Summer Programs for High School Students

MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible to apply?
When is the application deadline?
What are the payment deadlines?
Which programs offer college credits?
Which programs are non-credit?
Does Georgetown University provide transportation to campus?
When will students know their residence hall assignments?
What is the extent of supervision that students receive?
What time is check-in/check-out?
What happens if a student forgets his or her NetID and/or password?

THE APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT PROCESS
General Information

Can international students apply?
Can home-schooled students apply to summer programs?
Do students who took the program last year need to reapply?
Once a student is accepted or approved for enrollment, is he/she required to attend?
What are the Campus Life Forms and why are they important?
Are scholarship opportunities available?

Summer College (Courses for Credit) Program
What are the application requirements?
How many letters of recommendation does a student need?
What if a student has not yet taken the PSAT, SAT, or ACT?
What if I want to take a course that is not listed on the website?

Non-Credit, Pre-College Programs: Institutes, Immersions, College Prep
What are the application requirements?
Once a student's application has been approved, is he/she guaranteed a spot?

PREPARING FOR GEORGETOWN
Are students permitted to commute to campus?
Can students bring a car to campus?
How do students sign up for on-campus housing?
Can a student request a specific roommate?
How do students pay for their housing and tuition?
Can students arrive to campus a day early or stay a day late?
What is the "Pre-College Fee?"
When do Summer College (courses for credit) students sign up for classes?
What happens if a student forgets the classes for which he or she is registered?
Can a student arrive late to the summer program?
Where can students find information about refund policies?
Are residence halls air-conditioned?
Where can I send my son or daughter packages and letters?
What kinds of social events and activities are available?
Do students need to bring their own bedding?
Is there a dress code?
Where can parents park on check-in day?
Do all students need to purchase a meal plan?
How do students cancel a meal plan?
Do students receive any form of identification?

WHILE ON CAMPUS
Who can parents contact with concerns while their son or daughter is on campus?
Can the Dining Hall accommodate students with specific dietary needs?
Do students have access to a fitness facility on campus?
Is there an ATM on campus?
What if a student has an allergy or needs to take a certain medication?
What time should commuter students arrive to campus each morning?
Will students need to purchase books?
How do students find out where their classes meet?

RESIDENCE LIFE
What safety precautions are taken in the residence halls?
What types of rules and regulations are there?
How are students supervised in the residence halls?
What types of activities will there be?
What is the policy regarding going off campus?

AFTER THE PROGRAM HAS ENDED
Do students receive grades?
How do students receive transcripts?

THE APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE PROCESS

Who is eligible to apply?
We accept applications from rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school who are in good academic standing at the time of enrollment and have no academic or school suspensions on their records. Recent high school graduates looking for credit courses to take over the summer should apply to Georgetown Summer Sessions.
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What are the application requirements for the Summer College (courses for credit) program?
Each student is required to submit online an application form, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor (submitted directly by recommender), a 300-word essay addressing the student's interest in the program, a $50 application fee, standardized test scores, and an official high school transcript.
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What are the application requirements for non-credit, pre-college programs: Institutes, Immersions, and College Prep?
Each student must submit online a completed application form, a guidance counselor form (submitted online directly by guidance counselor), a 300-word essay addressing the student's interest in the program, and a $50 application fee. Once a student's application has been approved, he/she can then register for his/her preferred program online, as course availability allows.
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Once a student's non-credit application has been approved, is he/she guaranteed a spot in the program?
No; a student does not have a spot until online registration and full payment are completed.  We cannot guarantee or hold any student's spot; it is up to the student to register and pay online in order to secure a spot in his/her preferred program.
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When is the application deadline?
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, typically beginning in January, but it is best to apply early since programs fill up quickly. Students are encouraged to apply before the Priority Application Deadline of April 15.
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How many letters of recommendation does a student need?
A formal letter of recommendation is required only for Summer College (courses for credit). Only one recommendation is necessary. Please be sure the recommendation comes from a teacher, principal, guidance counselor or another individual who has worked with the student in an academic environment.
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What if I want to take a course that is not listed on the website?
Any request to take a course not listed on the full course list must be submitted in writing to highschool@georgetown.edu. Requests will only be reviewed from students who have been admitted to the five-week college credit courses program.

