Located in the community of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, just 15 minutes from the city center, University of Chicago is uniquely positioned to contribute to, and draw from, the strength and diversity of this world-class metropolis.

The University was founded in 1890 by oil magnate John D. Rockefeller and the American Baptist Education Society. Original texts and small session discussions are a hallmark of a Chicago education, which continues to lead in the fields of law, economics, sciences, and many other disciplines. The University of Chicago’s firm belief in the value of open, rigorous, and intense inquiry makes it a perfect backdrop for a SIG program.


SIG at is a Residential Program. A Commuter Program and Extended Commuter Program are also available.

  • Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in Humanities, Math, Science, Technology, Multi-Disciplinary, Visual and Performing Arts, and Fitness and Recreation
  • Experience independence within a secure environment living in a college dorm for 3 weeks (commuter option also available)
  • Meet other gifted students from around the world who share common interests, abilities, and goals
  • Enjoy a variety of fun social activities in the evenings and excursions on the weekends


  • Ranked #4 among National Universities by US News and World Report for 2015 and the MBA program was ranked #1 by Business Week in 2010.
  • Eighty-nine recipients of the Nobel Prize have been students, researchers, or faculty here.
  • SIG has been on campus since 2013!

SIG at : Program Options

SIG at is a Residential Program. A Day Commuter Program and an Extended Commuter Program are also available.

Program Options Chart

Students may choose to live on campus (residential status) or commute daily (commuter or extended commuter status). Please refer to this chart for information regarding each option.




(8:30 am - 9:15 pm)*


(8:30 am - 5:30 pm)*

All 4 Academic Periods
Recreation Hour
Evening Tutorial
Evening Activities
Saturday Getaway Trip
Saturday Activity Day
Sunday Activity Day
Student Talent Show
Final Performance    **
Closing Ceremony    **
Dorm Residence
Final Performance  

* Exceptions to the commuter student time schedules are not possible as safety procedures are compromised when staff must modify their supervision responsibilities to accommodate exceptions.
** Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

The SIG Commuter Program is not available at Princeton University.

Options Available


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Yes! Students may request to room with a specific person (same grade, same gender). The residential staff will do its best to honor such requests. However, there is no guarantee that the student’s request will be fulfilled.
At many of the residential campuses, SIG provides a commuter student option for famlies who live in the surrounding area. In addition, SIG has several day programs for younger students ages 5-12.
Learn about SIG Commuter Student Programs
View the SIG-Day programs
Students are assigned to same grade, same gender groups that live in a dormitory under the supervision of a counselor. A faculty housemaster and senior resident assistant are also part of the overall house residential supervision team.
Students do their own laundry. They may use the laundry facilities located on campus in the dormitories. Staff will assist with any laundry instruction that may be necessary.
Students, once on campus, are not allowed to leave campus unless they are supervised by a SIG staff person. These trips only occur within the structure of the program and with parent/legal guardian permission.
Sometimes. SIG's academic courses are offered to students of the same age grouping. However, the cultural and recreational classes usually are open to all students. Class grouping can accommodate varying ability levels.
Definitely. Students will always be chaperoned when going off campus on SIG sponsored trips, as well as when they are on campus.
Yes! Courses may be changed during the first two days of the session with the approval of the Academic Dean and the students’ parents.
Yes! An individual performance report is always mailed to parents after the session. Students’ performance reports and letters can be mailed to schools, but only after SIG receives a written request from parents.
Yes! Special meals can be provided during the session. Parents must advise the Residential Life Dean at the session site of the student’s special dietary needs.
E-mail is available at the sites. However, availability is limited to specific areas depending on the session’s host facility.
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Located in the community of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, just 15 minutes from the city center, the University of Chicago is uniquely positioned to contribute to, and draw from, the strength and diversity of this world-class metropolis.

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