Summer programs for high school students

Summer Programs for High School Students

This summer, prepare for your future in college with exciting and challenging summer programs for high school students at Boston University Summer Term. With five programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in university labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. You will have the opportunity to push yourself academically while experiencing college life, making friends with fellow students, and engaging in social activities around Boston and on campus.

BU Summer Term offers one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs for high school students, with options to live on campus, commute from home, or study online. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries to experience this great introduction to college life and academics.

High School Programs at a Glance

High School Level
High School Honors Rising juniors and seniors
RISE Internship / Practicum Rising seniors
Academic Immersion Rising juniors and seniors
Summer Challenge Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Summer Preview Entering freshmen and rising sophomores
Session Dates
High School Honors Six weeks starting June 30
RISE Internship / Practicum Six weeks starting June 30
Academic Immersion Three weeks starting June 30 (Psychology) and July 21 (Medicine and Creative Writing)
Summer Challenge Two weeks, starting June 16, July 7, and July 21
Summer Preview One week starting July 21
Academic Experience
High School Honors Choose from more than 80 college courses and earn college credit
RISE Internship / Practicum Conduct university-level research
Academic Immersion Spend three weeks immersing yourself in the study of psychology, medicine, or creative writing
Summer Challenge Choose 2 of 20 seminars to expand your academic horizons
Summer Preview Choose a seminar to get a sneak peek of the college experience
Earn College Credit
High School Honors Up to 8 credits
RISE Internship / Practicum
Academic Immersion
Summer Preview
Summer Challenge
Format
High School Honors Commuter, Residential, or Online
RISE Internship / Practicum Commuter or Residential
Academic Immersion Residential
Summer Challenge Residential
Summer Preview Commuter or Residential
High School Honors RISE Internship / Practicum Academic Immersion Summer Challenge Summer Preview
High School Level Rising juniors and seniors Rising seniors Rising juniors and seniors Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors Entering freshmen and rising sophomores
Session Dates Six weeks starting June 30 Six weeks starting June 30 Three weeks starting June 30 (Psychology) and July 21 (Medicine and Creative Writing) Two weeks, starting June 16, July 7, and July 21 One week starting July 21
Academic Experience Choose from more than 80 college courses and earn college credit Conduct university-level research Spend three weeks immersing yourself in the study of psychology, medicine, or creative writing Choose 2 of 20 seminars to expand your academic horizons Choose a seminar to get a sneak peek of the college experience
Earn College Credit Up to 8 credits
Format Commuter, Residential, or Online Commuter or Residential Residential Only Residential Only Commuter or Residential

Get a Head Start on the College Experience

Get a head start on the college experience.

Boston University’s pre-college programs offer a chance to study at one of the world’s top teaching and research universities. Immerse yourself in college academics and campus life, open your mind to new subjects, bond with high school students from around the country and globe, and experience summer in beautiful Boston—ranked #1 in the U.S. by QS Best Student Cities 2018. Summer Term offers many avenues to success in college.

You can take college courses alongside BU undergraduates and earn up to 8 college credits (either on campus or online). You can pursue in-depth STEM research with individual faculty mentors or as part of a group project. Or, you can immerse yourself in a diverse array of stimulating non-credit seminars that blend lectures with experiential learning, discussions, and projects. Your hard work will be balanced with social events and fun activities around campus and throughout Boston, the ultimate “college town.” There is no better place 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 on the Boston University campus.

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 towers. 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 Boston’s 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!

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