RISE Frequently Asked Questions

RISE: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What year do I need to be entering in Fall 2019 to participate in RISE?
    You need to be entering your senior year in Fall 2019.
  • What is the difference between the Internship and the Practicum?
    Internship students are matched with a mentor and work on research projects in a university laboratory, while Practicum students collaborate on computational research projects focused on neurobiology. These research projects are completed under the supervision of the Practicum instructional staff. Please review the individual program pages for more details: Practicum and Internship.
  • Is this a commuter or residential program?
    Most students live in the dormitory; however students can commute from a relative's home to campus as part of the Research in Science & Engineering program.
  • Can international students participate?
    Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to participate in RISE.
  • Where can I get an application for the Research in Science & Engineering program?
    Applications are available on the How to Apply page.
  • How many students attend the Research in Science & Engineering program?
    We expect approximately 100 students to participate in the RISE program in 2019. Students live and participate in social activities with High School Honors students, another program which is comprised of approximately 100 students as well.
  • Is there a specific format for the recommendations?
    Yes, your recommenders will be emailed a link to the online recommendation form after you submit the online application.
  • What if I have not yet taken the PSAT, SAT, ACT or PreACT?
    A PSAT, SAT, ACT, or PreACT standardized test score is required for admission.
  • How competitive is the RISE program? About how many students are accepted?
    The Research in Science & Engineering program is highly competitive and selective. In 2018, we received 740 applications for 100 slots.
  • Can I check to see if my application is complete?
    We will send you a confirmation email once your application is complete. You may also call our office at 617-358-3034 or email us at rise@bu.edu to check on your application status.
  • When is my application considered completed?
    Your application is considered complete when we have received your online application, full high school transcript including Fall 2018 grades, standardized test score with your full name listed, a science or math teacher recommendation, and a recommendation from a counselor, advisor, or teacher who knows you well. Students living abroad will also need to submit a copy of your passport. U.S. permanent residents will need to submit a copy of their Green card that is valid throughout the program.
  • How long after I send in my application should I expect a response?
    Students will receive a response approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline (February 21, 2019).
  • Once I am 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 offer of admission. Please note that attending students are required to pay a $1000 non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place in the program.
  • If I am accepted into RISE, how soon do I need to inform the RISE office that I plan to attend the program?
    We ask that you let us know one to two weeks after receiving your offer of admission. We will inform you of your specific acceptance deadline by email. Please note that attending students are required to pay a $1000 non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place in the program.
  • Will I know my research project before I accept my placement in the RISE Internship track?
    You will learn about your mentor and his/her research before you accept your placement. But information about your specific research project will not be available at the time of the admission decision. You will meet your mentor and learn about your specific project at the RISE Intern orientation on July 1, 2019.
  • What is the cost of the Research in Science & Engineering program?
    Please see the Tuition, Fees, & Aid page for a detailed description of the cost of attending the RISE program.
  • How do I pay?
    There are several methods of payment for the RISE program. Please see the How to Pay page for a description of your options.
  • Is there financial aid available?
    Yes, there is limited financial aid available. Awards are based on need. View our Tuition, Fees, & Aid page to learn how to apply for financial aid.
  • 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 Admissions.
  • Is there a curfew?
    Yes. 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).
  • Are students free to leave campus?
    We arrange a planned activity once per weekend and a few additional activities throughout the six weeks to help students get to know each other, the campus, and Boston. During free time, students can leave campus as long as they have at least one other High School Honors or RISE student with them and let their program assistant know they are leaving. All students must be back in the dorm before curfew or the start of any mandatory activity.
  • Can a parent visit a student during the program?
    If a parent or guardian is in town and would like to spend time with a student or if the student would like to visit relatives or family friends within city limits, that visit must be scheduled during the student’s free time when there are no activities planned. The student must return to the dorm before curfew. The student's parent or guardian must submit an electronic leave request form that will be emailed two weeks before the program begins. This request must be received at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian will need to provide details about the visit, including the time that the student will be picked up and dropped off at campus and the cell phone number of the relative or family friend the student will be with. A student is only authorized to leave after our office sends the student’s parent or guardian approval via email.
  • 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 before curfew. The student's parent or guardian must submit an electronic leave request form that will be emailed two weeks before the program begins. This request must be received at least 48 hours before the student is planning to leave campus. The parent or guardian will need to provide details about the visit, including the time that the student will be picked up and dropped off at campus and the cell phone number of the relative or family friend the student will be with. A student is only authorized to leave after our office sends the student’s parent or guardian approval via email.
  • What is the schedule of activities for the RISE program?
    You can see a sample schedule of activities on the Program Activities page. The full schedule of activities for Summer 2019 will be emailed to participants two weeks before the program begins.
  • Is there any fee for visiting the Student Health Services Center?
    Yes, there is a $25 fee each time a student visits the Student Health Services Center. If you receive blood work or immunizations you will need to provide your insurance information or have charges billed to your student account.
  • Whom 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.

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: rise@bu.edu