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Program Overview

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 one course (pass / fail)
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request
  • Enhanced understanding of college life

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    Program Detail

    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)

    Week 1 Schedule

    Time Block Sunday, July 14 Monday, July 15 Tuesday, July 16 Wednesday, July 17 Thursday, July 18 Friday, July 19
    9:00am - 10:30am Arrival for Residential Students Tufts Orientation Intro / Advanced Python
    Includes Breaks
    Intro / Advanced Python
    Includes Breaks
    Intro / Advanced Python
    Includes Breaks
    Intro / Advanced Python
    Includes Breaks
    10:30am - 12:00pm Summerfuel Orientation
    12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    2:00pm - 3:00pm Software Package Download and Afternoon Activities Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Python Exercises
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Web Scraping
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Web Scraping
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Natural Language Processing
    3:00pm - 3:30pm Break Break Break Break
    3:30pm - 5:00pm Speaker Series
    (builds context for how its used and why it matters, etc.)
    Speaker Series
    (builds context for how its used and why it matters, etc.)
    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)
    5:00pm - 5:30pm
    5:30pm - 6:00pm Initial Orientation & Opening Dinner Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

     

    Week 2 Schedule

    Time Block Monday, July 22 Tuesday, July 23 Wednesday, July 24 Thursday, July 25 Friday, July 26
    9:00am - 12:00pm Intro / Advanced Python
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced Python
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced Python
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced R
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced R
    Includes breaks
    12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    1:00pm - 3:00pm Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Natural Language Processing
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Neural Networks
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Mapping
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Data Modeling
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Twitterbot
    3:00pm - 3:30pm Break Break Break Break Break
    3:30pm - 5:30pm Intro to Application Development
    (How they work, different frameworks, different types of apps)
    Intro to Application Development
    (How they work, different frameworks, different types of apps)
    Intro to Application Development
    (How they work, different frameworks, different types of apps)
    App Design Competition Work time App Design Competition Work time
    5:30pm - 6:00pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

    Week 3 Schedule

    Time Block Monday, July 29 Tuesday, July 30 Wednesday, July 31 Thursday, August 1 Friday, August 2
    9:00am - 12:00pm Intro / Advanced R
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced R
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced R
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced R
    Includes breaks
    Intro / Advanced R
    Includes breaks
    12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    1:00pm - 3:00pm Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Topic Modeling
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Topic Modeling
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Mapping
    Skill-Building Modules (by Level):
    Data Visualization
    App Design Competition Work time 
    3:00pm - 3:30pm Break Break Break Break Break
    3:30pm - 5:30pm App Design Competition Work time  App Design Competition Work time  App Design Competition Work time  App Design Competition Work time  App Presentations
    5:30pm - 6:00pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
    6:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Closer Dinner & Awards

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    Residential Students

    Check-in & Orientation  |  Residential Life  |  Residential Staff  |  Dining  |  Activities & Trips  |  Supervision  | Campus Security

    Check-in & Orientation

    Check-in will begin at Harleston Hall at 9:00am on Sunday, July 14. Students are welcome to arrive on campus and check in anytime between 9:00am and 5:00pm. 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 5:00pm 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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

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    Commuter Students

    Commuting to the ProgramOrientationDining | Supervision | Campus Security

    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 5:00pm on July 14 with an orientation and end at 8:00pm on Friday, August 2 with a closing dinner. The following days are not program days and commuter students should not come to campus on these days: July 20-21 and July 27-28. 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 6:00pm at the latest, though students may leave at the end of their afternoon sessions at 5:30pm. Students remaining on campus past 6:00pm 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 (8:00pm) 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 5:00pm 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.

    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.

    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 6:00pm 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.

    Campus 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.

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    Life at Tufts

    Student Life & Campus Tour | University Facilities | Health & Wellness | Supervision | Campus Security

    Student Life & Campus Tour

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Campus 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.

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    Application Materials & Deadlines

    Apply Now

    Application & Key Enrollment Dates

    Program Application Opens Application & Admissions Document Deadline Payment Deadline Enrollment Forms Deadline
    Programming & App Design December 1 April 1 April 30 or upon enrollment thereafter June 22

    Program Eligibility

    *Deadlines are driven by the specific courses students intend to enroll in. Please see the Summer Session academic calendar for more details.

    Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs. This page includes instructions for both types of students.