Please include in your request: your name, the course number of the course you would like to attend, and your justification for being allowed to take the course. Additionally, if the course has prerequisites you must include unofficial transcripts demonstrating that you have satisfied those prerequisites. All approved requests are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts. Please do not contact class instructors directly to request permission to enroll.
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What if a student has not yet taken the PSAT, SAT, or ACT?
Please note that standardized test scores are only required for students applying to Summer College (courses for credit). We encourage students interested in applying to Summer College to take their standardized tests as soon as possible. For students who have not yet taken the PSAT, SAT, or ACT standardized tests, we recommend that you consider applying to our non-credit, pre-college programs such as the Institutes, Immersions, or College Prep.
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When are the payment deadlines?

  • Students who are admitted into Summer College (courses for credit)) must pay in full (tuition and housing) no later than June 3 for Session I and July 1 for Session II. Students who do not complete payment by these deadlines will be dropped from their course(s) and may be charged a late fee for re-enrollment.
  • Students who are approved to register in non-credit programs (one-week Institutes, three-week Immersions, and the College Preparatory Program) should register and pay in full as soon as possible in order to obtain a spot.  Please note that due to the popularity of our programs, we cannot guarantee any admitted student a spot in his/her program until tuition payment is made in full online with a credit card. Please note that we only accept credit card payments online through the student portal.

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Can international students apply?
Yes, international students are encouraged to apply. Please note that all Summer College (courses for credit) F-1 visa holders must maintain a minimum of six credits per session. Additionally, while online, credit courses are open to residents of most countries, there are some exceptions. Please consult the Important Policies for Online Students page for a list of those exceptions.

< p>Students in the Institutes, Immersions, and the College Preparatory Program are not eligible for I-20 issuance.

 

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Can home-schooled students apply?
Yes, we welcome applications from home-schooled students. In addition to noting the application requirements found under How to Apply, eligible home-schooled students applying to a summer high school program should be sure to provide the following:

  • An official transcript with all course grades from year 9 (high school freshman) through the present. Full transcripts must be supplied every year, regardless of a student's previous submission of materials in a past semester or year to the School of Continuing Studies.
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or another person who can speak to the student's academic abilities and capacity to thrive in a college environment (recommendation letter cannot come from a family member or paid tutor).
  • Course descriptions, books used, and methods of formal academic evaluation.
  • Detailed information about the home-schooling program or agency providing the program. In the event that the student's program is not being offered and certified by an outside agency and local/state board, the professional/academic qualifications of the home school provider must be included. Additionally, copies of any local/state waivers received by the program must be included for the file. This information helps our Admissions Office ensure equity and fairness*
  • Any official scores from standardized tests that have been taken.
  • An official transcript from any courses that may have been taken at a local college.

*SCS respects and values home school programs, and we welcome applications from students who have been home-schooled. We also recognize that home school programs can vary based upon individual local/state rules and regulations. Please note: Our high school programs are offered by, and adhere to, federal rules and regulations and those instituted within the District of Columbia. Local/State rules and regulations for home school programs outside of the District do not necessarily apply to our admissions process and procedures.
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Do students who took the program last year need to reapply?
Yes, returning students must complete a new application with updated materials. If you still have your GOCard from your previous visit, please make sure to bring that GOCard with you.  
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Which programs offer college credits?
Summer College (courses for credit) offers college credits. Students in Summer College can earn up to a total of 6 credits per session by enrolling in two undergraduate courses per session, for a total of 12 credit hours across both the first and second sessions.
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Which programs are non-credit?
The College Preparatory Program, three-week Immersions, and the one-week Institutes are non-credit offerings.
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Are scholarship opportunities available?
A limited number of partial tuition merit and need based scholarship opportunities are available only to students who have been admitted to the five-week college credit courses. College Prep, English Intensive College Prep, Institutes, and Immersions do not have any opportunities available at this time. These awards do not provide for travel, room fees, meal plans, application fees or the pre-college fee.

Please complete the Partial Scholarship Application Form for scholarship consideration.

Note: In order to access the form, you must log out of all other Google accounts and ensure that you are only logged in using your Georgetown issued NetID (apps.georgetown.edu).

