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When will the program run?

Summer Residency

The Academy of Civic Life’s Summer Residency runs for three weeks in July. During this time, students live on the Stony Brook University campus Monday through Friday and return home on the weekends. Free transportation is provided for students between the high school and Stony Brook University's campus.

Academic School Year 

During their senior year of high school, students will continue working with the ACL as they complete their college applications. They also will serve as Junior Human Rights Commissioners, designing a civic engagement project and carrying it out in their community. At the end of their senior year, students will present their findings at the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission banquet.

What are the costs and fees of the program for students?

The program is free for students! There is no cost to apply or participate. Tuition, fees, meals, transportation, and housing during the Summer Residency will be paid for by the Academy.

How did the Academy get started?

The Academy of Civic Life is developed with the support of the Teagle Foundation’s Knowledge for Freedom initiative. Universities with successful Knowledge for Freedom programs include Columbia University, Yale University, Boston University, and the University of Rochester

What if I’m nervous about doing college-level work?

Don't be! The Academy is committed to making sure that you have the resources you need to be successful. The small size of our seminar classes will ensure that you receive individualized attention from your professor. In addition, you will also work with Teaching Assistants, who will hold daily office hours and help you to develop college-level reading and writing strategies. 

I don’t know if I want to go to college, can I still apply?

Yes! If you aren't sure about attending college, you are an excellent candidate for our program. Participants will attend many talks and workshops to learn more about college, from financial aid to choosing a major. By the end of the summer, you will have much more information about the college experience, and you can make an informed decision about the best path for you. 

How do students apply to the program?

Check out our “Apply” page for additional information about eligibility and application materials and procedures.