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Putney Pre-College

Putney Pre-College programs are designed for motivated high school students who are curious and passionate about the world around them. Whether in the U.S. or abroad, our programs combine pre-college enrichment and travel, taking you beyond the standard summer class model. The Putney Pre-College experience prepares you for that all-important next step into college—both academically and socially. Expand your worldview through travel, meet new people from all over the globe, test-drive potential majors in real-world environments, and explore new interests amid a tight-knit community of supportive peers and instructors.

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Enrichment & Extracurriculars

Putney students benefit from our novel combination of experiential learning and global immersion. Our programs are intentionally designed not to be like school, where learning is prescribed, classroom-centered, and text heavy. Instead, Putney Pre-College students learn by doing. Our field-based seminars are challenging and rigorous, but also innovative, intellectually stimulating, and fun. In the afternoons and evenings, take full advantage of your Pre-College destination. Enjoy activities and excursions, and immerse yourself in the local culture with new friends.

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Campus & Community

The Putney Pre-College experience extends far beyond the traditional campus. In vibrant and historic universities and locations around the world, Putney students get a taste of what college will bring, while using the surrounding environs for field-based learning. Each summer, Putney students find a community of peers who share their enthusiasm and commitment to personal and intellectual growth. Students thrive in this learning community, where curiosity is sparked and fed by the world around them, as they prepare academically and socially for college.

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“She benefitted so much from interaction in a small class setting with hands-on seminars that resulted in tangible projects within her favorite areas of academic interest.”

– Julie & Stewart Burke, Arlington, VA

Seminars

Each campus offers a range of seminars that are timely, timeless, and relevant to the program’s location. Seminars stand in contrast to the traditional pre-college summer class model. Instead, travel to where the topics live in the real world, and return home ready to tackle the journey of college.

Field-based

Establish a foundation in the classroom, then take your ideas to the streets and studios, the markets and museums, the cathedrals and skyscrapers—these are your classrooms.

Topical

Explore subjects in established and emerging fields and apply what you learn to the contemporary realities on the ground, in the places where these topics matter most.

Global

Immerse yourself in a new setting with peers from around the world. Explore new perspectives and experiences and shape yourself into a global citizen, ready to be a leader in college and beyond.

“I overcame my fear of the unknown. I took a public speaking course and my instructor helped me to find my voice in this world. I gained confidence in myself and learned how to encourage others in return.”

Belen H.
PUblic speaking seminar

“Without a doubt, I am extremely proud that I was able to accomplish my personal essay for my college application in my Writing for College class. I am so happy I can walk away from the program with that piece completed.”

Zak Z.
writing for college seminar

“The program hit a perfect balance of cultural immersion, adventure, day trips, experiential learning, and group bonding. I loved the diversity of daily activities and how each day felt like a totally new experience.”

Anya C.
art & architecture seminar

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From marketing, business, and economics to anime, Spanish language, and architecture, Putney students learn their chosen subjects in exciting and relevant locations around the world. Choose a campus below to get started.

Barcelona

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Tokyo

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Vermont

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Harvard Youth Climate Summit

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“I gained amazing friendships, a new attitude toward learning, and a love for being on a college campus.”

– Mary B., The Godolphin and Latymer School, London, England

Join Putney Pre-College this summer!

Choose a program and begin your application today. Questions? Call 802.387.5000 or email info@goprecollege.com.

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