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OUS Summer Institute
June 24–July 31

Summer Institute students pose for a group shot at the Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro, NYColgate's Summer Institute makes it possible for Colgate to welcome a number of students — who have triumphed over educational, socioeconomic, or cultural challenges — and enhance their campus experience.

The Summer Institute is an intensive five-week gateway experience designed for 30–45 incoming students who, besides their academic potential, show much promise in the areas of leadership and community/civic engagement. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS), the program provides an academic and social orientation to life at Colgate, and promotes personal growth and educational achievement.

During the summer session, students normally complete two credit-bearing courses that meet requirements needed for graduation. In addition, they receive regular support in writing and quantitative literacy, along with academic advising. The institute also prepares students for leadership and community engagement, while helping them access Colgate’s many resources.

Phone: 315-228-7375
Website: Summer Institute

Socratic Summer Academy*
June 27–July 18

Open to boys and girls entering grades 9–12.

Camper studying for the SATs at Colgate UniversityThe Socratic Summer Academy was founded in 2010. It's a three-week sleepaway summer camp aimed at improvement on the SATs. Every year, using our carefully tailored curriculum and in-house textbook, in conjunction with College Board prep materials, we get higher and higher score improvements:
  • We've established a track record of 400 point score improvements (over a 3-week period!) for students who had never studied the SAT
  • We had 208 point score improvements for students who had studied the SAT somewhere else for 4+ months
We focus on a Socratic approach to teaching, where information is more derived and less lectured. We believe in small-group instruction and most of the instruction happens in groups of 3 to 4 students with one teacher, or in team-taught setting in the classroom. We play games both inside the classroom and after meals to help reinforce our strategies or drill vocabulary, as well as putting the students on coaching teams to work towards goals which are sometimes SAT-related, and sometimes just fun. Weekly practice tests and specific goal-setting strategies built around each student's specific progress urges our students forward, and our instructors are people who love being around kids both as teachers and as people - they are just as likely to pose a philosophical conundrum as to tell a silly story that solidifies subject-verb agreement forever in a student's head.

In their free time, our students select elective courses like creative writing and environmental science, courses that expose them to diverse topics they rarely find at their high schools. During their free time, students hike Colgate's hills and mountains, swim in the pool, work out in the fitness center, play basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, ping pong, racquetball, or squash, attend outdoor concerts, go to movie theaters, or sit around campfires, singing with a guitar and staring at the stars. Our teachers--role models who themselves attend or attended some of the best schools in the United States--serve as friends and mentors, guides through difficult decisions, chaperones on trips to the ice cream parlor, leaders of activities like quiz bowl or a cappella.

Contact: Alyssa Bowlby, Camp Director and Co-Founder
Phone: 347-688-2329
E-mail: Alyssa Bowlby
Website: Socratic Summer Academy

Yleana Leadership Academy*
June 27–July 18
July 18–August 8

Students at the Yleana Leadership Academy write on a chalk boardThe Yleana Leadership Academy, founded in 2013, has a mission of helping under-served students get closer to reaching their potential - getting them to college and getting them to stay there.

Last year, we ran the inaugural year of Yleana Leadership Academy, which took the form of a three-week sleepaway summer SAT program on a college campus with a variety of associated components:
  • Over 100 hours of intensive SAT classes
  • SAT-related games/activities
  • Weekly proctored practice tests and individual student counseling
  • Detailed practice test reports and constantly monitored progress
  • Traditional summer activities (outings in Boston, to beaches/state parks)
  • Entrepreneurship and negotiation classes
  • Social awareness open forum discussion classes
  • Imagination Lectures with guest speakers
  • One-day startup event with guest speakers and a final competition judged by local entrepreneurs at Harvard Law School
  • Socratic SAT curriculum taught by passionate, creative, experienced teachers
  • Master and assistant teachers in every classroom
  • One-on-one and small group instruction
  • Follow-up program in September/October in preparation for the fall SAT test
  • Average gains of 250-300 points per student
This year, Yleana Leadership Academy will occur in two separate sessions:
  • June 27-July 18, 2015 at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY
  • July 18-August 8, 2015 at Colgate University and Siena College in Loudonville, NY
Applications for the 2015 sessions will be due March 1, 2015.

Room, board, all books and materials, and free transportation to and from the campus will be provided. It is open to 72 rising juniors and seniors.

Contact: Alyssa Bowlby, Co-Founder and Educational/Program Director
Phone: 347-688-2329
E-mail: Alyssa Bowlby
Website: Yleana Leadership Academy


Eastern U.S. Music Camp*
June 28–July 25
40th Successful Season - select from 2-3-4 week sessions

Playing stringed instruments next to Colgate's Taylor LakeOpen to boys and girls ages 10–18.

The Eastern U.S. Music Camp is conducted on the Colgate University campus in beautiful Central New York State. This popular program, beginning its 40th year, is designed to provide opportunities and enrichment in all areas of music. Social and recreational activities also are an integral part of the curriculum. The total experience is rewarding — musically and socially.

This well-balanced program offers young people between the ages of 10 and 18 the opportunity to pursue musical studies through individual, class, and group instruction; to perform a wide range of instrumental and choral works in ensemble and concert; and to participate in supervised sports and other informal "fun" activities. The program builds confidence, teaches concentration, offers social opportunities, and helps develop sensitivity to, and pride in, the beautiful things in life.

Careers in music are not necessarily the goal of students attending the Eastern U.S. Music Camp. The experience is one that will be remembered and valued throughout life in any career. Highly individualized instruction in a friendly atmosphere is stressed by the professional, nationally known staff. Students attend from throughout the U.S. During the 2013 Season, students attended from: Spain, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Guetemala, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, and Colombia.


Phone: 866-777-7841
E-mail: Tom and Grace Brown
Website: Eastern U.S. Music Camp


Young Writers' Workshop
August 3–7

Open to boys and girls entering grades 6–12, sponsored by Colgate University and directed by Colgate employees.

The Young Writers’ Workshop is an intensive, non-residential workshop for middle and high school students who have a passion for writing. The workshop provides, for five full days, a stimulating and supportive environment in which young writers think, imagine, and discover new ideas through the act of writing, and share those ideas with other talented writers with similar interests.

Young Writers work closely with certified teachers and college mentors in classrooms set by grade level. Three visiting writers set the tone with readings and activities based on different genres; this year, the workshop will focus on fiction, travel writing, and screen writing.

During the five days of the workshop, Young Writers participate in writing workshops and readings, as well as a variety of sports and recreational activities, including access to Colgate’s swimming pool and hiking trails.

Phone: (315) 335-0207
E-mail: Ashley Stagner
Website: Young Writers' Workshop
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*This program is neither sponsored by Colgate University nor run by Colgate employees.