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Tufts - session 1

Discover new interests, pursue existing passions and create a summer to remember with students from around the world.

Session 1: June 28 - July 11, 2020
Session 2: July 12 - July 25, 2020
Both Sessions: June 28 - July 25, 2020
Program Fee:
One Session: $4,595
Both Sessions: $8,495
Campus Dormitory
Ages 14-17
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, 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, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, 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 Pre-College Program at Tufts offers an exciting opportunity for curious and passionate students who thrive in a supportive and engaging environment. Experience college life just outside of Boston on the campus of a top-ranked US university, and prepare intellectually and socially for a successful college career. Our Pre-College summer programs for high school students inspire exploration and discovery, with dynamic seminar and workshop options. Courses are structured to encourage hands-on participation, while activities are customized based on student interest, ensuring a highly personal experience.

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  • JUNE 28 • Hello Tufts!
  • JUNE 29 • Orientation-Classes
  • JULY 03 • Rock n' Bowl
  • JULY 04 • Beach trip / Fireworks
  • JULY 05 • Explore Boston
  • JULY 10 • Awards / Party
  • JULY 11 • Goodbye Friends


  • JULY 12 • Welcome to campus
  • JULY 13 • Orientation-Classes
  • JULY 17 • Boda Borg Adventure
  • JULY 18 • Canobie Lake Trip
  • JULY 19 • Boston Touring
  • JULY 20 • Awards / Party
  • JULY 25 • Goodbye Boston!


  • 08.30am • BREAKFAST
  • 09.15am • MORNING COURSE
  • 12.00pm • LUNCH
  • 02.00pm • WORKSHOPS
  • 04.30pm • AFTERNOON COURSE
  • 06.30pm • DINNER
  • 07.00pm • FREE TIME
  • 08.30pm • EVENING EVENTS
  • 11.00pm • CHECK-IN


Tufts enjoys a privileged location set high on a hill overlooking downtown Boston. At just five miles northwest of the city, Tufts is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed campus environment, and still have access to all of Boston’s resources.


Harleston Hall, formerly known as South Hall, is located on lower campus, near many university amenities. Air-conditioned bedrooms are mostly doubles furnished with extra-long twin beds, desks, chairs, and a built-in closet. Rooms are on a common hall, and halls are divided by gender and age. Roommates are determined based on the housing questionnaire that students fill out prior to arrival, as well as considering age and geographic diversity. Full bedding and bath towels are provided and replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus. 

University Facilities

Students have full access to libraries, computer lab, student center, and the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, featuring racquet courts, a swimming pool, and cardio and weight-training equipment. Nearby basketball and tennis courts are open for use as well.


All meals on campus are 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, and an organic salad bar. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Meals will be provided off-site during excursions. Please advise Summerfuel of dietary needs during the application process.


Students have full access to vibrant Davis Square, the center of downtown Somerville and Tufts’ off-campus life. Downtown is full of cafes, restaurants, and shops, as well as the local T-stop, connecting you right to the city of Boston.

The Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday, Davis Square plays host to the most varied and well-attended farmer’s market around. It’s a great spot to grab a fresh snack in between classes.

Johnny D’s

This jazz club in Davis Square is a legend, attracting both popular and up-and-coming acts, and offers great New Orleans grub to boot.

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market

Historic buildings, myriad food choices, and world-class street performances make this a delicious destination.

Newbury Street

This bustling street is packed with a wide range of mall favorites, specialty boutiques, and designer outposts.

North End

Pasta and pastries rule the streets of this historic Italian neighborhood.

Boston Museums

Wander through the Museum of Fine Arts that boasts an impressive world-class collection; The Museum of Science that hosts a variety of interactive exhibits for curious minds; or, the New England Aquarium, home to hundreds of species of marine life.


At Summerfuel we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We design courses that reflect the strengths of the university and the greater Boston area in order to incorporate field trips, expert speakers, and hands-on learning opportunities. Curricula is created to foster students’ ability to think critically and independently. 

Seminar Structure

Students select one morning major course and one afternoon elective course. Morning courses meet five times per week, and afternoon courses meet four to five times weekly.
Courses are seminar style with an emphasis on participation and engagement. Although course content will be challenging, homework is limited to ensure that students make the most of their experience at Tufts. Course size ranges from eight to sixteen students per class. 


Take the learning beyond the classroom with these hands-on, immersive workshops. Explore something new, or hone an existing passion while working closely with your peers and Summerfuel team members. Workshops meet five afternoons per session. 

Suggested Course Pairings

Pre-College programs are intentionally designed to incite broad exploration, and we urge students to pursue wide-ranging interests. These pairings are offered based on student recommendations of complementary courses:

Entrepreneurship | Introduction to Finance

Criminal Justice & Corrections | International Relations & Diplomacy

Medical Science | DNA & Molecular Biology 

Developmental Psych | Psychology of the Criminal Mind


Courses are designed and taught by an accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums.  Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.  
Past Summerfuel faculty include:

Lauren Rollins
Lauren completed a BA in English and World Literature and a BA in Government and International Politics at George Mason University.  She then completed her MA at Georgetown University and her PhD at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Lauren has been active as a Summerfuel faculty member and faculty recruitment director since summer 2013.

