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Summer on- and off-campus academic programs for high school students

Who do you want to be? Find out at the University of Rochester’s Pre-College programs. The University of Rochester’s innovative Pre-College programs have been enlightening young minds for over 20 years. High school students are able to gain new perspectives on their academic abilities and potential, get a taste of the college environment, enjoy new opportunities to investigate educational goals, and build lasting relationships with peers who share similar academic and personal interests. All courses are designed to broaden the educational experience and sharpen academic skills, helping students learn more about who—not just what—they want to be.

Find out more by viewing the video: Pre-College Programs

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Rochester Scholars

Rochester Scholars (grades 912)

University of Rochester’s pre-college, academic programs that offer students a chance to experience college life and explore new careers.

  • residential component of this program is available for high school students for one to three weeks over the summer.
  • Programs offer non-credit mini-courses reflective of areas of study available at the University.
  • Students can choose up to two courses per session. Classes meet for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, with morning sessions from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and afternoon sessions from 1 pm to 4 pm.
  • Students interact with peers and get a taste of the college experience in an engaging and challenging setting.
  • Books, supplies, and lunch are included in the price of tuition.
  • Meet with University of Rochester admissions counselors to learn more about applying to college.
  • Students have the opportunity to explore many different career options.

View complete list of Rochester Scholars course descriptions.

Eastman Connection

Eastman School of Music and River Campus Summer Connection

This collaborative program allows students to design their own personalized schedules based on their academic interests and musical talents. These noncredit mini-courses are reflective of areas of study available at the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, allowing students to explore different disciplines and experience University life.

The students’ day is split between the River Campus, where they attend a Rochester Scholars course, and the Eastman School for a music course. A shuttle is available for students traveling to the Eastman School, and lunch is provided at a River Campus dining hall. Students interact with peers and get a taste of the college experience in an engaging and challenging setting.

A residential component of this program is available for high school students.

View Eastman Community Music School course listing and descriptions.

Summer Connection options at Eastman Campus include:

  • Eastman Rock Guitar Workshop
  • High School Electronic Music
  • High School Wind Ensemble Workshop
  • Harp Workshop

For further information on respective programs, please reference the Eastman Community School.

Short Film

The Art of the Short Film

Today, everyone is a filmmaker. How can we take advantage of all the wonderful recording technologies we have available to us while holding onto some core principles of storytelling? This intensive workshop will attempt to recapture some of the magic, fun, and rigor of the art of movie-making and will introduce you to old (16 mm black and white film stock, 1980s VCR cameras) and new (Vine, iMovie) traditions of short filmmaking. This workshop will plunge you headfirst into an intimate relationship with the art of short visual storytelling.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Principles of narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking
  • The materiality of film
  • Basic cinematography, including the framing and lighting of a shot
  • Purchasing and caring for film stock
  • How to load and operate a Bolex camera
  • Film processing, digital transfer, and the lab
  • Cutting/splicing film and projection

Other activities may include:

  • Exercises where we shoot footage of Rochester landmarks, including Mt. Hope Cemetery, the Kodak Building, and High Falls
  • Learning how to best submit films to festivals
  • Seeing how film is manufactured
  • Visiting the world-renowned George Eastman House of Film and Photography, and interacting with their film restoration specialists
  • Class visits by filmmakers

English Language

English Language Program

This course provides relevant classroom instruction in English language skills, American culture, and history. To complement their immersion program, students also enroll in a Rochester Scholars course in a select academic area of interest to explore, and participate in cultural excursions.

View English Language Program course listing and descriptions.

Hajim Program

Hajim Engineering Pre-College Program

Students at the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will integrate the unique independence of the Rochester Curriculum with advanced research, invention, and problem-solving skills. This is a three-week, full-day program that runs Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:00 pm, with lunch between 11:30–1:00 and students will be able to use the resources of the Hajim School. The program will allow students to get an exclusive first look at the college experience at Rochester. Rising 11th–12th graders will explore engineering topics, including one week on biomedical engineering, one week on optics, and one week on audio and music engineering.

The coursework is designed to be fun but rigorous as students complete hands-on activities, team-oriented challenges, and attend lectures given by University professors. Some examples of the program’s activities include an egg-drop contest from the balconies of Goergen Hall, learning about basic acoustics, becoming familiar with sophisticated recording studio equipment, and learning about optics and lasers. Students will also take laboratory tours and demos, attend workshops, and participate in Q&A sessions, all of which will expose them to career possibilities in engineering.

