Tuition and Fees
Location: Tufts University
Medford / Somerville Campus
Eligible Students: Entering Grades 10-12 and must be at least 15 by program start
Credit: Tufts Credit, pass / fail
Housing: Tufts dormitory with air conditioning (OR Commute if local)
Supervision: Full-time support staff 1:10 RA ratio
Program Fee: Forthcoming
Financial Aid: Limited scholarship funding available<
Applications Open: December 1, 2018
Applications Close: April 1, 2019
Application Requirements (core): Academic transcript and history
1 letter of recommendation
Optional: standardized test scores

Program fee for residential students includes:
Tuition, take-home lab materials, room, 3 meals per day (brunch and dinner on Sunday), use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.

Program fee for commuter students includes:
Tuition, take-home lab materials, lunch each day, use of select campus facilities, closing dinner, excursions and daily activities outlined as a part of the program schedule.

Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten apart from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses. For Commuter Students, non-program weekend and evening activities, breakfast, dinner (except for closing dinner), housing, and daily transportation are not included.

Disclaimer:
This program is not related to Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions. Participation in this program does not result in admission to a Tufts University degree program.

Tufts Pre-College Intensive:
Programming & App Design

July 14 – August 2, 2019
3 weeks. Tufts Credit.
Residential or Commuter.

Immerse yourself at Tufts University with an exciting, engaging, three-week summer program created for those who want to develop their programming skills with hands-on training in an immersive environment. Learning from experts in the field, the program will equip students with the programming skills and design concepts needed to develop apps that can make an impact in the world today.

Much more than a traditional college readiness program, Programming and App Design will enable participants to work together to develop in-demand programming skills. Our program is designed to help students learn programming or develop their skills whether they have never coded before or are advanced.

Just five miles northwest of Boston, Tufts University’s Medford / Somerville tranquil campus sits on a hill overlooking the city. Tufts’ location offers a relaxed and safe campus environment with easy access to Boston.

Join us for your summer studies and share the Tufts experience!

Program Highlights:

  • Top-ranked university just minutes from Boston
  • Learn to code for app development in Python and R
  • Connect your passions to data-intensive research methods
  • Gain skills in hands-on workshops to apply to real-world problems
  • Work together with your team to build, deploy, and pitch an app
  • Interact with programming experts
  • Make lifelong friends with students from all over the world

Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience
  • Skills and foundational knowledge critical for success in today’s data centric world, e.g.,:
    • General Python and R programming
    • Web scraping
    • Natural Language Processing (NLP) and topic modeling
    • Neural networks
    • Data modeling, analysis, and visualization
    • Image recognition
  • Tufts college credit for a partial course (pass / fail)
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request
  • Enhanced understanding of college life

Not for you? Check out one of our other programs.

Program Structure

This program will combine engaging lectures, skill-building workshops, and iterative app design which is critical to success in data-intensive fields.

Each day there will be a new module, consisting of a practical lecture followed by a hands-on activity which applies those concepts and skills. Additionally, a speaker series and introduction to application development provides the tools, creativity, and expertise needed to develop a new app. The first week will start with basic programming building blocks in Python and setting up our computing environment for programming. Later that week, we dive into how to scrape data from the internet and process the resulting text using natural language processing. Throughout the evenings, the speaker series will explore what we can do with the skills we learn and why it matters.

In week two, a series of workshops on application development will ignite our interest in how application development works, frameworks for development, and different types of apps. We will learn about image processing and machine learning concepts such as neural networks, alongside visualization concepts such as mapping and graphing information.

The third week will start the app design competition, where students will have a chance to apply what they’ve learned so far in developing their own app. To support this work, skills in the statistical programming language R will be developed, including: data modeling/analysis, topic modeling, and data visualization. Students will split into teams for developing the app and will be supported by hands-on assistance to work through issues.

Participants will reside in student dormitories and share meals in campus dining halls throughout the three-week program. Participants will expand their social network of peers and gain insightful mentors while acquiring an authentic understanding of the undergraduate experience. They may even come away with an app that truly makes an impact on an area of interest. We hope to have you join us at Tufts!

