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Georgetown Summer Sessions: Everything You Need to Know

By Eric Eng

By Eric Eng

Campus of Georgetown University

Georgetown Summer Sessions: Everything You Need to Know

Are you a high school student looking for an immersive learning experience that prepares you with the tools needed for college success? Look no further than Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions! This summer program, offered by Georgetown University, offers a range of programs and courses that allow you to explore your interests, meet classmates from around the world, and earn college credit. In this blog, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the program.

What are the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

The Hoya Summer High School Sessions at Georgetown provide a deep dive into academic life that gears you up for college achievement. With durations varying from a single week to a full two months, these programs encompass a diverse array of topics, from the intricacies of forensic science and the complexities of political systems to the art of creative writing. This is your chance to connect with peers on a global scale and gain college credits in the process. You may join one of these programs:

  • College Prep Program
  • Summer College
  • Academies

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College Prep Program

Distinguish your university application from the rest by participating in the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions College Prep Program. This five-week experience allows you to enroll in a collegiate course alongside actual undergraduates, benefit from the wisdom of esteemed Georgetown professors, and accumulate college credits.

You will partake in College Prep Seminars designed to hone your SAT and ACT test-taking techniques, equip you for navigating the college selection and admission journey, and cultivate essential skills for excelling in your higher education pursuits and future endeavors.

Program Structure & Subject Areas

Within the College Prep Program, as a dedicated student, you’ll enroll in a comprehensive 3- or 4-credit course while also engaging in essential College Prep Seminars.

College Credit Courses

Seize the chance to select from a specially chosen assortment of courses eligible for college credit*. These academic credit courses unfold across Monday to Thursday, convening for two hours each session, amounting to eight hours of instruction weekly.

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Your coursework is likely to encompass a variety of assignments, including but not limited to critical readings, detailed essays, extensive research papers, collaborative group projects, periodic quizzes, mid-semester exams, and cumulative final assessments. It is anticipated that you will allocate approximately 18 hours per week to study and complete assignments, ensuring a deep and comprehensive understanding of your chosen subject.

*Note: The nature and availability of credit courses may be subject to the university’s curriculum offerings and approval.

College Prep Seminars

Diagnostic Testing

During the five-week College Prep Program, students will sit for three full-length diagnostic exams. These exams will take place on the first Tuesday evening, the second Saturday, and the fourth Saturday of the program. The diagnostic exams are designed to help students master test-taking strategies for the SAT and ACT, prepare for the college search and admissions process, and develop valuable skills that will help them succeed in college.

Academic & Test Preparations

The seminar series will commence in the second week of the program, with sessions scheduled every Monday through Wednesday. Under the guidance of seasoned educators, scholars, and test preparation experts, you will engage in an intimate group learning environment that promises individualized focus.

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You will be provided with a comprehensive final assessment that outlines your academic development across various disciplines. This report will also include tailored advice for your ongoing SAT/ACT study efforts. To further bolster your preparation, you’ll be equipped with an extensive 150-page guidebook, a set of over 500 instructional flashcards, and a compilation of official practice exams to aid your studies as you approach the testing dates.

The seminars are meticulously structured to cover four principal components:

Strategic Test Preparation: You’ll master strategic approaches and methods specifically tailored for the SAT and ACT, enhancing your test-taking prowess.

Core High School Curriculum Reinforcement: There will be a thorough review of the essential high school curriculum, particularly focusing on Algebra I, Algebra II, and the fundamental principles of English grammar.

Advanced Language Proficiency: Dedicated sessions will be allocated to the refinement of language skills, with an emphasis on analytical reading and precision in essay composition.

Recitation and Review Sessions: Specialized recitation periods are designed to provide concentrated support, ensuring that you are achieving educational milestones, comprehending the material thoroughly, and keeping abreast of all coursework.

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College Search and Beyond Academics

This series offers weekly compact seminars conducted by the Academic Director and mentors. The seminars equip you with key skills and strategies crucial for navigating the college search and succeeding once on campus. You will select and complete five seminars from options that cover:

College Search: Fundamentals of college searching, identifying the best match, application strategy, crafting the application essay, and insights into Georgetown admissions.

Beyond Academics: Techniques for setting objectives, study methodologies, resilience building, stress management, campus life thriving, insights into the Georgetown student life, and proficient note-taking methods.

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Optional Opportunities & Resources

University Writing Center: All College Prep students can utilize the University Writing Center, a complimentary service staffed by skilled Georgetown University students and faculty. The Writing Center is available to assist at any stage of your writing, whether you’re just starting or have a complete draft, focusing on enhancing your analytical, revising, and editing abilities. They can also provide specific assistance with refining drafts of your personal statement for college applications.

