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Schedules & Typical Day


What does a week at Summer Youth Programs look like? It’s busy. It’s exciting. It’s fun. While the exact times and schedule vary by program (especially for Competitive Scholarship Programs), you can count on these general guidelines:


  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Check-in at the basement of Wadsworth Hall.
  • 3:00 PM: Mandatory orientation for all students, followed by a commuter meeting.
  • Until 9:30 PM: Recreation, dinner, and getting comfortable on campus.
  • 9:30 PM: On-floor meeting with your Residence Counselor! There will be a fire drill, important updates, and get-to-know-you activities.
  • 11:00 PM: In-room


  • 7:00 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: SYP Explorations!
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:15 - 4:30 PM: SYP Explorations!
  • 4:30 - 6:00 PM: Dinner
  • Until 10:00: Recreation time
  • 10:00 PM: On-floor meeting
  • 11:00 PM: In-room


  • Until 4:30 PM: All the same as above
  • 4:30 PM: Program wrap-up
  • 5:00 - 9:00 PM: Check-out begins
  • 10:00 PM: On-floor time
  • 11:00 PM: On-room


  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast
  • Until 12:00 PM: Check-out continues
  • All day: Weekend stayover activities for those staying an extra week!

You can also view this block schedule.

A Typical Day

A day at SYP is usually packed with excitement. Students are expected to set an alarm, get up on time, and eat breakfast before their exploration starts for the day. Once in class, participants will be involved in all kinds of labs, experiments, projects, field trips, and guest speakers. Exact activities vary by exploration, but they’re sure to keep things moving. We break for lunch midday, which might mean coming back to Wadsworth Hall or having a picnic during a field trip.

Evening activities with Activity Counselors cover a huge range of interests - they’re constantly changing based on what sounds like the most fun. Students will have the chance to exercise through activities like visiting the pool, using the weight room, or playing pickup soccer. We get creative: arts and crafts, campus scavenger hunts, and a weekly variety show are popular favorites. If you’re into the outdoors, we have hikes and visits to local beaches. Or, if you prefer to just relax, SYP hosts movie nights, trivia nights, bowling, and cards.

As each day winds down, live-in students will regroup with their Residence Counselor in their on-floor groups. On-floor meetings are mandatory: there are always updates, announcements, and general check-ins during those times. Students are required to be in their own room by 11:00 PM - after an eventful day at SYP, a good night’s sleep is well-deserved! 



Summer Youth Programs 1
June 17 - 23, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 2
June 24 - 30, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 3
July 8 - 14, 2018

Summer Youth Programs 4
July 15 - 21, 2018

Engineering Scholars
July 22 - July 28, 2018

Women in Computer Science
July 22 - July 28, 2018

Women in Engineering
July 29 - August 4, 2018


More 2018 dates will be announced soon!




2018 Forms & Docs





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(906) 487-2219


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