Learn more with the Pre-College class videos: Optics / Biomedical Engineering

*A commuter component is not available and enrollment is limited to 20 students; selection for this program is competitive.

View Hajim course listing and descriptions.

Mini Med School

Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School is a unique and intensive three-week residential program open to rising juniors and seniors who have an interest in pursuing careers in medicine. This selective and rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning at local clinics. Students will also be exposed to hands-on medical experience, clinical, didactic, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, providing participants with a real taste of the medical school experience.

Course Outline

Anatomy and Physiology
Introduce students to anatomy through models and human organs (plastinated and embalmed organs).
Topics include: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, The Heart, Respiratory System, Muscular System, Nervous System

Neurology/Psychiatry
Designed to give students an understanding of the structure and function of the brain. Students will gain insight into the brain through dissection and prosection, and learn about various psychiatric disorders.
Topics include: Introduction to Neurology and Psychology, Anatomy and Psychology of the Brain

Public Health
Designed to introduce students to public health history, concepts, and contemporary issues. This week will examine Public Health via a tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery, and will include presentations and a poster session.
Topics include: History of Public Health, Public Health Disparities (health and wealth, social justice), Current Issues in Public Health (lead poisoning, tobacco, obesity, clean water/air, health systems/reforms), Global Health Issues (globalization and development, maternal/child health)

Other Activities
Standardized Patient Session, Learning to Take Vital Signs, Suture Session, Taping and Casting, Simulation Exercises (Cardiac, OB/GYN, Intubations, Phlebotomy), ED Rotation, Shadowing a Physician, Wilderness Medicine

Typical Day

TimeActivity
9:00–10:00 am Lecture
10:15–11:30 amLab Time
11:30 am–NoonLab Time
Noon–1:30 pmLunch
1:30–3:00 pmExperiential Sessions
5:00–6:30 pmCommunity Service Sessions (Thursday evenings)

Additional Information

  • A commuter component is not available.
  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors.
  • An integral aspect of this program is a hands-on medical experience, including models and human organs (plastinated and embalmed specimens). The faculty will demonstrate important structure-function relationships of the body’s major organ systems and give the students an opportunity to handle the organs, learn their important features, and gain an appreciation of the complexity and beauty of human anatomy.
  • Enrollment is limited to 30 students; selection for this program is competitive.

View Mini Medical School course listing and descriptions.

Taste of College

Taste of College (grades 11–12)

For over 20 years, the TOC program has been offering students the opportunity to get a jumpstart on their college careers by taking courses for credit. These programs provide high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take classes on a part-time basis for intellectual enrichment. These are regularly scheduled undergraduate courses that are offered during the fall, spring, and summer.

  • Taste of College courses are taken alongside our own undergraduate students and offered during the traditional University semesters.
  • A residential component of this program is available for high school students for four and six weeks over the summer.
  • Earn college credit, which can be transferred to most colleges and universities.
  • Gain valuable experience before enrolling full-time.
  • Grow confident in your ability to perform at a college level.
  • Clarify the next steps in your educational plans
  • Explore subjects that are not offered in your high school.
  • Study with top-notch faculty and students who are interested in the same topics you are.

Please note: First-time students are only permitted to take one TOC course.

Semester Schedule

2015 Classes are offered during the University semesters:

  • Spring: January 14–May 15
  • Summer Sessions (12-weeks): May 18–August 7
  • Session A1 (4-weeks): May 18–June 15
  • Session A2 (6-weeks): May 18–June 26
  • Session B1 (4-weeks): June 29–July 27*
  • Session B2 (6-weeks): June 27–August 7*

*Residential housing is available for the B1 and B2 summer sessions only.

View course schedules and class descriptions by University Semesters.

Tuition and Fees

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Please note: For the fall and spring semesters, 50% of tuition is due at the time of registration. For the summer sessions, 100% tuition is due at the time of registration.

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more.

Student Application Process

  • Submit the completed TOC application at least 30 days before the start of class.
  • Schedule an interview with the Pre-College Programs office.
  • Allow up to 14 days for the application to be reviewed. Decisions will be sent via mail or email.
  • Admitted students will submit payment in the form of a credit card, check, or tuition waiver.
  • Attend orientation.

