. Summer dining plans for undergraduate students will provide Maroon Dollars, which can be used in the summer dining hall or at a number of retail establishments on campus. No other dining options are available during the summer, and credit is not issued for meals not eaten. Commuter students are welcome to pay cash to eat in the dining hall when it is open.

UChicago Dining retail cafes have different hours during Summer Quarter, so check the UChicago Dining website for the most up-to-date information:

Summer Dining Commons have vegetarian and vegan options at every meal. If you have food allergies or other special dietary needs, please list them in the space provided on the Housing Application; Campus Dining needs advance notice to best accommodate any special needs. Please be aware that the kosher and halal stations in the dining hall during the regular academic year are not open during the summer.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served cafeteria-style in the summer Dining Commons seven days a week. You may come in for meals at any time during serving hours:

  • Breakfast: 7:30–9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Note that times are subject to change. 

If you miss a meal, you will not get monetary credit or another make-up meal. In an effort to control waste, Campus Dining does not allow anyone to take food out of the dining commons other than to grab a cookie or an ice cream cone on your way out. Maroon Dollars will allow you to seek options outside of the dining hall if you are unable to go during regular serving hours. 

If space permits, students may be able to add housing or dining after the application deadline. Please be aware that the June 1 finalization date applies to all housing arrangements; if you add housing or dining after June 1, you will be held liable for all charges.

According to Housing's Summer policy, once you submit a housing application and deposit, housing arrangements will be made for you. The deadline to apply for housing is May 15, 2020, and these arrangements become final and binding on June 1, 2020. Charges associated with housing and dining cannot be refunded or reduced after this date. If you change your housing and dining arrangements by reducing your number of weeks or withdraw from housing altogether after June 1, no matter when you were scheduled to move in, you will be held liable for all charges associated with your original arrangements. By submitting a housing application, you indicate you are aware of, and agree to abide by, the policy regarding finalization of housing arrangements.


Need Help?

For more information on Summer Session, please review the above Summer Session FAQs or reach out to the following contacts: