Summer Program


The Young Scholars Program (YSP) at the University of Chicago offers enthusiastic and talented math students from seventh through twelfth grades an opportunity to strengthen their mathematical powers through a deep experience in mathematical thought and effort. Our intention is to broaden and enrich the Chicago-area students' understanding of mathematics rather than to accelerate them through the standard high school curriculum.

Our summer program is a four-week day-camp that requires an application and is significantly selective. Chicago area students who will be in grades 7-12 next school year are welcome to apply. Students are divided into three cohorts: grades 7-8, grades 9-10, and grades 11-12, based on the grades they will be in during the 2021-2022 school year. We are looking for students who have scored well in school, enjoy participating in math competitions, or simply find mathematics to be an interesting and challenging subject.

The mathematical content of the program for Summer 2021 will be topics in Geometry. The final curriculum will be updated soon.

Summer Schedule Details

July 6 - July 30, 2021

The Summer 2021 Young Scholars Program will take place online, and this years theme is Geometry. The program will be offered on weekdays from 9:30am-1:00pm in two one and a half hour sessions, with a half hour break in between. Each hour and a half session will be led by a faculty member, with breakout sessions led by undergraduate counselors built into the hour and a half sessions. 

Even though this summer's program will be remote, YSP prioritizes students from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and Northwest Indiana. Applicants outside this area are welcome to apply, and will be granted admission if there are spaces available.

Application Information

To apply, we require the following documents: (1) an Application Form for the appropriate grade level, (2) a short essay, (3) a completed teacher questionnaire, (4) a recommendation letter from the current math teacher, and (5) a transcript or grade report. The Summer 2021 application where all these materials may be submitted can be found here, and the teacher questionnaire can be found here.

Note that the application form states a deadline of May 14th, but this is incorrect. We will continue to accept applications until all of the spots have been filled.

YSP is generously supported by various sources, but these do not cover the cost of the program. Our fee schedule is progressive and based on family income. The fee schedule can be found here. Please note that ability to pay does not affect the application process in any way. Financial assistance is available to qualifying students.