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2018 Summer Programs with Financial Aid

No Comments 16 January 2018

There is no better way for college-bound students to get a feel for the future than participating in summer pre-college programs. Students gain valuable work experience, build relationships, and boost their admissions chances through these opportunities.

Not every program in the U.S. offers sufficient financial aid for under-resourced students, but we have compiled a list of programs that fix that problem. Each entry includes a link to the program’s website, as well as information on program dates, application deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

If you know of any programs that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below.

Programs are listed alphabetically.


Babson Entrepreneurial Experience

Wellesley, MA

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018

Program Dates: Late July – Early August

Description: This four-week, on-campus course gives you a unique opportunity to focus on your growth as an entrepreneur. You’ll get immersed in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ET&A™)—Babson’s renowned methodology that encourages combining reflection, experimentation, and analysis with action—all while building leadership, communication, presentation and critical thinking skills in a hands-on, team-based environment.

Financial Aid: For assistance paying for this Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience, apply here.


Barnard College Summer in the City

New York City, NY

Application Deadline: March 28th, 2018

Program Dates: June 24th-July 20th

Description: Students select two courses, a morning class and an afternoon class to be attended Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, students participate in our Beyond The Gates series. Areas of study include acting, literature, political science and journalism, among others. See the website for more details.

Financial Aid: Barnard offers a number of partial scholarship awards, as well as one full scholarship for the program. All scholarships are based on financial need and applications are due March 23rd, 2018. Find out more and apply here.


Bard College Young Writers Workshop

Bard College at Simon’s Rock – Great Barrington, MA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions beginning in January until the program is full.

Program Dates: July 8th-July 28th, 2018

Description: Students in grades 9-11 have the opportunity to build their writing skills in the Young Writers Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. This three-week program is designed to build confidence and develop greater fluency in writing in areas ranging from fiction to nonfiction. The program consists of small groups of students meeting in three, 90-minute sessions each day. Portfolio progress checks occur each week. Students live on campus in the dorms along with the staff and are able to experience campus life.

Financial Aid: Financial aid and certain scholarships varying from $12,000-$20,000 are available to assist students in attending the program. Find information on financial aid and scholarship options here.


Boston University PROMYS

Boston, MA

Deadline: Sign up here to be notified when the application is available.

Date: July 1st – August 11th, 2018

Description: PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.  Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.

Financial Aid: Check out financial aid options here.


Calvin College Entrada Scholars

Grand Rapids, MI

Application Deadlines: March 2nd

Program Dates: July 6th – August 2nd, 2018

Description: High school juniors and seniors can enroll in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology. Social outings, such as a beach trip to Lake Michigan, also is available during this program, which include a talent night, group devotions, and use of Calvin’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: There are various scholarships available, including the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship.


Camino al Futuro

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Date: July 1st-July 20th, 2018

Description: This summer scholarship program is for motivated high school juniors going into their senior year. The program cultivates leadership potential in students who want to shape the political, economic and social issues that affect Hispanic and Latin communities.

Financial Aid: This is a fully funded program; there is no cost to apply, as long as you select the “3-Week College Intensive” option and then choose “Caminos al Futuro.”


Camp College

Four Illinois Locations:

Augustana College
Knox College
Monmouth College
Western Illinois University

Application Deadline: 2018 TBA

Program Dates: 2018 TBA

Description:  Camp College is a free opportunity for rising seniors to learn about aspects of a college search and application process from college and high school counselors. Students live on a college campus while attending sessions on the college-application process. Students will be provided food and lodging.

Financial Aid: Generous support of IACAC and other sponsors mean there is no cost to students. A $20 deposit is required to hold your seat and will be refunded at the end of the program.


Carleton College Summer Program

Northfield, MN

Application Deadlines:

Feb. 13th – First-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants and final deadline for international applicants

March 20th – Second-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants (this is the last day to apply for a scholarship for summer 2017)

May 8th, 2017 – Third-round deadline and all applications close

Program Dates: Varies, refer to the college’s website (link is above)


Liberal arts – Introduces black students to the strengths of a liberal arts education through a variety of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.

