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College camps for high schoolers: Questions to ask

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 28, 2014 11:34 AM

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Recently, The Washington Post published a story on summer college programs for high school students.

In it, the author, Allison Klein, notes that as college admissions have become more and more competitive, high schoolers have been testing their academic interests and building real-world experience through summer programs offered at schools like New York University, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard.

High school students can qualify for some of the programs through standardized test scores, and many of the programs cost over $1,000, according to the article. If your child is considering going to a college camp this summer, check out Klein's advice below.

The Washington Post News Service

Eight questions students and parents can ask as they think about applying to summer college programs:

1. Do I have an academic or other interest I'd like to explore with people my age?

2. Am I familiar with the application process and deadline? Many programs are accepting applications now.

3. Do I want a residential program, meaning I live on campus for several weeks? Or would I prefer a commuter option?

4. If it is a residential program, what supervision is offered for the students? Are there chaperones who live with the students?

5. Is the program operated by the university or a private company partnering with the university?

6. Are the instructors professors at the university during the school year?

7. Does the program offer college credit?

8. What is the total cost of the program? This can include tuition, room and board, transportation, books, application fees and other costs. Is financial assistance available?

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