Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take 2 courses?
Students registering for two-week programs can take two separate courses – one each week – or extend their original course with a second week of all-new material. Interested in a Core 4 and a Careers course? Take both! Ready to dive deep into one topic? Go for it! You make the call, we make it easy.
How many weeks should I stay?
That’s up to you! We have many students enroll for either the 1 or the 2 week program so there will always be plenty of action. Blueprint has one session at each campus, but you can choose the 1 or 2 week program. If you stay for 2 weeks, material covered in your major is fresh in week 2 so you’ll be discovering new things in the classroom, on new trips and with new projects!
Can International students attend?
Yes! Depending on citizenship, the most students need to attend Blueprint is a tourist Visa and be 14-18 years old. We also suggest students feel comfortable identifying as a B2 level english speaker or higher.
Will I have a roommate?
All students have a roommate unless your family chooses the single room option during the registration process. Roommates are carefully selected according to age and interests. For students planning to attend with a friend, Blueprint offers the option to make roommate requests during the online application process.
Should I bring any spending money?
For each week of your program we set up a $150 Road Trip Account for your student. This money covers student travel on program-wide field trips, admission to exclusive events and meals on those trips. For your student’s time on campus and for extra spending money on road trips, we do recommend sending your student with $75 per week for souvenirs, and anything else they might want to buy during the program.
Do you have a cell phone or laptop policy?
Cell phones and laptops are required for students taking Computer Science, but highly recommended for all students. General program guidelines govern their usage during the program. And just like college, students are responsible for keeping track of their belongings.
Can someone pick me up at the airport?
Yes, each program maintains a designated airport where we offer full airport pick-up and drop-off service for our students. Blueprint does not arrange flights for students, but is partnering with STA Travel to assist families with booking flight and travel arrangements to and from our programs. STA travel will be available to work directly with you to book flights and arrange for the Blueprint Airport Shuttle Service beginning in January.
If you want a Blueprint staff member to meet your student at the airport (rather than arranging for your own taxi or Uber) the Blueprint Airport Shuttle Service should be added to your account, in the registration system. Student pick-ups and drop-offs are $99 each way.
How do you find your staff? What is the staff like?
We interview hundreds of applicants each year, and Blueprint staff members are the best and the brightest in their fields. Instructors include partner-school faculty, gifted graduate students, and talented professionals. Our national recruiting campaign draws people from across the country, ensuring that each team is comprised of experienced individuals dedicated to creating a safe and fun experience for every student.
Do most students attend the program alone or with friends?
The majority of students do come alone, but friends and family are absolutely welcome and roommate requests are available during the registration process. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a great time on campus and making friends is easy.
Are the programs all the same or do they vary by campus?
The programs are not the same; in fact, each program possesses its own special personality and culture. Courses offered reflect academic strengths and facilities, and we work hand-in-hand with each school’s faculty and staff to ensure you have the best possible experience. Blueprint sets very high standards for each program and they all share several basic features.
Is there homework?
Our instructors do not assign homework nor do they test their students. We encourage students to learn for the joy of learning.
What sets Blueprint apart from other summer programs?
Blueprint partners with select colleges to provide students with the highest quality pre-college summer programs. Each program enjoys the full support of its partner-school, offering students the opportunity to meet with admissions counselors, attend faculty guest lectures and explore life on campus.
Staff Spotlight – Scott Greenspan
Program Director – Lehigh
Scott is currently a PhD student in the psychology program at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. His primary research and clinical interests include mental health promotion, the utility of physical activity to promote social-emotional learning, and supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Before beginning his doctoral work, Scott received his master’s degree in mental health counseling from The University of Massachusetts Boston and worked as a mental health clinician with youth and families. Aside from psychology, Scott is also a big fan of puns, quirky coffee shops, and outdoor activities including, but not limited to: hiking, biking, kayaking, and swimming.
The staff is completely committed to making your experience the absolute best it can be. I highly recommend this program; it is truly amazing!
My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her week at George Washington University! It was a wonderful experience.
Blueprint was the best part of my summer. It gave me a taste of college and helped me discover the type of college I would like to attend. I would not pass up a chance to do this program.