Description: How does popular culture shape the way we think and act? How should popular culture shape the way we think and act? In 2014, Summer Scholars will examine the roots of our technology-driven culture and explore ways to become a more analytical and responsible participant of that culture.

  • Who: Current high school students
  • What: Summer Scholars is a weeklong academic adventure that includes classes, field trips, and extra-curricular activities.
  • When: July 27-August 2, 2014
  • Where: Rochester College
  • Why: Summer Scholars provides current high school students with a unique opportunity to explore college life at Rochester College while earning college credit. Live on campus, make friends, meet professors, earn college credit, and broaden your mind!
  • How Much: The cost for Summer Scholars is $450

Earning College Credit: Scholars can earn three hours of college credit and satisfy Rochester College’s “Human Institutions and Behavior” general education requirement. To earn the credit, students must participate in all Summer Scholars activities and complete follow-up work online.

$100 is required upon registration. The remaining $350 is due at check-in.
This cost includes 3 hours of college credit, room, board, and all activities.

Q & A


Q: Where do scholars stay?

A: Scholars are housed in Rochester College Residence Halls. Each room holds two scholars and shares a bathroom with an adjoining bedroom. Rooms contain two twin-sized beds, desks, and dressers. Residence Halls are not air-conditioned, so scholars are welcome to bring a fan.

Q: Can scholars request their roommate?

A: Yes, you may list a roommate preference on the registration form.

Q: What are classes like?

A: All classes are taught by Rochester College professors. Throughout the week, scholars will be introduced to a variety of informed and passionate faculty members who will lead scholars in exploring the theme from their discipline of expertise. Most days will also include field trips.

Q: How is college credit earned?

A: Scholars earn three hours of credit through participating in the week’s activities and completing follow-up work online. When scholars arrive on campus, they will receive a syllabus, a schedule, and reading assignments that will be completed during free time throughout the week. After the week, students who wish to earn credit will complete an online component. The primary assignment will be a paper.

Q: What kind of college credit is earned?

A: Scholars who complete the follow-up work will receive credit for HON 1003 Popular Culture and Human Behavior. This course can satisfy Rochester College’s “Human Institutions and Behavior” general education requirement or can be considered an elective (most college degrees have ample room for electives). Scholars who complete the online component will earn a grade of “P” (“passing”) which is not calculated in the GPA. If a scholar decides not to complete the online component, HON 1003 will not appear on their transcript.

Q: Can the college credit be transferred?

A: Students who complete HON 1003 and want to transfer the credit to another institution should follow the standard guidelines for requesting a Rochester College transcript. Rochester College is fully accredited and our coursework is widely accepted. As with all transfers, however, the receiving college determines if credits are accepted.

Q: Will I get a t-shirt?

A: Yes, and it will be cool!




Rochester College is a Christian College, and scholars are expected to uphold Christian values by respecting each other, their mentors, and their professors. This includes:

  1. Respectful Speech: Strive for friendliness and engaged participation in Summer Scholar activities. Avoid profanity and whining.
  2. Respectful Actions:
    1. Obey Summer Scholar professors and staff
    2. Stay on campus unless on a chaperoned field trip
    3. Never visit residence hall rooms of the opposite gender
    4. Dress appropriately (Avoid shirts with offensive or vulgar images or language, strapless tops, halter tops, and tops that reveal the midsection. Shorts are permitted but should come below the fingertips when standing straight with arms touching sides.)
    5. Take care of college property
    6. Save cell phone usage for free time
    7. Avoid all illegal activities!

Note: lost room keys will result in a $25 charge at the end of the week.

Grounds for Expulsion

  1. Possession of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited and will result in immediate expulsion at the parent’s expense.
  2. Students who leave campus without permission will be immediately expelled at the parent’s expense.
  3. Rochester College residence halls are NOT coed. Girls may not be in boys’ halls or rooms, and vice-versa. Failure to follow this rule will result in immediate expulsion at the parent’s expense.
  4. Vandalism of any kind, including willful defacement of College property, will result in immediate expulsion at the parent’s expense.



  1. A good attitude and a curious mind!
  2. Notebook and pens
  3. Bible
  4. Linens: pillow, sleeping bag or sheets/blanket, towels and wash cloths, laundry bag
  5. Toiletries (Shampoo, conditioner, soap, brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  6. Comfortable walking shoes
  7. Flashlight
  8. Fan
  9. Water bottle
  10. Alarm clock
  11. Clothing
  12. Modest swim suit

Do Not Bring

  1. A bad attitude
  2. Personal Electronics such as MP3 players, computers, or video game systems. These items tend to discourage social behavior and are easily broken, stolen, or lost.
  3. Other valuables, such as jewelry. Again, these items are easily broken, stolen, or lost, and they are not necessary components of an academic adventure!
  4. Roller blades, skateboards, water guns, water balloons, etc. These items can cause injury to you and others
  5. Tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons of any kind, including pocket knives. Possession of these items will result in immediate expulsion at the parent’s expense.


Here’s information about past  Jr. Scholars programs that appeared in the North Star.

Jr. Scholars Recap 2011

Jr. Scholars Recap 2012


REGISTERSummer Scholars enrollment consists of three easy steps:

  1. Fill out the online scholar application below and hit submit. Upon submission you will be prompted with a link to download the health form and course registration form.
  2. Download, print and complete the health and class registration forms.
  3. Please mail these two forms, along with the $100 deposit to:

Rochester College
Summer Scholars Enrollment
800 W. Avon
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

If you would like to pay for the registration by credit card, you may do so by calling 248-218-2271.

Every effort will be made to keep scholars safe. When we are off-campus, scholars will be accompanied by a minimum of two adult employees of Rochester College as well as two student mentors. However, we cannot control everything, so the waivers are needed for both practical and legal reasons. The second page registers the scholar for HON 1003, the academic course associated with Summer Scholars.