Quantitative reasoning institute – College-level experience in how social scientists think about the world. Students measure important variables of study, prepare research and present their findings.

Science institute – Learn how different areas of science link together. Students have the opportunity to complete a guided research project and earn college credit.

Writing program – High school juniors with strong reading and writing abilities, the program teaches students how to compose academic papers similar to those they will write in college

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for these programs. Each program has different qualifications for financial aid and scholarships, so check Carleton’s website for details. The liberal arts program is free for all accepted applicants.


Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Summer Program 

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: April 15th

Program Dates: June 30-Aug. 11

Description: These pre-college programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about — from the classroom to what’s happening on weekends. You’ll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

Financial Aid: Some financial and merit-based scholarships are available to select students who have been accepted into the music program.


Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Math and Science

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: The deadline for all programs is March 1st, and the deadline for all supporting documents is March 15th.

Program Dates: Registration and opening day are June 30th. The program closes on August 10th.

Description: This program is for rising high school seniors. Participants will engage in hands-on learning and research via science and engineering projects, which will help them build the academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities.

Financial Aid:  There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend the Summer Academy for Math and Science.


Colorado State University Native Education Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: TBA 2018

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: The Native Education Forum is a 5-day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/indigenous communities and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process. While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect indigenous communities.

Financial Aid: You may be eligible for the “Partnership Award.” Please contact Leslee Lovato at


Colorado State University Black Issues Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: TBA 2018

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students — completing their junior year of high school — a vehicle to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the black community at the local, state, national and/or global level.

Financial Aid: You may be eligible for the “Partnership Award.” Submit any questions you have to Counselor Bobby Browning.


Cornell Engineering Experience

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: May 4th, 2018

Program Dates: June 23rd – August 7th, 2018

Description:  Are you excited by math and science? Do you want to improve the world? Would you like to envision and implement solutions to the important challenges of our time? If so, we invite you to Cornell this summer to explore diverse and exciting career opportunities in the practice of engineering.


Cornell University Summer College

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: Applications open Mid-January. Sign up here to be notified when they’re open.

Program Dates:

Three-week, session 1 June 23rd-July 14th
Three-week, session 2 July 15th-Aug. 4th
Six-week programs June 23rd-Aug. 7th

Description: These pre-college programs are for talented high-school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an “unforgettable, life-changing summer.”

Financial Aid: Summer College offers a limited number of partial scholarships that are awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need, a student’s academic achievement and promise and availability of funds.


 Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute at Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Application Deadline: March 17th, 2018

Program Dates: June 3rd-15th, 2018

Description: For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication brings top-performing high school students to ASU for two weeks of intensive, hands-on experiences in broadcast and digital journalism.

Financial Aid: For questions, email


Davidson July Experience

Davidson, NC

Application Deadline: February 14th is the KIPP deadline; the general deadline is March 28th, 2018

Program Dates: July 1st-21st

Description: July experience is a powerful pre-college summer academic experience for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, academically oriented and self-disciplined. It takes place on the campus of Davidson College.

Financial Aid: Scholarships might be available to students with financial need. This financial aid is awarded on the basis of need and academic achievement. Financial aid requests should be submitted at the time of your application and are due March 31.


Elmhurst College Summer Academy in Mathematics & Science

Elmhurst, IL

Application Deadline: TBA 2018

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: The academy is a two-week program for students between their junior and senior years in high school who are considering careers in areas such as mathematics and natural and physical science. In classes and seminars, you’ll sharpen your math skills, explore important topics in science and master a variety of computer programs.

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available. For further information about scholarships or the academy in general, please email Christine Genier at


Emory Pre-College Program

Atlanta, GA

Application Deadline: Financial Aid is due by May 1st, 2018, while each session has different application due dates roughly 15 days prior to the first day of the session.

