Get a preview of college life and beyond!
Learn about majors, academic expectations, and connecting college to careers.

The BLAST (Building Life and Academic Skills for Teens) program is an intensive one-week summer experience that will allow you to get a preview of college life, learn about the higher education admissions process, connect college to career-readiness, and have fun in a small, supportive community setting. BLAST participants get to study on the picturesque campus of Wheaton College.

Eligibility: High school rising juniors and seniors

Program Dates:
Session I: Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24, 2020, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Session II: Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31, 2020, 9 am — 4 p.m.

Program Cost: $750  (includes lunch, morning and afternoon snacks)

Application deadline: the priority application deadline is April 1, 2020

Academic/Program overview

Over the course of one week, students enrolled in the BLAST program develop college readiness skills and begin discovering career options. Campus partners including staff and faculty lead workshops tailored for students to explore the opportunities available with the liberal arts as a foundation.

Key outcomes 
  • Increased self-awareness and clarification of your goals
  • Increased understanding of college life, application processes, etc.
  • Preparation for college success and career exploration
  • Fun in a supportive community!

Workshops by Wheaton Faculty & Staff include:

  • Writing effective college essays
  • Money management for college students
  • Professional and dining etiquette
  • Public speaking
  • Resume writing
  • Managing your personal brand

…and many more!

Apply now to BLAST
Counselors, nominate a student to attend BLAST

For more information, contact:

Isabelle Byusa
Wheaton College