College Admission Workshops for Seniors: For upcoming seniors, there are two optional workshops available for an extra $295, focusing on college application aid. These workshops include crafting and refining the common application personal statement, constructing a resume, and honing interview skills. Each non-conflicting session lasts three hours and is designed to complement credit courses and College Prep Seminars.

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College Prep Program List of Courses

  • Football & the American Dream
  • Photo I: Digital
  • Intro to Forensic Chemistry
  • Intro to Computer Science: Python
  • Econ Principles Micro
  • Econ Principles Macro
  • War & Terrorism in Pop Culture
  • Intro to Cultural Studies
  • Intro to Filmmaking
  • International Relations
  • Elements of Political Theory 
  • Atlantic World
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus I
  • Intro to Ethics
  • Intro to Philosophy
  • The Problem of God
  • Intro to Acting

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Summer College Program

This summer, seize the opportunity to leap ahead and gain college credits at Georgetown. The Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions Summer College courses are designed to smoothly transition you into the world of higher education with a rich mix of lectures, dynamic classroom debates, and visits from distinguished guest speakers.

Immerse yourself in a learning experience alongside current Georgetown undergraduates, guided by esteemed faculty members, and delve into rigorous academic work that lays the foundation for your future academic achievements.

With an array of five-week on-campus courses and eight-week online courses, you can curate a summer schedule that fits your goals—whether sticking to one format or blending both. After completing your course(s), you’ll be able to showcase your hard work with an official transcript from Georgetown University, a testament to your dedication and academic prowess.

Program Options

Explore your academic passions and get a jump on college credits with Georgetown’s Program Options:

Summer Honors Intensive: Are you ready to challenge yourself? Dive into an intensive learning journey where you can enroll in two courses per session, potentially earning a whopping 12 credits—the equivalent of a full university semester. Commit to this path, and upon completion, you’ll be awarded a Summer Honors Intensive Certificate, a distinguished acknowledgment of your scholarly dedication.

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Summer College Online: For those who prefer the flexibility of learning from anywhere, the eight-week Summer College Online program offers select college credit courses in a fully digital format. These online classes deliver the same robust curriculum as their on-campus counterparts, giving you the freedom to learn without borders.

Summer College Program List of Courses

  • Cyborg: HumanMachine Interface
  • Strike!
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Football & the American Dream
  • Anth Perspectives on Clim Chge
  • Renaissance to Modern Art
  • Photo I: Digital
  • Photo I: Digital
  • Painting I: Oil
  • Painting I: Oil
  • Art of the Book

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  • Ecology & the Environment
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Intro to Forensic Chemistry
  • Intro to Comp Science: Python
  • Intro to Comp Science: Python
  • Math Methods for Comp Sci
  • Computer Science I
  • Computer Science II
  • Econ Principles Micro
  • Econ Principles Micro
  • Econ Principles Macro
  • Econ Principles Macro
  • Intermediate Micro

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  • American Gothic Fiction
  • Race, Rap, Power
  • War & Terrorism in Pop Culture
  • Intro to Cultural Studies
  • Intro to Filmmaking
  • Intro to Filmmaking
  • Documentary Film: Hist & Theory
  • Introductory French I
  • Intermediate French I
  • Intermediate French II
  • Advanced French I
  • Intro Germ I: Contemp Germany

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  • The U.S. Political System
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • International Relations
  • International Relations
  • International Relations
  • Elements of Political Theory
  • Elements of Political Theory
  • Gender, Int’l Peace & Security
  • Intro Early Hist: Europe I
  • Hist Focus: Citizenship in the US

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  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Hist Focus: Far Right Politics
  • Atlantic World
  • History of China II
  • Latin America I
  • Middle East II
  • Intro to Justice & Peace
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II

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  • Persian for Arabic Speakers: I
  • Persian for Arabic Speakers II
  • Intensive 1st Level Persian I
  • Intensive 1st Level Persian II
  • Intro to Ethics
  • Intro to Ethics
  • Intro to Philosophy
  • Intro to Philosophy
  • Intro to Philosophy

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  • Basic Physics
  • Principles of Physics
  • Principles of Physics
  • Principles of Physics II
  • Principles of Physics II
  • Prin of Physics I Lab
  • Prin of Physics I Lab
  • Prin of Physics Lab II
  • Prin of Physics Lab II
  • Public Speaking
  • Intro to Storytelling
  • General Psychology

