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The Pre-College Programs are looking for current University of Rochester students and members of the Rochester community to work with our Pre-College Programs participants. This is a rewarding experience with many opportunities to develop skills in leadership, communication, and teaching. The Pre-College Programs participants are under the age of 18, so we assume significant responsibility for their behavior and well-being. Over the course of the programs, we will see between 400 and 500 program participants on campus.

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“I enjoyed the mixed independent learning as a part of a research project along with classroom lectures and labs. I think the students really enjoyed the different learning styles.”

 –Pre-College Instructor

Are you looking for leadership opportunities and interested in serving as an advisor and mentor for students? The Summer Leadership Program is a challenging and rewarding experience with opportunities to develop skills such as leadership, communication, mentorship, and crisis management. Apply to be a leader for the Pre-College Programs this summer. Program Assistant and Health Assistant positions are available.


For more information, visit the Summer Leadership Program page.




Pre-College Programs offer current high school students from around the world a wide range of academic programs ranging from one to six weeks, with options to live on campus during the summer and experience life in a residence hall, or as a commuter with a choice of a full- or half-day classes.


Our Intensive Studies programs focus on one area of study that is reflective of Rochester’s most popular majors and gives students the opportunity to explore different paths within the subject matter. Credit Courses are undergraduate classes offered through the University of Rochester semester schedule. Students taking credit courses will be in classes with other University students to earn college credit. The Non-Credit Courses will give students the opportunity to choose among subject areas they are passionate about. These hands-on, smaller class size workshop type academic offerings are available in a variety of discipline areas.


Program Population: Domestic and international high school students (The program participants are under the age of 18, thus we assume significant responsibility for their behavior and well-being.)


Program Dates: June 28–August 8, 2020 (Staff move-in week of 6/22 for additional training)


Additional Qualifications: Strong interest in working with high school students. Resident Assistant or camp counselor experience is recommended but not required.


Supervision and Direction: Position reports directly to the Resident Hall Director and receives guidance from the Program Manager of Pre-College Programs



Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Applications Due: February 28
  • Group Interviews: March 18, 19, 20


For further information, please contact Pre-College Programs at

We are looking for enthusiastic educators who are interested in working with high school students over the summer! University of Rochester faculty, graduate students, and alumni may propose courses for our non-credit Rochester Scholars programs or our Intensive Studies programs. For an idea of course descriptions, please visit our Courses page. This is a compensated position.


Class sizes are kept to a smaller size (typically no more than 20 students) to ensure that each student and the instructor get the most personalized experience as possible. The non-credit and Intensive Studies courses are more of a hands-on type of learning atmosphere where students can get a feel for various subject areas they are interested in. Course material should be challenging and interactive to give a college-like feel, but instructors should not provide students with large amounts of homework and projects. These specific courses do not give grades. Pre-College Programs will provide instructors with any supplies they may need for each student in the class.


If you are interested in submitting a course proposal or are seeking additional information, please email

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