Program Dates

Session A (noncredit): June 17th-June 30th
Session B (noncredit): July 1st-July 14th
Session C (noncredit): July 15th-July 28th
Infectious Diseases Institute (noncredit): July 1st-July 21st
Session 1 (credit): May 21st-June 29th
Session 2 (credit): July 2nd-August 10th

Description: The program gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors a glimpse of academic and residential life. High-school students can explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students and earn transferable college credit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Awards range between $500 and $1000, depending upon need and academic merit. Awards will not cover the full program cost. Financial aid deadline is April 15.


Google in Education Computer Science Summer Institute 

Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX / Cambridge,  MA / Chicago, IL / Kirkland, WA / Los Angeles, CA / Mountain View / CA, New York,  NY / Pittsburgh, PA / Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: March 2 at 11:59 PM PT

Program Dates: 

  • Atlanta, GA: July 9th-July 27th
  • Austin, TX: July 16th-August 3rd
  • Cambridge, MA: July 9th-July 27th
  • Chicago, IL: July 9th-Aug. July 27th
  • Kirkland, WA: July 16th-August 3rd
  • Los Angeles, CA: July 16th-August 3rd
  • Mountain View, CA: July 16th-August 3rd
  • New York City, NY: July 9th-July 27th
  • Pittsburgh, PA: July 9th-August 27th
  • Seattle, WA: July 9th-July 27th

Description: Kick off your college studies in computer science with a summer program at Google. Google’s seventh annual Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. Students participate in an intensive, interactive and hands-on program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.

At CSSI, students study programming fundamentals with Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting, emerging technologies, and design and develop their own application with fellow participants.

Attendees will enjoy a unique residential experience in dorm-style housing at local universities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: CSSI is an all-expenses-paid program. Google will provide housing, meals and transportation for invited students.


Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics

Amherst, MA

Application Deadline: No official deadline, however, last year they ran out of spaces in April. Apply early!

Program Dates: July 1st – August 11th, 2018

Description: HCSSiM is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. It is demanding and expanding. Participants spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in doing mathematics (not simply learning the results of mathematics). HCSSiM students live in the dorms at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for six summer weeks, and study and play in its fields, woods, and academic buildings (not typically in that order).

Financial Aid: There is some financial aid available through the program, which you can read about here, but they also recommend third-party grants.


Harvard University Summer Programs

Cambridge, Mass.

Application Deadline: February 1st at 5 PM for early consideration. May 7th for all other applications.

Program Dates:

  • SESSION I: June 24-July 6
  • SESSION II: July 8-20
  • SESSION III: July 22-Aug. 3

Description: Join other intellectually curious high school students on campus at Harvard, where you can explore topics as wide ranging as American law, philosophy, computer programming and public speaking. During your two weeks at Harvard, you attend class for three hours a day and participate in college readiness workshops or team-building events. In the evenings, you eat in the dining hall, finish homework in your dorm and attend social activities.

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available to students with outstanding academic records who demonstrate financial need. Financial aid application deadline is Feb. 1.


Missouri University of Science & Technology Summer Camps

Rolla, MO

Application Deadline: Opens February 19th, 2018

Program Dates: There are multiple sessions for students off all ages throughout June and July.

Description: Rising juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented ethnic groups can participate in a weeklong program designed to give students hands-on experience seeing what holding an engineering job is like.

Financial Aid: Contact the office of Professional and Continuing Education at or 573-341-6222.


MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

Cambridge, Mass.

Application Deadline: Feb. 1st at 7:59 PM EST

Program Dates: TBA 2018

Description: Since 1975, this six-week residential program has leveraged a demanding academic atmosphere to help students develop the skills and confidence needed for success in technical fields. Along with calculus, physics, natural science and humanities courses, students take a hands-on elective course and participate in lab tours and social events. MITES serves up to 80 student per year.

