Registration for the Early College Program Summer Institute opens January 3, 2018!

High school students who are at least 15 years old and not more than 18 years old and have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year are eligible to enroll in the Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI).

Housing, merit scholarships, and need-based aid are available.

Session 1: Two weeks 
Monday, June 18–Friday, June 29

Session 2: Two weeks
Monday, July 2–Friday, July 13

Session 3: Two weeks
Monday, July 16–Friday, July 27

Session 4: Four weeks
Monday, July 2–Friday, July 27

Intense. Rigorous. Life Changing.

Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI) at the Nation's Most Influential Art and Design School.

Ideas Matter Here

Which is why we empower you with the freedom to work in multiple media. With us, you can incorporate text into paintings, combine performance and sculpture, and explore the relationship of sound to architecture. The possibilities are truly limitless. And, you will leave our program with higher confidence and innovative, portfolio-quality work.

"We want our students to be able to master not just one medium, but to have the freedom to move and explore throughout different disciplines; to experiment; to take risks; to find the right solution for each individual problem. Our interdisciplinary philosophy, accomplished by excellent, enthusiastic faculty, the third largest collection of art in the world, and one of the most exciting cities in the country, make SAIC the whole package." —Rafael Vera, ECPSI instructor

The ECPSI Advantage

  • Earn college credits that you may transfer to whatever college you choose to attend.
  • Successful completion of the program waives the portfolio requirement for admission to SAIC's undergraduate program.
  • A large number of ECPSI students receive top merit scholarships to our undergraduate degree program.

World-Class Resources

  • Faculty, many of whom teach in the undergraduate program, are passionate teachers and acclaimed practicing artists, designers, and scholars.
  • Our museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the WORLD's third largest art collection!
  • SAIC's state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
  • Our connections to the vibrant city of Chicago.

Enrollment: Approximately 150 students per two-week session
Students living on campus: 90%
Percent international students: 17%
Countries represented: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States,  Venezuela
Instructional staff to student ratio 1:8

ECPSI Art and Street Culture class project, 2015
Art and Street Culture class project: Emma Akins, Kylie Bryant, Isabella Buoscio, Brendan Burress, Oliver Carr, Rosa Chen, Sophie Conklin, Grace Coudal, Emily Deutsch, Nick Hartsell, Lauren Hawthorne, Claire Hyde, Julia Lacerda, Cara Mastrostefano, Jasmine McDow, and Callie Nelson, Art and Street Culture

International Students

SAIC welcomes international students from abroad and those already in the United States with a student visa to enroll in all of our Continuing Studies programs including ECP and ECP Summer Institute (ECPSI). However, SAIC is not certified to issue immigration documents for international students participating in Continuing Education programs except for our ECPSI program.

Continuing Studies—International Students [PDF]