Pre-College Programs Frequently Asked Questions
In 2023 our office is offering 4 core programs in total
Summer 2023 Programs
Young Women's Leadership Institute (Available for Session 1 and Session 2)
- STEMinist Track
- Writing and Literature Track
- Political Science and Economics Track
- Urban Studies and Architecture Track
- Art History Track
- Sociology and Gender Studies Track
- Dance Track
Health and Society Institute (Session 1)
Pre-Baccalaureate Program (Session 1B)
Athena Summer Innovation Institute (Session 2)
2-Week Summer Sustainable Food Institute (Session 2)
Yes, the Pre-Baccalaureate Program is our ONLY credited program. Students will receive 3 credits and a Barnard College transcript after successfully completing the program.
All of our other programs are exploratory in nature and not credited.
Summer 2023 Application Deadlines:
Summer Program Applications are due APRIL 15th for all our programs
Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling admission basis. Apply early for the greatest number of class options.
Yes. If the two programs’ dates do not conflict, you may apply to both programs. HOWEVER, if a student is accepted into one of the programs, preference for admission into the second program will go to those students who have not applied to two programs. If an applicant is closed out of the program for which she applies, the Office of Pre-College Programs will automatically select you for your second choice. If a student is attending two programs, please note the following:
If a student decides not to attend the second program after starting the first, note our refund policy.
Summer programs are open to young women are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school or Gap Year Students who graduated in 2021/22.
The Pre-Baccalaureate Program is ONLY open to rising seniors and Gap Year Students.
We require at least one recommendation from a non-parent that assesses the student’s academic performance. If the only individuals involved in instruction are parents, we accept recommendations for work done in a group situation, extra-curricular, or job setting that speak to a sense of effort, responsibility, teamwork, intellectual curiosity, or particular skills. On occasion, a request may be made for additional recommendation letters.
Decisions are made on a rolling basis. You should receive a decision within 15 business days of the office receiving a completed application. It is up to the student to make sure that all parts of the application have been received by the office.
If you are in this situation, you should contact our office ASAP. There is a chance your application was never completed or your decision letter may have been lost in transit. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 212.854.8866.
Enrolling in Pre-College
Students will receive an acceptance letter via email with a link to register for their program(s). We ask that students register within two weeks of receiving their acceptance in order to secure their spot in their program.
After registering, enrolled students will begin to receive emails with enrollment forms to complete and submit to the PCP Office.
An $800 deposit is required at the time of registration to secure a student's enrollment. Families may pay their remaining balance in as many installments as they would like by logging into the student's registration portal (which they received access to in their admissions letter).
Unfortunately, we cannot allow students to participate in the program if they have an outstanding balance.
Summer Session 1 and 2
Tuition must be paid in full by Thursday, May 26, 2022
You will be able to select your class when you apply to an institute. If accepted, your admissions letter will state your program and class. If you apply to a class in an institute that has already filled, the PCP office will reach out to you so that you can provide your second choice class.
A deposit is required at registration to secure your place in the institute/class you choose. We cannot enroll students in any classes unless we have received their deposit, even if you signed up for your classes using our online form. Unfortunately, we cannot honor requests for class changes once a student has been enrolled. Please note that the Pre-College Program reserves the right to cancel under-enrolled classes and place students in their next available choice.
No. In order to maintain the integrity of our program and keep class enrollment to a minimum, we can only place a certain number of students into each class. While we cannot guarantee enrollment into your first choice preference, we ask that you look to other additional class options that may match your interests in the best way possible.
If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, our office will make every effort to place students into their second choice class within that institute.
Yes each student receives an individualized written evaluation from their instructor. These evaluations can be copied and included in college applications as supplemental recommendations.
Students will also receive a certificate of program completion signed by our Director.
Course materials such as textbooks and readers are included in your tuition fee with the exception of Contemporary Art Studio and Experiencing Architecture which require some additional materials. Students enrolled in either of those classes will receive a list of items to purchase from their instructor after enrolling.
Textbooks and readers will be distributed to students during Move in/Orientation weekend.
Students are expected to arrive to the first day of class with supplies such as notebooks, pens, paper, highlighters, laptops or tablets etc.
No and yes. No in the sense that students are not required to wear formal attire or uniforms to attend class. That said, we do expect students to be mindful of their appearance, and to dress appropriately for an academic setting.
Students are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet for instruction and completing assignments. For courses that need licensed software Barnard will notify you beforehand and where possible provide the software or a provide a discounted rate towards the software.
Students enrolled in our classes will be given several assignments throughout their course. Assignments, class participation and attendance will be taken into account in your qualitative course evaluation that is sent to you within 3-4 weeks of your program end date along with a Certificate of Completion for the course.
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