Why Summer Programs?
Pre-collegiate summer programs aren’t just one of the most exciting components of the college admissions process, but one of the most critical components of adolescent self-development. In fact, the value of summer college programs is so often overlooked yet so universally beneficial, that we have dedicated an entire book to helping student explore these opportunities.
It’s no secret that college costs are only getting higher while admissions rate are dropping lower. Students and parent are faced with growing fears amidst every aspect of the admissions process, perhaps even wondering if all of this will really be ‘worth it’. This is where the value of summer programs truly emerges. They provide advantages across virtually every facet of the admissions process, not to mention the self-discovery journey.
Contrary to popular belief, summer programs are not limited to a few select offerings at a few elite institutions. There are nearly 700 pre-collegiate experiences at public and private universities across the United States. As an on-campus, residential immersion program ranging from typically 1-8 weeks, summer programs may present a hands-on preview of the college campus, the chosen field of study and the student-professor dynamic. In addition, they are an authentic (and often first) introduction to living and learning away from home.
Do I really know what my desired major entails? Will I like living away from home as much as I hope I will? Does my desired campus atmosphere support my learning needs? Am I really ready?
One of the only ways to know…is to apply to a summer program and find out. Students whom attend a summer program gain a contextual sampling of college life. In reflection, students may choose to adjust their admissions strategy or college list, validate or change their desired major or take steps to prepare for self-sufficiency. After all, it’s far easier to set expectations once you actually know what to expect. The small upfront personal and financial investment can save you tens of thousands of dollars and several (frustrating) semesters of irrelevant coursework down the road.
What is our purpose?
What we hope for our readers is actually a dichotomy. We hope they find exactly what they are looking for, and exactly what they weren’t looking for at all. The diverse and far-reaching offerings enclosed are intended to give students a glimpse into what they think they want, and questions what else there might be.
Our hope is that students will gain invaluable experiences through the selection, application and completion of one or more summer programs. Our hope is to evoke curiosity, enhance strengths and identify weaknesses. Our hope is to create the most academically, socially and contextually prepared classes of college graduates in the years to come, such that countless individuals can look back and say that one summer truly made all the difference.
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