High School Honors: Frequently Asked Questions

What year do I need to be entering in fall 2021 to participate in High School Honors?

You need to be entering your junior or senior year of high school in fall 2021. Qualified juniors need to be in Honors and/or AP courses.

How can I attend High School Honors?

In summer 2021, we welcome you to apply to the High School Honors program as a remote or online student. In the interest of the health and safety of participants, in-person attendance is not available this summer.

Can international students participate?

Yes, international students are welcome to join the program. You can find more Information for International Students on our website. Please note that remote courses must be attended synchronously according to Boston’s local time zone (EDT).

Am I permitted to take online courses?

Yes, you can take up to eight credits of online courses. For more information, please visit the High School Honors Online webpage.

What is the difference between a remote and an online course?

Remote courses run as scheduled with students joining synchronously (at the times listed in the local Boston time zone, EDT). These are traditional in-person courses that have been altered to be delivered in a remote format.

Online courses are designed for students to work through course content independently. However, each online course has a live remote session that occurs at least once per week, and the timing of the live session can be viewed in the course description. Watch this short video to learn more about the difference between online and remote courses. 

How do I apply to High School Honors?

You can find application instructions and a link to the online application on the How to Apply page.

How many students attend High School Honors?

Approximately 100 students attend the program each summer. Students participate in most social activities with Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) students, a program also comprised of about 100 students.

Is there a specific format for the recommendations?

Yes, your recommenders will be emailed a link to the online recommendation form after you submit your online application.

What if I have not yet taken the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or PreACT?

For summer 2021 only, we have adopted a standardized test-optional policy. Note that this does not apply to English language proficiency exams, which are still required for international applicants. See our How to Apply page for further details.

What are the admissions criteria?

Admission decisions take into account a variety of factors, but we look primarily at your high school transcript and standardized test scores. However, we have adopted a standardized test-optional policy for summer 2021. Students in 2020 had an average 3.77 unweighted GPA and 1417 SAT score. Positive recommendations, involvement in extracurricular activities, and a well-written personal statement can also influence admission decisions.

Can I check to see if my application is complete?

We will send you an email confirmation once your application is complete. You may also call our office at 617-353-1378 or email us at summerhs@bu.edu to check your application status.

How long after I send in my application should I expect a response?

We typically email admission decisions within three weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Once I am accepted into High School Honors, am I required to go to the program? Is acceptance binding?

Acceptance is not binding. You can either accept or decline our offer of admission. We ask that you inform us of your decision as soon as possible after you receive your offer of admission.

What courses will be offered in the 2021 High School Honors program?

Click here to view a full list of over 80 courses offered this summer.

What is the schedule for classes in High School Honors?

Your schedule depends on the courses you choose. You can find the days and times of courses listed at the end of each course description. Please visit the Calendar & What to Expect page for more information.

How long is each class meeting in High School Honors?

Class times vary in length depending on how many days per week they meet. The hours each class meets are listed at the end of each course description.

How many courses do High School Honors students take?

High School Honors students can take up to two courses.  You can opt to enroll in either one or two courses for a minimum of 4 credits.

How many credits do High School Honors students earn?

You can earn between 4 and 8 credits, depending on the number and type of courses you take.

What is the cost of High School Honors?

Please see the Tuition, Aid, & Payment page for a detailed description of the cost of attending High School Honors.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Please note that awards are based on a combination of need and academic merit. Please click here to learn how to apply for financial aid. International students are not eligible for financial aid.

How do I pay?

There are several methods of payment. Please click here for a description of your options.

Do you offer any SAT preparation courses during the summer?

No, we do not offer them.

Will the credits I earn in High School Honors be transferable?

Most colleges will accept BU credit for courses in which students have earned a grade of C or higher. You should speak directly with schools you may attend for confirmation.

What are the technology requirements for attending the High School Honors program remotely?

You must have access to a laptop or desktop computer, microphone, webcam/camera, and a reliable internet connection. Please contact us with further questions or concerns about meeting these standards. 

Will I be required to attend remote courses synchronously?

Yes, all students must attend their programs synchronously (live, in real time, during the time the course is scheduled) according to Boston‘s local time zone (EDT). Students should not assume that material will be available for viewing at a later time.

What is the schedule of activities for High School Honors?

The full schedule of activities will be emailed to participants two weeks in advance of the program. You can find out more information about the types of remote activities we will offer here.

Is there a fee for visiting Student Health Services?

Yes, there is a $25 fee each time you visit Student Health Services. If you receive blood work or immunizations, you will need to provide your insurance information or have charges billed to your student account.

Who can I contact at BU if I have more questions?

We are happy to help you. You can find all of our information on the Contact Us page.

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