Frequently Asked Questions

How does this program differ from other programs?

The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars distinguishes itself from other programs by offering a unique blend of “House and Harkness.”   

We maximize academics and daily social interactions to ensure that our students feel supported and achieve success. We select students who we feel can contribute to our program academically and socially, and then challenge them with intensive, single-subject courses developed around the instructor’s unique expertise.

Is there an application deadline?

The program has a rolling admissions policy. This means that we accept qualified applicants until our program is full. The Admissions Committee will not consider an application until all required materials have been received.

Do you offer an ESL (English as a Second Language) program?

No. All students applying to the program must have a high level of English proficiency in order to successfully participate in our Harkness-based courses.

Who may apply?

The Summer Scholars Program accepts applications from academically qualified boys and girls who have completed the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The session expects a serious academic commitment from students, who are held accountable for all requirements.

Does every person who applies get accepted?

The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars program is a competitive academic enrichment program. Not every student who applies is accepted into the program.  Some students are qualified, but we are unable to accept them due to space constraints.  Boarding applicants will be placed on the wait list or encouraged to apply as Day Scholars.

Are international students required to submit TOEFL scores?

In order to participate in the program, all international students must have a high level of English proficiency. The minimum TOEFL scores are: 600 for the paper-based test, and 80 for the Internet-based test.  If a TOEFL test has not been taken, an international student can also show 3+ years in an International School.  International students applying must be fully fluent in English.

Do I have to live on campus in order to attend the Summer Scholars Program?

No. We have many students who attend the program as day students. If you do not live locally you are responsible for your own housing.

Do I have to attend the full three weeks?

Yes. Because our classes depend on the contributions of everyone, students are required to attend the full three-week session. Students who leave before the official end of the program will not receive grades or teachers’ comments.

How many hours will I be in class each day?

The morning and afternoon classes each meet for 2.5 hours, Monday-Friday.   

How much homework should I expect?

Most classes require about 30 minutes of homework per night.

May I change my courses once I am accepted as a Summer Scholar?

We do our best to place students in their first course choices but it is sometimes impossible to honor all course requests. After your choice of courses is confirmed, we expect to keep changes to a minimum. Requests for course changes must be made in writing before May 1st. The request must come from the parent/guardian of the student. Requests for course changes made after the session has begun must receive the approval of the Director of Summer Academics. Students must furnish compelling reasons in order to receive approval. No course changes will be made after the Wednesday of the first week of the session.

Where can I buy my class supplies and books?

Students must purchase their own books and supplies. We will send the specific requirements for each course, including book titles and ISBN numbers. It is your responsibility to purchase through Amazon, a book store or other on-line vendor.  For residential scholars, materials may be shipped directly to the school if you prefer.

What is the average class size in the program?

Our class sizes are small, averaging between 10 to 14 students per class.

Who are the Summer Scholar teachers?

A select few of our teachers teach at Lawrenceville during the academic year, while many are from other private schools, public schools, and colleges or universities. We aim to provide an academically global experience for our students by selecting the best faculty from all over the world to teach at Lawrenceville Summer Scholars.  All of our summer faculty are experienced educators and deeply committed to our program and the Harkness teaching method.

Will I receive grades or credit for courses taken during the program?

We do not grant credit or provide grades for course offerings because the courses offered are designed for academic enrichment and are not intended to cover a full semester’s worth of content. At the mid-way point and at the end of each course, students will receive a written evaluation from the instructor.

May I bring my cell phone?

Yes, students are encouraged to bring their cell phones to the program. Students are expected to use proper cell phone etiquette at all times. Cell phones must be off or on silent mode during all required activities. Students must refrain from making/taking calls or texting during class.

Do I need to bring a computer for the tech courses?

Students registered for tech courses will work in computer/tech labs with the necessary equipment provided.  For work done outside of the classroom, Lawrenceville is a BYOD (bring your own device) campus, therefore, students must provide their own laptops, tablets, iPhones, etc.  Please see Computer and Wi-Fi Policies for further information.

Do I need to bring a computer for the other courses?

Not required; however, it is strongly recommended to bring an electronic device with Google Docs capability for ease of use.  If you elect to bring a computer, please follow the Computer Policies and the guidelines for internet use listed below.

What is the dress code for the program? What should I wear?

Dress is informal, but clothing should not be distracting to classmates. This includes statement clothing. Shorts or slacks are usually worn to class. Hats are prohibited indoors. Students must wear shoes in all academic buildings and the dining center.

Whom can I talk to if I need help?

Your classroom teacher or your residential advisor. He or she will refer you to the Director of Summer Academics if needed.

Parents can reach us anytime at (609) 620-6683 or

What are the emergency procedures and systems?

Campus Safety Department: 609-896-0509

Emergency notification system: Lawrenceville uses both an outdoor warning system and emergency messaging system. Upon arrival, boarding students will receive information about how to respond to these. There will be one scheduled fire drill, per session, during one class period.

What if I get sick during the program?

Nurses are available at all times during the program.

What type of food is served in the Dining Hall?

A variety of both hot and cold food choices are available at each meal. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices are always available, as well as a salad bar and sandwich bar. Lunch is included in the tuition.

Please report any food allergies on your medical form. Our food service provider will assist the student to select appropriate food choices.

May I arrive after the beginning of Summer Session?

