Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What year do I need to be entering in Fall 2018 to participate in AIM?
    You need to be entering your junior or senior year in Fall 2018.
  • Is AIM a commuter or residential program?
    AIM is a residential program, and participating students are required to live in the dorms on campus.
  • What AIM programs are offered in 2018?
    During Summer 2018, BU Summer Term High School Programs is offering two Academic Immersion tracks, AIM: Introduction to Experimental Psychology and AIM: Introduction to Medicine. For more information about these programs, visit the AIM: Introduction to Medicine webpage and AIM: Introduction to Experimental Psychology webpage.
  • What are the admissions criteria?
    We are looking for motivated high school students who are taking a college preparatory curriculum. Your high school transcript, positive recommendation, involvement in extracurricular activities, and a well-written personal statement can also influence admission decisions.
  • Can I earn college credit by participating in the AIM program?
    No, AIM is non-credit. At the end of the summer students will receive a certificate of completion.
  • What does the total charge include?
    The total charge includes tuition, housing, meals, scheduled activities, and textbooks.
  • Can international students participate?
    Yes, international students are welcome to join the program.
  • Where can I get an application for the AIM program?
    Applications are available on the How to Apply page.
  • How many students attend the AIM program?
    Approximately 40 students will participate in each AIM track.
  • Do you have a specific format for the science teacher recommendation letter?
    Yes, your science teacher will be emailed a link to the online recommendation form after you submit the online application. This recommendation is required for the applicant to be reviewed for admission to the program
  • Is there any financial aid?
    There is no financial aid for the AIM program.
  • Can I check and see if my application is complete?
    We will send you a confirmation email once your application is complete. However, feel free to call our office at 617-358-3034 or email us at buaim@bu.edu to check on your application status.
  • When is my application considered complete?
    Your application is considered complete when we received your online application form, full high school transcript including Fall 2017 grades, and a science teacher recommendation. For international students the International Student Data Form and a copy of the student's passport are also required.
  • How long after I send in my application should I expect a response?
    You will receive an email confirmation once your application is complete. Decisions will be emailed to applicants within one month of our recipt of your completed application.
  • Is there a curfew?
    Yes. The students must be in the dorm by 11 pm during the week (Sunday through Thursday) and midnight on weekends (Friday and Saturday). Students are then free to visit with friends in the common areas on the fourth floor until 1 am during the week (Sunday through Thursday) and 2 am on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
  • Are students free to leave campus?
    We arrange a planned activity on weekends and a few additional activities throughout the program to help students get to know each other, the campus, and Boston. All planned activities are mandatory. However, during free time students can leave campus as long as they have at least one other Academic Immersion program participant with them and let their Program Assistant know they are leaving. All students must be back in the dorm before curfew.
  • Can a parent visit a student during the program?
    If a parent or guardian is in town and would like to spend time with a student or if the student would like to visit relatives or family friends within city limits, that visit must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned or class. The student must return to the dorm before curfew. In addition, the student's parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs office at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian can email a letter of permission to buaim@bu.edu. The letter should include details about the visit such as the time that the student will leave and return to campus and the cell phone number of the relative or family friend the student will be with. A student is only authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian approval via email. No overnight visits are allowed.
  • What is the schedule of activities for the Academic Immersion program?
    The full schedule of activities will be emailed to participants one week in advance of the program. You can find out more information about the types of activities we offer on the Schedule of Social Events page.
  • Is there any fee for visiting the Student Health Services Center?
    Yes, there is a $25 fee each time a student visits the Student Health Services Center. If you receive blood work or immunizations you will need to provide your insurance information or have charges billed to your student account.
  • Whom can I contact at Boston University if I have more questions?
    We are happy to help you. You can find all of our information on the Contact Us page.