Pre-College Immersion Program

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Pre-College Immersion Program

July 5 - July 10, 2020

Online Applications will open in January 2020. Information on the 2019 Pre-College Immersion Program is provided below for your reference.

Named #1 Regional University in the North by the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, Fairfield University’s non-credit residential Pre-College Immersion Program offers high school students the opportunity to experience college life on our beautiful campus while learning from some of our most engaging professors. Students make new friends from across the country while exploring possible college majors and career options.



“Professor Conklin and Doctor Sullivan did an incredible job in our hands-on activities, and I learned so many useful things. The labs, classes, and project really inspired me to further think of a possible career/college degree in nursing!”

- Caroline LaNoce, Pre-College Nursing Student, Summer ‘18

For more information, contact the Pre-College Office at

Session Dates & Courses

Our non-credit, Pre-College Immersion Program courses run all-day over a five-day week (July 8-12, 2019) and include college preparation (applications, essays, and interviews), social and cultural activities, and service events. We are still accepting applications for the Nutrition and Global Food Security academic track.



Nutrition and Global Food Security

Faculty: Catherine Andersen, PhD; Anna-Maria Aksan, PhD; Aaron Van Dyke, PhD
Session Dates: July 8-12, 2019
Description: Explore the many options for majors and minors available to new undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The theme of this year’s program is Nutrition and Global Food Security and includes academic and service learning opportunities. Faculty from anthropology, biology, chemistry, and economics will discuss emerging fields in the humanities, arts, and sciences, and what kinds of career opportunities will be available when students graduate. Learn more about Fairfield’s involvement with food security in Connecticut and globally. Fairfield University has been named #1 Regional University in the North by the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings.




Nursing: The Possibilities are Endless

PLEASE NOTE: Nursing is full and we are no longer accepting applications for this program. We are accepting applications for Nutrition and Global Food Security.

Faculty: Laura Conklin, MSN, RN and Kelly Sullivan, DNP, APRN
Session Dates: July 8-12, 2019
Description: The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is one of 16 nursing programs nationwide to be named a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence. In this track, students spend a week in the world of nursing, learning about the many opportunities available in this growing profession. Specific opportunities include the basics of first aid, CPR, and other realistic experiences in the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies state-of-the-art simulation lab. Each student in the program is provided with a stethoscope and scrub top. Students will come away with an understanding of the many possibilities a career in nursing holds with a targeted focus on their personal interests for their future in health care.

Application Process

The Pre-College Immersion Program is open to rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school students, ages 15 and older. The residential program cost is $2,100 and includes room and board and enrichment programming. Check-in will take place on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

A limited number of seats are also reserved for commuter students at a cost of $1,800. The commuter option includes all enrichment programming and runs from 8:30a.m.-6p.m., Monday-Friday. To learn more about this option, please contact us at 

Online applications are being accepted at this time. Please note the following deadlines:
Priority Deadline: May 31, 2019
Rolling Deadline: June 15, 2019
Final Deadline: June 30, 2019

Required application materials include an unofficial transcript to verify a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher and no suspensions on record.

The unofficial transcript can be uploaded with the online application, or can be sent at a later date by email to or by mail to:

Sandy Richardson
Canisius Hall 300
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Please also complete our Pre-College Immersion Program 2019 Housing Application and Agreement form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Pre-College Office at

Sample Schedule

The Pre-College Immersion Program is designed to give high school students an overview of the college experience, from the application and financial aid processes to lectures and labs and social and service activities. Below is a sample of what a Pre-College student’s daily schedule may entail.

Sample Daily Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Arts & Sciences, Business, or Nursing Classes
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Academic Programming: Writing the College Admission Essay Workshop/ Financial Aid Workshop
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. “My First Year” Student Panel
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 – 8 p.m. Open Study
8 – 10 p.m. Social Program with Resident Advisors

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