Chicago Academic Achievement Program

  • Approaching achievement holistically

    CAAP supports your academic and social transition to UChicago

Begin Your UChicago Journey This Summer with CAAP

The Chicago Academic Achievement Program (CAAP) provides early exposure to scholarly and social life at the University of Chicago to a group of academically talented incoming first-year students, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college or from low-income backgrounds. 

Through an intensive seven-week residential program the summer before their first year, CAAP students engage in Core-level coursework, develop social networks, connect with campus resources, and explore the city of Chicago.

During the first year, students continue their personal development through resource workshops, social events, and individual advising with College staff.

Benefits of CAAP

We know that the transition from high school to college can be challenging. The first year of college requires a lot from students: adjusting to elevated academic expectations, building new sets of friends, and navigating a sometimes intimidating institution.   

The aim of CAAP is to support students in their transition to the College. They receive an early introduction to the core curriculum, a strong support network of staff and fellow students, and access to important campus resources. The job of CAAP Scholars is to focus on their academic development and success. As such, CAAP waives summer earnings and work study expectations in addition to providing stipends.

Students who benefit the most from the program tend to be those whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree; students who will receive need-based aid; students from very small towns; and students whose high schools had few or no options for IB Higher Level and/or AP exam preparation.