Chicago, IL

Pre-College Summer Program for High School Students in Chicago Illinois

Campus Overview

Students have the opportunity to visit Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S. renowned for its arts, architecture, and museums. Our host university allows to explore the rich artistic and historic diversity representing the cultures of virtually every country around the world.


Residential Tuition:
$5,198 Tuition will increase to $5,398 on December 1

Extended Commuter Tuition:
$3,598 Tuition will increase to $3,698 on December 1

Commuter Tuition:
$2,998 Tuition will increase to $3,098 on December 1


July 23, 2023 August 4, 2023


Chicago, IL


  • What I liked most about the program is that it gave me a mindset for life, that allows me to see the world in a different way. It also helped me come out of my shell a bit!

    Ryan C.

  • My daughter had a super fantastic experience!! Returned with more confidence, good physical shape and very focused on her career decision.

    Gregory B.

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the Chicago area. Whenever possible, the Chicago summer program classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.

Each Wednesday afternoon we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that Chicago has to offer.

Economics in Chicago


Discover how individuals, businesses, and governments make decisions about the use of scarce resources in a world of unlimited wants and needs, and what implications economic issues can cause, such as tax and inflation, interest rates and wealth, inequality and emerging markets, and energy and the environment. The Economics course will provide the structure required to understand the way our world operates, from the choices we make in our everyday lives to how businesses or governments achieve their desired objectives.

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Emergency Medicine

students performing CPR on dummies

This program gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field through immersive learning and hands-on projects. In the first week, students will learn how to take vital signs and perform CPR. They will also work on key wilderness medicine techniques and visit a simulation lab where med students and faculty are trained and evaluated.  In the second week, students put their skills to the test in a mass casualty incident simulation during which students triage and stabilize victims. By using an experiential learning approach, students will quickly engage in these topics, and the instructor introduces the underlying theory and concepts as students tackle issues while working to support, diagnose, and save their patients. 


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Experimental Psychology in Chicago

Psychology Neuroscience 2

Already completed the Summer Springboard Psychology and Neuroscience course? Curious about a potential career path as an Experimental psychologist? Discover more about the father of experimental psychology, Wundt, and his first experiment where he tried to assess the speed of thought by measuring how long it took test subjects to make a judgment. Gain exposure to testing theories of human thoughts, feelings, actions, and any aspect that involves the mind. Guided by mentors and instructors drawn from professional fields students learn to study and observe human behavior, how the brain and mind interact, data analysis, research presentation and other skills.

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Hospitality Management


Pondering a career in hospitality management? Develop your specific skills and knowledge in the management of hospitality companies, covering two main business areas: Hotel Management and Food and Beverage Management. Live first-hand the experience of modern hospitality and design a packed fun-filled travel experience for potential clients, and engage with mentors from leading companies in the field of tourist hospitality.

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Social Entrepreneurship


Ready to take action and make a positive impact? Embrace motivation for change and learn how to create and generate a new and sustained equilibrium. Interact and gain knowledge from social entrepeneurs whilst absorbing how they are creating solutions to address societal problems.

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Activities & Trips

Students will be able to tour this world renowned city and absorb all it has to offer! From taking a cruise along the Chicago River, reaching the top of one of the tallest observation decks in the U.S., ziplining and kayaking, spending a day at Six Flags Great America, to attending educational excursions within each specific course.

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Downtown Chicago & Magnificent Mile

You’ll find yourself in the heart of one of America’s best and biggest cities, enjoying all that it has to offer, from world-class museums, shopping, concerts/shows you won’t find anywhere else. Visits may include the following sights: Willis Tower, The Magnificent Mile, and Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean”.

Six Flags: Great America Amusement Park

Six Flags Great America is located between Chicago and Milwaukee and offers endless adventures for the entire family with 16 heart-pounding roller coasters, a 20-acre water park, spectacular shows and four children's themed areas with more than 30 rides.

Student Life

Your home with Summer Springboard @ Northwestern University will be actual university dormitories located in the heart of this vibrant and beautiful campus.

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  • high school students in class at northwestern
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  • Deering Library on the campus of Northwestern University


Just like a college student students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay in Chicago. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.


All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. Campus security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the summer program.


Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

The campus is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.


Most meals will be eaten at the dining hall, walking distance from the dormitory where we live. We can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program