PreCollege Study at Wesleyan University offers high school students the opportunity to experience the academic rigor and creative atmosphere of a top liberal arts college. Program features: courses for college credit, writing prep, college readiness, faculty mentorship, and social justice leadership training.
PreCollege Study at Wesleyan University is an invaluable opportunity for high school students eager to experience the academic rigor and creative atmosphere of a top liberal arts college. The Wesleyan precollege experience is designed to give students a window into college life in addition to preparing them for the challenge of the college admission process.
Wesleyan PreCollege students take full-credit undergraduate courses alongside Wesleyan University students during the summer. Beyond the classroom, the program provides two unique components: a Social Justice certificate program and faculty mentorship. Students who will have completed their junior year of high school by the upcoming summer are eligible to apply. Younger students will be considered on a case by case basis.
PreCollege students study side-by-side with undergraduates from Wesleyan and other institutions. The required writing course component prepares precollege students for the enormous challenge of writing about the self – a skill that will enhance their college essays and applications. Students may elect to take two writing courses, or they may take one of these courses in addition to one of the other courses offered through Wesleyan Summer Session. All courses are offered for full college credit and are part of Wesleyan Summer Session.
Writing Intensive = College Readiness
The writing requirement component of the PreCollege curriculum is designed to give precollege students the tools to write articulately, honestly, and sensitively about the self. These college-level writing courses are taught with the intention of developing student writing both broadly and deeply — an ideal skill to develop in preparation for college essays and other advanced writing endeavors. In addition to the course requirement (for which students earn full college credit) the faculty mentor will work with students to develop and strengthen their academic writing skills.
Faculty Mentor Program: Learning Beyond the Classroom
In addition to our outstanding residential activities, Wesleyan offers the exclusive opportunity for precollege students to be mentored by Wesleyan faculty. A member of Wesleyan’s renowned faculty will meet regularly with students in formal and informal settings, answering questions about academic life and discussing the college admission process, first-year student issues, maximizing their academic potential and advising them on post-baccalaureate options. Activities will include a meal, an academic writing workshop, and college coaching sessions. Mentor relationships build a stronger learning base than classroom teaching alone can achieve. Students will strengthen their friendships within the cohort as they gain invaluable insight into what college holds in store for them, as well as the strategies they will need to succeed.
Social Justice Leadership Certificate
Acclaimed for its proactive stance on issues of justice, diversity, and social progress, Wesleyan is an ideal place for students with interests in these areas to receive firsthand leadership training. Wesleyan’s professional staff have created a four-part discussion-based social justice training program that will introduce students to larger concepts behind equity, inclusion, bystander intervention, and will prepare students to manage interpersonal and social conflict. Upon completion, students will be better prepared for collegiate leadership roles, and have a greater capacity for impact as world citizens. Students who attend all meetings of the training will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Please note: this program is included in the Comprehensive Residential Fee; commuting students may participate for an additional fee.
Students will live as a cohort in one of Wesleyan’s comfortable air-conditioned residences, with two Residential Advisors (RAs). RAs plan and implement extracurricular programming, take students on excursions, and provide non-academic advising through scheduled “hall meetings” as well as open-door hours. RA duty coverage and members of the ResLife professional staff are on call 24/7.