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University of Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

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The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) is a dynamic academic and social community on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. Considered one of America’s “Public Ivies,” notable alumni and instructors have included two heads of state, two associate justices of the Supreme Court, 11 Nobel Laureates, and 18 astronauts. Against the backdrop of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, Boulder is the perfect setting for a pre-college program.

At Summer Discovery CU-Boulder, 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 well-rounded introduction to college life.

During our 53 years of operation, we have provided incredible summer experiences for thousands of high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 44 states and over 70 countries. This summer, join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world.

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University of Colorado Boulder

Pre-College Enrichment Programs for High School Students

A day in the life

Campus life at University of Colorado Boulder is unique, but here is a preview of what you can do on a single day here

  • 8.30am Wake up and head to the Center for Community (C4C) dining center where you can enjoy eggs, pastries, fruit, and more on your way to class.
  • 9.30am Grab your notebook and pen (or your lab coat) 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 play Frisbee on Farrand Field.
  • 1.00pm Back to class, but not always in the classroom. Many Academies involve hands-on experiences in the lab and some take field trips to institutes and research facilities on and off campus.
  • 3.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from sports, shopping, museums, study sessions, and more.
  • 6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the C4C dining center.
  • 8.00pm Movies. Guest Speakers. Concerts. Bowling. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends at CU-Boulder.
  • 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.

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.

4 week session: Arrive June 30, depart July 26
2 week session #1: Arrive June 30, depart July 12
2 week session #2: Arrive July 14, depart July 26

Airport Transfers

Summer Discovery provides escorted transfers to/from Denver International Airport (DEN) for $75 each way. We meet you at baggage claim or outside customs for international flights, and assist with your departure.

Dates & Tuition
  • Jun 30 - Jul 26: 4 WeeksSTEM Research Experience$7,999
  • Jun 30 - Jul 26: 4 WeeksSTEM Academies$7,899
  • Jun 30 - Jul 12: 2 Weeks Session #1STEM Academies$4,799
  • Jul 14 - Jul 26: 2 Weeks Session #2STEM Academies$4,799

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic and enrichment program, housing, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 on weekends), use of athletic and recreation facilities, activities and trips, transportation for included activities, Collegewise admissions presentation.

Not included: Application fee, $95 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $75 each way), class materials, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, linens, blanket and pillow, and spending money.

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