Cohort & Courses

Scholar Cohort

You will choose a cohort based on a theme. Each cohort will live together and take a course together. All of the themes emphasize engineering, collaboration, and leadership.

Create projects of your own design and interests with a team.  Learn problem-solving strategies, project management, and teamwork.

Learn about research being conducted at Illinois and different opportunities to get involved in research. Gain the necessary skills to get the most out of your research experience.

Shadow professional engineers in the workplace and learn to enhance your professional and communication skills.

Courses & Seminars

Your summer course schedule will be 6-8 credits (depending on course selection), classifying you as a full-time student in Summer Session 2.

You will enroll in:

  • One on-campus course (not online) of your choosing (3-5 credit hours) Some examples include:
    • General Chemistry/Lab
    • Public Speaking
    • Calculus
    • Global History
    • Cognitive Psychology
  • One Scholar Cohort Course (3 credit hours)
    • Engineering Projects
    • Research
    • Professional Development

You will also participate in Summer Scholars Seminars.  In the Summer Scholars Seminar you will be introduced to campus resources, engineering faculty, and company representatives.   Examples of past company participants include: Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, Yahoo, and others.

Summer Registration

All students participating in the Summer Scholars program will register for classes on June 7 during the campus’ Summer Registration program.  Summer Registration is a mandatory one-day program for all incoming students and all Summer Scholars should register for classes on this day. You will not need to sign up for a summer registration date with campus because June 7 is the dedicated day for all Summer Scholar students. You will register for both summer and fall courses.  You will also need to complete placement exams two weeks prior to arriving to campus. Learn more about Summer Registration.