Rutgers’ Summer Scholars Program Enables High School Students to Experience College Life and Academics

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High-achieving high school students can experience university life, earn college credits, and get a head start on their post-secondary educations through Rutgers University’s Summer Scholars Program.

Summer Scholars, who must be high school juniors or younger, may take up to two Rutgers courses during Summer Session II (June 24-August 1), or Session III (July 8-August 14).

Students entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2013, who have a minimum GPA of 3.0, may apply to take introductory-level college courses. Exceptional students younger than 16 are considered on a case-by-case basis and are required to be interviewed and submit a PSAT or SAT score.

Scholarships covering 20 percent of the course tuition are available to students with a recommendation letter from their guidance counselor.

“Summer Scholars come from across New Jersey as well as out of state, and represent some of the most promising young minds in the country,” said Liz Beasley, director of New Brunswick Summer and Winter Session. “This program gives them the opportunity to explore fields of special interest and meet other like-minded students for academic and social exchange.”

Students have access to courses across a wide range of disciplines, including some specially designed for Rutgers Summer Scholars.  Special Topics in Biochemistry, taught by Professor William Ward, is a special lab course designed for gifted students, ages 12-17. It also is recommended for early-admitted first-year matriculating students on the New Brunswick Campus.

A special section of Principles of Leadership focusing on global leadership issues is recommended for both U.S. and international high school students age 15 and older. Professor Sharon Kinsey will conduct workshop sessions to help students hone their leadership skills. She also will invite faculty members from a wide range of disciplines to address the class on challenges and opportunities facing global leaders of the future. A residential option is available for this course.

Other recommended courses for high school scholars include Introduction to Microeconomics, TV Production: Field, and Introductory Geology, a four-credit laboratory science course. Courses in English, mathematics, and advanced foreign languages require placement exams.

Last summer, 127 students completed courses for academic credit in the Summer Scholars program, achieving an average GPA of 3.53, according to Jen Valera, coordinator of student services for New Brunswick Summer and Winter Sessions.

For more information about Rutgers’ Summer Scholars program, click here, call (732) 932-7565, or send email.

Rutgers’ Summer and Winter Sessions are part of the Division of Continuing Education, offering both university and visiting students the opportunity to take credit-bearing courses at the university during winter and summer breaks.

Read about Rutgers’ Summer Scholars Program in The Star-Ledger.

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