Boston University High School Programs Summer Challenge FAQ

Summer Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

  • What year do I need to be entering in Fall 2019 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. Students must be 14 years old by the time the program begins in order to participate.
  • Can I earn college credit by participating in Summer Challenge?
    No. Summer Challenge is non-credit. Students will receive a certificate of completion and evaluations from their instructors during the month of September after the program concludes.
  • 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?
    You will receive an email confirmation once your application is complete. Within three weeks of our receipt of your completed application, we will send an admission decision via email.
  • What classes are offered as part of Summer Challenge?
    Summer Challenge students enroll in two seminars. Click here for a list of our 2019 seminars.
  • How many students are in each session?
    The number varies by session, ranging from 100 to 400 students.
  • How many students are in each seminar?
    There are typically between 10 and 30 students in each seminar.
  • 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?
    Many planned activities are mandatory. However, during free time students can leave campus as long as they are accompanied by at least one other student in the program and let their 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 a student or if the student would like to visit relatives or family friends within city limits, these visits must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm by curfew. The parent or guardian must submit an electronic leave request form that will be emailed two weeks before the program starts. This request must be received at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian will need to provide details about the visit, such as the time that the student will be picked up and dropped off at campus as well as the cell phone number of the relative or family friend the student will be with. A student is authorized to leave only after 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. The parent or guardian must submit an electronic leave request form that will be emailed two weeks before the program starts. This request must be received at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian will need to provide details about the visit, such as the time the student will be picked up and dropped off at campus, who the student will be visiting, and the location of the visit. A student is authorized to leave only after our office sends the student’s parent or guardian an approval via email.
  • 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.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
High School Programs
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm B05
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-1378
Fax: 617-358-0646
Email: summerhs@bu.edu