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Summer Academy FAQ


What is The SUMMER ACADEMY? The Summer Academy is a month-long, residential, college-immersion, college-credited study program for U.S. and international high school students

Who can participate in The SUMMER ACADEMY? Any current 10th through 12th grade high school student with a GPA of B-/C+ or 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is encouraged to apply. Only a limited number of seats will be made available to entering first-year Calvin students. International or exchange students are encouraged to apply early so the necessary paperwork can be obtained.

What are the benefits of attending? Students take a college course taught by a Calvin professor in a distinctly Christian learning environment. SA alumni who enroll full-time at Calvin will receive a Summer Academy Grant in the amount equal to the $1,995 fee paid for participation in the program. The earned college credit is transferable to most any college.

Students live in a multicultural community with American and international students. Students explore West Michigan and are engaged in meaningful and relevant service-learning activities. Students explore their individual gifts and career interests.

What are the program dates? June 16 to July 12, 2012

What is the application deadline? March 15, 2013 (Applications available as of December 1.)

How do you apply? Complete an application that is available on-line and downloadable in hard copy form. Required materials include a high school transcript showing a GPA of B-/C+ or 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and one academic and one personal recommendation.

How much does the program cost? $1,995.00 - includes room and board, tuition for one course, residence life programming, and study guidance provided by Calvin students who also serve as Residence Hall Assistants during the program. Students must purchase their own textbooks.

Is there financial aid? The purpose of the Summer Academy’s financial aid program is to support the college goals of U. S. students from groups that are under-represented in higher education. The Summer Academy has limited available funding to provide a partial grant of up to 50% for families that cannot afford full tuition. If aid is needed, the student should send a letter with his or her application explaining the family’s financial circumstances.

What form does the program Study Guidance take? Trained current college students lead study groups after class. Two major blocks of the afternoon and evening are focused on study.

Can students go home on weekends or weeknights? No, the evening and weekend activities and study are part of the planned program.

Can students have visitors? No, all participants should experience this immersion program as if they were thousands of miles away from home.