Summer Study at the Colorado State University

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Our pre-college programs at Colorado State University combine challenging academics, exciting outdoor activities and sports, and a thrilling social environment all set against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains! We offer 2, 3, and 4 week programs that will suit any student's need. Students enroll in 2 or 3 enrichment classes designed to introduce students to career exploration and pre-professional areas as well as practical classes for high school and college and fun, exciting subjects too. Also available is the Kaplan SAT prep course, Global Sustainability courses and community service workshops! Creatively planned afternoons focus on sport-specific clinics, motivating discussion groups, special events, intramural sports, and thrilling outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and even an exciting optional camping weekend! Enjoy a weekend of adventure every weekend!

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Do not do this

The Summerstudy.com program is terrible. It offers 2 1 hour classes and the rest is largely unsupervised. Unless your child is incredibly self disciplined the opportunity for trouble is huge.

They mix boys and girls from 14 to 18 together and use 20 year old to supervise.

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Summer Study prides itself on running outstanding, safe and well-supervised pre-college programs for high school students. We have been doing so for 25 years at multiple locations, quite successfully. I'd like to address your comments by phone (we are available 6 days a week, 631-424-1000) as well as in a typed response. Students enrolled in our programs may select a curriculum which includes taking either 2 or 3 enrichment classes per day...Some students prefer to spend more time in the classroom, learning as many subjects as possible than others. Additionally, we have an add/drop period of 3 days (just like in college) where students may switch out of one class and into another. Some students may select to take 2 classes with us and then arrive to campus to add an additional class, totaling 3. Students may also add a 4th enrichment class to their schedule if time allows. To say that students are unsupervised is inaccurate and false. Hired Staff Advisors (SAs), who dedicate their time to our programs 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the length of the program, are 22 - 30 years old. These are not RAs who mainly are concerned with their students only when in and around the dorms...but rather our SAs are constantly involved in the lives of our students from morning to night (at breakfast, in the classrooms, at afternoon activities, at dinner, at night activities, on weekend trips and to check in at curfew every single night of the programs). I will agree with your comment that students attending Summer Study must be self disciplined so as to not seek out trouble while on our programs. Obviously, we are not able to watch every student, every minute of every day. However, at no time during their summer experience, is a student ever completely on his or her own. We have an office set up in the dorm that the students live which is open from 8am - 2am, all 7 days a week. Additionally, every student and staff member is given an emergency phone number to call in the event of an emergency. In closing, I apologize if your son/daughter did not have as enjoyable and experience with Summer Study as 99% of our students do. Perhaps he/she was not ready for a pre-college experience where students are able to learn the skills (such as time management, responsibility, independence) that are necessary to be successful in college. Again, I am happy to discuss your concerns by phone if you like.

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For more than 20 years, SUMMER STUDY PROGRAMS has been offering high school students the rare opportunity to "taste" college life while still in an organized and supervised environment. Our mission is to offer "The Total Pre-Collegiate Experience."...