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Summer Scholars Program

Transitioning from high school to college is an exciting milestone in a student’s academic journey, but it can also be a stressful time for both students and their parents. Many students have a hard time choosing which colleges to apply to, let alone what major to pursue, and the concept of moving away from home can be daunting. The University of Miami’s Summer Scholars Program (SSP) can help alleviate those worries by providing students with an authentic trial run of the college experience, both academically and socially. Participants have the chance to explore possible majors, colleges, and career opportunities in a true collegiate environment while studying specially-designed college course material which spans a variety of exciting topics.

During the three-week program, students can choose to either live on the beautiful University of Miami Coral Gables campus or commute each day. They can pick from a dozen different academic programs and attend college-level courses taught by UM professors, earning six college credits in the process. During free time, students take part in extracurricular programs and themed group activities designed by current UM students who act as community assistants while the SSP is in session. Participants also have access to UM’s fitness center, library, health center, and other campus facilities.

By experiencing college life on a real college campus, students can reduce anxiety about living away from home, attend classes and form lasting friendships with other students from around the world, and hone the skills and study habits they’ll need for success in the academic world.    

  • Length of Program: The 2017 Summer Scholars Program runs for three weeks, from July 1 to July 21. Classes are in session 8:20 a.m. to 4:10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Tuition & Fees: Tuition for the residential program, which includes on-campus housing in a double occupancy room and a full meal plan, is $7,697. Tuition for students who choose to commute, which includes lunch daily, is $6,487. The program fee also  includes textbooks, membership to the fitness center, access to the Student Health Center, and the cost of most student activities both on- and off-campus. Students enrolled in Tropical Marine Biology are required to pay a $250 Marine Science Exploration fee. Students who are not enrolled in Tropical Marine Biology can participate in shark tagging and a dolphin encounter for an additional fee. Commuter students may also purchase a parking pass for $40. 

  • Program Format: This course is only offered on campus at the University of Miami. Members of the Residential Program will live in one the university's residential colleges.

How could it benefit me or my child?

Participants in the Summer Scholars Program attend college-level courses taught by University of Miami professors, and earn advance college credit which gives them a head start on their peers. They hone their study skills, learn time management and independent thinking, and develop other traits which can be helpful in their current high school classes as well as in their future college studies. The program also allows both students and their parents to “test drive” the college experience, which can provide valuable insight when planning a child’s education path.

In addition to the academic benefits, students enrolled in SSP can experience the wonders of Miami and South Florida over the weekends. Off-campus activities organized by the program include an Everglade excursions, a visit to Miami Beach, a Marlins game, and a snorkeling trip to Key Largo.

Is the program right for me?

This program is perfect for high school students who want to experience college life, get a head start on their peers, earn college credits in advance, or sample specific college-level subjects before deciding on a major for future studies. SSP also enhances important academic skills such as time management and independent thinking.

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