Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Pre-College Programs
1. General Information
This page of the Student Education Programs (SEP) directory provides general information about pre-college summer programs. It is always recommended that students and parents directly contact a representative of an organization or college that sponsors a summer program to find out specific and up-to-date information, including information about safety & supervision procedures.
It is important to note that the SEP Summer Pre-College Program directory is for informational purposes only. The information about summer programs and camps included on this directory is subject to change at any time. It should not be assumed that the sponsor of this directory verifies the information that is contained on the external websites of the summer programs and camps that are included in the directory. This directory is not the official website for any summer program or camp.
2. Potential Benefits of Summer Pre-College Programs?
- Studying topics of interest at an in-depth level.
- Exploring potential college majors, fields of study, and careers.
- Working with experts in a field (i.e. professors, professionals…).
- Continuing the learning momentum from the academic school year (preventing the "summer learning slide").
- Learning about topics that extend beyond the school curriculum.
- Engaging in academic experiences at the college level.
- Increasing academic motivation and goals.
- Participating in hands-on and practical academic activities.
- Learning in a safe and structured atmosphere.
- Becoming familiar with a new learning environment.
- Engaging in high level discourse with other motivated students.
- Meeting students from different schools, regions, states, and countries.
- Developing lasting friendships with peers who share similar interests.
- Previewing the college experience (i.e. dorms, cafeteria, campus activities).
- Discussing areas of interest in an in-depth manner with other participants.
- Learning in a collaborative and cooperative environment.
- Enhancing interpersonal skills through activities such as simulations, group projects, cooperative learning.
- Enhancing self-confidence through accomplishing goals.
- Gaining new perspectives and ideas about society.
- Enhancing intrapersonal skills.
- Discovering personal characteristics and qualities.
- Developing an increased sense of self.
3. What are Some Factors to Consider about Summer Pre-College Programs?
- Logistical Considerations
- The registration deadlines.
- The application and selection process.
- The start and end dates of a program.
- The number of programs to apply to if the selection process is competitive.
- The location of the program.
- The costs to participate and whether financial assistance is available.
- The ratio of adults to students.
- The safety and supervision of students.
- The structure and organization of a program.
- The time commitment to participate in the program.
- Learning Considerations
- The interest level of the student.
- The opportunities for hands-on and practical learning.
- The potential for earning credit through the program (Note: some credits may not be transferable).
- The reputation of a program.
- The specialization of the material covered in the program (i.e. narrowly focused on one topic or open to a broad range of topics).
- Other Considerations
- Comments / perspectives from previous participants.
- The length of time that the program has been in existence.
- Participant’s health care needs and accommodations
- Accessibility to health services.
- Facilities and housing accommodations.
- The accessibility of the program coordinator or staff members.
- Safety and supervision provided by the program
4. What is a resource that can be used to find out about different pre-college program opportunities?
This directory – SEP Directory – includes a variety of summer pre-college program opportunities. The opportunities are organized into categories by subject and by state. The subjects and states can be found in the navigation bar on the left side of each page. The following page includes information about different types of pre-college summer programs – Program Types.
5. Can a student attend a residential pre-college summer program as a commuter student?
It depends on the program with regards to whether a student can attend a residential program as a commuter student. Some programs have both commuter and residential options. Other programs may allow a commuter student to participate in a residential program if he/she lives nearby. It is recommended that a student directly contact a program representative to inquire about whether he/she can attend the program as a commuter. Students can click on a summer program that is included on this directory to view the official program’s website. There is typically a contact email and phone number for a summer program on the official website. This can be used to contact a program representative to ask about a student attending the program as a commuter.
6. Is it recommended that students contact a summer program representative directly to inquire about the program?
It is highly recommended that students directly contact an official representative of a pre-college program of interest to find out detailed information. By clicking on the link for a program that is included in this directory, a student can visit the program’s official website. There is typically a contact information on a program’s official website. This information can be used to contact a representative in order to inquire about a variety of topics relating to the program, which includes the safety and supervision measures that are utilized. Contacting an official representative to ask questions can help a student determine if the program would be a good fit.