Frequently Asked Questions

Similar to deciding on a college to attend, choosing the right pre-college program can be a big decision. We’re here to help! Below is a list of the most common questions we receive regarding our pre-college programs. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please give our enrollment team a call at 877-415-1111 or e-mail [email protected]

Policies

Blueprint will follow all safety protocols required by the Centers for Disease Control, our insurance provider, state and city guidelines, and our university partner’s guidelines for being on campus.

Additionally, Blueprint is taking the following steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable pre-college summer experience for students and staff.

General Precautions:

  • We are limiting each program’s capacity to 25 students.  Our programs will run in a “bubble”.
  • Classroom will be set up to allow for 6’ of space between chairs
  • Masks will be required for attendees and staff. KN95 masks will be provided or students may bring pre-approved personal masks from home.
  • There will be no large class sessions.  All programming will be delivered in small groups.
  • Outdoor spaces will be used as much as possible.
  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting of common areas will occur after each use.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the program.

Health Enhancements:

  • Temperature checks will be conducted at check in and daily throughout the program.
  • Enhanced health screening form must be completed and submitted within a 2 week window before the program begins.

Food & Beverage:

  • All Food & Beverages will be provided in a no contact way – prepackaged at dining halls and no buffets.

Housing:

  • Private rooms will be provided for each student
  • Students will share a bathroom with no more than 2 other individuals.
  • While linen rentals may be available at certain Universities, we recommend students bring their own.
  • All of our Universities have increased their cleaning and sanitizing processes.  As we received documented processes, we will be able to pass them onto our customers.

Transportation:

  • Transport to/from airport will be through Uber or Lyft with mask requirements in place to limit the number of students transported together in an enclosed space.

If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s safety, please contact our Enrollment Team at [email protected] or by calling 877-415-1111.

A per student, per program, non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 is required with each registration. Individuals may withdraw from the program at any time, subject to the following refund policy, but must do so in writing to [email protected].  

  • Students who register for a Blueprint program, but decide to withdraw within 72 hours of the initial registration will be given a full refund, including their deposit. 
  • Students withdrawing after 72 hours and up to March 1st 2021 will be given a full refund, less the non-refundable $250 deposit.
  • Students withdrawing between March 1st and March 31st 2021 will receive credits equal to all payments made, minus the $250 initial deposit and $500 payment due on March 1st, 2021.
  • Students withdrawing between April 1st and April 30th 2021 will receive credits equal to all payments made, minus the $250 initial deposit, $500 payment due on March 1st, 2021 and $500 payment due on April 1st, 2021.
  • Students withdrawing between May 1st and May 31st 2021 will receive credits equal to all payments made, minus the $250 initial deposit, $500 payment due on March 1st, 2021, $500 payment due on April 1st, 2021 and $500 payment due on May 1st.
  • Students withdrawing after June 1, 2021 will be ineligible for a cash refund or credit.

In the case that a monthly payment has not been paid at the time of cancellation, it is still owed. I agree that if I cancel my registration, but have paid less than what I owe as defined above, Blueprint may immediately charge my credit card or ACH account for the balance due. 

Any student who currently has credit from a previous year or program may use them as a deposit or payment for the 2021 Summer Program season.  When credits are used, the cancellation policy is modified as follows:

A per student, per program, non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 is required with each registration and the previous year’s credit may be used for this deposit. Individuals may withdraw from the program but must do so in writing to [email protected].

  • Students who register for a Blueprint program, but decide to withdraw within 72 hours of the initial registration will be given a full credit, including their deposit. 
  • Students withdrawing after 72 hours and up to March 1st 2021 will be given a full credit, less the non-refundable $250 deposit.
  • Students withdrawing between March 1st and March 31st 2021 will receive credits equal to all payments made, minus the $250 initial deposit and $500 payment due on March 1st, 2021.
  • Students withdrawing between April 1st and April 30th 2021 will receive credits equal to all payments made, minus the $250 initial deposit, $500 payment due on March 1st, 2021 and $500 payment due on April 1st, 2021.
  • Students withdrawing between May 1st and May 31st 2021 will receive credits equal to all payments made, minus the $250 initial deposit, $500 payment due on March 1st, 2021, $500 payment due on April 1st, 2021 and $500 payment due on May 1st.
  • Students withdrawing after June 1, 2021 will be ineligible for a refund or credit.

Any requests to change courses or programs dates after May 1st will incur a $100 change fee. 

Families wishing to substitute another person in their place may only do so in writing to Blueprint and must receive Blueprint approval. A letter of withdrawal and a new application must be sent to [email protected] along with an additional Student Change fee. Change fees are as follows:

  • $100 change fee prior to three months prior to program start.
  • $500 change fee from one to three months prior to program start.
  • No program changes are permitted the month prior to program start.

If Blueprint cannot accept a substitute person, the original person must abide by the published refund policy. If approved, the original applicant’s fees will be transferred to substitute.

Registration & Tuition

At Blueprint, we believe every student should have the opportunity to truly prepare for college, which is why (unlike most pre-college programs) we don’t require any transcripts, essays or letters of recommendation. Students of all backgrounds have experienced successful summers with Blueprint. However, it is important for students to understand that with each Blueprint program comes independence and opportunity.

We expect a lot from our students, and each Blueprint program is founded on the principles of honesty, compassion, personal responsibility and safety. If you have any questions as to whether Blueprint Summer Programs is the right fit, please contact our enrollment team before completing the online registration process (877.415.1111).

