Summer Challenge: Calendar & What to Expect
Summer Challenge is a fast-paced and fun-filled program. Below, you will find useful information about the program, no matter which session(s) you attend. Be sure to read through our check-in and departure sections for key details about arrival, final presentations, and more.
Note: In alignment with Boston University COVID-19 guidelines, all Summer Term pre-college students will be required to follow University-wide vaccination requirements and other health and safety policies.
|Session 1||Sunday, June 18, 2023 – Friday, June 30, 2023|
|Session 2*||Sunday, July 9, 2023 – Friday, July 21, 2023|
|Session 3||Sunday, July 23, 2023 – Friday, August 4, 2023|
*Limited remote seminar options are available during Session 2. Please visit Summer Challenge Online for more information.
Check-in, Orientation, & Departure Information
When making travel arrangements, please keep the following check-in and departure information in mind.
Information about check-in locations will be made available at a later date. Program assistants will be available to provide support during the check-in process.
2023 check-in dates and times
|Session 1||June 18, 1-4 pm|
|Session 2||July 9, 1-4 pm|
|Session 3||July 23, 1-4 pm|
You should arrive no later than 4 pm. If you are not able to check in by 4 pm because of flight restrictions, you must contact the Summer Term High School Programs office at least one week before the program begins so that arrangements can be made.
The program begins promptly at 5:30 pm with dinner with your program assistant. Meet in your floor’s common room for introductions and to travel to the dining hall as a group.
A mandatory program orientation for Summer Challenge will be held at 8 am on the Monday following check-in. Program assistants will escort students to the orientation that morning.
- Session 1: June 19
- Session 2: July 10
- Session 3: July 24
You will receive your room assignment and room keys at check-in.
Please see What to Bring for information on what you need for your stay.
Summer Challenge sessions end at the times listed below—after the final presentations and closing reception. You can leave after the reception. You may stay an extra night in the dorms if travel arrangements require it, but you must be fully vacated by 10 am on the morning following the program’s end time (no exceptions). If you stay until the morning after the program concludes, you must continue to follow all program rules and guidelines.
The end times of each program:
2023 departure dates and times
|Session 1||June 30, 1 pm|
|Session 2||July 21, 1 pm|
|Session 3||August 4, 1 pm|
Final class presentations
Final class presentations occur on the last day of each session. Family and friends are invited to attend. An email is sent out one week before the final presentations with further details, including locations. Final presentations are followed by a brief closing reception.
Certificates and evaluations
You will receive a certificate of completion, as well as letters of evaluation from your seminar instructors, after the program concludes. If you are dismissed from the program or leave the program early, you will not receive your certificate or evaluation letters.
The following must be completed when you move out of the residence hall:
- Return residence key to the Residence Life office and ask for a key receipt*
- Remove all personal belongings and trash from the room
- Close and lock all windows
- Leave the room in a clean, habitable condition
- Turn off the lights
- Lock the door
*If you do not return your residence key to the Residence Life office prior to leaving, you will be charged up to $130 for a lock change and replacement keys. We will not accept keys that are sent via mail.
A Day in the Life of a Summer Challenge Student
As a Summer Challenge student, your day-to-day schedule will include structured time in and out of class.
Each weekday, you will attend seminars in the morning and afternoon. Meals are provided by one of the dining halls, with a range of cuisines available that include vegetarian and vegan options. The dining staff can also accommodate food allergies or other dietary restrictions.
After class, you will participate in fun, organized social activities during the afternoon or evenings and on weekends. These events will give you a chance to socialize with your new friends and peers while introducing you to Boston and to Boston University. See the Schedule of Social Events below for an idea of the exciting activities we plan. In addition, you can purchase a short-term membership to BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec), study at one of BU’s 19 libraries, relax on the “BU Beach” (a popular student hangout with views of the Charles River), or visit Boston’s diverse neighborhoods.
There will be plenty of free time to do your homework, enjoy the campus, and explore the city.
The schedule below will give you a good idea of what your days will look like:
|Morning Seminar||9:30–11:30 am|
|Lunch||11:30 am–1 pm|
|Afternoon Seminar||1–3 pm|
|Afternoon Activity or Free Time*||3–5 pm|
|Evening Activity or Free Time*||6:30–9 pm|
|Curfew||11 pm (Sunday-Thursday)
12 am (Friday & Saturday)
*Organized social activities, some of which are mandatory, are held every weekday—either in the afternoon or evening time block.