Summer Session

Summer Session FAQs

For program-specific details, please refer to that program's web page. FAQs will be updated throughout early 2021.

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 2021 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 2021 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 summersession@uchicago.edu 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 summersession@uchicago.edu 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).
       
    • Current College students should also be aware that Pass/Fail policies for minor and major requirements vary by course and department, so consult with the relevant department about their Summer Pass/Fail policies before you enroll, especially regarding any course that you plan to use as a major or minor requirement. 

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 and Visiting Students who wish to swap, add or drop a Summer Quarter or Summer Language Institute course should email the student name, student ID number, and relevant course code(s) to summersession@uchicago.edu
  • Current UChicago undergraduate students can add and/or drop Summer Session courses through Open Enrollment from March 1 through May 31, 2021.  Starting June 1, 2021, course add/drops must be requested by submitting a request via the Undergraduate Enrollment Change Request form.
  • Current UChicago graduate students who wish to add or drop should do so through your division’s Dean of Students office.

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. 

Once a course begins, swapping, adding, and dropping courses is more limited. 

  • Enrolled students can drop a three- or five-week Summer Session course through Friday of the first week of the course.
  • Enrolled students can drop a six-, seven-, or eight-week Summer Session course through Friday of the second week of the course.

UChicago undergraduate students who drop a course on or before the relevant deadline will not be billed for that course and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript. Visiting undergraduate or precollege students who drop a course by the relevant deadline will not be billed for their course, but will not be refunded their $1,000 deposit (all deposits are non-refundable).

Requests to drop a course submitted after the drop deadline (11:59pm CST of the dates listed below) will be processed as a course withdrawal, which means:

  • a “W” will appear as the course grade and
  • 100% of tuition will be billed

Please check the course start and end dates in Class Search, these are the dates used when calculating eligibility to drop a course. 

COURSE LENGTH

START DATE

END DATE

DROP DEADLINE

3 weeks

6/21/21

7/9/21

6/25/21

4 weeks

6/21/21

7/16/21

6/25/21

5 weeks

6/21/21

7/23/21

6/25/21

6 weeks

6/21/21

7/30/21

7/2/21

8 weeks

6/21/21

8/13/21

7/2/21

3 weeks

7/12/21

7/30/21

7/16/21

5 weeks

7/26/21

8/27/21

7/30/21

3 weeks

8/2/21

8/20/21

8/6/21

 

 

Undergraduate students (including incoming First-Year students, Visiting Students, and UChicago undergraduate students) who no longer wish to be enrolled in any Summer Session 2021 courses should send an email to summersession@uchicago,edu.  Please be sure to include your 8-digit UCID and confirm you do not wish to be enrolled in ANY courses during the Summer Quarter. The Summer Session Office will work with the Registrar to update your Term Record and deactivate your summer term.

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.

  • Enrolled students can drop a three- or five-week Summer Session course through Friday of the first week of the course.
  • Enrolled students can drop a six-, seven-, or eight-week Summer Session course through Friday of the second week of the course.

UChicago students who drop a course on or before the relevant deadline will not be billed for that course and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript. Visiting undergraduate or precollege students who drop a course by the relevant deadline will not be billed for their course, but will not be refunded their $1,000 deposit (all deposits are non-refundable).

Requests to drop a course submitted after the drop deadline (11:59pm CST of the dates listed below) will be processed as a course withdrawal, which means:

  • a “W” will appear as the course grade and
  • 100% of tuition will be billed

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 pre-payment of program fees 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 Monday, July 5, 2021. 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.

This is the refund schedule for UChicago and visiting undergraduate students in Summer Quarter undergraduate courses and programs (including Summer Language Institute) only. For pre-college course policies, visit summer.UChicago.edu for more information. 

  • Enrolled students can drop a three- or five-week Summer Session course through Friday of the first week of the course.
  • Enrolled students can drop a six-, seven-, or eight-week Summer Session course through Friday of the second week of the course.

UChicago students who drop a course on or before the relevant deadline will not be billed for that course and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript. Visiting undergraduate students who drop a course by the relevant deadline will not be billed for their course, but will not be refunded their $1,000 deposit (all deposits are non-refundable).

Requests to drop a course submitted after the drop deadline (11:59pm CST of the dates listed below) will be processed as a course withdrawal, which means:

  • a “W” will appear as the course grade and
  • 100% of tuition will be billed

Please check the course start and end dates in Class Search, these are the dates used when calculating eligibility to drop a course. 

COURSE LENGTH

START DATE

END DATE

DROP DEADLINE

3 weeks

6/21/21

7/9/21

6/25/21

4 weeks

6/21/21

7/16/21

6/25/21

5 weeks

6/21/21

7/23/21

6/25/21

6 weeks

6/21/21

7/30/21

7/2/21

8 weeks

6/21/21

8/13/21

7/2/21

3 weeks

7/12/21

7/30/21

7/16/21

5 weeks

7/26/21

8/27/21

7/30/21

3 weeks

8/2/21

8/20/21

8/6/21

Current UChicago College students may add or drop courses via my.uchicago.edu through May 31, 2021. UChicago undergraduates wishing to add or drop a Summer Session course after May 31 must submit a request via the Undergraduate Enrollment Change Request form. The date the request is submitted 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 2021, 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 vhuston@uchicago.edu, 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; two Summer Quarter courses are the equivalent of a full-time course load. While it is not recommended, students can take up to five total courses in the summer, as long as you are enrolled in no more than two courses at the same time.  

Please check course enrollment at Class Search before submitting a Summer 2021 Waitlist Request form.  

This form should only be used to request placement on a waitlist for:

  • current UChicago undergraduate or graduate students wishing to enroll in Summer Quarter courses or
  • current UChicago undergraduate students ONLY wishing to enroll in Summer Language Institute courses that are full.  

Current UChicago graduate students wishing to enroll in Summer Language Institute courses that are full must contact their Dean of Students office to be placed on the graduate waitlist. Do not submit the form above.

Questions? Contact Val Huston, Enrollment Manager, at vhuston@uchicago.edu.  

 

Autumn 2021 Incoming Students

For Autumn 2021 incoming First-Year students interested in Summer 2021 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.

Before submitting your form, please be sure to review the information above regarding adding and dropping courses, and the deadlines for withdrawing from Summer courses. 

For Summer 2021, incoming first-year students may take up to two Summer Quarter undergraduate courses on a space-available basis. The course list for 2021 will be posted in late Winter 2021.  

All Summer Quarter courses are for credit. For Autumn 2021 incoming first-year students, any course taken in Summer 2021 will count towards the overall number of credits needed to graduate as general elective credits. Courses taken in Summer 2021 cannot be used to meet Core requirements. 

Incoming students taking Summer Session courses will be charged the following tuition rates for Summer courses:

Program Tuition Rate
Summer Quarter $4250 per course
Summer Language Institute $4250 per 100-unit course
$7500 per 300-unit course

 

Unfortunately, we do not have financial aid available for incoming students enrolling in Summer 2021 courses. 

 

Housing & Dining (not offered in 2021)

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: https://dining.uchicago.edu/locations-hours-2/.

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: