Program Overview

The Summer College Calculus program is for high school students who have a strong interest in mathematics and want to take college-level, credit-bearing courses at Syracuse University. Students are required to take one of the three calculus courses below AND one Liberal Arts & Sciences elective.

MAT 285 Life Sciences Calculus I (3) MTWTh Noon-1:45 p.m.

Functions and their graphs, derivatives and their applications, differentiation techniques, the exponential and logarithm functions, multivariable differential calculus including constrained optimization. MAT 285 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of MAT 284 or MAT 295. REQUIRED PLACEMENT EXAM SCORE

MAT 295 Calculus I (4) MTWTh Noon-2:25 p.m.

Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, maxima-minima, related rates, graphs, differentials, exponential and logarithmic functions, mean-value theorem, integration. For science majors. MAT 295 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of MAT 286. Prerequisite: MAT 194: Precalculus OR REQUIRED PLACEMENT EXAM SCORE

MAT 296 Calculus II (4) MTWTh Noon-2:25 p.m.

Integration: the definite integral and applications; trigonometric functions, methods of integration, improper integrals, infinite series, elementary differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MAT 194: Precalculus. Prerequisite: MAT 295: Calculus OR REQUIRED PLACEMENT EXAM SCORE

Students then select a second 3-credit course from the 2020 Liberal Arts and Sciences course list that does not conflict with the day and time of the calculus class.

Syracuse University Summer College was an amazing and unforgettable experience that helped with the transition to college. I loved the program because it made me experience home away from home.  I was able to form strong bonds and friendships that have continued, even after the end of Summer College.   – Jackelinne C., Summer College student, 2019.

Program Objectives

Students will:

  • Study with faculty from the Department of Mathematics
  • Improve their mathematics skills
  • Prepare themselves for college-level courses

Learn more about Calculus:

Program Dates & Details  Eligibility Requirements  Program Cost   Program Requirements   Typical Day

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 27 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 6 weeks


Credit: 6-7 credits

Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $10,230
  • Commuter: $7,788

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day


Students should budget for the purchase of required course textbooks.

Tentative Schedule

Students course schedules will vary based on second program selections. Students will take an additional class and then spend the remainder of the day studying and reading on their own or in study groups.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to depart campus after 5:00pm on August 7, 2020. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.