Summer Preview

The 2023 session of Summer Preview 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 1-week program

Get a taste of college life for one exciting week this summer. Delve into fascinating subjects. Make new friends. Explore the fun, vibrant city of Boston.

Our Summer Preview program offers rising eighth, ninth, and tenth graders a choice of three different weeklong, noncredit seminars. It’s a great opportunity for you to dig into an area of academic interest or become familiar with an entirely new subject.

2024 Summer Preview calendar

Residential begins July 21
Residential ends July 26
Commuter begins July 22
Commuter ends July 26

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

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Get a sneak peek at college life

Summer Preview combines academic and social opportunities. In your chosen seminar, you’ll attend lectures alongside a small group of motivated peers and gain exposure to a specific area of academic interest.

Learn About Summer Preview Seminars

Along with your studies, you’ll experience college life and start friendships with students from around the world. Each summer, a variety of group social activities are planned to introduce you to BU and the city of Boston.

You’ll also benefit from a college workshop designed to help maximize your high school studies, so you’re prepared to fill out those college applications when the time comes.

Summer Preview is open to both commuter and residential students. Please note: You must be 14 years of age or older by the start of the program to live in the dorm. All rising eighth graders must commute to Summer Preview.

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The big picture

Hear for yourself what past students have to say about Summer Preview. Get the scoop on seminar topics, program activities, and favorite moments.

A Day in the Life

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


How to Apply

Applications open on December 15.



Dig into fascinating subjects.

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