Summer Challenge high school students at Boston University

Summer Challenge

Challenge yourself academically this summer! Engage your interests and explore new ones—all while experiencing college life.

Applications for the 2017 session of Summer Challenge are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information about Summer 2018.

Summer 2017 Sessions

Session 1

June 18 - June 30

Session 2

July 9 - July 21

Session 3

July 23 - August 4

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Take Your Summer to the Next Level

For two weeks, immerse yourself in the excitement of college life and new academic challenges through our residential summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

As a Summer Challenge student, you can choose any two  seminars from our list of 20. Each seminar is designed to expand your academic horizons, through lectures, discussions, individual and group work, and project-based assignments - even field trips. Our intimate class sizes give you the opportunity to receive individual attention from our experienced team of college instructors.


Summer Challenge students can also expect to gain insight into the college application process through our college admissions workshop.

Learn About Summer Challenge Seminars

Summer Challenge: The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Listen to what past students have to say about the academic and social rewards of the Summer Challenge program, and their feelings about a summer spent in Boston.

Our Summer Challenge program is designed to foster a close-knit social community among students while providing a true college experience. Daily activities on the Boston University campus and throughout the city provide students with many exciting opportunities to meet peers, make friends, and get to know Boston.

See a Sample Activities Schedule