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Spend the summer in Boston – America’s College Town – learning about the college admissions process from leaders in the admissions field.

Session 1: June 28 - July 11, 2020
Session 2: July 12 - July 25, 2020
Program Fee:
Residential: $5,495
Day Student: $3,500
Campus Dormitory
Completing 10 or 11
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, SAT preparation, college visits, individual college counseling, 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.
Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.

Summerfuel's College Admissions program is designed to support students in every aspect of the college admissions process, from the reflection and discovery needed to craft a list of prospective colleges to the skills needed to perform well on standardized tests.  Every Summerfuel college admissions program includes SAT preparation, essay writing coursework, individualized college counseling, instructive college admissions workshops and guided college admissions tours.

Summerfuel College Admissions programs are offered at Tufts University and at UC Berkeley.  Although the curriculum at each site is the same, at Tufts University, located just outside Boston, students are afforded the greatest access to the widest variety of colleges and universities.  The Tufts campus provides a comfortable, relaxing space to unwind and have fun and nearby Boston provides just the right amount of opportunity for adventure and exploration.

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Program Outcomes

Every Summerfuel College Admissions program alumnus will have:

  • Confidence in their ability to face the admissions process.
  • Familiarity with the SAT and continued test preparation practice online.
  • Experience writing a meaningful personal statement.


  • A well-vetted personal resume.
  • A custom college admissions report with a suggested list of colleges, standardized test guidance and application deadline details.



Daily Schedule

  • 09.30 am • SAT PREPARATION
  • 12.00 pm • LUNCH
  • 04.00 pm • ESSAY WRITING
  • 06.00 pm • DINNER
  • 09.00 pm • FREE TIME / ACTIVITIES

Standardized test preparation is usually the piece of the college admissions puzzle that students and families worry most about.  All students want to feel confident that they have performed to their best ability on the SAT.  Test preparation is highly specialized and demands constant review and revision as test offerings change. Because of this, since 1984, Summerfuel has chosen to partner with the Princeton Review, considered the hallmark in standardized test preparation whether in a classroom or online.



At College Admissions Edge, the Princeton Review provides Summerfuel students with eighteen hours of classroom based instruction plus three scored diagnostics.  All CAE students will have an online account with the Princeton Review so that they can continue to prep after the program ends.  Finally, all students will be eligible for an online fall brush-up course to prepare them for the October test dates.


• Eighteen hours of instruction.
• Three timed, scored diagnostics.
• Individualized score reports for every diagnostic.
• Continued support from the Princeton Review.
• A fall brush-up course in preparation for the October testing.


Summerfuel has offered students test preparation opportunities for many years.  Over the years we have found that students who have exposure to the SAT become much more confident in their ability to master the test.  With familiarity and the voice of an expert instructor guiding them, students move through test sections more quickly leaving less to chance when sitting for the actual SAT.  Our goal is to help each of our students perform to the best of his or her ability during the admissions process.  Test prep is one important part of that puzzle.



Every College Admissions Edge Essay Writing course is designed to help students reflect on their lives and realize that within their experiences they have plenty of material to craft an excellent admissions essay or personal statement.



Every student has an important story to tell beyond their grades and test scores.  Unfortunately, all too often the college admissions essay strikes fear into the hearts of even the highest achievers.  What can I say to be admitted? How can I possibly compete?  CAE faculty listen to students brainstorm and inspire them to take their story and sculpt it into a compelling narrative.


The writing curriculum is intended to help each student become a stronger, more confident writer.  During sixteen hours of instruction and further time dedicated to out of class follow up, studetns will formulate a thesis, and learn to craft it into a concise and engaging personal statement.  Writing classes meet every afternoon during program.  Essay writing will not meet on scheduled college visit days.


All Summerfuel CAE writing faculty are highly skilled writers with experience teaching high school students. 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.

Faculty Bio: Jason Roush

Jason completed his BA at Emerson College and his MA at Boston University. He has taught writing, literature and interdisciplinary courses on cultural studies at Emerson College since 1999. Jason joined Summerfuel CAE as a writing instructor in 2010.

Faculty Bio: Melissa Schoenberger

Melissa completed her BA with Honors at the University of Rochester and both her MA and DPhil in English Literature at Boston University.  Melissa has experience teaching undergraduate writing courses at Boston University.  She joined the writing faculty at CAE Tufts in summer 2015.




Every Summerfuel College Admissions Edge program has a team of experienced college admissions counselors as its backbone.

