Summerfuel Summer Programs: Study Abroad Programs for High School Students


UC Berkeley offers students a wonderful summer environment in which to live and learn about the college application process.

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July 27 - August 7, 2014
Program Fee:
Completing 10 or 11
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The Summerfuel College Admissions Prep Program (CAP) held on the campus of UC Berkeley is a intensive and thorough preparation for the college admissions process. Course content includes college counseling, instructive college admissions workshops, SAT preparation with the Princeton Review and excellent essay writing classes.

Each CAP program has a carefully orchestrated calendar of courses, workshops, college visits and sightseeing opportunities. Daily SAT preparation and Essay writing classes are complemented by engaging college admissions workshops, enlightening one on one college counseling and eye opening visits to area universities and colleges.

Please note this program is operated by Summerfuel at UC Berkeley, one of several locations where Summerfuel operates a program. The University and its Conference Services are not responsible for the program in any way.

Working Together

Every CAP student will be asked to submit detailed responses from his or her family. Our experienced college counselors will work with the information provided by both parents and students to create an admissions plan uniquely suited to each student.

Lowering the Stress

When a student joins a Summerfuel CAP program he or she becomes part of a supportive community of professionals and peers. At CAP students ask questions in a relaxed environment where they can focus on who they are and what they want.

Getting Results

Every student who completes a CAP program will have:

  • A detailed list of colleges and universities to consider when applying
  • Improved SAT results with continued support from the Princeton Review
  • A polished personal statement with written commentary
  • A personal resume
  • An easy to follow admissions calendar with deadlines and reminders


The program is such a motivation booster…it got me extremely excited to go to college. I now know what to work on, how to prepare and how to look for a college. What I loved about the program was that all the staff were excellent and I made good friends."

Alex F., California

Student Life
Life in a day

Cal is an ideal place to get the hang of life on a college campus.

SAT Prep Class

SAT Prep with the Princeton Review will meet every morning from 9 AM – 12PM.

SAT Prep Class

Take a break from class to grab some lunch and enjoy campus with friends.

College Counseling

Meet with your counselor one-on-one to discuss what you are looking for in a college.

Essay Writing

Essay Writing will meet every afternoon from 4:15 – 6:15 PM.

College Admissions Workshop

Every evening meet as a group to discuss a different admissions topic.

Evening Activities

There's still room for fun at CAP! Finish each day with a chance to participate in planned activities and hang out with friends.

Situated just across the bay from the magnificent city of San Francisco, Cal Berkeley is one of the nation's premier public research universities. Once you’ve finished your coursework for the day, our dedicated residential staff helps you make the most of your time on campus. With the help of your RAs and friends you can plan on pickup ultimate Frisbee games on the quad, coffee/ice cream runs, karaoke nights, and movie nights, to name some past favorites.


At Berkeley, you will live in a Cal dorm complex known as Unit 1 or Unit One-derful. The Unit 1 complex consists of six halls built around a spacious, green courtyard.


Crossroads dining hall is just a short walk from Unit 1. Your meal card will give you access to full buffet style dining options. When we leave campus, we'll take our meals on site whether at a university or college we're visiting or in the city.


All UC Berkeley residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and only students living in that hall have key access. During evening hours a Security Monitor staffs the lobby entry. All residents are required to swipe their ID cards to enter the building and use keyed entry for their bedroom.

Each day Summerfuel CAP Berkeley students will start with SAT preparation classes by the Princeton Review. 18 hours of instruction will provide comprehensive SAT preparation (math, verbal and writing). 3 full diagnostic SATs will also be administered and scored to provide students with performance feedback on live tests. All CAP students will have a Princeton Review account to view their results and continue practicing for the fall SAT.

The Princeton Review Guarantee:

  • Continued support if you are not satisfied with your score improvement
  • Continued support if you feel you are not ‘ready' to sit for the SAT
  • Individualized score reports giving detailed information on strengths and weaknesses
Essay Writing

Polish Your Personal Statement

Your college application essay, or personal statement, is one of the only parts of the application over which you have complete control so it is especially important that you take the time to make it effective and meaningful. A great application essay will present a personal and compelling view of you to the admissions committee. It will round out the rest of your application and help you stand out from the applicant pool.

The CAP essay writing course is designed to help you become a stronger, more confident writer. 14 hours of expert writing instruction will help you work methodically through the writing process: formulating a thesis from the material of your life and crafting it into a concise and engaging college application essay. Learning how to tactfully and realistically present yourself in a personal essay will accomplish your goal: allowing admission officers to learn more about you.

Our Writing Faculty

All Summerfuel writing instructors are highly skilled writers with significant experience teaching the art of essay writing. Every Summerfuel writing instructor will help students focus on the writing process by employing the use of drafts, revisions and editing. Peer workshops and individual tutoring will also be used to help students improve their writing skills.


Finding the Best Fit

At each Summerfuel CAP program, a team of experienced college counselors will lead students in their discovery of the college admissions process. CAP college counselors are dedicated counseling professionals who are currently working in the field as college admissions officers or high school college counselors. Many counselors have real college admissions experience and provide priceless inside knowledge about the process.

One-on-One Counseling

Each college counselor will work closely with you and meet with you for at least two individual counseling sessions. These personalized sessions give you the opportunity to take lessons learned in larger college admissions workshops and apply them to your individual experience. Together with your counselor you'll work to define your list of target schools, refine your extracurricular resume and discuss ways to reach your admissions goals in the upcoming year or years.

Admissions Workshops

In the evening, you'll meet for workshops that will focus on various aspects of the admissions process. Workshops will provide a very practical time to apply your skills, test your knowledge and ask questions. With approximately 20 hours of interactive, engaging workshops you will gain greater insight into almost every aspect of the college admissions process.

Sample workshop topics include:

  • What to Expect from Higher Education: Students look at who they are now, what they feel their academic and extracurricular goals are in college and what goals they might have for graduate or professional education.
  • How to Evaluate a College: What do these fancy brochures represent? If my cousin went there, should I? How can I determine if the social environment is right for me?
  • Assembling Your Application: What are the key pieces? How can I improve on what I have now? Will admissions professionals understand the value of what I've done?
  • College Visits 101: Ways to make the most of a college visit. How to ask questions of your admissions representative, your tour guide and anyone else you meet on the way. Taking notes and making comparisons.

The best way to evaluate a college and decide whether it's right for you is to visit in person. At CAP, we will take advantage of our host site and several nearby colleges and universities in order to help you better understand how to maximize the impact of each of your college visits. We'll introduce you to several different types of institutions to help you begin to get a feel for a place or an environment that feels "right."

Past college visits include

  • Stanford University
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of San Francisco
  • San Francisco State University
  • UC Berkeley

Senior Staff

Every CAP location will have senior staff in residence that will take full responsibility for the safety and well-being of Summerfuel students. Senior staff will provide an important support system for students as they complete this intensely focused program.

Resident Advisors (RAs)

RAs are an essential part of the Summerfuel experience and are hired solely to support and act as role models to our students. RAs are college upperclassmen or recent graduates with experience in residential life. They live on each floor, with one RA for every ten students. RAs will always be available to organize activities, provide appropriate resources, and answer questions and make sure our students get the most out of their summer.

Safety & Security

The safety, security, and overall well-being of our students is our utmost priority.

  • 1 to 8 residential staff to student ratio
  • 24-hour security at Carman Hall
  • Electronic key pass required for entry into residence hall buildings
  • 11pm daily curfew
  • Zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use