What are the Campus Life Forms and why are they important?
Once a student is accepted and registers for his/her program(s), the student will immediately need to complete a number of important documents and submit them back to the Summer Programs for High School Students office. These documents include the Medical Permission Form, Immunization Certificate Form, if applicable, a Meningitis Vaccine Waiver Form, Program Expectations and Campus Regulations for Pre-College Students Form, Statement of Responsibility Form, and the Release Form. These forms must be completed and returned to the School of Continuing Studies as quickly as possible. Students who have not completed and returned their forms will not be permitted to enter or stay in Georgetown housing or attend any aspect of the program. They will not be refunded for any paid fees.
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Once a student is accepted or approved for enrollment, is he/she required to attend?
A student who decides not to attend should send an e-mail to highschool@georgetown.edu. If a student enrolls in a program or course and then decides not to attend, it is up to the student to initiate a drop and request a refund where applicable; otherwise, financial charges will be incurred.
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PREPARING FOR GEORGETOWN

Does Georgetown University provide transportation to campus?
Georgetown University does not pick up students and bring them to campus. To get to campus, students must make arrangements to travel to and from area airports, train stations and bus stations. Students should enter the University via the Canal Road entrance. The address is 3609 Canal Road N.W., Washington D.C. 20057. Students can take a taxicab or arrange to be picked up by Super Shuttle. From the main gates, students will be able to walk to the check in location.

Students can easily arrange ground transportation from the three area airports:

  1. Reagan National Airport is just minutes from Georgetown
  2. Dulles International Airport is about 25 miles from Washington, DC
  3. Baltimore/Washington International Airport is about 40 miles from Washington, DC

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Can students bring a car to campus?
No, students are not permitted to have a car on campus. Some commuter students choose to drive to campus for their classes; however, please be aware that parking is extremely limited.
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Are students permitted to commute to campus?
Students participating in Summer College (courses for credit) are welcome to live at home and commute to campus each day. Students in the one-week Institutes, three-week Immersions, and the College Preparatory Program are required to live on campus in the residence halls.
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How do students sign up for on-campus housing?
Housing is required for all students participating in the Institutes, Immersions, and the College Preparatory Program and is included in the tuition charge at the time of registration. Students participating in Summer College (courses for credit) have the option of commuting or living on campus. Summer College students who are exclusively enrolled in online classes are not eligible for on-campus housing. A student must be enrolled in at least one on-campus course to live on campus. Students who need housing will be able to indicate their residential status on their admissions application.
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Can a student request a specific roommate?
Summer at Georgetown does not accommodate roommate requests in order to support a true college living and learning experience. Students will meet their roommates on arrival day.
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How do Summer College students pay for their housing and tuition? 
Summer College (courses for credit) students can submit payment through their MyAccess account. 
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Can students arrive to campus a day early or stay a day late?
Students must adhere to the program check-in and check-out times. Students are not permitted to check-in prior to the start of their program. Students must check-out of the Residence Hall the day their program ends.  
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What is the Pre-College Fee?
We assess the $598.00 Pre-College fee to all Summer College (courses for credit) students, whether or not they are residents. The fee is used for additional campus support that the high school programs warrant due to the younger age of student participants.

All students, whether residents or non-residents, benefit from the additional on-campus supervision, the orientation, the closing events, and the various social activities that are set up for students, such as ice cream socials, dances, and movie nights. Students can also use the Yates Field House fitness facility. All students are entitled to enjoy additional academic high school programming, including exciting campus lectures.
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When will students know their residence hall assignments?
A student learns the residence hall in which he or she will be staying two weeks prior to the start of his or her program.
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When do Summer College (courses for credit) students sign up for classes?
Credit course registration takes place online once a student has been admitted and has received his/her University Net ID and password. If you need help choosing classes or would like suggestions, please contact highschool@georgetown.edu.
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What happens if a student forgets the classes for which he or she is registered?
Summer College (courses for credit) students can use MyAccess to view their academic records, class schedule, grades, billing statement and other personal data. MyAccess is also used for course registration.
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Can a student arrive late to (or depart early from) the summer program?
Students admitted to Summer College (courses for credit) may not miss any class meetings due to the intensive, credit-bearing nature of the coursework.
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Where can students find information about refund policies*?

  1. Application fees for all programs are non-refundable.
  2. For Summer College (courses for credit), tuition is 100% refundable only if the student drops a course before the end of the designated add/drop period in each session. After that date, students will receive a percentage refund of the tuition only, depending on when they drop a course. The full refund schedule can be found on the Summer Sessions website. High school students participate in Session I, Cross Session (Online), and Session II. A student who withdraws after the add/drop period receives a "W" on his or her academic transcript.

