College Credit Courses for High School Students
2016 Program Dates:
June 26 – August 12
Rising or Graduated High School Seniors
Residential, 2 courses: $11,180
Commuter, 1 course: $3,748
Commuter, 2 courses: $7,396
Application now closed for Summer 2016.
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Earn College Credit this Summer at Brown
Interested in getting a head-start on college credit, exploring fields of study you may undertake as possible majors, and experiencing the rigorous education of an Ivy League Institution? Brown’s Pre-Baccalaureate Program is a highly selective program designed to engage college-ready high school students in college-level learning. In this seven-week summer session, you will take 1-2 classes alongside Brown undergraduates, earn college credit, and experience the rigors and deep satisfaction of Ivy League learning.
Course offerings are from the undergraduate, first-year curriculum and span the natural sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, the humanities, and the fine and performing arts. All courses offered are equivalent to full, semester-long courses, compressed into an intense 7-week-long summer schedule. Classes meet approximately 8 hours per week, and involve at least as much outside work. Classes are typically small, facilitating close collaboration with other students and with the instructor, who, as a member of the Brown teaching community, is focused above all on student learning. The compressed semester, intense pace, and attention paid to each student in small classes makes the summer an ideal time for focused study and serious intellectual growth.
Who Should Apply?
This program is designed for high-achieving students who are currently rising or graduated high school seniors.
Why Choose Brown?
Range of Courses
Courses are equivalent to full, semester-long classes, compressed into an intense 7-week-long summer schedule. All courses are taken from the undergraduate, first-year curriculum, spanning the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and humanities, and the fine and performing arts.
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Note that we continue to add new credit courses daily.
The courses open to Pre-Baccs may provide students with advanced standing once they enroll as an undergraduate in a college or university. High school students take college-level courses for a wide variety of reasons, including:
- To build upon high school course work and take that learning to another level
- To access opportunities to study in areas not available in their high school
- To explore fields of study they may undertake as future majors
- To explore an area of deep interest
Emphasis on the Academic Experience
Classes meet approximately 8 hours per week, and require at least as much outside work. Typically small class sizes help facilitate close collaboration with other students and with the instructor. The compressed semester, intense pace, and attention paid to each student in small classes makes the summer an ideal time for focused study and serious intellectual growth.
In all cases, students will encounter dedicated instructors and engaged students in an atmosphere that inspires both academic and personal growth.
Pre-baccalaureate students residing on campus are expected to enroll in two courses; commuting students may enroll in one or two courses. In most courses, students are evaluated by an "A," "B," "C," or "NC" (no credit) grade. In some courses (noted in the individual course descriptions), students may be evaluated on a satisfactory/no-credit basis, rather than a letter grade. Students may also request that their instructors write a Course Performance Report on their behalf, which in many cases becomes useful when students apply to college.
Outside of class, Pre-Baccs have the experience of independent living on an Ivy League campus, spending time in Brown’s libraries and other study areas, making friends, attending events and social activities on campus, and having time for summer fun. Preparing for college continues with an extensive co-curricular activity calendar, which offers workshops and presentations that are designed specifically to help students succeed with their college applications, and to better prepare them for the transition to college life and college-level academics. More »
Residence and Dining Halls
Pre-Baccs live in residence halls designated specifically for them within walking distance of academic buildings and campus resources. A team of carefully selected and trained Residence Directors (RDs) and Residential Advisors (RAs) live along with the Pre-Baccs in each of the residence halls. These skilled and caring live-in professionals and Brown undergraduates help students create a balanced academic and social life. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily in Brown’s dining halls.