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A Note to Parents and Guardians
Pre-College Programs at UConn

Attending a summer academic program at a college or university is a significant event for a young student—and no less so for their parents. We are mindful that in addition to the vicarious excitement and exhilaration they share with their children, many parents also share their anxieties—and have concerns of their own as well. We hope that this web page communicates not only the excitement of our programs but also addresses your concerns. And we are always happy to talk to parents and guardians to answer any questions that may not find an answer on our pages.

What is Pre-College Summer?
UConn’s Pre-College Summer Program enriches the lives of rising high school juniors and seniors and allows them to experience life as a college student before graduating from high school. The program provides students with the opportunity to live on campus, take one-week or two-week classes of interest with a college professor, and build lasting friendships with other high school students.

Our one-week classes give students a chance to learn more about a subject that they enjoy or may want to pursue as a college major. We also offer select 2-week classes intended for students who are looking for more in-depth learning in an area of their interest or want to extend their program stay. Students can also extend their stay in the program by registering for multiple weeks in different academic areas.

We do want to bring to your attention that this program is not intended to take the place of a traditional summer camp that your child may be used to attending. Students who attend Pre-College Summer at UConn are expected to have a genuine interest in the academic area of their choosing, and should be truly curious about college living on a top public university campus. We expect them to be socially mature and academically serious about their experience at Pre-College Summer.

What will my Child be doing during Pre-College Summer?
Students in our program live in a UConn residence hall and eat in campus dining halls. They attend class Monday through Friday morning, and return to class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. With so much time in the classroom, what do students do for fun? Students are required to attend a variety of afternoon skill building workshops of their choice, on topics like choosing a college major, coping with stress, writing a college application essay, and creating a vision board of what they aspire for their future! Free time during evening hours allows students to play sports, go for a jog around UConn’s scenic campus, take a walk to UConn’s Dairy Bar or Downtown Storrs, have “jam sessions” with instruments brought from home, have movie nights, or just hang out in their room with roommates and floormates.

Who will Supervise my Child during the Program?
During your child’s stay with us at Pre-College Summer, they are supervised by ambitious Resident Managers and Hall Coordinators who serve as role models to program students. These mentors are current undergraduate and graduate students who support and inform high school students regarding questions about college life, their own college experiences, and navigating their way around campus. Our staff is energetic and welcoming, and students in the program usually say that they are a memorable part of their Pre-College experience! Check out some of our former staff members’ stories!

Feeling Overwhelmed about Your Student’s Transition to College?

The transition to college is difficult not only for students, but for parents as well. Often there is no direction on how to apply for financial aid, confusion on choosing a college major, and wondering what your student is really doing every day and if they are safe. We hope to clarify some of these “things you wish you knew” before sending your student off to college at our Pre-College Summer for Parents session.

Parents of students registered for the 2017 Pre-College Summer Program are welcome to attend a complimentary 2-hour session for parents after dropping off their student on Sunday to the Pre-College Summer program. This session is a non-UConn specific session developed in response to requests from past Pre-College Summer parents that addresses common college-readiness topics confronting families. Parents will learn more about:

  • College Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Selecting a College Major
  • Campus Safety

How do I sign up for Pre-College Summer for Parents?
A question on the online registration for UConn’s Pre-College Summer program will ask if parents would like to attend Pre-College Summer for Parents. Parents will then indicate the Sunday that their student will be dropped off to the program as their date of attendance for Pre-College Summer for Parents.

Questions about Pre-College Summer?
Please email us at or call our office at 860-486-0149.