Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of FAQs, select one from the list below to read more.

  1. What is Summer Discovery?

    We offer pre-college enrichment programs located in the United States and abroad. Our US campuses include UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, Wellesley College, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, and Johns Hopkins University. We also have international programs at Cambridge University, England; Hult International Business School London, England; and Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

    You will participate in an academic program that combines college credit and/or enrichment classes, social activities, travel, recreation, and sports. Summer Discovery provides you with the chance to make new friends and experience pre-college living and learning before entering college. It will help you achieve in high school and prepare for college. You'll live and learn with peers from all over the US, and the world, as part of a dynamic university community.

  2. Is there an online brochure or catalog?

    Yes, we have an online version of our catalog that you can view here

  3. Who are the Summer Discovery staff?

    The Musiker Family has been in the summer experience industry for more than 55 years and have been providing superior pre-college programs for 40 years. Bob and Jimmy Musiker and our staff have vast experience working with and mentoring middle school and high school students. Our administrative staff on each campus have an average of 14 years experience working with us.

    They include: Director, Associate Director, Academic Coordinator, Programs and Activities Coordinator, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Athletic Coordinator, Head Resident Counselor.  Most are teachers, guidance counselors, or school administrators.

    Our Resident Counselors are teachers, graduate students, and college seniors that are at least 21 years old (25 years old for International Programs). Resident Counselors are great people to hang out with, talk to, learn from, help you with your classes, and get you involved in activities. Your Resident Counselor lives on your floor.

  4. What is the difference between Credit & Enrichment?

    College credit classes allow you to earn a grade and credits that are transferable to most colleges and universities nationwide. You will earn these credits after successfully completing the class, and can request a transcript for your high school records and college application.

    Enrichment classes provide students with skills that are useful for academic achievement, personal growth, and college preparation. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.

    High schools may award high school credit for Summer Discovery enrichment classes successfully completed during the summer. However, you must have the class pre-approved by your high school prior to the start of the program.

  5. How do I transfer the college credit grades?

    A grade report and transcript-request form will be sent to all Summer Discovery students who have completed college credit classes. Students make transcript requests directly to the university. It is up to the university that you attend if they will accept the credits earned, but most universities do accept these credits.

  6. What is a typical weekday like?

    With the diversity of our programs, classes, activities, and recreation across our campuses, every day at Summer Discovery is unique, but here is a preview of what you can expect on campus: 

    8.30am Roll out of bed and head to the 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. Many classes take field trips around town to enhance your learning experience.  

    3.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from sports, shopping, museums, beaches, and more.

    6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the 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 at Summer Discovery.

    11.00pm Enjoy a pizza, watch a movie, or play video games in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

  7. Can I still have fun while taking classes?

    Yes! You may choose from dozens of enrichment and/or college credit classes that are challenging, but not overwhelming. Most classes are small and emphasize interactive, innovative learning. The teachers are enthusiastic and supportive, which make learning exciting and fun.

  8. When do I register for class?

    As an enrolled student, you will receive an email in the fall instructing you to complete your pre-summer forms, including class registration, travel information, medical paperwork, and more. 

  9. Who teaches the classes at Summer Discovery?

    College credit classes are taught by university instructors and distinguished visiting instructors.

    Enrichment classes are taught by university instructors, graduate students, area professionals, and top secondary school teachers.

  10. Will there be college students in my classes?

    There are college students only in the college credit classes at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania. All other college credit and enrichment classes are dedicated solely to Summer Discovery students.

  11. What if I need help with a class?

    Summer Discovery staff are available to tutor, assist with papers, and coordinate study sessions. Teachers are also available by appointment, or after class.

  12. Am I required to bring my laptop to Summer Discovery?

    It is reccomended that students to bring a computer to campus. Most rooms are wired for internet access. (There may be a small charge for hook-up.) If you do not have a laptop you may have access to a multi-station computer room with printers, depending on the campus.

  13. What will I do on the weekends?

    Every weekend, there's a ton of optional and scheduled activities, trips, and events. You will be informed of the options during the week by reading the daily bulletin and the activities board. An opportunity to create your individual schedule is offered, however, some activities are "all group" where the entire group is together.

    UCLA: There are trips to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hurricane Harbor, concerts, baseball games, and much more. 

    UC Santa Barbara: There are trips to Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles days, Carpinteria Beach, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach Hummer Tours, shopping malls, baseball games, and other local outings.

    University of Colorado Boulder: There are trips to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver days, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, and much more.

    University of Texas at Austin: There are trips to San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Zilker Park, and so much more.

    University of Michigan: There are trips to Cedar Point Amusement Park, the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, the Henry Ford Museum, Motown Records Museum, major league games, movies, and other local outings. 

    Georgetown University: There are trips to the National Zoo, major league baseball games, Shenandoah National Park, music festivals, movies, the Smithsonian Institution, and other local outings. There are also day trips to Baltimore.

