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Eastern announces first Pre-College Summer for high school students

Published on March 20, 2023

Eastern announces first Pre-College Summer for high school students

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Eastern Connect­icut State University will open its campus this July to high school students for the University’s first Pre-College Summer. The residential program will consist of three, one-week sessions led by full-time Eastern faculty who will guide high schoolers through a fun and specialized academic curriculum.

Designed for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students, Eastern’s Pre-College Summer will give participants 20 hours of faculty-led classroom instruction followed by a variety of afternoon workshops and evening social programs. ­At the conclusion of certain sessions, participants’ families will be invited to attend a culminating presentation or performance.

“Over the course of the week, participants will reside on Eastern’s beautiful Willimantic campus where they’ll explore college life and possible academic majors, build their resumes and work with full-time professors on a range of interesting topics,” said Chris Drewry, director of co-curricular academic programming.

The three sessions run from July 9–14, July 16–21 and July 23–28. Each session will be divided into groups focusing on different academic topics (programs). Participants register for which program they would like to take.

Session one:

  • “Motion Capture for Movies and Gaming” with theatre Professor Kristen Morgan
  • “Intro to Filmmaking” with theatre Professor Brian Day
  • “Machine Learning with Python” with computer science Professor Garrett Dancik

Session two:

  • “Making Electronic and Ambient Music” with music Professor Anthony Cornicello
  • “Pre-Med Lab: How the Body Works” with biology Professor Kurt Lucin
  • “Poetry and Fiction Writing Workshop” with English Professor Daniel Donaghy

Session three:

  • “Social Entrepreneurship” with business administration Professor Emiliano Villanueva
  • “A Brief History of Horror” with education Professor Mark Fabrizi

“Whether you're interested in arts, humanities, business or STEM, we have an exciting, engaging program for you,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “This is an excellent opportunity to experience college life, explore a potential undergraduate major, and strengthen a college application.”

Eastern’s Pre-College Summer costs $1,600 for the week and includes housing, meals and tuition. Some programs may have additional lab fees. The registration deadline is June 1.

For more information and register, please visit .

Written by Michael Rouleau

Categories: Academics