Emerging Rural Leaders Programs
Emerging Rural Leaders I
A fully-funded one-week summer session for top rural high school freshmen (rising sophomores) to experience college life, take a course on leadership taught by faculty in the College and the Booth School of Business, and receive guidance on navigating high school and preparing for college.
Emerging Rural Leaders II
A fully funded three-week summer session for high school juniors (rising seniors) that combines a Summer Session Pathways or Immersion course with Admissions Academy college admissions prep sessions and a series of “Emerging Rural Leaders Night Out” excursions.
Spring Rural Group Travel
Together with our Coalition college partners, UChicago participates in four-day trips to rural towns in several regions across the nation. The trips include college application and financial aid information sessions for students and parents as well as professional development sessions for high school counselors.
Fall UChicago Information Sessions
All UChicago admissions counselors are implementing new strategies to include extra fall travel days devoted to visits at rural high schools and information sessions in rural school districts.
Emerging Rural Leaders Counselor Symposium
A fully funded counselor fly-in for high school counselors, college advisers, and community-based organizations from rural and small-town communities. The fly-in offers professional development workshops and networking opportunities for attendees.
Emerging Rural Leaders Administrator Symposium
A fully-funded fly-in for principals and superintendents from rural schools and school districts. This is a unique fly-in opportunity that targets rural administrators who can often have a much more “hands-on” role in their students’ college search and application processes in small schools and small school districts.
As part of our commitment to making college accessible, the University of Chicago guarantees free tuition, fees and room and meals for students from families with incomes under $60,000 and free tuition and fees for families with incomes under $125,000. In addition, the family farm is not considered an asset for financial aid purposes.
In addition to our comprehensive need-based financial aid, a select number of rural and small-town students who are admitted to the University of Chicago are eligible for merit scholarships of $5,000 a year, for four years. Admitted rural and small-town students will also receive guaranteed, paid (minimum $5,000) summer internships.
UChicago's college admissions website provides information and resources for all students finding their way through the college process. From our Guide to College—a general college application preparation guide—to sections dedicated to issues such as transitioning to college, affording college, applying to UChicago, and life on the UChicago campus, this site offers a wealth of guidance for all students engaged in the college search journey.