    University of Pennsylvania: There are trips to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Jersey Shore, Hersey Park Amusement Park, and ZooAmerica. There are also day trips to New York City and Washington, D.C. 

    Johns Hopkins University: There are trips to Sandy Point State Park, Hersey Park Amusement Park, Washington, D.C., Annapolis, the National Aquarium, and other local outings. 

    Wellesley College: There are trips to Boston to explore the Prudential Center, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, and other local outings. 

    Cambridge University, England: There are trips to Ely Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Oxford, and other local outings. 

    Hult International Business School London, England: There are trips to Brighton Beach, White Cliffs of Dover, London Eye, and other local outings. 

    Yale-NUS College, Singapore: There are trips to Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Sentosa Beach, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and other local outings. 

  14. How are roommates selected?

    You will submit a personal profile in the spring. This profile helps us learn about your likes and dislikes, personality traits, interests, and sleeping habits. As most students come alone, we use this information to match you with a roommate(s) with similar interests and age. Attending with a friend(s)? All roommate requests must be noted on your personal profile. Mutual roommate requests are honored, if possible. 

  15. May students receive mail and other packages?

    Absolutely. You will be able to receive mail and packages as long as your name and Summer Discovery are indicated on the mail or package.  Instructions for sending mail and other packages will be provided to you in the spring.

  16. What safety procedures are in place on campus?

    Your health, safety, and security are our primary concern. Summer Discovery staff is on duty 24 hours a day. All visitors must check-in at the Summer Discovery office. Our â€‹Resident Counselors (RCs) are committed to the support and supervision of Summer Discovery students. They live on the floors in the residence halls with you. Most residence halls have electronically controlled key card access. Daily sign-ins and room checks are used for your safety. You are free to walk around campus and our ‘home area’ in small groups. If you have a question, RCs are on duty to help.

  17. What happens if I don't feel well?

    We'll help you feel better. You, your family, and your doctor complete a Medical Form before you come to campus that informs us of any health related issues, allergies, and special food needs. Summer Discovery staff make all medical appointments, accompany you to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits.

  18. How can I get to campus?

    Students arrange their own transportation to and from university cities. We provide escorted transfers to and from specific airports for a fee each way. Staff meet all incoming flights at baggage claim (or outside customs for international flights), and assist with all departures. If you are being driven to campus, driving directions will be provided to you in the spring.

  19. How will I recognize the staff at the airport?

    Summer Discovery staff will be wearing blue Summer Discovery t-shirts and holding Summer Discovery signs.

  20. How much spending money will I need?

    We suggest between $100-$150 a week for snacks and souvenirs, and lunches on some campuses. Most Summer Discovery students bring a debit card. These can be used at cash machines on and around campus. We do not suggest bringing large amounts of cash to campus, as we do not have a safe to store it for you. We also suggest having a credit card for emergencies.

  21. May I speak with past Summer Discovery participants?

    We are happy to provide you with names and contact information of students who previously participated in a Summer Discovery program.

  22. How do I apply to Summer Discovery?

    Don't delay, apply today! Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as popular programs and specific classes can fill up.

    Step 1

    Complete the Summer Discovery online application with $100 non-refundable application fee (not applicable towards tuition)

    Step 2 

    Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an email with the Recommendation Form to be completed by a Counselor, Advisor, or Dean. 

    Step 3

    Send your completed Recommendation and a copy of your Transcript (report card/grades) to the Summer Discovery office by fax, email, or mail. 

    Step 4

    Summer Discovery will process your complete application and make an admissions decision.

    Step 5

    If you are accepted, we will email your official acceptance and information on how to enroll. The online enrollment and program deposit is required in order to save your spot on the program.

    Apply directly to the programs below:

    Penn Summer High School Program (with the exception of Penn Law)

    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

    UC Santa Barbara Research Mentorship Program

    UC Santa Barbara Science Research Academies

    Johns Hopkins Pre-College Summer Program

    Wellesely College Pre-College Programs for Young Women

  23. What is the application deadline?

    Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as popular programs and specific classes can fill up.

  24. Do you offer financial aid/tuition assistance/scholarships?

    Summer Discovery provides scholarship assistance to students and their families through many different channels. Primarily, we partner with mentoring organizations to offer scholarships. 

    As our individual scholarships are limited and only fund partial tuition, we encourage you to reach out to your school counselor and community for academic fundraising and scholarship opportunities. If needed, we can always provide paperwork detailing the academic value of our programs. We also suggest visiting Fund My Travel, an online fundraising website.

    If you are not selected for one of our scholarship opportunities, we will refund the application fee. This does not apply to our programs at Penn, Wharton, Wellesley, Johns Hopkins, and the UC Santa Barbara RMP and SRA programs.


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