COVID-19 Updates

Last Updated May 18, 2020 |  Policies effective as of 4/16/2020


Based on the continued global health crisis, Summer Discovery and its university partners have opted to cancel all on-campus summer programs for summer 2020. While we won’t see you on campus, we are planning and looking forward to an amazing 2021.  

For summer 2020, we are excited to announce that we have some incredible opportunities for high school students that blends world-class academics with community, college success, and career exploration. 


We have worked closely with our university partners to design an online curriculum that will offer a unique, engaging summer experience which combines world-class academics with the Summer Discovery campus experience. These courses will be an alternative to our Summer Discovery on-campus programs.  We are proud to introduce  Summer Discovery Online  for 2020. 

a message from our leadership

Dear Summer Discovery families,

Together with our Summer Discovery family, we are facing an unprecedented situation that is impacting our families, communities, businesses, and world. Summer Discovery – just like you – is adapting to the new normal.  

We realize there is a lot of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 situation. What remains certain, however, is our commitment to the safety and security of our students, parents and university partners. That’s why we have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person programs for summer 2020. Our university partners have also cancelled their in-person programs for the summer, and we know we won’t be able to provide the same incredible pre-college experience.  Most on-campus facilities will be closed this summer, and many off-campus activities and trips won’t be possible.   

While this global pandemic has turned our worlds upside down, we are working toward building an incredible 2021, and we know we’ll get through these times together, with our Summer Discovery families, as we have for the past 40 years.  

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-516-621-3939 or email  Our team is here (remotely) and ready to serve you. 

We’re in this together.   

Jimmy and Bobby Musiker  
Summer Discovery  

Adriane Thorpe 
Managing Director 
Summer Discovery 

RollOver Option for summer 2021

While we are no longer running on-campus programs for summer 2020, we have several options for rolling over your enrollment to summer 2021.  

Frequently Asked Questions about Rolling Over Enrollment

Will my student automatically be enrolled in the course or academy they enrolled in for 2020 for next summer?
If your student is enrolled in an academy, we will work to ensure your student is placed in the same academy next summer. If your student is enrolled in courses, we will allow your student early access to our course registration to select their courses next year. In some instances we may not offer the exact course next summer, so your student will need to select a similar alternative. Course enrollment will not be automatic, but students will be notified and have early access to our enrollment system.

If a student rolls over to summer 2021, will they be committed to the original program they signed up for, or will they be able to switch campuses? If so, will there be a fee?
Students can change their program for any reason with no fee until November 30, 2020. Starting on December 1, 2020, our standard fees for changing a program will apply.

If a student rolls over to summer 2021 and then decides they want to participate in a program with a lower tuition cost, will they receive a reimbursement for the cost difference?
Should you change programs before November 30, 2020, and your new program has a lower tuition, we will refund you the difference.

The rollover option does not apply to Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Law, the University of Miami, Johns Hopkins, Wellesley or UCSB Research Mentorship Program, Summer Research Academies, or Summer Scholars Program.


We are offering full refunds for Summer Discovery on-campus programs that have been cancelled for summer 2020. You must have been enrolled in the cancelled program at the time of the cancellation. You will receive a full refund, less your application fee. Please contact us to request your refund. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process.