Pre-College Summer answers to common questions

If you don’t see the answers to your questions, feel free to email us at PreCollegeSummer@uconn.edu or contact us at 860-486-0149.


How long is the Pre-College Summer at UConn Program?

Each session runs from Sunday through Saturday. You determine your length of stay by the number of academic class(es) that you choose. You may stay with us for one to four weeks at the beautiful Storrs, Connecticut campus! Students arrive on Sunday afternoon for check in and orientation and depart on Saturday morning. Students attending more than one session may stay in their residence hall over the weekend(s) between classes.  If enough students are enrolled for multiple weeks, we may offer a weekend trip on Saturday to places like Six Flags, Lake Compounce, or a Hartford Yard Goats game! Note: Occasionally, a special class may run for a 2-week period; this difference will be noted in the description in the “Academic Areas” tab.

Who can attend the Pre-College Summer at UConn program?

High school students entering their Junior or Senior year (Class of 2019 or 2020 in the summer of 2018) at the time the program takes place are eligible to attend the program.  The average age of students who participate in the program is 15-17 years old.

What is an academic class?

An academic class consists of a group of participants who elect to take classes in the same academic area. Some academic classes provide field-trips and out of class activities.

I see that there are several afternoon “workshops” on the program schedule. What are they?

Workshops are short exploratory sessions provided in addition to your chosen academic class.  These fun, engaging workshops are facilitated by invited UConn faculty, program staff, or individuals from the community.  Our workshops are very similar to general educational requirements and enrichment seminars experienced by college students. Workshops may include topics, such as online course interaction, tips on self-presentation, identifying personal skills-sets, or choosing a major.

What will my student gain from this program?

Your student will have a better understanding of what it is like to be taught by faculty, take college-level classes, and interact socially with other students who have diverse academic and social interests.  Please see our Note to Parents for more information about the program.

Why is the Pre-College Summer at UConn program “non-credit?”

 A non-credit program allows the participants to experience college level learning delivered by UConn faculty without the pressure of exams and grades. There is no connection between this program and the University’s Office of Admissions.

Can I bring a motor vehicle to campus?

No, participants are not allowed to bring motor vehicles of any type to campus during this program.

Are there options to commute?

To provide students with the most experience of what attending college may look like, our program offers only a residential option. All students must reside on campus during the length of the program.

What about the health, safety, and well-being of the participants?

The University of Connecticut has a professionally staffed and accredited Division of Public Safety, including a Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), with a 24/7 response capability. The Pre-College Summer at UConn program has trained hall coordinators and residential staff that will be with the participants throughout the program period. Should a participant require medical care, UConn’s Health Urgent Care facility, located in Storrs Center, is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M and 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on weekends and holidays.  In the event of medical emergencies, UConn’s EMS will transport students to a nearby hospital. Students will be accompanied by program residential staff.

Note: Admission to the program is contingent upon submission of a completed UConn Summer Health Form and evidence of valid health insurance coverage.

What happens if UConn cancels an academic class that my student was enrolled in?

We will contact you to discuss your options.  If we cannot find another class that works for you, we will give you a full refund, including the registration fee.

What are some examples of your nonacademic activities?

Our nonacademic activities vary with each session. They may include visits to the UConn Dairy Bar, tie-dying t-shirts, touring the campus, visiting the Storrs Center area, and enjoying outdoor recreational activities like basketball, frisbee, volleyball, and games of bocce.

How do we know what to pack for the residence hall?

Click here to view a list of what to bring (and what is not allowed in the residence hall).

How should we pack for the weather during the week?

In addition to your normal summer clothing, make sure you bring sunscreen and rain gear (rain poncho/umbrella, appropriate footwear – closed-toe shoes).  Sneakers are also a preference, as UConn Storrs is a walking campus!

What is the University’s policy regarding diversity, and/or participants who may have disabilities?

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement: The University of Connecticut does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, past/present history of a mental disorder), prior conviction of a crime (or similar characteristic), workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or other legally protected classifications in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies.  The University of Connecticut prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations: Office of Institutional Equity

We live out of state: Are there any travel resources available to get my student to the UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut?

It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility to make all arrangements and pay for student’s travel to and from the UConn Storrs, Connecticut campus.  All travel arrangements must be communicated to program staff before the student arrives on campus.

To view ways to get to campus, please visit the Travel page on our website.

Can my student register and participate in multiple sessions?

