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Common Questions About Pre-College Programs

Interested in a summer pre-college program? Read on to find out exactly what these programs are, how to find one you like, and their benefits.

Believe it or not, summer is almost here! But what are you going to do over the summer? This time in high school is precious, and there are so many opportunities to add some amazing experience to your résumé while having the time of your life. One popular summer activity for high school students is to attend a summer pre-college program. Read on to find out exactly what these programs are, how to find one you like, and all the ways they can benefit you. 

What is a summer pre-college program?

A summer pre-college program is a sort of summer school for high school students hosted by a college or university. Now, while summer school might sound like the last place you would want to be during your free time, pre-college programs are designed to cater to your interests so you can have fun and learn at the same time.

Most colleges around the United States, and some in other countries, offer summer programs. They can last for a week, a month, or even the whole summer, depending on which program you choose. Colleges provide a plethora of options when it comes to selecting which courses you want to take, and they usually are very unique and thought-provoking experiences and the perfect way to spend your summer

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How can I find one that suits me?

Since there are so many schools that offer summer programs, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start your research. First, if you have any colleges you are interested in applying to in the future, check out their academic schedule and see if their pre-college program interests you. You can also start with a simple online search about the best pre-college programs

If you know what you want to focus on, look up the best pre-college programs for your area(s) of study. Be sure you read through the course selections to see if you are interested in and excited about everything the course has to offer. But you should also make sure that nonacademic aspects of the program fit your standards. Research the residential options, costs (and any available scholarship opportunities), supervision, and even the meal plan. Many colleges post daily schedules or descriptions on their websites to help you get a better sense of the overall program.

What can I gain by attending?

Pre-college summer programs are great sources of education, growth, and fun! By finding a course that fits your interests, you can gain valuable information that you can apply to your life in the present and in the future. Summer programs are perfect for exploring areas of study that you are interested in but may not know a lot about. They also offer a first taste of college life for high school students because you get to live in the dorms, and you’re in charge of how you live and what you do with your free time. They look great on your résumé when it’s time to apply to colleges. And last but not least, pre-college programs are amazing places to meet people from all around the world and create some of the best memories of your high school years.

Related: 5 Benefits of Pre-College Summer Programs

So, instead of sitting at home and playing video games or watching TV all summer, look into a pre-college program. You never know, you may just have the best summer ever!

For more helpful information like this, check out all of our blogs and articles on pre-college programs!

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About Hunter Freedman

Hi, I'm Hunter Freedman and I'm a junior at Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona! I've been writing for school newspapers for two years and I love to write about general news and the arts. I'm really excited to write for CollegeXpress and to share my college search and application process!

 

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