There is an article in “Smart Money” entitled “The New Kids on Campus” by AnnaMaria Andriotis who focuses on colleges that have been expanding summer programs to younger students each year. How young? Kindergartners can now attend college! That is not a typo, you read it right. University summer programs that once were for high school students seeking to further their education over the summer months (or thinking it would help their chances for college admission which isn’t necessarily the case) are now for kids of all ages. In these tough economic times, this is a great way for universities to make more money!
According to the “Smart Money” article on university summer programs, “While colleges and universities have been offering summer programs to high school students for years, dozens have recently expanded their programs – or developed new ones – for students as young as kindergarten. For grammar schoolers interested in science, pre-teen would-be engineers, and third-grade math whizzes, prices can range anywhere from less than $200 to more than $2,200 per week. And while these programs may offer a stimulating environment for the preternaturally academic, they may not fulfill parents’ ultimate expectation: an advantage down the road, when it’s time to apply to college for real.”
While these programs may indeed offer an educational benefit, we at Ivy Coach find that many parents enroll their children in these programs to improve their chances of college admission. But in actuality, these programs typically do not improve one’s chances for college admission. They say only to a university admissions counselor that a child’s parents can afford to send them to a college program for a summer. But then again, if you’re thinking of sending your children to one of these college summer programs because you think that it can improve their math skills or allow them to explore their love for science, then this is a great idea! But if you’re sending your child to these kinds of programs to improve their chances for college admission, tell your child to read a book under a tree instead.
Andriotis, AnnaMaria. “The New Kids on Campus.” Smart Money. 27 April 2011. Web. 29 April 2011.