Financial Aid: This program is free for all accepted students


Northwestern University College Bridge Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: March 23rd

Program Dates: Dates vary according to classes selected, however, all students must attend the College Bridge Orientation and Advising session on May 20th, 2018.

Description: 25 high school juniors are selected from Chicago Public Schools every summer to enroll in summer classes and earn college credit. Courses vary from three to eight weeks in length.

Financial Aid: Tuition and textbooks are free.


Northwestern University College Preparation Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: Students must submit their applications by April 15

Program Dates: TBA

Description: This program allows high school sophomores and juniors to enroll in undergraduate courses on campus for college credit or enroll in a specialized two-week seminar.

Financial Aid: A limited number of scholarships are available for high school juniors who demonstrate financial need and hold strong academic and extracurricular achievement. Applications are due March 1.


NYU Steinhardt Programs

New York, NY

Application Deadlines: Vary by discipline. See website for details, but most priority deadlines are between March 18 and April 18, and most final deadlines are between April 1 and May 15. Applications open on January 15th!

Program Dates: Vary by discipline.

Description: Every summer, high school to graduate students participate in NYU’s varied and exciting music and performing arts programs. Their programs vary from several instrumental performance programs including brass, Broadway percussion, improvisational jazz and piano, to vocal performance, music business and music technology.

Financial Aid: NYU offers several performance- and need-based scholarships to accepted applicants. Please see their website for more details.


Penn State Honors Music Institute 

University Park, PA

Application Deadline: May 1

Program Dates: July 15th-21st

Description: The Penn State Honors Music Institute is an intensive, weeklong immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students. As one of the most exciting summer music camps of 2018, specific areas of study include chamber choir, jazz ensemble, piano and wind ensemble. Students entering ninth grade in the fall of 2018 through students who will graduate in the spring of 2018 are eligible to audition.

Financial Aid: Partial scholarships are available to qualified students upon acceptance to the institute. Scholarship Information will be sent with registration materials to accepted participants.


Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

Princeton, NJ

Application Deadline: The deadline for application to the program this summer has closed, but applications are expected to open November 2018 for the following summer.

Program Dates: TBA

Description: About 40 high school juniors from low-income backgrounds will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day seminar on journalism at Princeton’s campus. Reporters teach students and are from major publications such as the Washington Post and The New York Times. Students must have a minimum unweighted 3.5 GPA, and all expenses, including travel, are included.

Financial Aid: Questions can be directed to


Purdue University Minority Engineering Program

West Lafayette, IN

Application Deadline: April 30th

Program Dates: June 17th – July 19th, 2018

Description: The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program was initiated at Purdue University in the summer of 1975. Originally a two-week program, MITE is now a five-week college simulation program modeled after the Freshman Engineering Academic Boot Camp. MITE attendees are immersed in first year engineering projects. The agenda includes SAT review, engineering design, time management, and social acclimatization to college life. Student participants build a strong sense of community and are able to return to their high schools with a better evaluation of their potential. We have seen an average improvement in SAT math scores of 90 points. The highest increase was 180 points as measured through pre- and post-testing. All participants apply to Purdue at the close of the program.

Financial Aid: a scholarship application is part of the overall SEW application for the program.


Rensselaer PREFACE Summer Program 

Troy, NY

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: TBA

Description: PREFACE is a two-week residential summer experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for talented high school sophomores and juniors who will enter the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2018. It is open to students from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or under served in science, engineering and technological fields and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions.

The PREFACE Selection Committee reviews each application and makes its recommendation to the project director. Selection is based on high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay and recommendations. Since all programs are taught in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.

Financial Aid: PREFACE subsidizes each participant’s round-trip transportation to Rensselaer, tuition, fees (including laundry) and room and board for the two-week session


Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

Granville, OH

Application Deadline: March 4th

Program Date: June 17th-24th, 2018

Description: The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop is open to qualified students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school by June of the program year.  We do not admit current ninth graders/rising sophomores. The program fee for the workshop, including tuition, housing, and meals for the 8-day program, is $1,300. (On-campus residency is required.)

