Information for Prospective Students

  • Information for Prospective Students

    CAAP students take Core-level courses and experience life in Chicago

CAAP Summer Academy

Over the course of the summer, scholars get a “head start” by becoming acquainted with the expectations of our classes, meeting their peers, and learning about the campus, local neighborhoods, and the city of Chicago at large.

Program Dates

The Chicago Academic Achievement Program 2017 Summer Academy will begin on Sunday, June 25 and end on Saturday, August 12. 

Preview Course Offerings

CAAP Scholars will receive instruction in the following areas: math, science, humanities, and writing. All books and course materials will be provided by the program.


"Writing expectations at UChicago were very different from those in high school. Summer classes at CAAP helped me to develop my writing skills and to think critically.”  -CAAP Alumnus

Residential Component

Housing and meals will be provided free of charge to program participants. Scholars will be housed and fed in facilities that serve undergraduates during the academic year, and will be supported by residential assistants, CAAP alumni, and professional program staff members.

All students will be subject to a curfew as a condition of their participation in the summer program.

Additional Activities

Tours, concerts, sporting events, and cultural programs will allow students to learn about campus and neighborhood resources and to develop skills necessary to explore the city. Transportation and admission costs will be covered by CAAP for all official program activities.

Financial Support

Students will receive stipend support upon successful completion of the Summer Academy and compliance with program expectations and rules. 

Program Costs

All costs and supplies for the summer, including travel to and from the Summer Academy, are covered by CAAP.  

Academic Year Program

During the academic year, students will receive grants that cover the work-study portions of their financial aid packages. During the time that would otherwise be dedicated to employment, CAAP Scholars attend study sessions, on-campus workshops, and additional experiential opportunities to augment their college experience.

CAAP Scholars are subject to course-load limits (four classes if not taking a lab science, three if taking a lab science) during the autumn quarter of their first academic year. They are also required to meet with program staff and complete a series of tasks outlined in our yearly CAAP Portfolio. You can see last year's example HERE


"CAAP was delightful and helpful. I expected to struggle socially and academically, but instead I’m excited to go back to college with my new-found friend base and my knowledge of campus." - CAAP Scholar

Campus Visit

Visiting campus soon?  Please let us know if you would like to meet with a CAAP staff member while you are in town.

Application Process

CAAP looks for students who could benefit from early exposure to the University of Chicago, and who are eager to engage in a rigorous academic program over the summer. 

The CAAP application for the Class of 2021 has closed.