High School Honors

Program Director
Donna Shea, PhD
Contact Person
Alexandra Adams, PhD 
(617) 353-1378
Mailing Address
Boston University
Summer Term High School Programs - Room 105
755 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, MA 02215
Program URL
High School Honors provides an opportunity for motivated rising high school seniors and exceptional juniors to experience undergraduate life, both socially and academically, while earning college credits. They earn up to eight BU credits by enrolling in up to two summer courses.
Program Participants In Schools
  • Students

  • BU Faculty
  • BU Staff

Grade Levels
  • Grades 9-12

Participating School Districts
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Cambridge Public Schools
  • Chelsea Public Schools
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Waltham Public Schools
  • Watertown Public Schools
  • Other: Includes all MA School districts
Participating BU Schools and Colleges
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Public Health
Program Focus
  • Academic Support: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Academic Support: Social Sciences and History
  • Academic Support: Other (Honor credits received in all areas of academics)
Research Component No
External Funding None
Additional Information Over six weeks, students enroll in two summer academic courses of their choice, attending classes alongside Boston University undergraduates and earning up to eight credits. The High School Honors Program offers more than 100 undergraduate courses in dozens of exciting subjects not typically available in high school classrooms—such as medical anthropology, buddhism, or the history of photography. Students receive guidance when selecting courses to help identify subject areas that will provide an appropriate challenge while also earning credits that are applicable to future college work.

Outside of class, High School Honors students enjoy a vibrant community of peers on campus as they participate in group activities and explore the city of Boston—whether they live on-campus or choose to commute from home.