Virtual Experience

Virtual Communities

Navigating college classes, managing an online schedule, and creating a social life are challenging for high school students adjusting to college life. To assist in this, our virtual program students are assigned to communities that include other participants. The purpose of community time is to explore common interests and learn more about college in the company of like-minded peers. Communities are led by two seasoned undergraduate counselors. These students are selected from among the student leadership on campus, and in their roles as counselors, they offer guidance on everything from college success strategies to opportunities for extracurricular involvement in college.

Active and consistent participation in community sessions is mandatory and a condition for retaining scholarships.

FinsUp Challenge
Virtual Summer College students will have exclusive access to virtual live events and activities tailored just for them. Participate in virtual quiz bowls, meet program directors and department chairs, enjoy virtual watch parties, and play games virtually with other Summer College students – and collect points to win the FinsUp Challenge! Winners earn bonus swag and bragging rights.

Online Rules and Guidelines
As with any community, good citizenship requires agreement. Please see our Expectations and Guidelines for further detail.

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!


“My counselor was so supportive and understanding. He listened when I was frustrated or stressed, and he even helped me organize my classes for freshman year.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“Summer College gave me a new point of view on the USA in general, and it was completely different from what I expected. I definitely felt at home here.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018

“The impact that Summer College has on me is one that I am forever thankful for. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018