Michael Potts
Michael completed his Bachelor of Science at Brunel University, London.  He has since worked as a business analyst and consultant with a particular focus on business growth, team development, efficacy, and lean manufacturing.  Michael has taught Entrepreneurship at Summerfuel since summer 2014.


Morning Seminar

Business and Law


This course will first consider microeconomics, focusing on the economic activity of individual households and businesses. The second half of the course will explore macroeconomics, and will help students understand the rationale behind national and international economic policy.


In this course, students will learn about starting and managing a small business, from an independent bookstore to a financial consulting firm. They will study the basics of business management, but will also consider how 21st century tools like Facebook, Twitter and Groupon can help a start-up achieve enduring success. By the end of the program, students will have developed plans to start their own small business using 21st century resources.

The Principles of Sport Management

Sports play a significant role in many people’s lives across the globe. Get a glimpse into the field of sport management and career opportunities in the sport industry. Discover various sport principles and how they apply to administration, communication, motivation, and leadership style.

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Developmental Psychology

Examine behavior through the psychological theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Erikson and Piaget. Critically consider the validity of these theories in light of your own experiences of intellectual and moral development, sensuality and sexuality, family and peer relationships, and coping with stress and problems in daily life. View films and read relevant articles that provide an applied understanding of developmental psychology.

Essay Writing

This course will explore the process of building an excellent essay by beginning with the pre-writing stage and continuing through all steps to a post-work revision. This course will provide preparation for both high school and college writing assignments. Enrollment is limited to enable faculty to provide ample feedback and guidance.


Medical Science Research

This interdisciplinary course will provide students with knowledge of various body systems including the endocrine system, the biology of mind, the microbial system and immune responses. Innovations in medical science along with current issues in the medical field will be incorporated in discussions.

Preparing for College

English as a Second Language

Designed for non-native speakers of English, this course will compliment immersion in an English language setting by providing structured support for students to improve their English reading, writing and spoken language skills. This class will provide a supportive environment question language usage and boost confidence.

SAT Preparation

With 18 hours of small-group instruction and individual consultation plus 3 full-length SAT diagnostics, the Princeton Review program will provide fully comprehensive preparation for the SAT. All students have an online Princeton Review account to review performance and continue practice. [Supplemental Fee]

Social Sciences

Introduction to Architecture

Explore the field of architectural design and learn about the concepts of form and space, site relationships, and how social, technological and environmental factors all affect structures and buildings. Gain an understanding of different design styles and study architectural techniques that have been adapted through history. (Supplemental Fee: $50)

Afternoon Seminar

Business and Law

International Relations and Diplomacy

Explore international relations both as a theory and as events affecting the lives of ordinary people. This course will examine current events between nation states and the leaders making policy. Students will be challenged to think critically about all sides of the political spectrum and learn how nations use diplomacy to peacefully coexist. Short daily readings plus a short paper or presentation will be required.

Introduction to Finance

The language of finance is a universal and significant one. Learn the foundations of finance and how the flow of money relates to important social issues influencing our everyday lives. Examine the connections between local and global finance, and how this affects businesses, governments, and our own personal financial decisions.

Marketing in a Digital World

This course examines how digital tools, such as the Internet, smartphones, and 3D printing, are impacting the business world by shifting the balance of power from firms to consumers. How are products promoted in a digital world? How are they being placed and distributed? How does the digital environment impact pricing? Course content will be built around active, project based learning and real business case studies.

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Film Study

Film is one of the most powerful tools in modern culture for shaping values and converting information. This course will examine various aspects of film, from film history to genres such as horror, drama, and comedy. Analyze character development, discuss morals, conflicts, and cinematography, all while discovering a wide array of different films. Students will learn through viewing, studying, discussing, and writing about film.

Psychology of the Criminal Mind

What drives people to commit crimes? Do offenders have a failed sense of morality, or is it a biologically hard wired, unstoppable urge? Investigate psychological phenomena such as "group think" and "de-individuation" as relates to environmental factors like poverty, drug use and social upbringing. Explore how mental illnesses like psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder can be a source of criminal behavior and study fascinating examples of how seemingly normal individuals commit serious and violent felonies.


DNA, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have dramatically impacted our understanding of DNA and its value to individuals and the greater society. This course will introduce the concepts and techniques associated with DNA science and consider several of its varied applications. Students will gain experience as a scientist, practicing analysis and interpretation of experimental results. Discussion about the ethical, legal and social implications of DNA science will enhance our scientific discovery.

Sports Medicine

Interested in a career in athletic training or just curious to learn more about the human body and the impact sports can have on it? This course will cover topics ranging from basic human anatomy and conditioning techniques to injury prevention and sports trauma.

Preparing for College

Writing the Personal Statement

This course is intended to introduce students to writing for the personal statement also known as the college admissions essay. Using personal reflection, writing prompts and peer critiques each student will develop a working outline of a personal statement based on a prompt from a college or university of choice. Students who continue work outside of class will develop their piece further but all students should expect to continue to rework their writing in the fall.


