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Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-College Summer at Eastern Connecticut State University
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Program, Application, Courses, & Payment

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2024  is the application deadline for Pre-College Summer.
    • Explore a topic of interest/potential major with full-time faculty members 
    • Get exposure to a college campus and residence hall life 
    • Meet and spend social time with other students with similar interests 
    • Contribute to a strong college application 
  • The program cost is $1,600. This includes housing, all meals, class tuition, and program activities.

    A $300 commitment deposit is due upon program acceptance, with the remaining balance billed upon registration. This deposit is due on Friday, May 17. 

    Payments can be paid in installments, but the cost must be paid in full by Friday, May 31, 2024 or participation in the program will be cancelled and the $300 deposit would not be refunded. 

  • After applying to the Pre-College Summer program and receiving an acceptance email, you will be prompted to accept your admission into the program. After accepting, you will get your Eastern credentials via email in order to pay the $300 deposit, which is due Friday, May 17 to secure your spot. We will then bill tuition directly to your account, which is due Friday, May 31. 


    Instructions on how to activate your Eastern account, make your deposit, and pay your remaining balance are found here. 

  • You can access the Pre-College Summer Application here

    To be eligible, participants must be 14 years of age or older and must be entering Grade 10, 11, or 12 in the fall. Most students who participate in our program are between 15-17 years old.Participants must have at least a 2.0 GPA ("C" average). Home schooled students are eligible for participation.

    Certain programs may have different grade level requirements. Please see the page for your individual program of interest for more detail.

  • We are pursuing scholarships for high need applications. More information to come. 
  • No. While we'd love it if you eventually pursued your degree at Eastern, this program is not limited to future Eastern students!
  • This program is meant to be a fun introduction to college learning. A for-credit course would be intensive for several weeks with exams, readings, projects, etc.

    Participants will receive a certificate from the university upon successful completion of the program and should still feel free to list this experience on resumes and college applications. 

    Completed programs will be reflected on a Non-Credit Eastern transcript. 


  • Most courses are capped at 16 participants but may be lower due to equipment needs.
  • Workshops will be finalized closer to the start of programming but will be feature hands-on exercises and learning conducted by Eastern's expert staff. 

    Potential workshops include Career Exploration activities, College application prep, and campus tours. 

  • The Pre-College Summer program was designed to give high school students who are curious about one day getting a college education and consider themselves to be academically driven, the chance to experience the many aspects of higher education before they graduate. We offer eight unique course options in order to be inclusive of everyone's interests.
  • Refund Policy 

    A $300.00 deposit is required to commit to the program at the time of course enrollment. This deposit will be credited to your total balance and will be collected when students accept the offer of admission. Please read more on our refund policy below. To withdraw from the program after a deposit has been paid, you must submit a request via email to

    Date Range 


    If you withdraw on or before June 7, 2024 

    100% of program cost. This includes your price of enrollment, deposit*, and any course fees. 

    If you withdraw between  June 8 and June 14, 2024 

    50% of program cost. This includes your price of enrollment, deposit*, and any course fees. 

    If you withdraw on or after AFTER  June 15 2024

    0%; There is no refund for cancellations after the program has begun unless a special circumstance exists. All refunds are granted at the discretion of program staff. 

    *If your plans change after you have committed to the program with a deposit, please contact as soon as possible.



Residential & Schedule

  • The draft of the weekly schedule can be viewed here.
  • The Pre-College Summer programs aims to create an experience as close to the traditional 'college life' as possible so that participants are able to get exposure to higher education as a whole, including the residential aspect of living on campus!
  • PCS participants will be staying in Constitution Hall in the heart of Eastern's campus. Constitution Hall is located in the center of campus and during the academic year houses students enrolled in the honors program. Each suite includes two double bedrooms, a bathroom, a vanity area with two sinks, and central heat/air conditioning. Each room has a twin, extra-long bed, desk, chair and a closet/dresser unit for each resident.
  • There will be plenty of fun options for students to participate in each night in the quad and around Constitution Hall. Some possibilities include:

    • Video-game tournaments 
    • Board Game Night 
    • Movie Nights 
    • Fun crafts 
    • Minute to win it competitions 
    • S’mores fire and music 
    • Temporary tattoo station 
    • 90’s party night 
    • Pancake socials 
    • Bingo and prizes 
    • Yoga and meditation before bed 
  • Participants should bring their own linens, shower items, and personal items.

    A full packing list can be found here.

  • If you have a specific request to room with another participant, please let us know that when you fill out your application. If not, we will pair you with other participants in your area of interest if at all possible.
  • Yes. PCS participants will be given a temporary student ID and room fob during their program and it is their responsibility to keep track of these items. If either their student ID or room fob is lost, then the program participant will be responsible for the replacement costs.

Meal Planning

  • Yes. If a PCS participant has food restrictions, they will get the opportunity to tell us about it in the Pre-College Summer application process. Then we will be able to correctly prepare for any special dietary needs and/or food restrictions.
  • While taking a part of the Pre-College Summer Program here at Eastern, there are many options for food that we have to offer. Here are some of the options that were offered in Summer 2023:

    Breakfast: Sample Breakfast Menu

    Lunch: Sample Lunch Menu

    Dinner: Sample Dinner Menu

Health Services

  • Yes. Program participants will be required to submit documentation of Health Insurance coverage (ID cards or cover letter) to participate in the program.
  • Student's who take prescription medication must submit a copy of their prescription from the appropriate doctor during the application process. The Pre-College Summer staff will work with Eastern's Health Services to coordinate collection and distribution of medication to the participant.


  • Eastern Connecticut State University is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. Thus, no qualified person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on this campus.

    Eastern Connecticut State University is committed to achieving the full and fair participation of women, people of color, people with disabilities, and all other protected groups found to be underutilized in the work force or adversely affected by University policies or practices. 
  • We encourage PCS participants who have disabilities to disclose this information to us in the application process so that we are able to appropriately provide any reasonable accommodations and resources needed to complete the program. The Pre-College Summer Program works with Eastern's Office of Accessibility Services in order to continue to stretch our awareness of the Program's accessibility and to correctly work with any PCS participants that may have disabilities.
  • All Pre-College Counselors are current undergraduate students with thorough experience as Summer Orientation counselors. They will also participate in in-depth training in the following areas:

    • CPR/First Aid 
    • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • DCF Mandatory Reporting
  • There will not be a commuter option in 2024 as all programs will be residential.
  • PCS participants are supervised at all times during their stay at Eastern.

    PCS Counselors, Hall Directors, Faculty Members, The Office of Global Learning Staff, and more are all a part of the supervision of PCS participants.

    We will have a ratio of 10:1 students to staff members for this program.

  • No. PCS Participants are not permitted to bring their cars to campus, and at no point during the program are participants permitted to go off of Eastern's campus unsupervised.