Summer Program Offers High School Students Chance to Earn College Credits

News Story: May 1, 2012

Qualified high school seniors and juniors can earn college credit in Digital Animating & Computer Gaming, Academic Writing, Modern College Math, Intro to Criminal Justice or any of the 15 diverse classes being offered this summer as part of Sacred Heart University’s new Pre-College Program.

The three-week program is designed to give driven teens the opportunity to earn three college credits, experience academic life on a college campus and explore new interests.

“This program gives students the chance to delve into a class that interests them, as well as earn credits and jumpstart their college careers,” said Angela Pitcher, director of Summer/Winter and Special Programs at Sacred Heart.

Taught by Sacred Heart faculty, classes run for three weeks, July 9-27, starting at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. Each class is three hours long providing the same curriculum and contact hours that a SHU student would experience during a fall or spring semester.

Based on specific class requirements, grades will be given over the course of the program for assignments, quizzes and other work. At the end, a final transcript will be mailed to the student and kept on file at SHU, listing the course, title, credits and grade the student earned. The credits and grade may be transferable to other accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for students, and we’re equally excited to provide this unique experience to rising high school juniors and seniors,” Pitcher added.

Tuition for the program is $1,035 a class. Even though class times vary and it’s possible to take more than one, Pitcher recommends students stick to just one class. “These are college-level courses, and we want students to succeed and have a great experience.”

Interested students must apply for the program. To qualify, students must fulfill all requirements for sophomore or junior year prior to July 9; have at least a B average; obtain a guidance counselor recommendation; and complete the needed application form. The form, along with descriptions of all classes, is available online at

The Pre-College program at SHU will continue to accept applications through the end of June.  Most students receive notification within two to three weeks. Notification of acceptance is sent by email and includes information on how and where to obtain the needed textbooks, as well as any other necessary information.

The 2012 Pre-college Summer program at SHU is non-residential.

For more information about SHU’s Pre-College Program, contact Angela Pitcher at (203) 371-7942 or