Summer Program

The summer program runs for six weeks and spans from the last week of June thru the first week of August. Students must complete the ninth grade and participate in the academic year component in order to be eligible. During the summer, students for the last two weeks of the program will have an opportunity to live in an environment much like the one they will experience when they are in college. Students will take classes, work in internships, and take trips that are cultural and educational in nature.


Commuting Program- Weeks 1 thru 3

During the first three weeks, students will commute to the Purchase College campus, where they will take courses taught by faculty and staff from the College and participate in various leadership development activities. The students will be transported to campus via bus from the high schools.


Residential Program- Weeks 4 and 5

During the middle two weeks, students will actually reside on the campus in a Purchase College residence hall. Professional staff will be present as will the counselor staff (current college students). They will continue the academic course and leadership development activities curriculum.


College and Cultural Tour- Week 6

During the last week, students will participate in a college and cultural tour outside of the New York City metropolitan area. Previous trips have been to Florida, Washington DC and Philadelphia. The purpose of this aspect is to expose the students to the cultural- including regional- differences that exist and to tour its area colleges.



The following aspects are offered throughout the first 5 weeks of the program:

Activities/Field Trips

Students will experience many cultural activities. Field trips have included trips to the Mark Twain Museum in Connecticut and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.

Food Service

Students receive at the beginning of the program a Purchase College I.D. card, which is used at the eating venues. Students have a daily schedule that is followed with defined meal times. The students go to the designated eating venues, show their I.D. and are able to select their meal from a wide variety of choices. The meals served meet the Federal Food and Nutrition Program guidelines.

Recreational Activities/Free Time

Students have access to all that the Gymnasium where there are basketball, tennis, racquetball, volleyball, and badminton courts. The facility also includes a swimming pool, and weight machines.

Academic Classes

The academic classes are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Subjects taught are English, math, science, computers, and language.