Financial Aid: Significant financial aid is available based on need thanks to the Reynolds Endowment.


Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program

Northampton, MA

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is March 1st; final application day is June 1st, but the application fee doubles on April 24th.

Program Date:

SESSION 1: July 9th-20th, 2018

SESSION 2: July 23rd-August 3rd, 2018

Description: A four-week, residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Central to the program is a learning environment that is rich in role models, hands-on, cooperative, investigative and challenging — where girls get all of the faculty’s attention as well as the opportunities and encouragement to achieve their best.

Financial Aid: Available to students with demonstrated need. Financial Aid deadline is March 1.


St. John’s Summer Academy

Annapolis, MD / Santa Fe, NM

Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis through June 16th, 2018

Program Dates: There are  multiple programs between June 24th through July 28th.

Description: Our summer program for high school students (ages 15 to 18) is modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. A hands-on introduction to college life, our program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. With engaging workshops and awesome off-campus excursions, the Summer Academy is a blast.

Financial Aid: There is limited financial aid available for these programs. Contact the Summer Academy directors for more information.


University of Chicago Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: March 2nd, 2018

Program Dates: Orientation June 16-17; classes meet June 18- July 5.

Description: Students selected for this program can participate in one of two summer sessions: Awakening Into Consciousness and Contagion: Infectious Agents and Emerging Diseases. Applicants who share the program’s commitment to the Hispanic and Latino communities are invited to apply.

Financial Aid: Program participants receive a full scholarship, which includes course tuition, housing and dining, Student Life Fee, and the cost of travel to and from campus.


University of Chicago Summer Bridge Program for Chicago Public School Students

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: TBA

Description: Rising juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools with a minimum 3.6 GPA are eligible for this program. Students are given the opportunity to take courses at the university for college credit.


UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program

Madison, WI

Application Deadline: TBA. Application will open in January.

Program Dates: June 16th-July 27th

Description: The UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program helps students explore career options, prepare for the rigors of college and develop strong skills in math and science. Best of all, students will experience first-hand what it is like to be an engineering student at UW-Madison.

Financial Aid: The program is completely sponsored. There are no costs to the students once they arrive on campus. Students and families are required to finance and make travel arrangements to and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summer Scholars Programs 

Worcester, MA

Application Deadline: Registration opens February 3rd, 2018 at 9 am.

Program Date: Dates range depending on program selected.

Description: High school students can pick from a number of programs that will allow them to explore, discover, and challenge themselves. These programs highlight fields such as robotics, physics, video game design, music, computer science, the humanities and arts, and women’s leadership.

Financial Aid: Partial or full tuition assistance scholarships are offered to eligible students.


Yale Young Global Scholars

New Haven, CT

Application Deadline: February 6th, 2018

Program Date: There are multiple programs between June 17th and August 9th.

Description: Yale Young Global Scholars empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders. The program is highly selective and gives students an unforgettable summer experience. To give students room to flourish in a new learning environment and to explore new academic interests, YYGS does not offer course credit, nor do students receive any quantitative evaluation during or after the program.

Financial Aid: There are a few options for need-based financial aid. Read more about it here.


How to Pick a College Major

No Comments 26 October 2017

Here are some tips on how to pick the right major in college. It’s never too early to start thinking about your potential major, even if you’re in your first years of high school.

What are you passionate about? Your college major leads you to your career. You don’t want to spend your professional life doing something you don’t like. Take some time to explore your passions. Just make sure it is important enough to become more than a hobby. If you can’t decide what your passion is by your freshman year – that’s okay. Many students go into college undecided and declare a major sophomore year.

