College Credit Courses for High School Students
2014 Program Dates:
June 23 - August 8, 2014
Rising or Graduated High-School Seniors
Residential, 2 courses: $10,591
Commuter, 1 course: $3,474
Commuter, 2 courses: $6,848
The application for 2015 Pre-Baccalaureate Program will be available mid-December 2014.
Academically ready rising or graduated high school seniors are invited to apply to Brown’s Pre-Baccalaureate Program, a selective program designed to engage college-ready high school students in college level learning. Pre-Bacc’s (as they are known on campus) are enrolled in regular Brown University Summer Session undergraduate courses, earn college credit, study side-by-side with Brown undergraduates, and experience the rigors and deep satisfactions of Ivy League learning.
Course offerings span the undergraduate, first year curriculum – across the natural sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, humanities and the fine and performing arts. All courses offered are equivalent to full semester long courses, compressed into the 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.
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Note that we continue to add new credit courses daily.
The range of courses open to Pre-Baccs include those that build upon their high school course work and take that learning to another level – and may provide advanced standing once they enroll as an undergraduate in a college or university. Other courses provide opportunities to study in areas not available in any high school, and introduce students to fields of study they may undertake as future majors. Yet others allow students to explore an area of deep interest. 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. 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 their instructors write a Course Performance Report on their behalf, which in many cases becomes useful when students apply to college.
Life Outside of the Classroom
Outside of class, Pre-Bacc's have the experience of independent living on an Ivy League campus, spending time in Brown’s libraries or 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 Summer@Brown activity calendar – workshops and presentations designed specifically to help you succeed with your college applications, better prepare you for the transition to college life and college-level academics. More »
Where You Will Live
Pre-Bacc's 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-Bacc’s in each of residence halls. These skilled and caring live-in professionals and Brown undergraduates help students create a balanced academic and social life. More »