TOC Orientation

Newly admitted TOC students must attend an orientation offered by the Pre-College Programs office. During orientation, students will be given a tour of campus, including their classroom location, and be taken to the ID office, parking office, and bookstore. For further information, reference the TOC Fact Sheet and note the following information:

Obtaining an ID card: Your ID card will allow you to check books out of the library, attend campus events, etc.

Parking Pass: All parking on campus requires a parking pass. Learn more.

Books: Most classes require books. These can be purchased in person at the bookstore or online.

Dropping/Adding Courses

The deadline for dropping a course or adding a new course is the end of the fourth week of classes. All of these changes must be submitted on an official Drop/Add form to the Office of Pre-College Programs. Students must obtain the instructor’s signature for all courses added after the first day of classes. Courses dropped during the first four weeks of classes will be deleted entirely from the official record; however, you will be financially responsible following the refund schedule below.

Any additional tuition for an added course is to be paid at the time the change is made. The deadline for withdrawing from a course is the last day of the eleventh week of the semester. Courses from which non-matriculated students withdraw will appear on the grade report and transcript with a “W” and the week of withdrawal.

Tuition Refund Schedule: If you are dropping or withdrawing from a course, you may only be refunded a portion of the tuition paid. Learn more.

Off-Campus and Abroad

Off-Campus and Abroad Programs

Pre-College Programs’ Off-Campus and Abroad programs to Malawi, Samoa, and the Chesapeake Bay are open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These programs are challenging and transformative opportunities for students to gain experiential training and knowledge in field research in the areas of anthropology, economics, public health, ecology, environmental studies, and international development. Each program uniquely combines academics and adventure, preparing students for the college classroom while reminding them that sometimes the best classrooms are found in unexpected places.

View Off-Campus and Abroad course listing and descriptions.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

Malawi1Overview

We invite you to the “Warm Heart of Africa” to experience life in the culturally rich country of Malawi. Our two-week immersion seminar offers students the unique and transformative opportunity to study abroad while completing undergraduate-level field research on a topic of their interest. You’ll explore the many challenges and opportunities that come with changing climates, agricultural uncertainty, globalization, and development in southern Africa. Students will learn the basics of the Chichewa language and study the complex relationship between culture, economics, environment, and health through independent research. With formal classroom style lectures and experiential immersion you’ll gain insight into how rural Malawians deal with the challenges of food insecurity, farming, and health. You’ll learn methods of field research through practice and observation, while living with a family in rural community. In addition to the extensive academic components, students will also participate in tree planting, farming, and small construction projects at a local demonstration farm. You’ll also experience the comparisons between academic, service, and tourist travel during our two-day safari in Liwonde National Park while camping, cooking, studying, and exploring the flora and fauna with our wildlife experts.

Course Topics and Themes

  • Anthropology, Public Health, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Social Psychology

Participants will be expected to:IMG_6619

  • Keep a daily journal of ethnographic observations and interview field notes
  • Attend Chichewa language sessions
  • Perform a research study and community survey on a topic of their choice using anthropological field methods
  • Participate in daily lectures and excursions with American and Malawian faculty

Program Highlights

  • Training and experience in field research methods
  • Eight-day homestay in a rural Malawian village
  • Courses in Chichewa language
  • Guided tours of urban and rural markets, rural health centers, and community development projects
  • Visit to Kungoni Center of Culture and Art
  • Hiking the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley
  • Two-day safari in Liwonde National Park
  • Seminars by local experts on agriculture, language, economics, culture, history, religion, and public health
  • Community-service work at a local farm and educational training center aimed at improving food security

Prerequisites:
None.

Important Dates and DeadlinesDeadline
Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit DeadlineMarch 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit Deadline 2May 1, 2015
Session DatesJune 26–July 9, 2015*

*Dates are subject to minor changes based on flight availability and cost.

Tuition and Fees

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Tuition is $5,300, which includes:

  • All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
  • Round-trip Airfare from the US (JFK) to Lilongwe, Malawi
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • Chichewa language instruction
  • All museum admission fees
  • A two-night safari to Liwonde National Park
  • Course textbook

Additional fees (not included in the price of tuition):

  • Round-trip domestic airfare from home to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
  • Required vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Typhoid (approx. $150 each)
  • Required malaria prophylaxis (approx. $150)
  • Passport
  • Personal travel supplies (luggage, flashlights, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Proof of travel health insurance

Student will be notified of interview after application materials have been submitted.