Discover Boston

Culture and Cuisine

Take a virtual trip around the world as you discover the vast array of gastronomical culture right in downtown Somerville. Visit various cafes and restaurants highlighting different cuisines, all while learning about the culture behind them. Come hungry and open-minded. $75 supplemental fee required.

American History in Boston

Step out into the city and surrounding area of Boston to explore America's rich history. This workshop will take students to various historical sites such as The Freedom Trail, Paul Revere's House, the site of the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party Ships, and more.

Art Museums of Boston

Do you love exploring art museums and discovering new types of art? This workshop will take you out and about to experience the art of Boston. Visit establishments such as the Museum of Fine Arts, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, to name a few. Supplemental fee required.

Preparing for College

Public Speaking

Speaking in public is a valued and valuable skill in all professions. In this workshop, students will develop the ability to express themselves confidently and clearly through both extemporaneous speech, speech writing and performance. A fun, active workshop appropriate for everyone.

Leadership and Team Building

Colleges are looking for leaders of the next generation who are ready to engage in social change, facilitate team activities and inspire others to succeed within any type of group setting. Learn the essential skills needed to lead a high school or college club, student organization, sports team or community group! The future is yours to build together!

Community Service

Learn more about the greater Tufts community by participating in area service projects. Hours spent will be recorded and all students will receive a certificate of service completed. Extremely limited enrollment due to limited summer service openings.

Sports & Fitness

Dance Workshop

What better way to get your body moving and let loose than with music and dance? Explore a variety of dance styles and movement disciplines with easy-to-follow routines and choreography taught by an experienced and talented instructor. All levels are welcome.

Personal Fitness

Do you love to play sports and get in a good afternoon workout? Spend your workshop afternoons engaging in different athletic challenges and competitions. We'll survey student interest and include various sporting activities to engage in. Likely to include basketball, tennis, soccer, running, body weight exercises, and use of the Tufts Campus fitness center.

The Arts

Theater Acting

Do you hear the call of the stage? Learn the basic elements of stage craft in this hands-on course. Study plays as well as works on acting technique, and practice exercises to develop concentration and imagination, improvisations, and scene study.



When not in class, students enjoy a full and varied schedule of extracurricular activities to choose from. All trips and activities are included in the program fee, so students will never be at a loss for something to do.


Every weekend, we take full advantage of all that greater New England has to offer, visiting some of its most exciting destinations and attractions. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore the city, visit historic landmarks, and indulge in New England cuisine. 


Boston is a big city with small town charm and is easily covered by foot. The city wears its history proudly and walking old cobblestone streets, reliving early stories of the US, is an unforgettable occasion. Add a plethora of museums, shops, and classic Boston eats, and it’s hard to find a richer experience.

Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport is a coastal town in southern Maine. It’s known for its beaches, including long, sandy Goose Rocks Beach and smaller Arundel Beach. The Seashore Trolley Museum displays a huge collection of streetcars. The 1833 Goat Island Lighthouse sits in the harbor of quaint lobster-fishing village Cape Porpoise.  Perfect for a summer outing.


For over 30 years, ImprovBoston has been New England's leading theater and school dedicated to the art of comedy. Voted "Best of Boston" ImprovBoston alumni are featured on The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight.

Beach Day

Summer is not complete without a trip to the beach. Nearby Hampton Beach, New Hampshire offers a nice combination of sun, sand, and the classic American boardwalk. 

Daily Activities

Summerfuel offers a wide range of activities each and every day at Tufts and around Medford/Somerville, led by our faculty, staff, and local contacts.

Past favorites include:

Casino Night
The Summerfuel Olympics
Museum of Natural History
Design a Card
Bubble Soccer
Quad Kick-Ball
Lip Sync Battles
Ultimate Frisbee
Capture the Flag
Jewelry Making
Talent Night Coffee House
Murder Mystery Night
Water Balloon Fights


The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each program has 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 

Residential staff includes a director, senior staff, and one resident advisor (RA) for every twelve students. RAs live on each hall and work to create an inclusive and supportive residential community. RAs serve as mentors and active leaders to aid students in every aspect of their summer experience. Senior Staff also live in residence and are available to address student safety, concerns, conflicts, and emergencies, at any time.

This summer's team will be lead by George Kinzel, a 20+ year Summerfuel veteran.


Summerfuel students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops each day, and attendance is taken at each class. During free time, students may choose between an organized activity or an individual pursuit such as classwork, laundry, or relaxing in the dorm. Students have freedom to explore with friends within an area surrounding campus defined by the program director. In the evenings, students check in with residence staff who will also use that time to catch up on the day’s events. The Summerfuel Program Office is located in Harleston Hall and serves as the info and security hub for students. Students are honor bound to follow safety protocols both on and off campus, and are required to use the buddy system during free time. 
Read our full code of conduct here

Campus Security

Tufts University campus is a very safe one, and crime is unusual, but students and staff still take standard precautions of living near a big city. Tufts security is on 24-hour patrol, while Tufts Emergency Medical Services is available for medical aid to any student in need. Campus is equipped with an emergency blue light system, and dormitories require electronic key access for building entry with a separate key for bedrooms and bathrooms.