Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Rutgers Pre-College Summer Academies. Click on a heading below to jump to that section.  





Campus Life

Program FAQs 

When does registration begin? 

Registration for the 2019 Pre-College Summer Academies will begin on December 15, 2019. It closes on May 18, 2019 for domestic students and April 13, 2019 for international students.  

It is better to apply early since students are accepted on a rolling basis and some academies will fill up prior to the application close date.  

Click here for more information on each academy and to register. 

What age do you have to be to apply? 

Students must between 16 to 18 years of age at the start of the academy. We will not, under any circumstances, accept a student that will not be 16 years old at the start of their chosen academy.  

What are the benefits of attending a precollege academy? 

Universities like to see that students are invested in co-curricular activity year-round. Attending a precollege academy is another accomplishment you may add to your college applications 

  • Experience campus life at a major U.S. university 
  • Learn about a field of interest 
  • Challenge yourself 

Will students receive college credit for attending an academy? 

At this time, we do not offer college credit for the academy attendance. However, students who complete an academy will receive a certificate. 

What is the average schedule for the academy? 

Each academy’s schedule will vary slightly however the academies all begin on Sunday afternoon with move- in and end the following Saturday morning with move-out. Monday through Friday will be instructional days. Below is a sample of a week-day for one of the academies. Exact schedules will be on the website. 

8:00 am – 8:50 am Breakfast in the dining hall. 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Discussions and hands-on activities with the Rutgers faculty instructors.  
12:10 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch in the dining hall. 
2:00 pm – 5:50 pm Lectures, guest speakers, and/or field trip 
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Evening activity such as movie night at RU Cinema, open-mic night. 
11:00 pm Check-in at the residence hall 

Who will be providing instruction at the academy? 

The instructors will come primarily from Rutgers faculty and graduate students who are experts in their field. 

How many students attend each academy? 

We limit our enrollment to approximately 30 students per academy. 

What do you look for when accepting students? 

Successful applicants will have:  

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher; 
  • Recommendation letter from a guidance counselor or school official that reflects a student with a positive attitude, excellent character, and a good work ethic. 
  • Personal essay that expresses what that student hopes to gain from the experience. 

Who will be supervising the students at the academies? 

During the day, the students will be chaperoned at a ratio of 12:1. In the evening at the residence halls students are supervised on a 10:1 basis. 

Can students start on the first Monday of the academy instead of Sunday afternoon? 

Students must move-in on Sunday afternoon. There are activities planned for that day that will serve as an important part of the academy experience. 

Can students leave Friday night after the certificate presentation instead of staying until Saturday morning? 

We prefer that students stay through Saturday morning however if there are special circumstances and prior approval is provided, a student may move-out Friday evening with an accompanying parent or guardian. 

Application FAQ's

Can I apply to more than one academy? 

Yes. On the application, you may select as many of the academies that you would like to attend.  

My school will not give me transcripts and requires that they be sent directly to Rutgers. Where should they be sent? 

If your school will not provide you with your transcripts to upload to the application, you can have them email, fax or sent directly to our office at: 

Fax: 732-932-6547
Mail: Rutgers University
Office of Summer and Winter Sessions
55 Commercial Avenue, Ste 120
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Attn: Pre-College Academies 

Does the letter of recommendation have to be from my guidance counselor?  

The letter should come from a guidance counselor or other school official that can best speak to your character and your academic achievements and interests. If there is a teacher, vice principal or principal that has direct interaction with you on a regular basis and knows you better than your guidance counselor, than the letter should come from that person. 

What happens after I submit my application? 

Two to three weeks after the application is submitted, an email will be sent to the student applicant and their parent with the application status. You may receive an email earlier than that if we have questions about the application or need additional information. 

When can I expect to find out if I am accepted? 

We accept students on a rolling basis so if your application is complete with all required documents and we do not have any further questions, you should find out within two to three weeks after you submit.  

How am I notified if I am accepted? 

If you are accepted into your academy of choice, you will receive an email that includes an acceptance letter and information on how to pay. Approximately two weeks before the start of your academy, you will receive a welcome packet that includes all the details of what to bring, the accommodations where you are staying, check-in and check-out procedures, etc. 

If you are not accepted, you will receive an email within two to three weeks of submission.  

If you have had no communication with us more than three weeks after your application was submitted, check your spam or junk email folder. We have found that occasionally happens with email coming from our Pre-College email account ( If there’s nothing there, please contact us at the email address above or call 848-932-7565 and ask for Kristen Michaels. 

