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Boston University High School Honors Program

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Boston, MA

Type of Program / Who can apply:
Academic Enrichment/International


Program Dates:
June 30 to August 9, 2013


Program Overview:
High School Honors provides an opportunity for motivated rising high school seniors and exceptional juniors to experience undergraduate
life, both socially and academically, while earning college credit. Over six weeks, students enroll in two summer academic courses of their
choice, attending classes alongside Boston University undergraduates and earning up to eight credits.

The High School Honors Program offers more than 100 undergraduate courses in dozens of exciting subjects not typically available in high
school classrooms—such as medical anthropology, Buddhism, or the history of photography. Students receive guidance when selecting
courses to help identify subject areas that will provide an appropriate challenge while also earning credits that are applicable to future
college work. Outside of class, High School Honors students enjoy a vibrant community of peers on campus as they participate in group
activities and explore the city of Boston—whether they live on-campus or choose to commute from home.

Program Offering:
High School Honors students should select two courses, up to eight credits. High School Honors students may choose from over 100 Boston University undergraduate college courses. Enroll in any two that you like and for which you have the prerequisites. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about which summer college courses or academic programs to choose, or if you are not sure
what you are best prepared to take. We've put together the following list of tips for selecting your summer college courses:
• Students are required to register for two courses, up to eight credits, but no less than six.
• 100-200 level courses are your best option. They are the most likely to help you complete your freshman year course requirements or get ahead on college major prerequisites. Courses at the 300-level and higher are college junior level and up. A
few 300-level or higher courses may be appropriate for you such as political science and management. If you want to take one of these courses please contact us and we can discuss your options.
• Do not sign up for a course if it has prerequisites that you have not taken (this is especially true for science courses: for example,
Chemistry 102 requires Chemistry 101).
• Make sure that your courses do not meet at concurrent times.
• If possible, avoid taking more than one evening course. They may conflict with fun and mandatory activities.
• Do not sign up for a course that you will take in your senior year of high school for AP credit, since you will not be able to transfer credits from two of the same classes to a future college. For example, if you will be taking AP Biology, then do not take Biology I.
• Remember that these courses are intensive, as the semester is only six weeks long. We suggest taking a balanced schedule - one academically challenging course, and another course that you may already have some experience with. We'll check your
courses when you register and contact you if we think you might be headed for an overly stressful summer.
• Keep an open mind! If you cannot find exactly what you want, or if you have trouble with scheduling conflicts, think about trying a course that will offer a different experience. Now is the time to try out all of those subjects they don't offer in high school (or subjects you may have thought you would never find interesting). You may discover that you love astronomy!
• Please remember when choosing your courses that your final grades go on your transcript and count towards your GPA if you
attend Boston University for college. These grades are permanent and cannot be removed.
• Most colleges and universities accept Boston University transfer credits, but you should consult each individual institution to
confirm that this is the case.
• Courses can be switched during the first week of class (until Monday, July 9). There are set hours the first week of classes for
you to consult the program staff about changing courses.

• All Summer Term courses are assigned a college and departmental code, a three-digit course number, and a section identifier.
For example, CAS EC101S B1 means that the course is offered in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), by the Economics
Department (EC). The course number 101 indicates it is an introductory course, the S indicates it is a summer course, and section B1 indicates it is offered in Summer 2. Please see Course Numbers for further information on the numbering system.

Sample Schedule / Life on Campus / Extra Opportunities:
Group outings to Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall. Movie nights and karaoke in the dorms. Soccer at Nickerson Field and Ultimate Frisbee
on the Esplanade. These are just a few examples of what students may participate in during the summer here in Boston. Program events
help orient you to the city of Boston and help you get to know the other students in the program. And they're fun! Take a look at the schedules of events from last summer - they'll give an idea of how you can expect to spend your time while on campus.

Life on Campus
What will your day be like as a High School Honors student at Boston University? That depends somewhat on your classes. When choosing your two classes, take note of what days and times they meet. That will be your class schedule for the six weeks of the program.
Daily meals will be offered in the Warren Towers dining room. Warren Towers offers a wide variety of cuisine for all tastes and preferences.

High School Honor students live and participate in social activities with the Research Internship students. Weeknights are free, so you can
take care of your homework needs and engage in occasional optional activities, or meet up with your friends. On weekends, the program
has mandatory planned activities. Take a look at our Schedule of Events to see what kinds of fun things we’ll be doing. You’ll find plenty of
free time to enjoy the campus and Boston on your own. You can purchase a short-term membership to Boston University’s Fitness &
Recreation Center or explore BU’s many libraries or computing centers. And of course, there are countless things to do in Boston. You
need to inform a program assistant when you plan to go off campus and be accompanied by at least one other student.

Special Requirements:
TOEFL PBT 550, IBT 84, or ELTS of 7


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