Summer Challenge

The 2023 session of Summer Challenge was a great success. Please check back on December 15 for details about next summer’s program and to submit an application. Sign up for an email reminder.

A 2-week program

It’s called Summer Challenge because it pushes you in so many ways. You will explore your interests, discover new ones, test your academic boundaries, and immerse yourself in the college experience. Along the way, you will make new friends and get to know more about Boston University. Are you up to the challenge?

2024 Summer Challenge calendar

Session 1

June 16 – June 28

Session 2

July 7 – July 19

Session 3

July 21 – August 2

Note: The dates listed above are pending approval and subject to change.

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A summer to remember

If you’re a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior, you’re in for two unforgettable weeks. Get ready to experience life on a college campus and take on new academic challenges in this exceptional residential summer program. Can’t make it to campus this summer? Check out our limited selection of remote Summer Challenge seminars and take on the challenge at home.

Choose any two seminars from our extensive list. Each is designed to expand your academic horizons through lectures, discussions, individual and group work, project-based assignments—even field trips. Small class sizes give you the opportunity to receive individual attention from our experienced team of college instructors.

Learn about Summer Challenge Seminars

As part of our program, we also offer an admissions workshop that will give you valuable insight into the college application process.

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The big picture

In our Summer Challenge program, you’ll be part of a close-knit social community of high school students experiencing college life. Every day, there are activities that give you a chance to make new friends, learn more about yourself, and get to know the great city of Boston.

Listen to what past students have to say about the exciting Summer Challenge program.

A Day in the Life

What's it really like to be a Summer Challenge student?


How to Apply

Applications open on December 15.



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