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Summer Honors Program

Culturally Relevant. Academically Meaningful.

June 15 - June 30, 2018

What Exactly Is Summer Honors?

Experience a snapshot of college life at Taylor while earning college credit. Summer Honors is a program for high school students that spans three weeks of the summer. Each summer's activities vary, but you can count on: making friends from across the country, being pushed academically, and growing spiritually.

What To Expect


Our courses are designed to challenge you. Click here to look at the full range of courses you will be taking along with the dedicated faculty who will be teaching them.


While you will be working hard in class, you will also be spending time in small groups, social and service-type activities and bonding with your roommates, peers and Taylor students.
Frequently Asked Questions


The total cost for Summer Honors 2017 (including a $30 application fee) is $1,455. Taylor pays your tuition, so you are paying for room, board, and the application fee.
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Application Info

Summer Honors is open to students who have finished their junior year of high school* and have a minimum 3.3 GPA. It is recommended that participating students be in the top 15% of their high school class. Summer Honors 2017 participants had an average 3.78 high school GPA.
*Limited spots are available to students finishing their senior year and enrolled for Taylor’s Fall 2018 semester.
Application deadline: May 1, 2018

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The Application Includes:

Your Story

Tell us how God has been working in your life. You can do this one of two ways:

  • Write your story (400-700 words)
  • Share your story with an Admissions Counselor in person, over the phone, or through a video uploaded to ZeeMee.

High School Transcript

Have this sent to Taylor University. Your application is not complete without this component.

Academic Reference Form

An adult who can speak of your academic aptitude may complete this reference form. The form will be emailed to the individual you designate through the online application.

Christian Character Reference

A pastor, mentor, or any adult who can speak of your spiritual walk may fill out the reference form. (Family members are not permitted to complete this form.) The form may be completed one of two ways:

  • Online: During the application process, you will email them an electronic form.
  • Print: Print the PDF form and give it to them to be completed and sent to Taylor.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $30 must be submitted online or by mailing a check to the Office of Admissions.

Summer Honors 2017 Courses

All Summer Honors students take:

Foundations Of The Christian Liberal Arts

Taught by Dr. Jeff Cramer. An introduction to the integration of faith and learning, and the value of a liberal arts education. The course seeks to answer two primary questions: What does it mean to flourish as a Christian living in this world? What do the liberal arts have to do with this flourishing? The course is taught in four sections with significant discussion about what it means to live in a right relationship with God, neighbor, world, and self.

Summer Honors students choose one of the following one-credit courses:

Model United Nations – Middle East Focus

Taught by Dr. Thomas Jones, this course challenges students to research, analyze, and debate major world events as members of a Model United Nations Security Council.

Cyber Defense

Taught by Dr. Dannie M. Stanley, this course introduces students to computer security by exploring the defensive methods developed by researchers, as well as the offensive methods used by attackers. Students are also introduced to ethics related to computer security.

Summer Honors 2017 Professors

Dr. Jeff Cramer

Dr. Jeff Cramer is a professor of computer science. He received his PhD in Educational Technology at Purdue University and was the recipient of Taylor's 2009 Distinguished Professor of the Year award. He and his wife Jane have two children.

Dr. Tom Jones

Dr. Tom Jones chairs the History, Global & Political Studies Department. He teaches both U.S. and world history courses and coordinates the Irish history course as part of the Irish Studies Program. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Taylor (BS), Notre Dame (MA), and Ball State University (Ed.D.). He completed additional graduate work in history at Miami (Ohio) and Purdue. In addition to his duties at Taylor, Dr. Jones serves as minister of Center Christian Church.

Dr. Dannie M. Stanley

Dr. Dannie M. Stanley is a professor of computer science and conducts research in operating systems and networking with an emphasis on computer security. His primary Ph.D. advisor was Dr. Eugene H. Spafford, a pioneer in computer security and a member of the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. His most recent research is in operating system kernel attacks and mitigation. He and his wife Amber have three young children.

Summer Honors 2017 Cost

The Summer Honors program is residential and all students are required to live on campus.

Charge Cost
Application Fee $30
Matriculation Fee $50
Tuition $0 (paid by Taylor)
Three-week Room and Board $1,375
TOTAL $1,455

Pay the $50 Summer Honors Matriculation Fee Online or mail a check to the Admissions Office by May 25.

Summer Honors 2017 FAQ

When should I arrive to Summer Honors and where should I go?

You should arrive for orientation on Saturday, June 10th, at the Recital Hall in the Smith-Hermanson Music Center. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the orientation program starting at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure that you arrive early enough to pick up your orientation packet (just outside the Recital Hall) before the orientation begins.

Residence Hall rooms in Swallow Robin Hall will not be open until after orientation, but early arrivals may leave student luggage in the downstairs lounge area. (The front door of the hall will be open, take the descending stairs to the right). You are expected to be at orientation. Your parents and family are encouraged to join us for the orientation and to help you settle into the residence hall afterwards.

Note: Day-early arrivals are charged an additional $50 for housing

Where will I live during Summer Honors?

You’ll be staying in Swallow Robin Hall and will be sharing your room with one or two roommates. The air-conditioned rooms include desks, beds, closets and a couple of dresser drawers per student. Free laundry facilities are available in the hall.

Will this be just like college?

Not totally – but close! Since most of the students attending are younger than eighteen, there are some general rules that apply to Summer Honors students that do not apply during the regular school year.

