Summer Challenge: Calendar & What to Expect
As announced by the president and provost on Tuesday, April 7, Boston University has cancelled on-campus programming for Summer 2020. Summer Challenge’s residential nature and focus on hands-on, seminar based learning do not make it a feasible option for remote learning. For that reason, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel all sessions of Summer Challenge for this year. Please know that as we look forward to Summer 2021, we remain committed to supporting your educational journey.
Summer Challenge is a fast-paced and fun-filled program. No matter which session(s) you attend, information about what the program will be like can be found below. And once you know when you’re coming, be sure to read through our check-in and departure sections for key details about arrival, final presentations, and more.
|Session 1||June 21–July 2|
|Session 2||July 12–July 24|
|Session 3||July 26–August 7|
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 Travel 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|
|Session 1||June 21, 1–4 pm|
|Session 2||July 12, 1–4 pm|
|Session 3||July 26, 1–4 pm|
You should arrive 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.
The program begins promptly at 5:30 pm with dinner with your program assistant. Meet in your floor’s common room for introductions and to travel to the dining hall as a group.
A mandatory program orientation for Summer Challenge will be held at 8 am on the Monday following check-in. Program assistants will escort students to the orientation that morning.
- Session 1: June 22
- Session 2: July 13
- Session 3: July 27
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.
Summer Challenge sessions end at the times listed below—after the final presentations and closing reception. You can leave after the reception. You may stay an extra night in the dorms if travel arrangements require it, but you must be fully vacated from Warren Towers by 10 am on the morning following the program’s end time, 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 times of each program:
|2020 departure dates and times|
|Session 1||July 2, evening (specific time TBA)|
|Session 2||July 24, 1 pm|
|Session 3||August 7, 1 pm|
Final class presentations
Final class presentations occur on the last day of each session. Family and friends are invited to attend. An email is sent out one week before the final presentations with further details, including locations. Final presentations are followed by a brief closing reception.
Certificates and evaluations
You will receive a certificate of completion, as well as letters of evaluation from your seminar instructors, after the program concludes. If you are dismissed from the program or leave the program early, you will not receive your certificate or evaluation letters.
The following must be completed when you move out of Warren Towers:
- Return residence key 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 do not 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 Summer Challenge Student
As a Summer Challenge student, your day-to-day schedule will include structured time in and out of class.
Each weekday, you will attend morning and afternoon seminars. You will take a break for lunch 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.
After class, you will participate in fun, organized social activities during the afternoon or evenings and on weekends. These events will give you a chance to socialize with your new friends and peers while introducing you to Boston and to Boston University. See the Schedule of Social Events below for an idea of the exciting activities we plan. In addition, you can purchase a short-term membership to BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec), 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.
There will be plenty of free time to do your homework, enjoy the campus, and explore the city.
The schedule below will give you a good idea of what your days will look like.
|Morning Seminar||9:30–11:30 am|
|Lunch||11:30 am–1 pm|
|Afternoon Seminar||1–3 pm|
|Afternoon Activity or Free Time*||3–5 pm|
|Evening Activity or Free Time*||6:30–9 pm|
|Curfew||11 pm (Sunday–Thursday)
12 am (Friday & Saturday)
*Organized social activities, some of which are mandatory, are held every weekday—either in the afternoon or evening time block.