Information for Parents & Guardians

In this section, we hope to give you an idea of what to expect in the areas that matter most to you. If you have any questions that we have not answered here, please contact us.

Housing and dining

All Summer Term High School Programs are remote for summer 2021. We look forward to updating this page with housing and dining information when in-person programming resumes.

Safety & Supervision

The Summer Term High School Programs staff will be available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm EDT. You can reach our office at or 617-353-1378. You will also have program assistants that are always on hand to assist in your academic and social programming. Program assistants are BU undergraduates and some are even alumni of BU’s Summer Term High School Programs. They get to know the high school students well, acting as leaders for remote program activities. They are highly visible and a great resource for students.

Academic credit

Students in the High School Honors program receive up to eight Boston University credits for the courses they take. Most other colleges and universities will accept these credits for courses in which students have earned a grade of C or higher, but you need to confirm this with the school(s) the student may attend. Students who matriculate at BU will have these courses count toward their overall GPA. The grades received in these courses are permanent and cannot be removed from a student’s record.

Academic Immersion (AIM), Research in Science & Engineering (RISE), Summer Challenge, and Summer Preview students do not receive academic credit. These students are provided certificates of completion. RISE Practicum, Summer Challenge, AIM Creative Writing, AIM Psychology, AIM Global Studies, and Summer Preview students will also receive written evaluations from their instructors following the conclusion of the program.


Because our programs are short and intensive, students are required to attend every class. Students who miss classes for any reason may be asked to leave the program.

No refund or reduction in the total charge will be made if you arrive to the program late, leave the program early, or are dismissed from the program due to a violation of the program guidelines.

Planned activities

The High School Programs staff plan a variety of mandatory and optional remote activities. This is to ensure that we develop a supportive and inclusive student community within the programs and expose students to all that Boston University has to offer. A schedule of activities is emailed to students and parents or guardians approximately two weeks before the start of each program.

Drugs and alcohol

No illicit drugs or alcohol may be consumed during the duration of the program. Students found in possession of, under the influence of, in the presence of, and/or suspected of consuming these prohibited items will be removed from the program immediately and may receive additional program and University sanctions. There are no exceptions. If the program finds evidence that students were engaged in these prohibited activities during the program, the program and University may also apply sanctions after the program has ended. Decisions on incidents involving illicit drugs and alcohol are at the discretion of the Boston University Summer Term High School Programs staff.

Student conduct

Boston University reserves the right to remove a student from the program if, in the determination of University medical staff, a student’s continued enrollment would create a significant risk to the health and safety of the student or others, or if the student refuses to cooperate with efforts deemed necessary by the University to evaluate the student’s conduct. Students are prohibited from engaging in conduct, in or out of campus, which poses a threat to the health or safety of persons or property or interferes with the rights or well-being of others.

In addition, program participants are prohibited from engaging in conduct that violates 1) program policies; 2) any provision of the Code of Student Responsibilities; 3) the Boston University Conditions of Use and Policy on Computing Ethics; 4) any rule/regulation of the University; or 5) any other applicable law.

Tolerance of others:

A fundamental goal of Summer Term High School Programs is to foster a community environment based upon mutual respect and openness. Therefore, any form of discrimination, including but not limited to discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status, constitutes unacceptable behavior.

Respecting the rights of other students presupposes that in the close and diverse society of Boston University (BU), student expression of opinion will be respectful of others and will be exercised in good taste and decency. Bigotry, hatred, and intolerance have no place in the BU community. In displaying or distributing expressions of opinion, students are expected to show respect for the aesthetic, social, moral, and religious feelings of others upon whom their views may be imposed. Students are entitled to expect that those with whom they interact will demonstrate tolerance for diversity and respect for privacy.

Disability & Access Services

Boston University is committed to supporting the academic, social, and cultural integration of individuals with disabilities. Our mission is to foster academic excellence, personal responsibility, and leadership growth in students with disabilities. Individuals are encouraged to contact Disability & Access Services to discuss support services and accommodations they may need, including auxiliary aids like sign-language interpreters, exam accommodation, notetaking services, text in alternative format, and assistive technology. Accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual’s diagnosis and documented needs. Disability & Access Services is also available to consult with individuals and groups regarding architectural, programmatic, digital, or communication access. The University’s Compliance Officer for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the Director of Disability & Access Services, Lorraine E. Wolf, PhD, who can be reached at Disability & Access Services may be reached at 617-353-3658, by email at, or at

Application and program fee policies

Application fees are nonrefundable, as are any applicable tuition deposits. No refund or reduction in the total charge, tuition, or service fees will be made for a student who arrives to the program late, leaves the program early, or is dismissed from the program due to a violation of the program guidelines.

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