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CTEQ Summer Pre-College Program

CTEQ Pre-College Program

Sponsored by Assumption College’s Core Texts & Enduring Questions Program

July 8th - July 13th, 2018

Admissions for this competitive program are made on a rolling basis.

Final deposit and all medical paperwork due by June 22nd, 2018

Each summer, high school students from across New England and around the country join Assumption College professors for a competitive pre-college program that introduces rising high school seniors to undergraduate studies in the liberal arts. Living on Assumption College’s 185 acre campus for the week, participating students gain firsthand experience of studying the humanities in a college setting. Our Pre-College Program gives high school students the opportunity to study great works of philosophy, literature, art, political science, and theology with nationally known faculty—as they simultaneously meet new friends and experience what collegiate academic and social life is like.


Pre-College students engage in lively discussions with faculty and teaching assistants, both inside and outside of the classroom, about fundamental questions that lie at the heart of each and every person’s life: What kind of life will make me happy?; what does it mean to be a friend?; what is liberal education?; is there a God, and what difference would that make?; and what is the purpose of human society?  Students take three classes a day in which they engage in open and spirited discussions of assigned readings.  At night, students and teaching assistants hold informal discussions about an assigned short story or movie.

Outside of the Classroom

Pre-College students will have ample time to take advantage of Assumption College’s beautiful and spacious campus.  We will take a day trip to the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston, where we will receive a guided tour through this internationally renowned museum. We will also attend a nighttime Worcester Braveheart’s baseball game at Hanover Insurance Park in Worcester.  On the final night of the program, students as well as faculty will be treated to a business casual dinner. 


Who is this for?

Students who will be seniors in high school in the fall of 2018.

Is it a competitive program?

Yes, students are selected for this program based on the strength of their application essay, GPAs of 3.0 or better, and a letter of recommendation.

When does this take place?

July 8th - July 13th, 2018.

Where does this take place?

Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

What is the tuition cost and what does it cover?

Tuition is $400 for the week and it covers housing, meals, books, and organized (on and off campus) activities.

Where will you live? 

On Assumption College’s campus, in the dorms, along with resident assistant staff assistants

Why should I go? 

This program is a great opportunity for selected high school students to see what a serious undergraduate humanities program is like as they begin the college application process.

How do I apply?

Students interested in the CTEQ Summer Pre-College Program should fill out the online application. Students must also submit a 250 word essay responding to the following prompt: “What is the purpose of a liberal arts education?”. Please email your essay and a signed letter of reference (PDF file) from a current teacher or guidance counselor to, and an unofficial transcript.

For more information, please email