Tentative Summer 2019 Schedule (to be finalized)

15 16 17 18 19 22 23 24
M T W Th F M T W
9 Arrival for residential students Tufts Orientation Intro / Advanced Python
Includes breaks
9:30
10
10:30 Summerfuel Orientation
11
11:30
12 Lunch
12:30
1 Skill-Building Modules (by Level)
1:30 Software Package Download and Afternoon Activities Python Exercises Web Scraping Web Scraping Natural Language Processing Natural Language Processing Neural Networks Mapping
2
2:30
3 Break
3:30 Speaker Series
(builds context for how its used and why it matters, etc.)
Intro to Application Development
(How they work, different frameworks, different types of apps)
4
4:30
5 Initial orientation and opening dinner
5:30 Free Time
6 Dinner

25 26 29 30 31 1 2
Th F M T W Th F
9 Intro / Advanced R
Includes breaks
9:30
10
10:30
11
11:30
12 Lunch
12:30
1 Skill-Building Modules (by Level)
1:30 Data Modeling Twitterbot Topic Modeling Topic Modeling Mapping Data Visualization App Design Competition Worktime
2
2:30
3 Break
3:30 App Design Competition Worktime
(groups or individuals? A way for individuals to have a role in a group project?)
App Presentations
4
4:30
5
5:30 Free Time
6 Dinner Closing Dinner & Awards

Information for:

Residential Students

Student Life

We endeavor to make every moment of the student experience at Tufts memorable for our students. Every piece of the student-life experience, from our dorms to our dining halls, our athletic facilities to our check-in and orientation is designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.

Take a Tufts Virtual Tour

Check-in and Orientation

Check-in will begin at Harleston Hall at 9am on Sunday, July 14. Students are welcome to arrive on campus and check in anytime between 9am and 5pm. During check in, room assignments will be distributed and students will have the opportunity to meet their RAs and roommates and unpack.

Students arriving internationally or from the West Coast may have the option to arrive on Saturday if there is no possibility of arriving on Sunday. For students arriving from out of town, there is a shuttle service from the airport and train/bus station for students arriving from out of state. We provide a lot of details about Travel after you have been admitted to the program.

All students are required to attend Orientation, which will begin at 5pm on July 14. During Orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. Students will also have the opportunity to confirm their course schedules and staff will be on-hand to address any issues.

Activities & Trips

We want your summer to be fun too! It is summer after all! Summerfuel will be planning trips and activities throughout the summer that will allow students to make friends, build relationships, and relax from the world-class academic work they will be doing in the classroom.

Weekend trips might include excursions to Six Flags New England, Crane Beach in Ipswich, downtown Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Duck Boat tours, Charles River Cruises, and more! The cost of any such excursions (including transportation, entrance fees, regularly scheduled meals, and supervision) is included in the cost of the program, although souvenirs, extra food, and other incidentals is not.

Daily activities might include ice cream socials, midnight pancakes, trips to local coffee houses for poetry readings, lectures around campus, visits to Davis Square, etc. The cost of most of these activities will be included, however incidentals like coffee at the coffee house or public transportation fares for an optional activity will not be covered by the program.

Residential Life

Residential students will get the full Tufts University experience by spending their 2 weeks living on campus in one of Tufts undergraduate dorms: Harleston Hall! Tufts partners with Summerfuel, a well-known provider of high school summer programming, to provide top-quality residential and social experiences for its students. Rooms are air-conditioned; 24/7 security and hospitality is available; and accessible rooms are available upon request.

Bedrooms will be doubles on a common hall. Halls are divided by gender and age, and students are grouped into smaller communities known as Resident Advisor (RA) groups. Roommates and RA groups are determined based on the pre-program housing questionnaire. Full bedding and towels will be provided and will be replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.

Resident Advisors will live on each hall and will work to create a strong, supportive residential community. A Resident Advisor’s role is to support students in every aspect of their summer experience while serving as a mentor and active leader. Summerfuel senior staff also live in residence and are available to help address student concerns and emergencies, day or night.

Dining

Residential program fees include three meals per day (brunch and dinner on Sunday). All meals on campus will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and an organic salad bar. When we are off campus on weekends, meals will be provided off-site. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise us of dietary needs during the application process.

University Facilities

Students will have full access to the university’s facilities including the libraries, computer lab and student center. Students will also have full access to Tufts’ Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, featuring squash ball courts, a swimming pool and cardio and weight-training equipment.

Health & Wellness

Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program, Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and will collect details regarding allergies and accessibility concerns. Tufts and Summerfuel staff will work together to ensure students’ routine medical needs are met.

Tufts also has procedures in-place for students with urgent or emergency needs, illnesses, or injuries. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.

For health and wellness emergencies, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.

Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.

Safety & Security

The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each staff member is carefully vetted through a written application, personal interview, professional reference check and mandatory background check.