    Housing and the Pre-College Fee are non-refundable two weeks or closer to the program start date.
  3. For the high school non-credit programs, which include the College Preparatory Program, English Intensive College Preparatory Program, three-week Immersions, and the one-week Institutes, students may drop up to three weeks before their program begins and receive a full tuition refund. After that time, no refund will be granted.
  4. Students who are dismissed from any high school summer program for any reason do not receive a refund or academic credit, where applicable.
  5. For further details, including the procedure for withdrawing and requesting refunds, please see the welcome packet for the program you have been admitted to:

Are residence halls air-conditioned?
Yes, residence halls are air-conditioned; however, students may bring fans if they wish. Every room is carpeted and furnished with a bed, a desk, and a chair for each resident. Bookshelves, drawers, and closets are built into the rooms. Residence halls have laundry facilities available to students (machines work with students' GOCards). Males and females are separated, usually by floor. To read more about student housing, please visit Student Living. 
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Where can I send packages and letters?
Please address packages and letters to your son or daughter’s Residence Hall Office (e.g., New South Residence Hall Office) at 37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 20057. Please be sure the student's name and academic program are written clearly on the package. Students will need to present a photo ID when picking up a package.
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What kinds of social events and activities are available?
Students are encouraged to engage in the rich and varied cultural life of the University during the summer. Supervision is provided by the Academic Program Assistants and Resident Advisors. Students are encouraged to participate in organized ice cream socials, dances, movie nights, and other activities. Non-resident students are welcome at all events.
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What is the extent of supervision students receive?
All students are closely supervised by their assigned Program Assistants and Resident Advisors. Resident Advisors live in the residence halls with students and receive extensive training. The Resident Advising staff conducts a room check each night.
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Do students need to bring their own bedding?
For the Institutes, linen service is provided. For all other programs, students are required to bring their own linens. Please be sure to pack extra long twin sheets.
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Is there a dress code?
Generally, dress is informal. Please be aware that summer in Washington can be very hot and humid, so be sure to bring cool, comfortable clothing. A good pair of walking shoes is highly recommended, especially for off-site visits. Laundry facilities are available in residence halls. For programs that have off-site visits, business dress is required for both men and women. Students participating in any medical program must bring closed-toed shoes and pants for lab work. Students who are not dressed properly will be unable to participate in the labs.
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What time is check-in/check-out?
Student check-in may be at either 2pm or 4pm, depending on their program, on the Sunday they arrive at Georgetown. On the afternoon of check-in, students can get their GOCards (Georgetown ID cards), explore campus, and have dinner. Check-out time begins at 7am. on either the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday that the student's program ends. After check-out, students in non-credit programs will participate in a closing ceremony.
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Where can parents park on check-in day?
Families should plan on entering the Georgetown campus via the Canal Road entrance and then proceed to the Southwest Quad Parking Garage. Please refer to the campus map. For parking information, please contact the Office of Transportation Management.
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Do all students need to purchase a meal plan?
Meals are included in the tuition for all Institutes, Immersions, and the College Preparatory Program. Students enrolled in Summer College (courses for credit) have the option of signing up with Georgetown's meal plan. Non-resident students are also welcome to register for a meal plan. Please visit the Summer Meal Plan Web site to view options and registration instructions:
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How do students cancel a meal plan?
All meal plan cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Meal plan cancellations must be made by the Wednesday prior to the program start date.  Meal plan cancellations must be made in writing to Genevieve Lundstrom at lundstrom-genevieve@aramark.com.
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Do students receive any form of identification?
Students will receive GOCards, which function as student ID and access cards. Students will get their GOCards on the day they arrive and carry the cards with them at all times. If the student has a GOCard from a previous program, please make sure to bring that GOCard with you.  More information about using your GOCard is available at the GOCard Office. To expedite the process on check-in day, students should submit their GOCard photos at least 30 days before your program’s start dateone month in advance.  Please follow the instructions shown here.
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WHILE ON CAMPUS

Who can parents contact for concerns while their students are on campus?
For all academic issues Monday-Friday from 9am-5:30pm, please contact a parent services advisor at 202-687-7087 or send an email to highschool@georgetown.edu. 