Yes, if students wish to take multiple academic classess, they are welcome to attend more than one session. There will be additional fees for subsequent sessions. If you choose to stay for two or more weeks, students should arrive at the Storrs campus for check in and orientation on the Sunday of their first session and can be picked up on Saturday following the end of their last session. Meals and lodging between sessions are provided at no additional cost to students.

I am an international student and not a citizen of the United States. Can I attend the Pre-College Summer at UConn program?

Pre-College Summer at UConn is a non-credit academic experience for students entering their junior or senior in high school next school year (rising juniors and seniors). International students must be in the United States on a student or tourist visa, valid for the duration of the Pre-College Summer at UConn,  We cannot sponsor a visa for your participation in Pre-College Summer. Prior to acceptance, you must provide us with evidence that you possess a student or tourist visa that is valid for the duration of the program.

If you are here on a student visa, you must provide us with written permission from your current visa sponsoring school to attend Pre-College Summer at UConn.

You must have health insurance and submit a UConn Summer Student Health Form which requires you to provide family emergency contact information, and the name of your family physician.

In addition to your program fee, you must arrange and pay for all of your travel to and from UConn’s Storrs, Connecticut campus. There are a number of ways to get to campus, whether traveling by car, bus, train, or airplane. For details please visit our Travel page.

Do I receive a discount if I sign-up for more than one session?

Yes! If you wish to take multiple academic classes and register for more than one session you will receive a multiple session discount.

What kind of training does the Pre-College Summer at UConn residential staff have?

Residential staff are with students throughout the evening in the residence halls and available to the students for the entire program period. They provide near-peer mentoring and ensure student health, safety and welfare. We pride ourselves on Pre-College residential staff and their training. We build a cohesive and well-prepared team through an intensive week-long residential staff safety curriculum provided by UConn’s: Division of Public Safety (police, fire, and emergency medical services), Student Health Services, Office of Diversity and Equity, The Rainbow Center, Office of Residential Life, Conference Services, and mandated reporter training provided by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Do I need to have health insurance to attend Pre-College Summer at UConn?

Yes, you must be covered by a health insurance policy in order to attend Pre-College Summer @ UConn. Your health insurance should also cover prescription medications. In addition, your parent/guardian/family member must complete and submit a UConn Summer Program Health History Form. The form contains your health insurance information, contact information for your family physician, your emergency family contact information, and any medical issues your family considers relevant and any allergies (especially allergies to food and medicine) you may have.

Do I need to complete and submit any forms or letters of recommendation in order to be accepted into Pre-College Summer at UConn?

Yes, forms for Summer 2018 will be available once students are eligible to register for our program.

Is my student responsible for a lost room key?

Yes. Loss of a room key must be reported to our staff or UConn’s Conference Housing Desk immediately. You will be charged a fee of $100 per key (to replace the lock set and issue a new key). The 24 hour Conference Housing desk telephone is (860) 486-2697.

Is our student responsible for their own personal property?

Yes. The University assumes no legal obligation for damage, theft or loss of personal property. The student is responsible for protecting and securing any personal property.

Since my student is residing on campus, are linens provided?

Yes. Your program fee includes a linen packet consisting of 2 sheets, pillow, pillowcase, thin blanket, two towels and a washcloth.  It is recommended that students bring a comforter or heavier blanket with them, as the residence halls are air-conditioned.  While there is no housekeeping service offered, towels may be exchanged at the Conference Housing Desk. Laundry facilities are located in the residence halls and are available at no charge. Please also read the FAQ that suggests what your student should pack for the program.

Does UConn have accommodations for students with special needs/disabilities?

Yes, for individuals requiring accommodations, please contact us at (860) 486-0149 or precollegesummer@uconn.edu as early as possible prior to arriving to campus to help us coordinate with the Center for Students With Disabilities to ensure availability. Please understand that failure to provide adequate notice may result in accommodations not being available.

Examples of accommodations may include:

  • Assistive Listening System
  • Sign-language Interpreter
  • Accessible residence halls, rooms, and bathrooms
  • Accommodations related to dietary needs
Are there accessible parking and handicap parking spots and accessibility to buildings on UConn’s Storrs campus?

For accessible parking, parking in handicap spots, and campus building accessibility visit the Universitiy’s page on Campus Access.

Can I share a room with my friend during Pre-College Summer at UConn?

Yes and it’s easy to do! You and a friend of the same sex can room together. Both families have to make the request at time of registration.