Pre-College Immersion Program

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Pre-College Immersion Program

July 5 - July 10, 2020

Online Applications are open.

Registration opens on February 10, 2020.

Named #3 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 6-10, 2020) and include college preparation (applications, essays, and interviews), social and cultural activities, and service events. Enrollments are limited so we encourage you to register early. Once an academic track is filled, we can no longer accept registrations for that specific track. However, other tracks may still be available for registration.


Nutrition and Global Food Security

Faculty: Catherine Andersen, PhD; Anna-Maria Aksan, PhD; Aaron Van Dyke, PhD
Session Dates: July 6-10, 2020
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

Faculty: Laura Conklin, MSN, RN and Kelly Sullivan, DNP, APRN
Session Dates: July 6 - 10, 2020
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.




Faculty: Uma Balaji
Session Dates: July 6 – 10, 2020
Description: Obstacle-Avoiding Robot
Autonomous self-navigating robots help accomplish many tasks in places that are difficult to reach by humans.  Such robots should be able to recognize obstacles and alter their paths to complete the task. Students will build a robot using Arduino, an open-source platform based on a microcontroller that can be programmed from a computer.  The robot will be powered by batteries mounted on a small chassis with wheels driven by motors and other electronic parts, much like a toy car. They will learn to program the Arduino to accept inputs from ultrasonic sensors in order to stop the motors on finding an obstacle.  

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 5, 2020.

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 will be accepted starting in January. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2020 or until a specific academic track is filled.

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

Refund Policy: Full refunds are granted for tuition of $1,300 only if a student withdraws from the program by July 2, 2020. For the residential component, full refunds are granted for room/board of $800 only if a student withdraws from the program by June 15, 2020. Due to the condensed nature of these programs, no refunds can be provided after these dates.

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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