Every year, Blueprint offers discounts to organizations that work with underserved students to give them the opportunity to attend one of our pre-college programs. We currently do not offer scholarships to the general public. However, payment plans are available, which enable families to divide their balance into monthly installments. Just select the “payment plan” option during the online registration process.

All that is due upon registering is $250 for the Summer Immersion Program. You may choose to pay the tuition in full at that point for a discount. If you choose not to, you will be automatically enrolled in the payment plan option.

General Program Questions

Blueprint partners with select colleges to provide students with the highest quality College and Career Success programs. Each program enjoys the full support of its partner-school, offering students the opportunity to explore life on campus.

Blueprint Summer Programs offers students the opportunity to truly prepare for success getting into and succeeding in college! You will be able to test-drive college life. Learn new material through one of our many exciting courses. Meet unique students just like you from all over the world. Get connected and inspired by our wonderful staff members. Develop some crucial college and career readiness skills. And truly gain a special and one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn in a hands-on and experiential way!

Pre-college programs have a bit of a common misunderstanding lurking around them, meaning – no pre-college summer program can guarantee you a spot at the university you are hoping to get accepted into. That was really never their purpose and we don’t want to misguide you in anyway. It is an experience to lay the foundation and get you ready for that next step in your life!

Now, with that being said, college admissions officers do look at how a student spends their summers and how prepared they are for college life – it can never hurt to feature a personal story on the common app about your time spent on campus at a pre-college summer program, detailing the skills you learned during your time with Blueprint.

That’s up to you! Our programs run for 1 week at a time, however students can sign up for multiple weeks and we will make arrangements for them to stay on campus over the weekend in between sessions.

Blueprint sets very high standards for each program and they all share several basic features, so you will get an awesome experience no matter which program you choose.  However, each program will have it’s own special personality and culture.

The majority of students do come alone, which is a fantastic way to practice a real college experience. But friends and family members are absolutely welcome. Either way, we know you’ll have a great time!

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.

Yes! We do offer commuter options at each of our locations. For specifics on pricing and details, call our enrollment team at 877-415-1111.

Yes, each program maintains a designated airport where we offer full airport pick-up and drop-off service for our students. Students may request Blueprint’s Pick-Up/Drop-Off service during the online registration process for an additional fee of $75 each way.

Arrival times vary by campus, please check your welcome pack for details. Blueprint’s designated airports are:

  • University of Florida: Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) Gainesville, FL
  • Howard University: Reagan Washington (DCA) Washington DC
  • Lehigh University: Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) Bethlehem, PA
  • Texas A&M: Easterwood Airport (CLL) College Station, TX
  • UCLA: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Los Angeles, CA

Courses & Academics

Students registering for a one week Summer Immersion Program will choose one major concentration courses to explore. Register for a second week to take another major concentration course!  Students attending for 2 weeks will dive deeper into the CCS curriculum and campus immersion as well.

While our courses are academic in nature, we strive to eliminate as much stress as we can from our programs, which means no tests or homework. As a result, we cannot award college credit – only a rewarding experience!

No matter what course you choose, you will be gaining an invaluable experience as you get exposed to some true college realities. Our daily College and Career Success classes, which every Blueprint student attends, will give you a better understanding of what it means to plan for college and succeed. Reach out to our enrollment specialists at 877-415-1111 and they can help you choose the courses that are right for you!

Our instructors do not assign homework nor do they test their students. We encourage students to learn for the joy of learning.

Student Life On Campus

We don’t do boring! Each program and campus will have its own unique experiences. There is no typical day at Blueprint. However, your student will have a personal, innovative and super-fun time as they gain real-life experiences with guidance that will actually prepare them for the college life.

Just like a real-life college student, our Summer Immersion Program students will reside and eat on campus. Blueprint partners with our host universities to offer our students the best experience possible. You’ll stay in a college residence hall with other Blueprint students and staff (female staff live on the girls’ floor/wing and male staff live on the boys’ floor/wing) and enjoy three meals a day. We believe on-campus immersion is an essential part of getting a true taste of college life and getting to know your host university! For school-specific information, please visit our website.

In previous years, all students had a roommate.  However, with the implementation of our new COVID-19 policies, all students will be in a single room.

For your time on campus and for extra spending money on road trips, we do recommend sending your student with $75 per week for souvenirs, snacks, and anything else they might want to buy during the program.

Laptops are highly recommended for all students. General program guidelines govern laptop and cellphone usage during the program. And just like college, students are responsible for keeping track of their belongings.

In addition to dinner and some free time, evenings include scheduled activities so you can continue to have fun and engage with other students. Past activities have included relay races, movie nights, trash bag fashion shows, frisbee golf competitions and various sports and games.

We like to keep our students pretty busy so there is minimal free time but, it does exist! We do offer optional activities during an hour or 2 block of the day. If you are beat and just wants to go chill out in the common area or take a nap in your room, you’re are free to do so! Now we also have mandatory blocks of activity times where student attendance is necessary, though at most programs students will have a choice of activities to choose from during those times. We like to prevent the inevitable home sickness as much as we can and we do that by keeping students active and engaged.

Students are not allowed to leave campus unsupervised. However, if you have friends or family in the area who would like to “sign out” your student for a few hours to attend a dinner or other family-specific activity, then special arrangements can be made.

Safety & Supervision

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.

When you get to a Blueprint program, you enter the blueprint bubble! This means that we make every effort to ensure every student’s physical and emotional safety at all times. Classes, seminars and all other activities are specifically and exclusively for blueprint students. Each program has a leadership team, instructors, and student mentors, to ensure a fun and safe environment. Students may explore campus during their free time, but must notify a staff member, bring a buddy with them, and check in at designated times.

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  • No payments until March!

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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.