Summer Academic Institute Overview

Selfie of group of CUUB students wearing gray CU Buffaloes shirts and smilingThe CUUB Summer Academic Institute is the highlight of the year. It is the most exciting aspect of our program, and a chance for participants to immerse themselves in CU Boulder's college environment for the best college preparatory experience imaginable; after all, nothing can prepare you better for going to college than actually going to college!

Each summer, CU Upward Bound students (excluding those who were admitted as 8th graders) spend six weeks on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. CUUB Summer Academic Institute participants get the full college experience: they live in a campus dormitory, eat in the campus dining hall, and engage in rigorous study in an array of topics, including math, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature.

The Summer Academic Institute is a no-cost program for CUUB families. The only expense that CUUB families need to worry about is tranportation to and from Boulder, and many of our partner schools and communities help in this area (speak with your school's Site Coordinator for more information). Furthermore, program participants receive stipends for each week of their participation in the program, with the chance to earn a total of $140.00 by the end of the Summer Academic Institute. Some students even receive extra high school credits for their participation (again, talk to your Site Coordinator for more information about what your school can offer).

Students are in classes Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, and there are two hours of study hall Sunday through Thursday. On thegroup of CUUB students smiling and eating together weekends, students participate in exciting cultural and recreational activities. The classes students take during the Summer Academic Institute help prepare them for their upcoming academic year in high school, and the overall experience prepares them for college in far more significant, intangible ways. The Summer Academic Institute is nothing short of a life-changing experience that CUUB is proud to offer each year.


Summer Academic Institute Dates

This Summer Academic Institute Dates are: 

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - Students Arrive

Saturday, July 18, 2020- Closing Banquet, Students Depart