Residential Staff

Residential staff will support students as they adjust to living in a dormitory and being responsible members of a summer program community. The residence staff will include a director, senior staff and one resident advisor for every ten students. Prior to the program, residence staff will be trained to lead student groups, manage student conflict and resolution and oversee all safety aspects on program. They will begin the program well prepared to meet the needs of all Tufts Pre-College Program students.

This summer's team will be led by George Kinzel, a 20+ year Summerfuel veteran. George has spent his previous summers directing the Summerfuel Amherst program before it was relocated this year to Tufts.

Meet George

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic sessions each day. Attendance is taken at each class. During free time, students may choose between an event organized by the residential staff or an individual pursuit such as classwork, laundry or relaxing in the dorm. Students are allowed freedom to explore with friends within specified areas surrounding the campus. In the evenings, students will check in with residence staff, and staff will often use that time to catch up on the day’s events. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for pre-college students states that students cannot leave campus without the supervision of an RA or a staff member.

Security

Tufts campus is considered very safe among U.S. college campuses. Although crime on campus is unusual, we do have an open campus in a major metropolitan area and we expect our students to exercise good judgement and responsibility as they navigate the campus. Tufts University maintains its own police department, on the job 24 hours a day, if an emergency arises. Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light phone system and residence halls require a current and valid Tufts ID card for entry and a mechanical key for access to bedrooms.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.

Harleston Hall is accessible with a current and valid Tufts ID card, which is required for entry into the building and a mechanical key for your bedroom door. Tufts University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance. The Summerfuel office is located in the building’s entrance corridor and serves as the information and security hub for students.

A dedicated residential staff oversees student safety during the entirety of the program. Students are honor bound to follow clear safety protocols whether on campus or in the city, and are required to use the buddy system during free time.

See our section below for additional information and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns.

Commuter Students

Commuting to the Program

We know that for some students, living on campus is not the best option. We still welcome you to our program! For commuter students, the program will begin at 5pm on July 14th with an orientation and end at 8pm on Friday, August 2nd with a closing dinner. The following days are not program days and commuter students should not come to campus on these days: July 20th / 21st and July 27th / 28th. During each day of the program, commuter students must arrive on campus at 8:45am to the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall so they can walk over to their sessions with their friends. Students must depart from campus by 6pm at the latest, though students may leave at the end of their afternoon sessions at 5:30pm. Students remaining on campus past 6pm or on non-program days will not be under the care of program staff (parents accept responsibility) except on the first Sunday and last Friday of the program, on which days the end of the opening / closing dinners (8pm) will be the official departure time for students.

Commuter students and their parents are responsible for ensuring their student travels to and from campus safely and on time each day. Detailed information about traveling to the Medford / Somerville campus, including details on parking, can be found here.

Please note: commuter students are not permitted to enter any residence halls on campus. Breakfast / dinner are not provided for these students.

Orientation

All students are required to attend Orientation, which will begin at 5pm on July 14th. During Orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. Students will also have the opportunity to confirm their course schedules and staff will be on-hand to address any issues.

Student Life

We endeavor to make every moment of the student experience at Tufts memorable for our students. Every piece of the student life experience, from our dorms to our dining halls, our athletic facilities to our check-in and orientation is designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.

Take a Tufts Virtual Tour

Dining

Commuter program fees include lunch each day of the program. All meals on campus will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and an organic salad bar. When we are off campus on weekends, meals will be provided off-site. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise us of dietary needs during the application process.

University Facilities

Students will have full access to the university’s facilities including the libraries, computer lab and student center. Students will also have full access to Tufts’ Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness center, featuring racquet courts, a swimming pool and cardio and weight-training equipment.

Health & Wellness

Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program, Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and will collect details regarding allergies and accessibility concerns.

Tufts has procedures in-place for students with urgent or emergency needs, illnesses, or injuries. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.

In any type of health & wellness emergency, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.

Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops each day. Attendance is taken at each class. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for pre-college students states that students cannot leave campus during class time without the supervision of a staff member. Commuter students’ commute to campus and time before 8:45am or after 6pm will not be monitored by program staff, although Tufts community members have Tufts University Police Department and other campus safety protocols available at all times.

Security

Tufts campus is considered very safe among U.S. college campuses. Although crime on campus is unusual, we do have an open campus in a major metropolitan area and we expect our students to exercise good judgement and responsibility as they navigate the campus. Tufts University maintains its own police department, on the job 24 hours a day, if an emergency arises. Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light phone system. For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.

Policies

Please see the policies section of this website for a complete list of applicable policies, including the following: