Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What year do I need to be entering in 2014 to participate in RISE?

    You need to be entering your senior year in fall 2014.

  2. Is this a commuter or residential program?

    Most students live on campus, but students can commute as part of the Research Internship in Science & Engineering Program.

  3. Can international students participate?

    The RISE program is not open to international students.

  4. Where can I get an application for the Research Internship in Science & Engineering Program?

    Applications for the 2014 Research Internship in Science and Engineering Program are now closed.

  5. How many students attend the Research Internship in Science & Engineering Program?

    97 students attended the RISE Program in 2013. Students live and participate in social activities with the High School Honors students which when combined total over 200 students.

  6. Do you have a specific format for the teacher and guidance counselor recommendation letters?

    Yes, we do. You can find the Teacher and Counselor Recommendation Form on our website.

  7. What if I have not yet taken the PSAT, SAT, ACT or PLAN?

    A PSAT, SAT, ACT, or PLAN standardized test score is required for admission.

  8. How competitive is the RISE Program? About how many students are accepted?

    The Research Internship in Science & Engineering Program is highly competitive and selective. We received over 500 applications for 97 placements in 2013.

  9. Can I check and see if my application is complete?

    We will send you a confirmation email once your application is complete. However, feel free to call our office at 617-353-1378 or email us at rise@bu.edu to check on your application status.

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

    Decisions usually take 6 weeks from receipt of a completed application. The application deadline is March 31, 2014.

  11. Once accepted into RISE, am I required to go to the program?

    You can either accept or decline our offer of admission, but we ask that you inform us of your decision as soon as possible after you receive an acceptance packet.

  12. If accepted, how soon after do I need to inform the RISE office that I plan to attend the program?

    We ask that you let us know between 1-3 weeks after receiving your acceptance. We will send an acceptance deadline in the acceptance email.

  13. Will I know my research project before I accept my placement in the RISE Program?

    You will learn about your professor and his/her research before you accept your placement, but not your specific research project. You will meet your professor and other mentors, as well as learn about your project at the RISE orientation on June 30, 2014.

  14. What is the cost of the Research Internship in Science & Engineering Program?

    Please see the Tuition, Aid, and Payment page for a detailed description of the cost of attending the RISE Program.

  15. How do I pay?

    There are several methods of payment for the RISE Program. Please see the How to Pay page for a detailed description of your options.

  16. Is there financial aid available?

    Yes, there is financial aid available. We base awards on a combination of need and academic merit. View our Tuition, Aid, and Payment page to learn how to apply for financial aid.

  17. Do you take students to visit other colleges?

    No, we do not travel as a group to visit area colleges, but you may arrange your own visits within the Boston area during your free time. We do offer a college workshop with our Office of Admission.

  18. 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).

  19. Are students free to leave campus?

    We arrange a planned activity once a weekend and a few additional activities throughout the six weeks to help students get to know each other, the campus, and Boston. All planned activities are mandatory. However, during free time students can leave campus as long as they have at least one other High School Honors or Research Internship student with them and they let a program assistant know they are leaving. All students must be back in the dorm by curfew.

  20. Can a parent visit a student during the program?

    If a parent or guardian is in town and would like to spend time with their son or daughter or if the student would like to visit relatives or family friends within city limits, it must be scheduled during the student's free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm by curfew. In addition, the student’s parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs office at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian can email a letter of permission to rise@bu.edu. The letter should include details about the visit, such as the time that the student will leave and return to campus, and the cell phone number of the relative or family friend the student will be with. A student is authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.

  21. 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. In addition, the parent or guardian must send written permission to the Summer Term High School Programs office via email to rise@bu.edu at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The letter should include details about the visit, including when the student plans to leave campus, who the student will be visiting, the location of the visit, and the time the student will return to campus. If it is an overnight visit, the student's parent or guardian must complete the Overnight Leave Request form and submit it to the office at least 48 hours in advance. A student is authorized to leave once our office sends the student's parent or guardian a confirmation email.

  22. What is the schedule of activities for the RISE program?

    You can see a sample schedule of activities on the Schedule of Events page.

  23. Is there any fee for visiting the Student Health Services Center?

    Yes, there is a $25 co-pay fee each time a student visits the Student Health Services Center.

  24. Who can I contact at Boston University if I have more questions?

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