Pre-College Immersion Program

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

Applications open February 1, 2019.

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. Students focus on one of three academic tracks:



Faculty: TBA
Session Dates: July 8-12, 2019
Description: The world of business includes analytics, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resources, economics, finance, and strategy setting. Learn practical business skills, discover how the profession has evolved, and discuss emerging professional, personal, and academic opportunities with our Dolan School of Business faculty. Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business is ranked among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Business Majors by Time's Money Magazine.



Nursing: The Possibilities are Endless

Faculty: Laura Conklin, PhD, and Kelly Sullivan. PhD 
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. Students will come away with an understating of the many possibilities a career in nursing holds with a targeted focus on their personal interests for their future in health care.



Arts & Sciences

Faculty: TBA
Session Dates: July 8-12, 2019
Description: Explore the many options for majors and minors available to new undergraduate students. From communications and psychology to biology, chemistry, and more, students will discover what fields are emerging in the humanities, arts, and sciences, and what kinds of career opportunities will be available when they graduate.

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 

We will begin accepting applications to the Pre-College Immersion Program on February 1, 2019.
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.

To strengthen your application, you may also submit the following optional items:

  • Brief Essay (optional) answering one of three questions:
    • You can have dinner with anyone (past or present-day). Whom would you choose, where would you dine, and why?
    • What do you think is the most significant invention or innovation of the past 50 years? What would the world be like today without this invention?
    • If you could spend one week as a fictional character from any book, film, or series, whom would you choose and what would you do during that week?
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional) from a teacher, guidance counselor, or employer. *Please comment on this student's eligibility for this program, including interest and aptitude in science, level of maturity, responsibility, and attitude. 

The application items 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

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

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