A Pre-College Experience For High School Students
The Allegheny College Summer Academy offers an enriching pre-college experience for motivated high school students. Students will have the opportunity to:
Learn from Allegheny’s expert faculty
Earn college credit
Enjoy all that our beautiful campus has to offer
Get a preview of the excitement and challenge of college life
We’ve designed the Summer Academy to help talented young people explore their academic interests, build connections, and take an important step in their pathways to college — and their futures.Apply Now!
Application deadline: applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but must be submitted by April 1
Final notification deadline: May 1
Deposit due: 2 weeks following notification of acceptance to Summer Academy
As part of their application, students are asked to submit a high school transcript and a brief statement about their interest in the academy. A letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher should also be submitted.
The Allegheny College Summer Academy welcomes applications from rising juniors and seniors with high school graduation years of 2019 and 2020.
Not sure what you want to study in college? Or already have a major or career in mind? Either way, Allegheny faculty from across academic disciplines will teach and guide you through discussions, projects, and activities focused on helping you explore your future goals.
In the Summer Academy, students have the flexibility to choose a morning and afternoon academic session in different subjects such as Chemistry, Theater, Environmental Studies, History, and Physics. The curriculum is designed so students can explore various interests, discover how they link, and how those connections can help students shape their paths forward. Students earn one college credit for each week of the academy that they complete. These credits should be eligible for transfer to another college.
Here is a sampling of modules, each led by Allegheny faculty, that we are planning to offer during the Summer Academy:
Making “Scents” of Chemistry
This module is an investigation of the molecules and interactions that create odors, both good and bad. Aroma chemistry is a multi-billion dollar industry that leads to perfumes, essential oils, candles, soaps, and a myriad of other household products that have natural and synthetic scent additives. The module will allow students to create scented compounds synthetically in the laboratory, and give them an opportunity to create their own scented bar soap.
The Art and Science of Color
An exploration of color through pigment and light. Students will explore color through a scientific lens — understanding how the human eye sees, the physical properties of light, the engineering of lighting devices, and the chemistry of paint — and through an artistic lens — color theory, how colors interact with each other, and how light color impacts how humans perceive color surfaces. By the end of the module, students will create visual artwork in which color shifts over time.
Hellbenders and Crawdads: The Freshwater Ecology of Northwest Pennsylvania
Flowing through the heart of northwestern Pennsylvania, French Creek is nationally recognized as one of the most ecologically important waterways in the entire country. Hosting an astonishing 27 species of native freshwater mussels and over 80 species of fish, the French Creek Watershed has been called one of America’s “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy. In this module, we will explore the French Creek Watershed, investigating the water chemistry, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and other organisms who depend on the habitat. Students will learn ecological sampling techniques and water quality analysis.
Students interested primarily in ecology also might consider our weeklong Creek Camp program in summer 2018.
Stories and Knowledge
An investigation into the ways that narrative shapes our life and the ways we can use it to communicate. Stories supply us with the building blocks of knowledge and help us make sense of the world. We examine how we create and understand stories through creative, intellectual, and intuitive approaches. We use theatre-based techniques to explore effective communication.
Wonder, Doubt, and Thinking
Socrates famously says that “philosophy begins in wonder,” and most philosophers who come after him tend to agree. In this module, we study what key philosophers have said about the fundamental mood of wonder and doubt and then we investigate for ourselves how getting into that mood opens up perspectives that are oftentimes closed off to us. What issues or problems need a fresh take that wonder and doubt can help us to achieve?
Fun With Materials: An Introduction to Materials Properties
Have you ever wondered why it is better to build a chair out of wood rather than cake? These two materials are chemically very similar but they have very different strengths and rigidities, both of which are materials properties. In this module we will learn the answer to this question and much more through hands-on experiments. We will explore the properties of all kinds of materials including metals, polymers, fluids, and even chocolate. Long pants and closed-toed shoes will be required for some of the activities.
In this module, students engage in food systems and community problem-solving. We explore how food moves from the farm to our tables, as we grow and eat our own adventurous meals. Through the lens of food, we apply unique liberal arts-based problem-solving skills, such as community interviews, to develop project proposals. These projects will address complex social issues that are important to youth and teach us how to build transformational relationships and be leaders for change in our communities.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
This module is intended for most anyone curious about the universe. We will study the Sun, Moon, and planets, as well as more distant celestial objects including black holes, stars, and galaxies. Students will learn not only how to find and follow these objects in the sky, but also about the underlying physics that describes them. In the process, students will have the opportunity to operate Allegheny’s Wible Planetarium for themselves and also make use of telescopes during an evening session at the College’s Newton Observatory.
July 15–20, 2018
July 22–27, 2018
Students may enroll in either weeklong session or both of them.
Check-in is at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Friday afternoons, families will have an opportunity to see all that students accomplished during the week. (Extended pickup on Saturday will be available for families unable to arrive on a Friday.)
Students enrolling for both weeks will take part in a weekend trip exploring regional attractions.
8:00–9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00–Noon: Academic Session 1
Noon–1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00–4:00 pm: Academic Session 2
4:00–-6:00 pm: Free time for activities/relaxation
6:00–7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00–9:00 pm: Evening activities
9:00–10:00 pm: Wind-down time
Students who have an interest in Allegheny College may schedule an admission interview during the program.
Students stay in an Allegheny College residence hall on one of the most historic and beautiful college campuses in the country. If they prefer, students also may commute from their homes each day to attend the Summer Academy.
Allegheny College is perched on a hill overlooking Meadville, a community that offers the history and natural beauty of northwestern Pennsylvania. Allegheny is set in a region that provides a wide range of activities and outdoor opportunities. Explore our Visitor’s Center to learn more.
College can be hard work, but it’s not all hard work. The Summer Academy includes plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind indoors and outside — from movies and guest presentations to hiking, swimming, and activities in Allegheny’s athletic center and game room.
Students earn one college credit for each week of the academy that they complete. These credits should be eligible for transfer to another college. Students accepted to the Summer Academy are awarded a $655 High School Enrichment Grant to support their studies at Allegheny.
|Tuition for One College Credit||$1,895|
|Room and Board||$360|
|High School Enrichment Grant||-$655|
|Program Cost Per Week||$1,600|
Please note: there are no additional fees for books and supplies. They are included in the overall cost.
Students choosing to commute each day to the Summer Academy receive a discount of $300 for a total program cost of $1,300 per week.
After acceptance to the Summer Academy, a $200 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure a student’s enrollment.