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College Credit Jumpstart for High Schoolers (virtual)

College Credit Jumpstart for High Schoolers is a pre-college summer program designed for high school students who are interested in earning college credit and experiencing an academically fulfilling WPI college course. WPI’s five-week online pre-college summer program will allow students to explore STEM curriculum alongside WPI’s world-renowned faculty. ​Students will have access to WPI tutoring to ensure they are able to receive their college credit.

Program at a Glance

  • Earn college credit in a 5-week virtual program
  • Offered asynchronously and recorded or live in person (as listed in the course description). Utilize tutoring support to ensure your academic success
  • Connect with WPI faculty, staff, and undergraduate students

Audience: Students Entering Grades 11 & 12
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2023
Application Cost: No fee
Application Materials:

  • Application which includes short essay and list of involvement
  • Official transcripts are preferred, but self-submitted transcripts are also accepted
  • Recommendation(s)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test (required for international applicants)

Dates: July 10 - August 11, 2023
Cost: $2,895

Summer information session sign up

Virtual Information Sessions - 2023

Interested in learning more about our interactive summer program for high schoolers? Click the link below to register for our upcoming information sessions for summer 2023 programs.

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Course Information

We have over 30+ courses in either STEM or Humanities you can choose to explore this summer. Our full list of course offerings is now available. Whether you're interested in studying humanities and arts courses like the Fundamentals of Music or online STEM classes like biotechnology and computer-aided design, our online pre-college summer program covers it all.

frontiers for credit
Some other programs were just classes, but Frontiers' commitment to making it as close to an in-person program, all the fun activities, like baking class and bingo nights, and preparing its participants for the future is what really sets it apart.
Caroline R.
Frontiers for Credit Participant

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How do I know what textbooks and supplies to purchase?

    Any textbooks and supplies that are required for the class, will be communicated from the professor and will be listed on the WPI Bookstore website. Each course ranges on the necessary materials, but the average is $200 per course.

    Last updated: July 21, 2022
  • How many courses should a student take?

    We recommend that students enroll in one summer course during a session. These are college courses with rigorous content that are taught in only five weeks. We want high school students to have enough time and energy to dedicate to one class so they are successful in this endeavor.

    Last updated: July 21, 2022
  • What type of students will be enrolled in summer courses?

    WPI's summer courses are open to many constituents including WPI undergraduate students, visiting undergraduate students, high-achieving high school students, and other guests.

    Last updated: July 21, 2022
  • How does college credit work?

    Students who are taking a WPI summer course will be able to use the course credits at WPI as an undergraduate student (in the future) or transfer them to another university. In the WPI structure, we would refer to the course as 1/3 of a credit, but at other universities, the course would be considered 3 credits. Upon completion of the course, we will provide the student a copy of their official WPI transcript with the course information.

    Last updated: July 21, 2022
  • Does College Credit Jumpstart for High Schoolers help my chances of getting admitted to WPI?

    As part of an undergraduate application, WPI does look at demonstrated interest. This means that an interaction with WPI would be noted, which could range from visiting with WPI as a college fair to attending an on campus event. Participating in College Credit Jumpstart for High Schoolers would be another form of demonstrated interest. Please note that by participating in any particular event or opportunity, that does not guarantee admission into WPI.

    Last updated: November 16, 2022
  • What if I have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in school?

    If a high school student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or questions about classroom accommodations, please email the Director of Accessibility Services, Amy Curran,  She will work directly with students and families regarding options. 

    Last updated: July 21, 2022
  • What are the program policies? What does the refund policy look like?

    The WPI Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs strives to provide a safe, secure, educational and fun environment for our summer programs participants. In order to achieve this, we ask that all parents, guardians, and participants acknowledge the policies. Learn more about our program policies including refund policies for summer pre-college experiences here

    Last updated: July 21, 2022
  • When do I select my course for College Credit Jumpstart?

    Students will be able to select their course for College Credit Jumpstart, upon being accepted and confirming their spot in our program. Upon confirmation, students will be able to register for their course of choice via their letter in the application portal. To view the full list of course offerings visit here.

    Last updated: November 16, 2022

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