Financial/Payment FAQs 

What is the cost of each academy? 

Each academy is the same cost: 

  • Domestic students: $2,239 
  • International students: $2,404 (includes language assessment, SEVIS admin fee and health insurance. Government SEVIS and Visa fees are additional costs) 

What does the academy fee include? 

The cost includes: 

  • Supervised overnight accommodations for 7 nights. 
  • High-quality instruction from experts 
  • Field trips 
  • Materials for hands-on activities 
  • All meals 
  • Fun evening activities 
  • Graduation dinner and certificate  

Are scholarships available? 

There are limited scholarships available that are awarded primarily based on need. You can apply for the scholarship within the academy application by providing additional information. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000. At this time, we are not offering any full scholarships. Click here for more information on the scholarship program

Is there a discount if attending more than one academy? 

There is no reduction in services provided during each academy so there are no discounts for a student attending multiple academies. 

How do I pay? 

In your acceptance email you will receive a unique username and password and a link to where you can sign in and make your payments. 

Do you require a deposit? 

Yes, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required within two weeks of receiving your acceptance. You may choose to pay the full amount due at this time if you wish. 

When is the balance of the program fee due? 

The remaining balance after your $500 deposit is due by June 7, 2019.  

Is the program fee refundable? 

The $500 deposit is non-refundable. For cancellations that are two weeks or more prior to the academy start date, we will refund any amount paid over the $500 deposit. 

Housing/Meals FAQs 

Where do the students live? 

Academy students will be staying in a residence hall on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. Housing assignments will be provided to each student approximately two weeks prior to the academy start date. Click here for more information on the accommodations

What does the room include? 

Each room is equipped with a bed, wardrobe, dressers, desk, chair, microfridge, mirrors, wifi and air conditioning. 

Are the dorms co-ed? 

Yes, our dorms are co-ed however males and females live on separate floors in same-sex rooms. 

Will I have a roommate? 

Depending on the residence hall you are in, you will either have a roommate or a suitemate. In June, students accepted to the academies will receive an email with a link to a roommate survey that will be used to help determine rooming assignments. If you do not fill out the survey, you will be assigned a roommate or suitemate at random. 

Are linens provided? 

Students will receive a fitted sheet, flat sheet, one pillow and pillowcase, two bath towels and one washcloth. You may bring additional items if you would like. 

What is the supervision at the dorms? 

The students will have a Residence Hall Director, and Resident Assistants with a ratio of one advisor per ten students. 

Is there a curfew? 

Students must be in their rooms by 11:00 pm each night. Lateness will result in a warning and potential dismissal from the program. 

If a student is attending multiple academies, can they stay in the dorm between each academy? 

If a student is attending consecutive academies, they must move out of the dorm at the end of the first academy, which will be on a Saturday. They must find their own accommodations for that evening and then they can move in to the dorm for their next academy that Sunday. 

Can a student commute to the academy each day instead of staying at the residence hall? 

Students are required to live on campus with the other academy participants. It is part of the pre-college experience and allows the students to get the full academic and social benefit of the program. 

Where will students have their meals? 

The majority of meals will be served in the campus dining halls. Catered meals are provided on Sunday after check-in, Friday night at the certificate ceremony and Saturday morning before check-out.  

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions? 

With prior notice, we can make arrangements to have kosher and vegetarians meals available. If you have these or other dietary requirements, please be sure to contact in advance.  

Campus Life FAQ's

Can a student bring a car to campus? 

Students with the appropriate driver’s license may drive themselves to the academy and we can arrange for parking for a nominal fee. The car keys must be turned in to the Senior Program Coordinator at the start of the academy and they will be returned to the student at the end of the academy. 

What is the Rutgers policy on the use of alcohol, drugs, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia? 

Rutgers University has a zero tolerance policy.  Summer students may not use, possess, distribute, solicit, assist in the acquisition of, transmit, traffic, manufacture or attempt to manufacture alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia at any time while a student in the Pre-College Summer Academies, whether on or off campus, including but not limited to private gatherings. For additional information on this topic, please review this section of our website.

What are the expectations for student behavior in the academies? 

Pre-College Summer Academy participants are expected to conduct themselves as young adults, and are obliged to Rutgers University policies as well as State and Federal laws. 

Students are expected to be respectful and courteous to all workshop leaders, professors, staff, and peers. Profanity, bullying or harassment of any kind is not acceptable. Please click here for more information on this and other policies. 

Electronic devices must be turned off during workshops and program functions, unless the workshop or activity requires.