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High School Student FAQ

What is the UChicago Advanced Scholars Program?

UChicago Advanced Scholars empowers talented College students to continue their intellectual journey and advance their career by securing a UChicago master’s degree. UChicago Advanced Scholars receive a package of benefits to support their success during their undergraduate and master’s program. 

What are my benefits as a UChicago Advanced Scholar?

Your benefits as a UChicago Advanced Scholar include:

  • A facilitated admissions process to select UChicago master’s degree programs
  • A $20,000 scholarship during the first year of your master’s program, directly after you have completed your bachelor’s degree 
  • Two grants of $5,000 (for a total of $10,000) to fund two summer internships during your time in the College
  • UChicago Advanced Scholars professional development programming during your master’s program
  • Specialized support with your post-master’s job search

Which UChicago master’s programs am I eligible for? When do I need to choose a graduate program?

You can view a list of world-class master’s programs open to UChicago Advanced Scholars on the program website. There are MA (Master of Arts), MS (Master of Science), and MEng (Master of Engineering) degree programs available. Program advisers will work closely with you to help you choose the program that matches best with your interests and goals. UChicago Advanced Scholars will confirm which master’s program they’re enrolling in no later than fall quarter of their third year in the College. 

What do I need to do between now and starting my master’s program?

Each master’s program has certain GPA requirements and may include prerequisite courses. Visit the UChicago Advanced Scholars website to learn more about requirements for each program. Your master’s program will review your transcript and other materials to ensure that you meet all requirements before formally matriculating into the program. 

By fall quarter of your third year in the College, you will also need to make a nonrefundable $500 deposit to secure your spot in the program. 

Will I need to apply again?

No. You are being admitted to the UChicago Advanced Scholar program, which provides you with access to the master’s degree programs in the UAS program if you accept admission to the program, remain a full-time student in good standing, and satisfy the GPA and other applicable prerequisites (depending on the master’s degree) while earning your undergraduate bachelor’s degree. You will not need to take the GRE or fill out the usual master’s application.

Will I be a graduate student and an undergraduate student at the same time?

No. You will be an undergraduate while earning your bachelor’s degree and enrolled in the College. After you graduate from the College and matriculate into the master’s program, you will be a graduate student. Typically, a student is in the College for four years, and in the master’s degree program for one year.

How long is my internship funding available?

Your funding is available for all of your summers as an undergraduate student in the College. 

What types of organizations can I intern with?

UChicago Advanced Scholars can use their internship funding for opportunities with all types of lawful employers in any industry. The exceptions are that students may not use their funds to work with organizations that charge fees to participate in the internship or with organizations that promote specific candidates for political office. 

Previous UChicago students have interned with a highly diverse lineup of organizations ranging from international Fortune 500 companies to tech startups and neighborhood nonprofits. 

How can I find an internship opportunity?

Advisers in the Office of Career Advancement are available to help you identify internships that fit your interests and goals! In addition, when you arrive at UChicago, you will have access to UChicago Handshake, a database with thousands of internship opportunities.

Will I have the opportunity to meet other UChicago Advanced Scholars?

Yes! You’ll have the opportunity to network with other UChicago Advanced Scholars at professional development events during your master’s program. 

Can I take a gap year after I graduate from the College, defer starting my master’s program, and still receive my UChicago Advanced Scholars scholarship?

The scholarship will only be available in the year immediately after you graduate from the College. You must enroll that year to receive the scholarship. 

Who can I contact with other questions about the UChicago Advanced Scholars Program?

Contact Justin Klein at jmklein@uchicago.edu.

2nd and 3rd Year FAQ

What is the UChicago Advanced Scholars program?

UChicago Advanced Scholars empowers talented College students to continue their intellectual journey and advance their career by securing a UChicago master’s degree. UChicago Advanced Scholars receive a package of benefits to support their success during their undergraduate and master’s program.

What are my benefits as a UChicago Advanced Scholar?

Your benefits as a UChicago Advanced Scholar include:

  • A facilitated admissions process to select UChicago master’s degree programs
  • A $20,000 scholarship during the first year of your master’s program, directly after you have completed your bachelor’s degree
  • A grant of $5,000 to fund a summer internship during your time in the College
  • UChicago Advanced Scholars professional development programming during your master’s program
  • Specialized support with your post-master’s job search

When do I receive my master’s scholarship? Does it impact my undergraduate financial aid package?

You’ll receive your master’s scholarship during the academic year after you complete your bachelor’s degree. It does not impact your undergraduate financial aid package. 

What do I need to do between now and starting my master’s program?

Your master’s program may require that you maintain a certain GPA and complete certain pre-requisite courses before matriculation. Visit the University’s website for “4+1” master’s programs to learn more about requirements for your program. Your master’s program will review your transcript and other materials to ensure that you meet all requirements before formally matriculating into the program. 