Overview

IMG_8166The Samoa Immersion program is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to go beyond the coconut tree covered postcards and beach resort advertisements by immersing themselves in Polynesian culture. Our two-week immersion program offers students the unique and transformative opportunity to study abroad while completing undergraduate-level field research on a topic of their interest. The seminar focuses broadly on the concepts of “well-being” and resilience, while exploring how citizens of this island nation experience economic development and adapt to changing climates and the instability of natural resources. As part of your program you will learn the basics of the Samoan language and study the ways in which islanders negotiate local cultural traditions and global economic interactions. “Well-being” and resilience theory examine the ability of local people to achieve and maintain food security, health, natural resources, and sustainable economic development that aim to reduce inequality. Through homestays, research, museum visits, snorkeling excursions, rainforest hikes, and classroom work, students learn methods of field research through practice, participation, and observation. This course challenges classic stereotyped views of South Pacific nations and development, helping students to build critical thinking skills and an understanding of applied research.

Course Topics and Themes

  • Ecology, Economics, Tourism, International Development, Resilience Studies, Anthropology

Participants will be expected to:

  • Keep a daily journal of ethnographic observations and interview field notes
  • Attend Samoan language sessions
  • Perform a research study and community survey on a topic of their choice
  • Participate in daily lectures and excursions with American and Samoan faculty

Program Highlights

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  • Training and experience in social science research methods
  • Eight-day homestay in a Samoan village
  • Courses in Samoan language
  • Guided tours of Apia city markets
  • Hiking and canopy walks in local tropical rainforests
  • Attend a Fiafia festival
  • Daily snorkeling during the homestay
  • Visits to Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Alofaaga blowholes, and To Sua Trench
  • Seminars by local experts on agriculture, development economics, culture, history, religion, and public health

Prerequisites:
Students should be strong swimmers. Open-water swimming is not required but is available each day of the program.

Important Dates and DeadlinesDeadline
Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit DeadlineMarch 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit Deadline 2May 1, 2015
Session DatesJuly 11–July 24, 2015*

*Dates are subject to minor changes based on flight availability and cost.

Tuition and FeesIMG_4265

Tuition is $5,000, which includes:

  • Round-trip Airfare from US to Apia, Samoa
  • All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
  • Eight-day village homestay in Falealupo
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • Samoan language instruction
  • Snorkeling and excursions to Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Alofaaga blowholes, and To Sua Trench
  • Course textbook

Additional fees (not included in the price of tuition):

  • Round-trip domestic airfare from home to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Required vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Typhoid (approx. $150 each)
  • Passport
  • Personal travel supplies (luggage, flashlights, etc.)
  • Basic snorkeling equipment- Mask and snorkel
  • Souvenirs
  • Proof of travel health insurance

Student will be notified of interview after application materials have been submitted.

Overview

IMG_0097This experiential learning opportunity gives students the chance to explore one of the largest estuaries in the world as they travel the Chesapeake onboard a traditional wooden skipjack, The Lady Helen. Course curriculum will delve into the multitude of challenges facing the Chesapeake ecosystem including declines in water quality, fishery stocks, forest cover, and the impact a growing population has on the watershed. During this course students will realize that there are no easy solutions and that addressing challenges to the world’s ecosystems requires and understanding of the people, the place, and the ecology of the region in order to be successful. The course will culminate with a final project through which students will formulate their own “ethic” of how they want to be active and engaged citizens willing to take up the challenge of effecting change. In addition to their research, students will also use photography to convey their experiences in the Chesapeake. Serving under a retired Captain from the US Coast Guard, students will be trained and then expected to serve as crewmembers onboard the 42-foot wooden sailing vessel they will be calling home for nearly two weeks as they learn how to sail, navigate, read charts, plot courses, handle lines, and maintain a wooden vessel. Lady Helen has a private bathroom with toilet, sink, and shower; a galley with burners, sink, and ice chest; a private room with two berths; and a communal living space with additional berths.  Additionally, the boat has a spacious deck and canopy for sleeping out under the stars and enjoying the sites and sounds of hidden away anchorages.