Prior to the program, families will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their student’s interests, strengths and direction with respect to college admissions.  Once on site, college counselors will schedule one-on-one counseling sessions with each student in order to map out a clear and realistic plan to approach the college admissions process.  College counselors will consider family input, student input, student academic performance, student extracurricular strengths and evidence of standardized test scores to appropriately advise each student. 


Together with college admissions experts, Summerfuel has crafted a unique admissions workshop curriculum designed to provide students with information about every aspect of the admissions process.  Students will participate in eight admissions workshops led by the college counseling team.  The workshop setting provides a collaborative, positive environment where questions are welcome and encouraged.

College Counselor Profile: Lawrence Alexander II

Lawrence has experience as the Director of College Counseling at the Ross School in New York and the Director of College Admissions at The Ivy Key.  Lawrence has used his college counseling experience and enthusiasm to contribute to Summerfuel’s CAP programs since 2014 when he joined the counseling team at our Berkeley location.  Lawrence has since worked with Summerfuel students at CAE Columbia and CAE Tufts.

Sample Workshops Include

• Defining Goals and Dreams: Students reflect on current interests and pursuits and examine goals for college as well as graduate or professional education.

• Evaluating a College:  This workshop will show students how to look past marketing material and personal opinions of friends and family to determine if a college is a good fit for them.

• Assembling Your Application: Using the Common Application as a base, this workshop will explain key pieces of every college application and share best practices for completing components.

• How to Visit a College: Students will learn what questions to ask to get the answers they need.  College experts will share information about how to best document a college visit.




The Tufts location affords CAE students the opportunity to visit the widest variety of colleges and universities.  Boston is home to thirty-five higher education institutions and most are easily accessible from Tufts.  Visits to different types of institutions (public/private, large/small, urban/suburban) will enable students to better discern differences and determine the environment that feels most comfortable to them.


Students and college counselors will discuss student preferences during their one on one advisory.  Counselors will use student feedback from college visits to advise them of institutions with a similar feel or structure so that students have a college search list that is a good personal fit.


• Boston College
• Boston University
• Emerson College
• Harvard University
• Babson College
• Northeastern University
• Tufts University



The Tufts University campus, situated on grassy hill just minutes away from downtown Boston, offers excellent facilities and a comfortable living environment with easy access to the exciting cultural opportunities of a city. The Summerfuel Tufts staff will make sure that students experience life at Tufts and life in Boston during their campus stay.  Focused coursework will be balanced with visits to the gym, games on the quad, movie nights, ice cream and coffee runs, sightseeing and shopping. 


At Tufts, fully air-conditioned bedrooms are shared doubles on a single-gender hallway with bathrooms and common rooms just down the hall.  South Hall is located downhill on the Tufts campus, situated next to basketball and tennis courts as well as the Ellis Oval, Aidekman Arts Center and Carmichael Dining Hall. Summerfuel will use student responses to the housing questionnaire to pair roommates and group students in gender specific residence groups.  Senior Staff will also live in residence and are available to help with any issue 24/7.


Summerfuel CAE students will enjoy 3 meals a day throughout the program. While on campus, meals will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall where ten food stations offer varied options, including vegetarian and vegan fare, deli bars, salad stations, pizza and more. Meals will be provided off-site during college visits and excursions.  Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise Summerfuel of dietary needs during the application process. 


Each CAE program will allow students opportunities to relax, have fun and socialize.  Residential staff will work to meet the extracurricular needs expressed by students. 

Every afternoon and evening there will be opportunities to visit the gym, explore the nearby town of Medford, join in silly games, enjoy crafts or work with staff to create a new event.
Past favorites include:
Glow soccer, Summerfeud, fro-yo runs, movie nights, Capture the Flag, henna tattoos, no-cook cooking workshop, board game night, Frisbee golf, late night breakfast.

Weekend Excursion: Boston Sights

Sightseeing in Boston will include highlights like Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Common and Newbury Street shopping.  The trip to Boston will be customized to include additional sights based on student interest.




The safety and well being of our students is of paramount importance to us.  Each program will have two distinct specialist teams – one to manage residence life and one to manage academic success. Each staff member is carefully vetted using a written application, personal interview, professional reference check and required background check.


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 fifteen 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 Summerfuel students.


Summerfuel students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops 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 an area surrounding campus defined by the program director.  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 campus is considered very safe amongst US college campuses.  Located just five miles outside Boston, students will need to take normal precautions of people living near a large city but crime on campus is unusual.  Tufts University maintains its own police department and Tufts Emergency Medical Services provides medical aid to the university community 24 hours a day.   Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light system and dormitories require a fob for entry and a key for access to bathrooms and bedrooms.

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