Summer Enrichment Programs FAQs
Will boys and girls be pared together if they are in a similar skill level, withh previous experience and age? The small group instruction would generally be 12 or less with 1 or 2 counselors. Yes, girls and boys would be in the same group. The groups will be based on skill level, experience and age.
What are some examples of the large group activities? Some of the large group activities could be capture the flag,kickball and tag.
Will these activities be set for each day - what sports are happening each week? We are planning on having teaching ability for the above small group activity each week. This will be dependent on how big the camp is but we plan to cover each sport each week.
Are these residential or commuter programs? Each program is offered either as a residential enrichment program or a day enrichment program (commuter).
Is financial aid available? There is currently no financial aid available for summer enrichment programs or RPI Sports Camps.
What if my child decides to withdraw from the program? Can we receive a refund? Refunds will be calculated based on the date the student’s parent submits a written statement of withdrawal to the Academic Outreach Programs office. A non-refundable deposit must accompany each registration. Final payment is due by July 1. No refunds will be issued after the end of the 1st week. Rensselaer reserves the right to dismiss a student whose general conduct is considered unsatisfactory. No refund will be granted to students dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Please note that RPI Sports Camps do not require a deposit, refunds are handled on a case by case basis.
How secure is the campus? The exterior entrances of all residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. All major residential facilities are equipped with exterior door access control, monitored by Public Safety. All rooms and residence halls are equipped with deadbolt locks and door peepholes. Access to closed academic facilities can be obtained only with an authorized key. For more information visit the Campus Safety and Security Web site. Students are always with the faculty member, course director, or instructional assistant during the day.
Who teaches the course? And how large is each program? Each summer enrichment program has been proposed by a Rensselaer faculty member. Many faculty are involved in the hands-on teaching each summer. Many also hire undergraduate and graduate students to assist with the class. The class size will range from 14 to 25 students per session.
Who teaches the RPI Sports Camps? All of the RPI Sports Camps are taught by RPI Coaches. Rensselaer has 23 varsity teams, both men’s and women’s sports. The men’s and women’s hockey team competes at the Division I level. The remaining teams play in Division III. Rensselaer is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the ECACHL, NYSWCAA, and the Liberty League. RPI Coaches direct each camp along with support from their assistant coaches and players.
I want to know exactly what the program will cover. Will there be a schedule of events? Each summer program has details and information about the course. Approximately two weeks before the program starts students and parents will be sent additional details and information including a schedule of events and where drop-off and pick-up will be.
Will my child receive something at the completion of the program such as a certificate? Depending on the program the student may receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
How much does the program cost? Costs vary per program; please see the program’s specific website for details.
When and where can I drop-off/pick-up my child? Two weeks before the program’s commencement an email regarding pick-up and drop-off information will be sent out to all participants. Program start and end times can be found at the program’s specific website.
What forms do I need to fill out? All
participants are required to submit:
Day Enrichment Programs: Students/Parents must submit the registration form (with a non-refundable deposit), Summer Medical History Form, Summer Medication Sheet, Program Rules & Regulations Form, and Authorization to Visit or Pick-Up Student Form.
High School Residential Enrichment Programs: Students/parents must submit the application form. Accepted students then complete the registration form (with a non-refundable deposit), Summer Medical History Form, Summer Medication Sheet, Program Rules & Regulations Form, and an Authorization to Visit or Pick-Up Student Form.
RPI Sports Camps: Students/Parents must submit the registration form (there is no deposit for a sports camp registration) and Summer Medical History Form.
If my child is participating in a residential program, will he/she be able to meet with admissions staff and tour the campus? The office of Undergraduate Admissions will schedule a time to have a staff member speak with and meet the students. In addition, each summer enrichment program will schedule a campus tour during the program.
The program I am interested in is a day enrichment program (commuter) but our family does not live in the area. What can we do? If your son or daughter is attending a Summer@Rensselaer enrichment program or sports camp or you wish to travel in the region, you will find several options available for accommodations. If you would like to be housed on-campus, the Office of Conference Services (OCS) provides residence hall accommodations for campus visitors. Towels, linens, and blankets are provided. Please note that housing on-campus is in our residence halls. If you would like on-campus housing, please call OCS at (518) 276-6694 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations. In addition there are many local hotels in the Capital Region of NY.
Who will be watching the students in the residential programs? Residence Counselors (RC) are hired to supervise the students when they are outside of the classroom. There is a Residence Director (RD) on-call for the duration of the program. Residence Counselors are undergraduate students who can help students acclimate to life on campus.
What activities will my student participate in during the residential programs? Each program will schedule special events and activities, such as a meeting with an administrator to discuss college admissions and numerous other recreational, cultural, and social activities on and off campus (bowling, ice skating, campus movie night, a visit to the RPI games room, etc.). If a student experiences any sort of problem, be it social or academic, the student can go to the faculty member, instructional assistant, or his or her RC for advice and assistance.
Can I visit the campus now? Yes, as you plan your visit be sure to check out the Admissions Events page for special Visiting Days where we have designed an extended visit schedule with morning and afternoon schedule options. In addition to the information session and campus tour, you'll have the opportunity to attend academic sessions and have lunch with current Rensselaer students. If you would like to learn more about a summer enrichment program, ask the admissions office to see if they can schedule time for you to meet the department/faculty responsible. Contact Rensselaer’s Admissions to learn more about visiting campus.
How can I learn more about Summer@Rensselaer programs? Invite Rensselaer faculty and staff to come to your school to host an information session, participate in an education fair, camp fair, science or engineering fair, or community event. If you are looking to have Rensselaer attend your event, visit this link and Connect with Summer@Rensselaer.
What should I do if I have more questions? If you do not see the answer to your question Request Information.