AP Physics C Exam

Academies

Glimpse into the college experience through these accelerated programs at Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions Academies program:

1-Week Academies

American Politics Academy Jul 14–20, 2024
Artificial Intelligence Academy Jul 28–Aug 3, 2024
Creative Writing Academy Jul 14–20, 2024
International Relations Academy Jun 23–Jul 27, 2024
Law Academy Jun 9–Jul 13, 2024
1-Week Medical Academy Jun 9–Jul 13, 2024
National Security & Intelligence Academy Jul 21–27, 2024
Nursing Academy Jul 14–20, 2024
Washington & the World Academy Jul 28–Aug 3, 2024

2-Week Academies

Biotechnology for Science & Health Academy Jun 16–28, 2024
Entrepreneurship Academy Jun 16–28, 2024
Forensic Science Academy Jul 28–Aug 9, 2024
Pathways to Social Justice Academy Jun 30–Jul 12, 2024
Sports Industry Management Academy Jul 7–19, 2024

3-Week Academies

Business Academy Jul 14–Aug 2, 2024
Economics Policy Academy Jul 14–Aug 2, 2024
Foreign Policy Academy Jun 23–Jul 12, 2024
3-Week Medical Academy Jun 9–28, 2024

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Why should you go to the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

There are many reasons why you should consider attending Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions. Here are just a few:

  • You’ll have the opportunity to explore your interests and earn college credit.
  • You’ll meet classmates from around the world and build your network.
  • You’ll learn from prestigious Georgetown faculty and engage in challenging coursework that will prepare you for success in college and beyond.
  • You’ll develop valuable skills that will help you succeed in college and beyond, such as test-taking strategies for the SAT and ACT, college search and admissions process, and more.

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How to get into the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

To get into Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current or rising high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or rising senior during the academic year prior to your summer program.
  • Show evidence of good academic standing, with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Complete a 300- to 500-word personal statement describing why you want to attend the Summer High School Programs at Georgetown University.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or another person who can speak to your academic abilities.

How to apply to the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

To apply to Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions, follow these steps:

  • Application Fee: Pay a non-refundable fee of $50 to submit your application.
  • Personal Statement: Craft a personal essay between 300 and 500 words explaining your desire to participate in the program, to be uploaded with your online application.
  • Recommendation: Include one reference’s contact details in your application. They will be prompted to provide a recommendation letter once you apply and pay the fee.
  • Transcript: Send an unofficial or official transcript to [email protected], or by mail to the Admissions Office.
  • International Students: Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores. If you are from a bilingual school, have a school official email your school profile instead. Visit the international students’ resources page for more on visa and insurance requirements.

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How hard is it to get into the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

The program is open to high school students, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is recommended to apply early. While Georgetown University does not provide information on the selectivity of the Hoya Summer High School Sessions, sources suggest that paid summer programs like Georgetown’s are not very selective.

When is the deadline to apply to the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

The deadline to apply to Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions is May 15. However, there is an early bird deadline of January 31, and the application fee is waived for all applications submitted by this date.

When do I find out about my application to the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, and applicants are typically notified of their admission decision within two to three weeks of submitting their application.

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Where is the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions take place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

When does the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions take place?

Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions take place during the summer months, with programs ranging in length from one to eight weeks. Specific program dates can be found on the program calendar.

Key Dates

Enrollment for the Summer 2024 courses will commence on Monday, February 5, 2024.

Application Opens: November 15

Rolling Application Review Begins: November 15

Early Bird Deadline: January 31*

Final Deadline: May 15

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Summer College 1:

June 3–July 5, 2024

Summer College Online:

June 3–July 26, 2024

Summer College 2:

July 8–August 9, 2024

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Early Bird Deadline: January 31*

Final Deadline: May 15**

*For all applications submitted by this date, the app fee will be waived.

**Applications will not be reviewed after this date.

How long is the Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions?

Georgetown Hoya Summer High School Sessions range in length from one to eight weeks, depending on the program or course you choose to take.

As the summer sun sets on another transformative season, we reflect on the vibrant journey that Georgetown University’s Hoya Summer Programs offer high school students. These programs are a launchpad for young minds yearning to reach the stars of their potential.

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Emerge not only with newfound knowledge but also with the confidence and inspiration that only a Hoya summer can instill. So, to those students standing on the cusp of their future, eager to carve out their own path, consider the Hoya Summer Programs. Explore a vibrant community where the leaders of tomorrow are trained. Seize the opportunity to be part of something extraordinary, and carry the spirit of Georgetown with you as you ascend to new heights in your academic and personal journeys.

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