Course Topics and Themes

  • Sailing, Economics, Fisheries, Ecology, American History

Participants will be expected to:

  • Keep a daily journal of ethnographic observations and interview field notes
  • Attend to the daily maintenance as crewmembers of our sailing vessel
  • Perform a research study and community survey on a topic of their choice
  • Participate in daily lectures and excursions with faculty and guest speakers

Program Highlights

  • Earn 12 days of sea-time with experienced captain and crew (May be used toward US Coast Guard certifications and maritime employment opportunities)
  • Learn the principles of sailing, navigation, and other skills required aboard a traditional wooden vessel
  • Meet with experts in the field of natural resource management and ecosystem restoration
  • Explore the Chesapeake Bay’s unique natural and cultural history, past and present
  • Visit the port city of Baltimore to investigate global shipping and trade
  • Spend time in small fishing communities supported by seafood harvest since colonial times
  • Explore the unique marshland and forest that defines the largest estuary in the United States
  • Catch blue crabs, striped bass, perch, and catfish and prepare a traditional Chesapeake crab feast and fish fry
  • Use photography, oral history, and ethnography to create a final project that captures and describes your experiences in the Chesapeake.

Prerequisites:
Students should be strong swimmers. Open-water swimming is not required but is a possibility.

Important Dates and DeadlinesDeadline
Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit DeadlineMarch 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit Deadline 2May 1, 2015
Session DatesJuly 26–August 5, 2015*

*Dates are subject to minor changes based on flight availability and cost.

Tuition and FeesIMG_0086

Tuition is $3,650, which includes:

  • All in-program travel, meals, lodging, and fee
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • All museum admission fees
  • Course Textbook

Additional fees (not included in the price of tuition):

  • Round-trip domestic Airfare from home
  • Personal travel supplies (luggage, flashlights, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Proof of health insurance

Student will be notified of interview after application materials have been submitted.

Overview

The Bermuda program is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to participate in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork, including excavations, artifact identification and analysis, mapping, and documentary research in the subtropical paradise of Bermuda. Our two-week program offers students the rare chance to investigate 17th and 18th century sites on Smiths Island, ranging from a filled-in cave and early settlers’ house to a quarantined hospital and a slave family’s home. Through readings, explorations, and tours of local sites, students will learn about Bermuda’s four-hundred-year-old history and the early modern Atlantic world. While excavation is physically demanding and analysis will test your investigative powers, experiencing archaeological fieldwork firsthand will help shed valuable light on the history of poor white, Native American, and African Bermudian islanders. The rich and complex history of the whaling, smuggling, and other maritime activities that shape the history of this Atlantic island will come to life as you excavate, wash, and process artifacts as well as conduct research in the Bermuda Archives and visit local museums. This course also offers the exciting chance to snorkel over nearby bays and shipwreck sites to look for evidence of shipbuilding and shipwrecks.

Course Topics and Themes

  • Archaeology, History, Architecture, Material Culture

Participants will be expected to:

  • Learn and practice proper archaeology excavation and recording techniques
  • Keep a daily excavation and reading reflection journal
  • Learn to identify common early modern artifacts and interpret their dating and uses
  • Attend field trips and exercises to enrich their knowledge of Bermudian history
  • Participate in fieldwork five days a week at a variety of Smiths Island sites

Program Highlights

  • Training and experience in archaeological and material culture studies
  • Immersive 14 days’ residence at a World Heritage Site; the oldest living town in English America
  • Guided tours of the National Museum of Bermuda and local shipwreck site
  • Exploration of 17th–19th century fortifications
  • Snorkeling at any of St. George’s five beaches

Prerequisites:
Students should be in good physical shape and competent swimmers.

Important Dates and DeadlinesDeadline
Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit DeadlineMarch 1, 2015
Tuition Deposit Deadline 2May 1, 2015
Session DatesJuly 4–18, 2015*

*Dates are subject to minor changes based on flight availability and cost.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is $4,500, which includes:

  • Round-trip Airfare from US to St. George’s, Bermuda
  • All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • Snorkeling and excursions to the National Museum of Bermuda and the Bermuda Archives

Additional fees (not included in the price of tuition):

  • Domestic air/car travel to departure airport for flight to Bermuda
  • Passport
  • Personal travel supplies (luggage, flashlights, etc.)
  • Basic snorkeling equipment- Mask and snorkel
  • Souvenirs
  • Proof of travel health insurance

Student will be notified of interview after application materials have been submitted.