Boston Business or College Prep

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Get InfoApply NowBusiness, Marketing and Advertising, or College Admissions Prep at Emerson College, Boston2 or 4 Week ProgramsTuition ranging from $4,599 - $7,599For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 15-18)Photo Gallery
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  • 4 Weeks6/30 - 7/27Pre-College$7,599
  • 2 Weeks Session #16/30 - 7/13Pre-College$4,599
  • 2 Weeks Session #27/15 - 7/27Pre-College$4,599

Open to students completing grades 9, 10, 11 & 12.

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic program, use of facilities, housing, 2 meals daily while on campus (1 meals on weekends), recreation access, activities and trips.

Not included: Application fee, $70 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $75 each way), class materials, course supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, linens, souvenirs, and personal spending money.

Emerson College is recognized worldwide for excellence in Communications and the Arts. Forbes Magazine ranks Emerson as one of “America’s Top Colleges.” Famous alumni include television host Jay Leno, makeup artist Bobbi Brown, and the lead singer of Passion Pit Michael Angelakos. With its ideal location in the heart of Boston, Emerson is the perfect setting for a pre-college program.

During our 12 years in Boston, we have provided incredible summer experiences for thousands of high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 44 states and over 70 countries. Join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world this summer.

Why Summer Discovery at Emerson

At Summer Discovery Emerson, we help you prepare for your transition from high school to college. Our pre-college program combines academics, athletics, and activities to give high school students a great introduction to college life.

  • Residential Life Live with your friends in one of the best college towns in the United States. Become more independent with the support of our amazing staff.
  • Academics Choose from over 30 different enrichment classes. Psychology. Marketing & Advertising Institute. SAT Prep. CSI. College Admissions Prep, and more.
  • Activities Spend your summer discovering everything New England has to offer. From Six Flags to Hampton Beach to Red Sox games, every day is action-packed. 
  • Sports Take advantage of the amazing athletic facilities at Emerson through pick-up games and tournaments.

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A day in the life

Every day at Emerson is unique, but here is a preview of what you can expect on campus

  • 8.30am Roll out of bed and head downstairs to the Little Building Dining Hall where you can enjoy a bagel, eggs, fruit, and more on your way to class.
  • 9.30am Grab your notebook and pen (or your laptop) and don’t be late for class.
  • 11.30am What’s one great thing about college? Long lunch breaks. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends, catch up on homework, or workout at the gym.
  • 1.00pm Back to class, but not always in the classroom. Some classes take field trips around Boston to local businesses and museums.
  • 3.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from sports, shopping, museums, college visits, and more.
  • 6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the Little Building Dining Hall. We really like the dessert bar.
  • 8.00pm Movies. Comedy shows. Concerts. Major league sports. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends in Boston.
  • 11.00pm Enjoy a pizza, watch a movie, or play ping pong in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

Living in the heart of Boston at Emerson

Our home on campus is the Piano Row Residence Hall, right on Boston Common. You will be a part of a dynamic community of students and staff living together in one residence hall. 

Whether you’re watching a movie or working on a group project, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your Resident Counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you 24/7.

Here’s our set-up:

  • Live in a double room in a 6 person suite with private bathroom.
  • Every air-conditioned room includes a bed, study desk, closet, and wifi.
  • Dining hall, lounges, laundry facilities, and the Summer Discovery office are all in our residence hall.
  • Live a short walk from academic buildings and the Emerson College Fitness Center. Did we mention that Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are right next door?

Delicious dining on campus

Enjoy 2 meals every weekday and 1 on weekends, when on campus. Students enjoy a variety of dining options in Boston. Vegetarian? Food Allergy? Special diets are not a problem.

Your health + safety are our primary concern

Our RCs are committed to the support and supervision of Summer Discovery students. Daily sign-ins and room checks are used for your safety. You are free to walk around campus and downtown Boston (our ‘home area’) in small groups. If you have a question, RCs are on duty to help.

Not feeling well? Summer Discovery staff make all medical appointments, accompany students to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits. Appointments are made with Urgent Care at Tufts Medical Center or the Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Arrival and departure days

You must arrive and depart on the specified arrival and departure days only. If this is not possible, you must arrive the day after arrival day or depart the day before departure day. There are no rooms available at our residence hall outside of the dates of the program.

Arrival days:

Saturday, June 30: 4 and 2 weeks session 1

Sunday, July 15: 2 weeks session 2 

Departure days:

Friday, July 13: 2 weeks session 1

Friday, July 27: 4 and 2 weeks session 2

Booking Travel

Our travel agency, Musiker Travel, makes all flight arrangements for students from North America at your request. If you live outside of North America, you will receive instructions for making your own flight arrangements. Students being driven to campus will receive directions in the spring. 

Airport Transfers

Summer Discovery provides escorted transfers from/to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) or Amtrak's South Station for $75 each way. We meet you at baggage claim or outside customs for international flights, and assist with your departure.

Academic Interests Available At Boston Business or College Prep