    Student Eligibility

    Program Eligibility Requirements for All Students
    Programming & App Design Entering Grades 10-12

    Non-Native English Speakers

    If you are a non-native English speaker, you will be asked to submit documents demonstrating your proficiency in English. The following are our eligibility standards:

    English Language Proficiency Requirements
    Test or Course Test Score or Course Grade
    Paper-Based TOEFL 550 or above
    Computer-Based TOEFL 213 or above
    Internet-Based TOEFL 79 or above
    IELTS 7.0 or above
    CET-4 550 or above
    CET-6 520 or above
    Intermediate English Course Transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in the last 2 years
    All-English High School or Middle School Transcript demonstrating 1+ years

    Application Requirements

    Please note that, for students under 18, parents will be asked to confirm their approval of the application. The application will ask you for the following:

    Application Information & Requirements

    Basic Personal Information Recommender Contact Information Test Scores Academic History & Transcript Other Requirements
    Yes 1 Optional Yes n/a
    Official High School Transcript (back to 9th grade)

    Delivery options:

    • Mailed to:
      Tufts Pre-College Programs
      Dowling Hall
      419 Boston Avenue
      Medford, MA 02155

    • Emailed: 
      By your high school to summer@tufts.edu
    Parent Permission Form

    As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide your parent/guardian name and contact information. Once you submit your application, our systems will email the parent/guardian you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online parent permission form.

    Letter of Recommendation

    If your application requires a letter of recommendation, you will be asked to provide and name and contact information for the person you would like to write your letter. This person can be a teacher, counselor, mentor, etc. Once you have entered the contact information, our system will send this person an email with instructions for how to submit their letter of recommendation online.

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    Tuition & Fees

    Program Rates

    Residential rate: $6,500
    Commuter rate: $5,000

    Additional Information & Related Policy Information

    • Deposit required (see below)
    • In no cases are incidentals, medical / dental fees, transportation to / from the Program covered in the program fees

    Deposits & Health Insurance

    Non-Refundable Program Deposit: $550

    • A pre-payment on tuition is required to reserve space in the program
    • This deposit will be applied toward program tuition and is not an additional fee
    • The balance of payment for tuition is due upon notification of charges, and no later than April 1, 2019
    • This deposit is non-refundable in the event of withdrawal from the program

    Health Insurance 2018: $282

    Health Insurance 2019: TBD (Coverage dates: TBD)

    • All high school students enrolled in Tufts College Experience or Pre-College Intensives must carry valid U.S.-based health insurance
    • Students will be asked to provide evidence of sufficient insurance during the enrollment process. If your student has sufficient insurance, no further action will be necessary.
    • Those who do not have sufficient insurance will be asked to purchase a plan during the enrollment process.

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    Financial Aid

    Tufts Pre-College Programs are committed to welcoming students from all backgrounds to Tufts’ campus. Although we have only limited financial aid available, we do our best to distribute the funds to students for whom it can make the greatest difference in their ability to attend.

    Availability of Awards

    Each of the programs offering financial aid in this way offers a very limited number of scholarships, typically covering 75—100% of the program fee based on demonstrated need. We will distribute two awards in February and will continue to issue awards in March and April, until all available funds have been distributed.

    Please note, international students are not eligible for financial aid at this time. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like travel, books, etc

    Process

    1. Complete the Admissions Application for the pre-college program you would like to attend.
    2. Submit a Financial Aid Application (found below) for that program to summer@tufts.edu.
      1. Deadlines. Submit by the dates below to be considered for that month’s review cycle. Submissions will not be considered after available funds have been distributed.
        1. February: submit by February 21
        2. March: submit by March 24
        3. April: submit by April 24
    3. We will review your Financial Aid Application after we have received the materials below and you have been admitted into the program:
      1. Completed Admissions Application
      2. Parental Consent Form (emailed to your parent after completing your application)
      3. Letter of Recommendation (if needed)
      4. High School Transcript (if needed)
    4. If you receive an award
      1. You will be notified by email within five business days of the deadline.
      2. You will have 10 business days to accept the award by emailing summer@tufts.edu.
      3. Tufts Pre-College Programs will then credit your student account with the amount of financial aid you received.
      4. Please note: Your enrollment in the program is still contingent on payment of any remaining balance after the award is applied to your account, and on receiving your enrollment forms.
    5. If you do not receive an award, your application will be automatically considered in the next application cycle, unless funds are no longer available.
    6. Once all of our funds have been distributed, we will notify all remaining applicants.

    Financial Aid Application

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    Policies

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