By fall quarter of your third year, you will also need to make a nonrefundable $500 deposit to secure your spot in the program. 

Will I need to apply again?

No. You are being admitted to the UChicago Advanced Scholars cohort, which provides you with access to the master’s degree programs in the program if you accept admission, remain a full-time student in good standing, and satisfy the GPA and other applicable prerequisites (depending on the master’s degree) while earning your undergraduate bachelor’s degree. You will not need to take the GRE or fill out the usual master’s application.

Will I be a graduate student and an undergraduate student at the same time?

No. You will be an undergraduate while earning your bachelor’s degree and enrolled in the College. After you graduate from the College and matriculate into the master’s program, you will be a graduate student. Typically, a student is in the College for four years, and in the master’s degree program for one year.

How long is my internship funding available?

Your funding is available for all of your summers as an undergraduate student in the College. 

What types of organizations can I intern with?

UChicago Advanced Scholars can use their internship funding for opportunities with all types of lawful employers in any industry. The exceptions are that students may not use their funds to work with organizations that charge fees to participate in the internship or with organizations that promote specific candidates for political office. 

Previous UChicago students have interned with a highly diverse lineup of organizations ranging from international Fortune 500 companies to tech startups and neighborhood nonprofits.

How can I find an internship opportunity?

Career Advancement advisers are available to help you identify internships that fit your interests and goals!

Will I have the opportunity to meet other Fast Track to Success Scholars?

Yes! You’ll have the opportunity to network with other UChicago Advanced Scholars at professional development events during your master’s program. 

Can I take a gap year after I graduate from the College, defer starting my master’s program, and still receive my UChicago Advanced Scholars scholarship?

The scholarship will only be available in the year immediately after you graduate from the College. You must enroll that year to receive the scholarship. 

Who can I contact with other questions about the UChicago Advanced Scholars Program?

Contact Ruthie Robinson at rrobinson5@uchicago.edu.

4+1 Rudolph Scholarship FAQ (4th Years)

What is the UChicago Advanced Scholars Program?

UChicago Advanced Scholars empowers talented College students to continue their intellectual journey and advance their career by securing a UChicago master’s degree. UChicago Advanced Scholars receive a package of benefits to support their success during their undergraduate and master’s program.

What are my benefits as a UChicago Advanced Scholar?

Your benefits as a UChicago Advanced Scholar include

  • A facilitated admissions process to select UChicago master’s degree programs
  • A $15,000 scholarship for the first year of your master’s program, directly after you have completed your bachelor’s degree
  • UChicago Advanced Scholars professional development programming during your master’s program
  • Specialized support with your post-master’s job search

When do I receive my master’s scholarship? Does it impact my undergraduate financial aid package?

You’ll receive your master’s scholarship during the academic year after you graduate from the College. It does not impact your undergraduate financial aid package. 

What do I need to do between now and starting my master’s program?

Your master’s program may require that you maintain a certain GPA and complete certain pre-requisite courses before matriculation. Visit the UChicago Advanced Scholars website to learn more. Your master’s program will review your transcript and other materials to ensure that you meet all requirements before formally matriculating into the program. 

You will also need to make a nonrefundable $500 deposit to secure your spot in the program.

Will I need to apply again?

No. You are being admitted to the UChicago Advanced Scholar program, which provides you with access to the master’s degree programs in the UAS program if you accept admission to the program, remain a full-time student in good standing, and satisfy the GPA and other applicable prerequisites (depending on the master’s degree) while earning your undergraduate bachelor’s degree. You will not need to take the GRE or fill out the usual master’s application.

Will I be a graduate student and an undergraduate student at the same time?

No. You will be an undergraduate while earning your bachelor’s degree and enrolled in the College. After you graduate from the College and matriculate into the master’s program, you will be a graduate student. Typically, a student is in the College for four years, and in the master’s degree program for one year.

Will I have the opportunity to meet other UChicago Accelerated Scholars?

Yes! You’ll have the opportunity to network with other UChicago Advanced Scholars at professional development events during your master’s program. 

Can I take a gap year after I graduate from the College, defer starting my master’s program, and still receive my UChicago Advanced Scholars scholarship?

The scholarship will only be available in the year immediately after you graduate from the College. You must enroll that year to receive the scholarship. 

What should I do if I would like to explore additional aid options to finance my master’s program?

The Office of Graduate Aid is happy to assist you. Contact Graduate Aid at gradfinaid@uchicago.edu.

Who can I contact with other questions about the UChicago Advanced Scholars Program?

Contact Ruthie Robinson at rrobinson5@uchicago.edu.