High School Honors: Calendar & What to Expect
In light of Boston University’s announcement regarding the cancellation of in-person programming for Summer 2020, the High School Honors program will be moving to a remote learning environment. All in-person meetings and on-campus activities have been suspended.
Please visit Remote Learning Information and Updates for important information about remote learning during Summer Term 2020.
High School Honors is a rigorous and energizing six-week program. No matter which courses you choose, useful information about what the program will be like can be found below. Be sure to read through our check-in and departure sections for other key details.
|Summer 1 2020 academic calendar*|
|Classes Begin||Wednesday, May 20, 2020|
|Last Day to Register/Add Courses||Tuesday, May 26, 2020|
|Last Day to Drop Without a ‘W’ Grade||Wednesday, May 27, 2020|
|Last Day to Drop With a ‘W’ Grade||Friday, June 12, 2020|
|Final Examinations||Last Day of Class|
|Classes End||Wednesday, July 1, 2020|
|Summer 2 2020 academic calendar*|
|Program Start and Residential Orientation||Sunday, July 5, 2020|
|Classes Begin and Commuter Orientation||Monday, July 6, 2020|
|Last Day to Register/Add Courses||Friday, July 10, 2020|
|Last Day to Drop Without a ‘W’ Grade||Friday, July 10, 2020|
|Last Day to Drop With a ‘W’ Grade||Wednesday, July 29, 2020|
|Final Examinations||Last Day of Class|
|Classes and Program End||Friday, August 14, 2020|
*Note: The online courses may run on a different schedule than the standard High School Honors schedule. Please refer to High School Honors Online for more information.
When making travel arrangements, please keep the following check-in and departure information in mind.
Check-In & Departure Information
All residential student check-ins for Summer Term High School Programs occur on the fourth floor of Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Avenue. Parking is available in the Warren Towers garage, located on the third floor of Warren Towers. Enter the garage on Hinsdale Mall. For directions to Boston University, please visit Directions to Campus.
During check-in, program assistants are stationed at the front entrance to Warren Towers on 700 Commonwealth Avenue to provide directions.
|2020 check-in dates and times|
|High School Honors (residential)||July 5, 12–4 pm|
|High School Honors (commuter)||July 6, 8 am|
Residential students: the mandatory residential student orientation will begin promptly at 4:30 pm on Sunday, July 5. Residential students should plan to arrive on campus no later than 4 pm. If you are not able to check in by 4 pm because of flight restrictions, you must contact the Summer Term High School Programs office at least one week before the program begins so that arrangements can be made.
Commuter students: commuter students are required to check in and attend an orientation at 8 am on Monday, July 6. This is a good opportunity for you to meet your program assistant and learn the program policies. If you are only enrolled in online courses, you’re not required to travel to campus for orientation.
If you’re moving into the residence, you will receive your room assignment and room keys at check-in.
Please see What to Bring for information on what you need for your stay.
Final examinations are typically given on the last day of class, so students should arrange to leave after their final class of the session. Residential students may stay an extra night in the dorms if travel arrangements require it, but all students must be fully vacated from Warren Towers by 10 am Saturday with no exceptions. If you stay until the morning after the program concludes, you must continue to follow all program rules and guidelines.
The end time of the program:
|2020 departure dates and times|
|High School Honors||August 14, or after last class|
The following must be completed when you move out of Warren Towers:
- Return residence key, in person, to the Residence Life office and ask for a key receipt*
- Remove all personal belongings and trash from the room
- Close and lock all windows
- Leave the room in a clean, habitable condition
- Turn off the lights
- Lock the door
*If you don’t return your residence key to the Residence Life office prior to leaving, you will be charged up to $130 for a lock change and replacement keys. Warren Towers will not accept keys that are sent via mail.
A Day in the Life of a Residential High School Honors Student
What’s your day like as a High School Honors student at BU? That depends on your courses. When choosing your classes, take note of what days and times they meet. That’s your course schedule for the six weeks of the program.
Meals are prepared by the Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons, which offers a large assortment of cuisines for all tastes, including vegetarian and vegan options. The dining staff can also accommodate food allergies or other dietary restrictions.
While at BU, you will share dorm life and social activities with students from the Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) program. To help you get to know everyone, the BU campus, and Boston, we plan a variety of fun group events during the first week. After that, each weekend has a planned activity along with some optional activities during the week. Your weeknights are free for homework, impromptu activities, and time with friends until curfew. Take a look at our Program Activities below to see the types of exciting events we plan.
You will also have plenty of free time to enjoy the BU campus and all that Boston has to offer. In addition, you can purchase a short-term membership to BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center, study at one of BU’s 23 libraries, relax on the BU “Beach,” a popular student hangout with views of the Charles River, or visit Boston’s diverse neighborhoods.
A Day in the Life of a Commuting High School Honors Student
What can you expect as a High School Honors commuter student at BU? That depends on your course(s). Commuter students can take either one or two courses, for a minimum of 4 credits. When choosing your courses, take note of which days and times they meet. That’s your class schedule for the six weeks of the program.
Commuter students are not on a meal plan, but you are able to dine with friends by purchasing meals at the food court in the George Sherman Union (hours vary by individual restaurant) or in the Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons, which offers a large assortment of cuisines for all tastes, including vegetarian and vegan options. The dining staff can also accommodate food allergies or other dietary restrictions.
While studying at BU as a commuter, you will attend social activities with your High School Honors peers and Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) program students.
To help you get to know everyone, the BU campus, and Boston, we plan a variety of fun group events during the first week. After that, each weekend has a planned activity along with some optional activities during the week. You will be expected to take part in a select number of social events. Weeknights are free for homework, impromptu activities, and time with friends. Students will have access to Warren Towers from 7 am to 11 pm daily. Take a look at our Program Activities below to see the types of exciting activities we plan.
You will also have plenty of free time to enjoy the BU campus and all that Boston has to offer. You can purchase a short-term membership to BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center, study at one of BU’s 23 libraries, relax on the BU “Beach,” a popular student hangout with views of the Charles River, or visit Boston’s diverse neighborhoods.