Frequently Asked Questions
- What year do I need to be entering in fall 2016 to participate in Summer Challenge?
You need to be entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year.
- Is Summer Challenge a commuter or residential program?
Summer Challenge is a residential program and participating students are required to live in the dorms on campus.
- Can I earn college credit by participating in Summer Challenge?
No. Summer Challenge is non-credit. At the end of the summer, students will receive a certificate of completion and evaluations from their instructors.
- What does the total charge include?
The total charge includes tuition, housing, meals, scheduled activities, and textbooks.
- Can international students participate in Summer Challenge?
Yes, international students are welcome to join the program.
- How do I apply for Summer Challenge?
You can find application instructions on the How to Apply page.
- What are the admissions criteria?
We are looking for motivated high school students who are taking a college preparatory curriculum. Your high school transcript and personal statement are both taken into account when admission decisions are made.
- Is there any financial aid?
There is no financial aid for the Summer Challenge Program.
- How long should it take for me to receive a decision on my application?
We will send a decision via email within three weeks of receipt of your completed application. You will receive an email confirmation once your application is complete.
- What classes are offered as part of Summer Challenge?
Summer Challenge students enroll in two Boston University seminars. Click here for a list of our 2016 seminars.
- How many students are in each session?
The number varies by session, ranging from 100 to over 300 students.
- How many students are in each seminar?
There are typically between 10 and 24 students in each course depending on the seminar.
- Is there a curfew?
Yes. The curfew is 11 pm Sunday-Thursday and midnight (12 am) Friday and Saturday.
- Are students free to leave campus?
All planned activities are mandatory. However, during free time students can leave campus as long as they are accompanied by at least one other student and let a Program Assistant know they are leaving.
- What is the schedule of activities for Summer Challenge?
You can see a sample schedule of activities on the Schedule of Social Events page.
- Can a parent visit a student during the program?
If a parent or guardian is in town and would like to spend time with his or her son or daughter or if the student would like to visit relatives or family friends within city limits, it must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm by 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.
- Can a student visit relatives or family friends in the Boston area during the program?
Students are able to visit relatives or family friends within city limits. The visit must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm by curfew. In addition, the parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs office via email to email@example.com at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The letter should include details about the visit, including when the student plans to leave campus, who the student will be visiting, the location of the visit, and the time the student will return to campus. A student is authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.
- Is there any fee for visiting the Student Health Services Center?
Yes, there is a $25 co-pay fee each time a student visits the Student Health Services Center.