Information for Parents/Guardians

Feeling Overwhelmed about Your Student’s Transition to College? You’re Not Alone!

Attending an academically-focused summer program is a significant undertaking for a high school student and their family. We are mindful that in addition to the vicarious excitement parents share with their children, they many also have anxieties and concerns. We hope to alleviate some of those concerns by providing you information about Pre-College Summer below. 

 

Pre-College Summer (PCS) allows rising high school juniors and seniors to explore their academic interests, while gaining knowledge of institutional activities and social environments on a college campus. PCS serves as an exploratory experience where students will gain an understanding of the college classroom with engaging University faculty & experts in their field and explore nuances and areas of college-life at a nationally ranked public University. Plus, students have the opportunity to build lasting friendships with other high school students.
Students attend Pre-College Summer for a minimum of one week. Our one-week courses give students a chance to learn more about a subject they might be interested in or may want to pursue as a college major. Students can also extend their stay in the program by enrolling in up to four weeks of courses in different academic areas.

Because Pre-College Summer is a residential, academic program, it is unlike the traditional summer camp setting your child may have attended in the past. Pre-College Summer students are expected to have a genuine interest in the academic area of their choosing and should be truly curious about college living on a public university campus. We expect them to be socially mature and academically serious about their experience at Pre-College Summer. If this sounds like your child, Pre-College Summer would be a great fit for them!

Students in our program live in a UConn residence hall and dine in campus dining halls. They attend class Monday through Friday, and class times alters based on the daily schedule and their specific course. When not in class, students are required to attend a variety of afternoon skill building exploratory 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 group 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.

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. 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.

We pride ourselves on Pre-College Summer 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), Office of Minor Protection, Cultural Centers including the Asian American Cultural Center and the Women’s Center, Center for Students with Disabilities, First Aid/CPR/AED training, and mandated reporter training provided by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Please take a look at our Note to Parents for additional information about your child’s experience with us at Pre-College Summer.

Yes! Families will be able to join us during our Family Orientation on the specific Sunday that their student will be joining us.

 

Questions?

Should you have additional questions about your child’s stay with us, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us! We would love to hear from you.