America’s elite universities are making millions off summer programs for teens — but do they really help kids get into college?
They’ve become big in the how-to-get-a-leg-up-in-college-admissions circus: pre-college summer programs for teens at America’s most elite universities, including Harvard and Stanford. But are they what they seem?
Costing thousands of dollars, many of these programs send letters to students “inviting” them to apply, and suggest attending will provide a benefit for their college applications. And many students who can’t afford several thousand dollars for a few weeks of a summer program wind up fundraising, with guidance on how to do it from the schools themselves.