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, Pace University, Emerson College in Boston, Penn State University, University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins University. We also have international programs at Cambridge University and London, England; and London, England.

    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. Who are the Summer Discovery staff?

    The Musiker Family has directed the highest quality educational summer programs for high school students for 52 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 15 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.

  3. 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 course, 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 courses successfully completed during the summer. However, you must have the course pre-approved by your high school prior to the start of the program.

  4. 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 courses. 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 unversities do accept these credits.

  5. What is a typical weekday like?

    With the diversity of our programs, courses, 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 Order a pizza, watch a movie, or video games in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

  6. Can I still have fun while taking classes?

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

  7. When do I register for class?

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

  8. Who teaches the classes at Summer Discovery?

    College credit courses are taught by university professors and distinguished visiting faculty.

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

  9. Will there be college students in my classes?

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

  10. 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.

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

    All students are required 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.

  12. 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, an optional weekend trip to San Diego, and much more. 

    UC Santa Barbara: There are trips to Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles Days, Carpenteria 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, Breckenridge or Vail Village, 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 and Resort, The Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium, Motown Records Studios, major league sporting events, 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, Philadelphia, and Ocean City. 

    Pace University: There are trips to Coney Island, NY Mets or Yankees games, Central Park, movies, museums, Circle Line Cruise, and other local outings. 

    Emerson College: There are trips to Six Flags New England Amusement Park, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Hampton Beach, Boston Red Sox games, movies, music festivals, shopping malls, and other local outings. 

    Penn State University: There are trips Hershey Park Amusement Park, Pennsylvania Arts Festival, DelGrosso's Park & Laguna Splash Water Park, movies, music festivals, shopping malls, and other local outings. 

    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. 

    Cambridge University and London, England: From Cambridge, enjoy trips to Ely Cathedral, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, Oxford, Alton Towers Amusement Park, and optional weekend trip to Paris. 

    London, England: There are trips to Windsor Castle, Cambridge, Oxford, Ascot Racecourse, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and other local outings. 

  13. Where will I live on campus?

    UCLA: You will live in the new Hedrick Summit Suites, located on the UCLA campus.

    UC Santa Barbara: You will live with in Santa Cruz Residence Hall overlooking the ocean, located on the UCSB campus. 

    University of Colorado Boulder: You will live in the newly renovated Kittredge Complex with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, located on the CU-Boulder campus.

    University of Texas at Austin: You will live in the brand new Callaway House, located one block from the UT Austin campus.

    University of Michigan: You will live in Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall, located in the hill section of the Michigan campus.

    Georgetown University: You will live in the refurbished Village C Residence Hall overlooking the Potomac River, located on the Georgetown campus. 

    Pace University: You will live in the brand new 182 Broadway residence hall, on the border of Tribeca and the Financial District. 

    Emerson College: You will live in Piano Row Residence Hall on Boston Common.

    Penn State University: You will live with Summer Discovery students in one residence hall on campus at Penn State. Residence hall assignments are subject to confirmation with PSU and will be updated closer to the summer.

    University of Pennsylvania: You will live in an upper classman Residence Hall, located on the Penn campus.

    Johns Hopkins University: You will live with other Johns Hopkins Pre-College Summer Program students in one residence hall. Residence hall assignments are subject to confirmation with Hopkins and will be updated closer to the summer.

    Cambridge University and London, England: In Cambridge, you will live in Pearl House Residence Hall at Murray Edwards College, one of the 31 colleges that make up Cambridge University. In London, you will live in the center of the city at the Travelodge Covent Garden.

    London, England: You will live at Chapter Kings' Cross, a modern student residence in the center of London.

  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 for 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/hotels 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?

    Summer Discovery is pleased to offer assistance in facilitating transportation via, car, bus, train, or plane. All plane arrangements are made through Musiker Travel, our own travel agency, at the lowest available fares. 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:

    1. Penn Summer High School Program (with the exception of Penn Law)
    2. UC Santa Barbara Research Mentorship Program
    3. Johns Hopkins Pre-College Summer Program
  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. 

    Additionally, we offer 2 Merit Scholarships for partial tuition in the amount of $2,000 each for students with a minimum GPA of 3.6. The scholarship applications become available in January of each year for the upcoming summer, and are due by April 15. Please contact after January 9th to request an application.

    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.

  25. What is the Summer Discovery Edge?

    Every Summer Discovery/Discovery Internships student receives the following amazing benefits, from our partners at Collegewise, the largest and most highly regarded college counseling service in the US.

    1. Free College Counseling Get advice on the college admissions process from a Collegewise admissions counselor during a complimentary 45 minute one-on-one consultation (a $300 value).
    2. Webinar Series Participate in this exclusive webinar series taught by former admissions officers. Gain insider information about the admissions process to highly selective colleges, writing college essays, applying to US universities (for international students), and more!
    3. On Campus Tips Meet one of the Collegewise experts in person, receive concrete hands-on information from their direct experience, and hear a presentation about the 5 myths of college admissions.