For two weeks, immerse yourself in the excitement of college life and new academic challenges at Boston University through our residential summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

This summer, explore your interests and discover new ones as you push your academic boundaries and immerse yourself in the college experience.

Summer Challenge students can choose any two seminars from our list of 20. Each seminar is designed to expand your academic horizons through lectures, discussions, individual and group work, project-based assignments—even field trips. Small class sizes give you the opportunity to receive individual attention from our experienced team of college instructors. This summer's seminars include:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business: From the Ground Up
  • Chemistry of Medicine
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Film and Literature
  • Infectious Diseases
  • International Politics
  • Journalism
  • Law 
  • Mass Communication
  • Nutrition
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

As part of our program, we offer a college admissions workshop that provides Summer Challenge students with valuable insight into the college application process.

Our Summer Challenge program is designed to foster a close-knit social community for students while providing a true college experience. Daily activities on the Boston University campus and throughout the city ensure many fun opportunities to meet peers, make friends, and get to know Boston.

Cost and Session Information

Session Dates

Session 1: June 21–July 2

Session 2: July 12–July 24

Session 3: July 26–August 7

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee (non-refundable): $50

Total Charge: $4,300*

Student Health Services Fee: $25 per visit

(All tuition and fees for Summer 2020 are pending approval.)

*Please note: a $300 non-refundable deposit (applied to tuition) is required once a student commits to attending Summer Challenge in order to hold a place in the selected seminars.

The total charge for Summer Challenge includes tuition, housing, and all meals in the dining hall. It also includes textbooks and all sponsored activities during the two-week program.

The application fee and spending money are not included in the total charge. You may also purchase a two-week membership to the Fitness and Recreation Center for an additional fee when you arrive on campus.

The Student Health Services fee is paid at time of visit or is added to a student’s account for each Student Health Services visit.

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