Program Overview

The Summer College program is for high school students who want to take take college-level, credit-bearing courses at Syracuse University. Students are required to take EAR 111: Climate Change Past and Present AND one Liberal Arts & Sciences elective. This class is a regularized undergraduate course and may consist of Summer College students and undergraduate students at Syracuse University. Introduction to the science of climate change from the geological record of the last century. Major drivers of global climate, measuring change, and forecasting future climate. Role of human activities in present climate.

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 WRT 104 class.

  Summer College at Syracuse University helped me learn how to live on my own and helped me create lifelong friendships. I loved my experience at Summer College.    -EmaLee D. Summer College student, 2019

Program Objectives

Students will:

  • Study with faculty from the Earth Science Department
  • Prepare themselves for college-level courses

Learn more about Climate Change Past and Present:

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 credits

Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be rising Juniors or rising Seniors to take this program (exceptions may apply). 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.

Apply Now!

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


Students should budget for the purchase of required course textbooks.

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. Free time is very limited in some programs.

Typical Day

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. In additional, field trips and activities on campus give students the opportunity to relax, have fun, and make new friends.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to depart campus after August 7, 2020 at 5:00pm or their last academic obligation. 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.