No, students are expected to arrive on time; however, in exceptional situations, students may contact the office to request permission for late arrival. If a late arrival is approved, you should be certain that the program’s office knows when and how you will arrive.

May I leave campus?

Students are not allowed to leave campus during class time unless accompanied by a designated summer staff member and after permission has been granted by the Director of Students.

What do I do about medication?

If your scholar will be taking medication while in the program, his/her health care provider must complete the medication consent section of our health form. Medication can only be dispensed by our health professionals with this consent form. Medication must be in its original container with the scholar’s name on the prescription label.

Why can I take only two courses?

Each course runs for 2.5  hours for elective courses in the morning or afternoon. The courses are part of the complete Lawrenceville experience, and are complimented by the community activities.

What is included in the Summer Scholars tuition?

The charge for boarding students includes tuition, room and board, all excursions, and transportation.

The charge for  full day students includes lunch and 2 courses. Half day student tuition covers lunch and 1 course.

The following are not included in the tuition and require additional fees: Elective travel, books, spending money, and required US Health Insurance for International Students, and Unaccompanied Minor service for students traveling via air. 

What are the houses like?

Girls and boys are housed separately. Houses are air conditioned when warranted and are designed for single, double or triple occupancy. Each House offers common areas for students to gather together to study or relax. Bathrooms and showers are located on each floor.

What is included in each House room?

Each room contains a bed(s) (extra long twin size), dresser, desk, chair and closet. Students should bring 1 set of bed linens, blanket(s), pillow(s) and bath linens. Optionally, and especially if travelling internationally, all necessary bed and bath linens can be borrowed from the school.  A $35  fee will be charged for lost items.

May I bring a TV, refrigerator, game system, or air conditioner for my room?

No. These items, as well as any heavy electronic equipment or heat producing items, are not allowed in the House rooms.

How will I do my laundry?

We offer a weekly laundry service with wash, dry, and fold services that we recommend residential students to use.  If students elect not to use the service, they are expected to manage their own laundry.  Pay machines are available in each House ($1.00 per wash and $1.00 per dry). Students may exchange dollar bills for coins at the School store or in the Office of Summer Programs.

How much spending money should I bring & how can I access it?

All food and necessities are provided through the program, though some students like to purchase T-shirts, souvenirs, books and extra snacks during weekend travel. Spending habits vary for each student. We suggest that students have access to no more than $25-$50/ week.  Most vendors take credit/ debit cards, though there are no ATMs on campus.  

Parents may deposit cash (via cash or check) with the school office. Students request funds in advance of the weekend and the money is distributed Saturday morning prior to the weekend trip.

At the end of the session, remaining money will be returned to the student.

Students should NOT bring large amounts of money to campus. The School is not responsible for lost cash.

May I request a specific room or roommate?

No. All rooms are assigned by the faculty and Director of Students. No requests will be accepted unless for religious and health reasons.

What type of activities will be offered to students boarding?

We have many fun events for residential students. Events include talent shows, dances, volleyball tournaments, movie nights, and more. We also organize off-campus activities such as trips to Philadelphia, sports games, amusement parks, and museums. ** If space allows we will open these trips to Day students for an additional fee.

Will I have free time?

Yes.  Along with time for required classes and planned activities, days are structured to allow for individual study and relaxation in study areas, House common rooms, athletic facilities, musical instrument practice,  and participation in optional free time activities.

Are visitors allowed?

Generally, students are not allowed visitors from off-campus during the program, including overnight guests; exceptional cases may be allowed by the Director of Summer Academics.

What are the local hotels in the area?

Chauncey Center, Rosedale Road and Carter Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 921-3600

Courtyard by Marriott Ewing/Princeton, 360 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ (609) 771-8100

Element Ewing Hopewell, 1000 Sam Weinroth Road East, Ewing, NJ (609) 671-0050

Homewood Suites by Hilton Princeton, 3819 Route 1, Princeton, NJ (609) 720-0550

Hyatt Regency 102 Carnegie Center, Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 987-1234

Marriott Princeton Hotel & Conference Center at Forrestal, 100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 452-7800

Residence Inn by Marriott, 3563 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 799-0550

Spring Hill Suites Marriott, 1000 Charles Ewing Blvd., Ewing, NJ 08628 (609) 530-0900

Westin Princeton at Forrestal, Village 201 Village Blvd., Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 452-7900

Where can I send mail or packages?

Boarding students receive their mail nightly in the Houses. Mail to boarders should be addressed as follows:

Student Name

Summer Scholars Program

The Lawrenceville School

2500 Main Street

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

What does the daily schedule look like?

Subject to slight revision, the following is a typical schedule:

8:00-8:50am Breakfast in Irwin Dining Hall
8:45-9:00am Day Students Arrive
9:00-11:30am Class #1
11:15-11:30am Afternoon Day Students Arrvie
11:30-12:30am House activity or community meeting
12:30-1:10pm Lunch in Irwin Dining Hall
1:10-1:20pm Morning-only Day Students Depart
1:15-3:45pm Class #2
3:45-4:00pm Day Students Depart Campus
4:15-5:15pm Afternoon Activity/Free Time
5:30-6:15pm Dinner in Irwin Dining Hall
6:30-8:00pm Studyhall in Houses or Library
8:15-10:00pm Community Evening Activity/Socializing
10:30pm Lights out