Can it get you a job? It is important to consider if a major can help land you a job after college. Some majors are more marketable than others. If you are passionate about a field of study that you don’t think will be able to land you job, consider minoring in it. This option would give you the best of both worlds by allowing you to study something you love, along with something that can get you a job.

Will it require another degree? Some majors require an extra degree in order to land a good job. Take this into account before you settle on a major. Talk to an advisor at your college if you are unsure if a major you are interested in would require extra schooling.

If you have absolutely no idea where to begin, take a look at this list of majors to learn more about programs that may potentially interest you.


Five Time Management Tips for High Schoolers

No Comments 17 October 2017

Time management is a vital skill to have in college, so start early. Here are five tips for high schoolers.

  1. Create to-do lists. Write a new list at the beginning of every day outlining what you nee to do. Include everything – school, chores, errands and extracurriculars. Check off a task when it has been completed. Don’t worry if you do not complete everything on your list, because tomorrow is a new day.
  2. Don’t waste time. Pack your bag the night before and lay out the next day’s outfit. Decide what subjects you plan on studying the night before. Don’t procrastinate in any aspect of your life.
  3. Live by a calendar. Keep yourself organized by using a calendar. It can be a physical calendar, your calendar on your phone or a personal planner. Write all tests, assignments, rehearsals/practices, work shifts and volunteer hours in your planner. This will help to maximize your time and avoid any scheduling conflicts.
  4. Bring extra work with you. You should utilize unexpected free time. If you finish a test early, use the remaining time to catch up in another class. Bring more than enough work to study hall so you have something to do.
  5. Know your limits. It is important to recognize when you need a break. If you feel tired or burnt out, take a walk, Netflix break or call it a night. You will not absorb material unless you feel refreshed and energized.


Study Tips for Freshman Year of College

No Comments 09 October 2017

You might have nailed down a study routine that worked for you in high school, but college is a different game. Here are some study tips for freshman year.

Make a study calendar. Your professors will give you a syllabus that outlines the semester. Write down every exam date and assignment deadline. This will help you to stay on track.

Location matters. In high school, you probably studied at home or at a local library. Your college will be full of different locations to study at, but it is key that you find the location tat works best for you. If you like silence while you study, the quiet section of the library might be best for you. If you like a little noise, grab a table at your campus coffee shop. Try a few of these locations and see what works best for you.

Time management. Time management is important in high school but even more important in college. As a college student, you will balance class, extracurricular organizations and potentially a job and/or internship. You need to carve time out of your busy schedule for studying so you can succeed in your classes and enjoy your free time as well.

Rewrite your notes. As a freshman, the majority of your classes will consist of reading assignments, followed by your professor lecturing on that material. It is vital that you take good notes during class. A great way to make these notes really stick is to either rewrite or re-type them when you are studying later that night.

Organize a study group. A great thing about college is that you will not be in classes for a large chunk of the day. Find some classmates with similar schedules and create study groups. You can combine notes and have an all-encompassing study guide.


The Difference Between AP and Honors Courses

No Comments 26 September 2017

Taking challenging classes is a great way to show colleges you are serious about your academics, but it’s important to understand the differences between the courses offered. Here are the differences between AP and Honors courses.

An honors class typically covers the same curriculum as the regular version of that course. It’s just tweaked and aimed at higher achieving students. If you took honors biology, you’d cover the same topics as regular biology but would dive deeper into the material.

AP classes, however, are more challenging than honors classes. These courses cover information, teach skills and give assignments that correspond to college classes. High school students taking AP courses will be held to the same standard as college students. These classes help students to get a preview of college life.

Taking an AP class allows students the opportunity to receive college credit. There is a catch though – you must take an AP exam and score at least a 3 out of 5. Some colleges might require you to score a 4 on the test. If you end up going this route, confirm which score the colleges you are interested in will take.

Do not take AP courses just for the sake of it. Carefully consider if a heavy academic load would be right for you. Talk with your guidance counselor to see if he or she recommends a course for you. If not, honors courses are a reasonable option.

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