Summer Programs for High School Students

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Boston University Summer Term offers a diverse portfolio of exciting and challenging summer programs for high school students. Whether you are looking to earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in university labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning, BU is the place to be this summer. One-, two-, three-, and six-week programs are available, and you can choose from commuting, residential, and online options.

We invite you to choose from our portfolio of exciting and challenging summer high school programs. Each program offers the opportunity to explore new subjects and college life–while making friends with fellow students and participating in social activities in Boston and on campus. Join other motivated high school students from 50 states and 87 countries to experience a great introduction to college life and academics.

Summer Challenge

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors study two academic topics of their choice and take part in exciting social activities.

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High School Honors

Rising juniors and seniors take BU courses and earn college credit while experiencing college life in Boston.

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High School Honors Online

Rising juniors and seniors earn college credit and get the Boston University academic experience wherever they may be.

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Summer Preview

Entering freshmen and rising sophomores experience a preview of college life and academics.

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Academic Immersion

Rising juniors and seniors focus intensively on one subject by combining classroom work with hands-on learning activities.

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RISE Internship / Practicum

Rising seniors pursue scientific research and gain laboratory experience.

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE

High School Level
Summer Challenge Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
High School Honors Rising juniors and seniors
RISE Internship / Practicum Rising seniors
Summer Preview Entering freshmen and rising sophomores
Academic Immersion Rising juniors and seniors
Session Dates
Summer Challenge Two weeks, starting June 17, July 8, and July 22
High School Honors Six weeks starting July 1
RISE Internship / Practicum Six weeks starting July 1
Summer Preview One week starting July 22
Academic Immersion Three weeks starting July 1 (Psychology) and July 22 (Medicine)
Academic Experience
Summer Challenge Choose 2 of 20 seminars to expand your academic horizons
High School Honors Choose from more than 80 college courses and earn college credit
RISE Internship / Practicum Conduct university-level research
Summer Preview Choose a seminar to get a sneak peek of the college experience
Academic Immersion Spend three weeks immersing yourself in the study of psychology or medicine
Earn College Credit
Summer Challenge
High School Honors Up to 8 credits
RISE Internship / Practicum
Summer Preview
Academic Immersion
Format
Summer Challenge Residential
High School Honors Commuter, Residential, or Online
RISE Internship / Practicum Commuter or Residential
Summer Preview Commuter or Residential
Academic Immersion Residential
Summer Challenge High School Honors RISE Internship / Practicum Summer Preview Academic Immersion
High School Level Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors Rising juniors and seniors Rising seniors Entering freshmen and rising sophomores Rising juniors and seniors
Session Dates Two weeks, starting June 17, July 8, and July 22 Six weeks starting July 1 Six weeks starting July 1 One week starting July 22 Three weeks starting July 1 (Psychology) and July 22 (Medicine)
Academic Experience Choose 2 of 20 seminars to expand your academic horizons Choose from more than 80 college courses and earn college credit Conduct university-level research Choose a seminar to get a sneak peek of the college experience Spend three weeks immersing yourself in the study of pscyhology or medicine
Earn College Credit Up to 8 credits
Format Residential Commuter, Residential, or Online Commuter or Residential Commuter or Residential Residential

Experience College and Challenge Your Mind

Immerse yourself in college life, open your mind to fresh subjects, meet new friends from around the country and globe, and have an unforgettable summer in a historic city. Boston University's pre-college programs offer a chance to study at one of the world's top teaching and research universities. Enroll in undergraduate classes for college credit (either on campus or online), pursue in-depth research, or choose from a diverse array of stimulating non-credit seminars. There is no better place than Boston, the ultimate "college town", to preview and prepare for the rigors and rewards of undergraduate life.

Boston University's Pre-College Programs Provide Opportunities to:

  • Take on new academic challenges, explore a variety of interests, and consider possible majors
  • Preview college and learn how to balance your schoolwork and your social life
  • Meet motivated, curious, and bright high school students from all 50 states and 87 countries on six continents
  • Experience living in a college dorm
  • Become part of a dynamic social community and engage in fun activities on campus and throughout Boston

Residence Life

Students living on campus stay in BU's Warren Towers, sharing a room, exploring culinary options around campus, and participating in dorm activities. There are typically two students per room, with young men and women living in separate areas. Resident Program Assistants provide guidance, coordinate and lead social activities, and enforce program policies. Safety is our highest priority: Warren Towers has live-in University staff and 24-hour security.

Campus Life

Embracing college life away from home in the midst of Bostons summer bustle is an exhilarating experience. Whether you live in a BU residence hall or commute to campus, you will get to know the ins-and-outs of college life. To foster a lively social environment and introduce you to our campus and city, we lead a full range of group activities that include improv comedy shows and sunset cruises in Boston Harbor, as well as trips to Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, and more - and you will still have time for impromptu adventures around Boston!