We do, for example, observe a local curfew ordinance. You will be required to be in the residence hall (or other designated campus areas) before 10:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday evenings and before midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Summer Honors includes regular college classes, identical residence and food service facilities and a Taylor experience typical in most ways. You will be very busy during the program and will not actually have a great deal of free time, although you will have some time each day. You will be expected to participate in all activities that are schedule for your Summer Honors experience. Summer Honors cannot accommodate visits from family or friends during the program.

What type of activities will I be involved in outside of class?

During the week, Summer Honors students will be involved in dynamic small groups led by Taylor students. In these groups, students will explore the impact their identity in Christ demands on their lives, their community and their world.

You will be involved in social and service-type activities on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. You will have access to the Student Union, which has pool tables and various games.

How much and what kinds of interaction will I have with Taylor students?

We encourage you to interact with Taylor students as time allows. We feel that Taylor students who are taking summer classes themselves play a small but important role in giving the Summer Honors students an excellent picture of what Taylor is all about.

Will there be supervision during Summer Honors?

Summer Honors is staffed to provide the appropriate supervision for all participants. Personnel Assistants will live on your floor. These positions are filled by highly qualified upperclassmen who have a previously held or currently hold leadership positions on campus.

The Residence Hall Director is a faculty member who fills the exact same position throughout the school year with college students. His/her job is to supervise the Personnel Assistants and deal with emergency and discipline situations that may arise. Taylor faculty and administrators in turn supervise the Residence Life staff.

Are there any events during Summer Honors my family can attend?

In addition to orientation on June 10, we will host a closing banquet for the students, parents, faculty and staff of Summer Honors on Thursday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. Families are strongly encouraged to join us for this culminating event. Students are free. Seating is available for family and friends at $11 per person (children may attend at a reduced cost). Please RSVP at Orientation.

When do I need to leave campus?

You may check out after the closing banquet on Thursday, June 29, or you can stay overnight and check out on Friday, June 30. You must leave campus by 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

What if I'm flying? How do I get to and from the airport?

We will pick you up at the Indianapolis or Fort Wayne airports only on Saturday, June 10 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Your flight must plan to arrive between these times in order to be picked up. Return flights must have a departure time of no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, and no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 30. To register for this service, fill out the Airport Shuttle Request Form.

What should I bring to Summer Honors?

  • Pillow, blanket, XL twin sheets, towels & other linens
  • Sleeping bag & backpack for overnight service project
  • Toiletries, shower caddy, and flip flops (for community bathrooms)
  • Casual clothes
  • Dress clothes for church
  • Modest swimsuit & beach towel
  • Bible & devotional materials
  • Pens, pencils, paper, etc. (School supplies are not provided but can be purchased in the Campus Store)
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag / hamper
  • Laundry detergent (please bring detergent designated for ‘high efficiency washers’)
  • Personal laptop computer
  • Flash Drive
  • Sports equipment (volleyball, Frisbee, roller blades, etc.)
  • Musical instruments (optional)

What should I leave at home?

  • Car (not allowed)*
  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Play Stations, Xbox, or other gaming systems

*Exceptions are made for students who are driving themselves to and from Summer Honors. However, you are not allowed to drive your car during the program.

What if I don’t own a personal laptop computer?

We are strongly encouraging students to bring their own laptop computers. You will have a .edu email address once you’re accepted and have paid for Summer Honors. If you are interested in purchasing a laptop for Summer Honors and further use at college the following year, many companies offer discounts to students with a .edu email address. If you do not own a laptop or are not interested in purchasing one, we will have a limited number available for loan for the duration of Summer Honors.

What can I wear during Summer Honors?

At Taylor, casual dress is the guideline for class attendance, residence hall and dining hall activities. However, “casual” is not meant to include form-fitting or revealing clothing. Dress and grooming standards should respect personal boundaries and should not be distracting or attention grabbing. Walking shorts are permitted in class; however, athletic shorts are not. You should also bring a pair of athletic shoes, clothing appropriate for outdoor recreation and service projects, and a modest swimsuit. You will also want to pack some clothing appropriate for church.

How much spending money should I bring?

You only need spending money for toiletries, snacks and an occasional outing. Conservative spenders are encouraged to bring around $50 to cover extras, although this amount is not required.

The Campus Store will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. You can purchase school supplies, clothes, toiletries and snacks. If you are going to buy gifts from the Campus Store, please do this during opening or closing weekend.

Although there is not a prevalent threat, it is a best practice to not carry around a lot of cash and to secure valuables during the program. ATMs (cash dispensing only) are provided on campus in the Dining Commons, Student Union, and Administration Building (PLUS System, Cirrus Network, and most other major ATM networks).

How much does the program cost and what does that include?

After the $30 application fee, the program costs $1,425. This total includes a $50 matriculation fee which reserves the student's spot in the program. Every student receives a free tuition scholarship for the Summer Honors program, saving you approximately $1,500. The program costs include your room and board (lodging and food) and books.

Why do I see payment due for tuition on my bill?

You will receive billing information that will list tuition, room and board costs. However, the tuition will be paid by the University—we wait to see who actually attends before we make the payments, in case someone can’t make it. This means it will show up on your bill even though you will not need to pay any portion of it. Room and board charges ($1,375) are the responsibility of the student. Payment is due the first Monday of the program. You may want to arrange a means to make this payment with your parents. If you prefer, you can pay the room and board charges earlier by contacting the Bursar’s Office at 765-998-5123.

Are there any forms I need to fill out?

You should have received two release forms with your acceptance materials. One is a general medical release form and the other pertains to Taylor’s ropes course on campus. Both forms must be signed by a parent/guardian and mailed to the Office of Admissions or brought to campus at the start of the program.

What if I still have questions?

Please contact Laura Armstrong, Summer Honors Recruiter, at lrarmstrong@taylor.edu.