For judicial concerns, housing issues while on campus, and early departure requests, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 202-687-4056 between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday. For emergencies outside of these business hours, please contact the Resident Adviser on duty at 202-230-7111. You can also contact the Department of Public Safety at 202-687-4343 and ask to be connected to the Hall Director on Duty.
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Can the Dining Hall accommodate students with specific dietary needs?
Leo O'Donovan Dining Hall offers students a wide variety of buffet-style meal options daily. If you have specific concerns, please feel free to contact University Dining directly. Please note that students who purchase a meal plan or have a meal plan included in their program must dine at Leo's. Please click here for other on-campus eating locations that accept cash, credit cards, and GOCards.
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Do students have access to a fitness facility on campus?
Yes, students are encouraged to enjoy the university athletic facilities at Yates Field House.
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Is there an ATM on campus?
There are numerous ATMs located across the campus.
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What if a student has an allergy or needs to take a certain medication?
The Medical Permission Form, which goes to Student Health, Program Assistants, and Resident Advisors, provides the opportunity to explain any medical issues or concerns. Students are expected to manage their individual medications and are responsible for dispensing their medications.
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What time should non-resident students arrive on campus each morning?
Non-resident students participating in Summer College (courses for credit) should arrive on campus in time for their individual classes.
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Will students need to purchase books?
Students who are enrolled in credit courses will have required textbooks. Students will find out textbook titles either at Orientation or during their first class meeting. Books may be purchased at the Georgetown University Bookstore, located in the Leavey Center on campus. Students should plan to budget approximately $150.00 per course for textbooks.
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How do students find out where their classes meet?
Summer College students will need to visit the Registrar's website or log into their MyAccess accounts to determine the location of their classes. For the Institutes, Immersions, and College Prep, schedules are posted to Blackboard prior to the start of the program.
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What happens if a student forgets his or her NetID and/or password?
A university NetID is an assigned, unique electronic identifier for each authorized user at Georgetown. A student who forgets his or her NetID or password should click for Password Reset Instructions. Additionally, each student should enroll in Password Station.
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RESIDENCE LIFE

What safety precautions are taken in the residence halls?
Security Guards are stationed at major residence hall access points. All Security Guards are supervised by the Department of Public Safety. Additionally, each night after 7pm Georgetown University Resident Assistants (RAs) are available to high school students. The RAs are members of the Office of Residence Life team. The University operates an emergency response team 24 hours a day to respond in the event of significant emergency situations.
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What types of rules and regulations are there?
High school students are expected to adhere to the Program Expectations and Campus Regulations, which they read and signed upon acceptance into the program. Safety is a top priority, and students must follow these Expectations to ensure the well-being of the community. Any rule violation will result in some level of adjudication. If found committing a violation, students will meet with a member of the professional staff who will then decide the best course of action. Students found committing major infractions will be sent home.
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How are students supervised in the residence halls?
Students are assigned to a Resident Assistant (RA), a Georgetown student pursuing his or her degree over the summer.  RAs will work with the students to maintain a positive community on the floor through community-building activities. RAs are assigned to groups of approximately 50 high school students at a time. Though curfew and bed checks are done each evening and supervision is provided at all planned programs, it is important to note that students may not be supervised at all times if they choose not to participate in planned activities or during free times and unscheduled breaks.
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What types of activities will there be?
On the first night of their program, all students will have a floor meeting to go over program rules and expectations, meet their new community members. Toward the end of each week, the residential staff will host a social event.  Past events have included dances, carnivals, and game nights.
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What is the policy regarding going off campus?

Please click on the links below to view the respective campus leave policies.

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AFTER THE PROGRAM HAS ENDED

Do students receive grades?
Students in Summer College receive grades that can be accessed online through MyAccess. Students in the Institutes and Immersions will receive completion certificates. College Preparatory students will receive their evaluations by mail approximately four weeks after the program has ended.
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How do students receive transcripts?
Summer College students are able to request official Georgetown University transcripts through MyAccess.  At the time of course or program registration, Summer College students pay a one-time $20 transcript fee, which covers any current and future transcript requests. Please note that any credit student who withdraws from a program after that program has started will receive a "W" on his or her credit transcript. Additionally, any Summer College student who is dismissed from a program will also receive a "W."
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