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Why Syracuse University Summer College?

  “The summer before my senior year, I was struggling to decide what I wanted to do after high school. I knew I needed to figure this out before my senior year, so I decided to apply for Syracuse University Summer College. Attending the program was the best decision I could have made as a prospective college student!”

For over 50 years, Syracuse University Summer College has been providing high school students with the unique opportunity to explore potential majors and careers while living the life a college student. Students learn about what college is like and, in the process, become more confident and excited for their future. Students are taught by University faculty and instructors and have access to campus resources like libraries and recreational facilities (gyms, tennis courts, sports fields, and pools). High school students can choose from more than 40 pre-college programs taught by Syracuse University faculty and staff.  Programs vary in length from 1 – 6 weeks.

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Preparing for Your Future

  “I would strongly recommend this program to students and their families. I formed lifelong friendships as well as meaningful professional relationships. It was a great way to prepare for my college career and it led me to choosing Syracuse University for my undergraduate degree. I grew immensely as an individual and look back on my time at SU summer college fondly.” -Summer College student, 2004.

All Summer College programs replicate the feel of undergraduate courses taught at Syracuse University. Programs are college-level, engaging, and hands-on. They are taught by SU faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants and are held in lecture halls, labs, studios, and other spaces around campus. Educational field trips are incorporated into the teaching in most programs to broaden the scope of learning. Many programs require that students complete nightly assignments and work on group projects.

Summer College students experience success in summer and beyond. From 2001-2015, our Summer College alumni indicated that:

  • 97% have or are in progress toward their bachelor’s degree
  • 26% have or are in progress toward their master’s degree

Growing Your Independence

  “I realized that I was more prepared for college and independent living than I or my parents originally thought. I also discovered my real passions that I would love to pursue in the future.” -Summer College student, 2018.

Students will gain a glimpse into Syracuse University while pursing various academic studies. They have all the opportunities as a typical undergraduate. Summer College provides scheduled events and activities similar to those during the academic year, and pre-college students will learn time-management skills by balancing classes, activities, and free time outside of class. As members of the Syracuse University community, Summer College students have access to recreational facilities, libraries, and more. See what you can do during your stay on campus!

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Making Lifelong Friends from Around the World

  “At Summer College I met my then-future freshman roommate at Syracuse who has remained a lifelong friend — he stood up in my wedding in 2016 and I returned the favor last year.” -Summer College student, 2005.

Our Summer College students come from many countries. In 2018, our students were:

2018 Summer College Student Breakdown:

  • 60% Rising Seniors
  • 30% Rising Juniors
  • 9% Rising Sophomores
  • 1% Graduated Seniors

2018 Summer Geographic Location:

  • 13% International (from 25 countries)
  • 87% Domestic (from 36 US states)

Many of our students walk away with life long friends and memories to last a lifetime. Want to learn more about Syracuse University Summer College? Read what former Summer College students say about their experience.

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Scholarship & Aid Opportunities

“Summer College is a life changing experience that I strongly recommend to any high school student. It helped me confirm that my major was right for me before I committed to a college. It allowed me to grow and meet friends who I am still in touch with. The experience shaped who I am today and it’s one of my favorite summers ever!” – Summer College student, 2016. 

Program costs vary based on area of study, program length, and credit hours. Each program page provides the cost of that specific program. Need-based financial aid is available for students. Discounts are available to Syracuse University staff and alumni, veterans, students taking more than one Summer College program, and siblings who attend Summer College in the same year.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

 “I must say it was the best summer I’ve ever had in my sixteen years of living.”
-Cecilia, Summer College student, 2018. 

Make note of application due dates and other important deadlines!

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How to Apply

“Do it! It’s worth it!” – Summer College student, 2010. 

Interested in becoming a Syracuse University Summer College student? Apply now!

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