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Student Life


In addition to their course work, our students enjoy an enriching experience outside the classroom. They live on campus under the supervision of resident assistants (RAs) and participate in a variety of activities held each afternoon and on the weekends. More importantly, they get to know other students like them—students with diverse interests, exceptional academic abilities, and a love of learning. Lasting friendships develop as students learn from each other both in and out of the classroom. Throughout the residential program, we focus on helping students have fun in a safe, supervised environment.

CTY students come from many different backgrounds and have a wide variety of opinions and beliefs. At CTY, we believe this diversity is part of the educational experience, and we encourage students to embrace the opportunity to learn from others who are different from them.

Although helping students have a positive social experience is important to us, prospective students should know that their primary goal while enrolled in the program is to succeed in their academic endeavors. Students unable to make academics their first priority should not attend our program.


While students are ultimately responsible for their own conduct, members of the administrative, instructional, and residential staff all work together to provide clear guidelines and careful supervision. Outside class, students are supervised by RAs, who are typically college students selected on the basis of academic record, related work or volunteer experience, recommendations, and performance in an interview. RAs live with students in the residence halls, providing support and encouragement, enforcing rules, and planning and conducting the recreational program. The RAs, as well as instructors, teaching assistants, and administrators, are prepared to help students adjust to the academic demands of CTY and to the experience of being away from home.

Housing & Campus Facilities

All students live on single-gender floors with their RAs. Each RA group has approximately 15 students. Most students are assigned to single or double rooms; however, we cannot guarantee a particular housing arrangement to any student. Students on the same floor share bathrooms. Residence halls are air conditioned. During supervised recreational time, students may socialize in lounges and common spaces; however, at no time are students permitted to enter opposite-gender floors. Students will also have limited access to other campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs, and athletic facilities.

Recreational Activities

When students are not in class, they attend activities planned and supervised by the resident assistants. The program's goal is to offer a variety of activities so that all students can find something they enjoy doing each day. Activities range from the standard fare of board games, athletics, and arts and crafts to the more esoteric (e.g., Hiding in Obvious Places).

Athletic Facilities

Athletic facilities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, and outdoor fields. Students will have very limited access, if any, to the gymnasium. Athletic facilities at the sites are shared with other programs and are supervised by our staff only during scheduled activity periods, when available. For these reasons, individual training programs cannot be accommodated. Students also are not permitted to use campus weight rooms or aerobic equipment.

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Technology at the Site

CTY-Princeton has very limited computer access for students. We ensure that students have computer access when necessary for academic purposes, and our instructors expect hand-written work. In order to maximize community engagement and to minimize distractions, CTY limits the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. CTY can not guarantee students will have access to the internet or campus Wi-Fi while enrolled in the program.


Classes do not meet on weekends, with the exception of Sunday evenings. Instead, all students participate in a full schedule of on-campus recreational and social activities, which are supervised by the RAs and administrative staff. In addition to sports and games, weekend activities include special events such as carnivals, evening dances, movies, a talent show, and supervised trips into town. Some students choose to attend religious services. Students also have down time in the mornings to catch up on laundry or just relax and talk with friends. Weekends conclude with a mandatory two-hour class session on Sunday evenings.

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule at the site is quite full. Students are required to attend all classes and activities, and there is little unstructured time. Students attend class from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with short breaks in the morning and afternoon and a longer break for lunch. Between the end of class and lights-out, students attend recreational activities, have dinner, return to class for a two-hour evening session, and enjoy some social time. Each day concludes with a hall meeting. Lights-out is at 11:00 pm.

Typical Daily Schedule

7 a.m. - 9 a.m.Morning preparations/breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.Class
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.Class
3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Activity I; Activity II
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Dinner
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.Evening class session
9 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.Social time and hall meeting
11 p.m.Lights-out

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Weekend all-site activities allow students to establish friendships and forge strong connections within the CTY community. These activities are often highlights of a student's CTY experience. With that in mind, we discourage families and friends from visiting students and taking them off campus. This recommendation applies especially if students will miss any portion of an instructional session.

In our experience, homesickness is often intensified by visits from parents. However, if parents choose to pick up their children for off-site visits, our staff will help coordinate logistics.

July 4th

On July 4th students attend their classes and activities as usual.

Expectations for Student Conduct

We expect our students to meet the highest standards of behavior, both in personal conduct and in dedication to academic pursuits. To this end, students must adhere to the Center for Talented Youth Honor Code, which requires them to uphold personal and academic integrity, respect the ideas and property of others, and ensure that those around them do the same. In addition, students are expected to:

  • Strive to do the best work possible.
  • Respect individuals of different races, cultures, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities, and national origins.
  • Behave in a friendly, cooperative, safe, and responsible manner toward all persons in the CTY community and in the larger college and local communities.
  • Attend all class sessions, meals, activities, and meetings.
  • Take responsibility for their own work and actions.
  • Cooperate with adult supervision.
  • Observe rules for physical safety and all other rules for student conduct.

We cannot accommodate students who are unwilling or unable to live up to these expectations.

At CTY-Princeton, students learn about our standards for behavior, including site rules and community standards, on the first day. 

Students may be dismissed from the program for any of the following reasons:

  • Not attending to their academic work in a satisfactory manner;
  • Cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other acts of academic dishonesty;
  • Being in restricted areas of campus, or leaving campus, unaccompanied by a staff member;
  • Being on an opposite-gender floor;
  • Leaving their halls after lights out;
  • Stealing or vandalizing property;
  • Keeping prescription or non-prescription medication in their possession (see Medical Information for limited exceptions);
  • Possessing or using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, and related paraphernalia;
  • Engaging in bullying, hazing, or harassing behavior;
  • Sending inappropriate or pornographic messages or images to members of the CTY community, and other violations of the JHU/CTY Information Technology Use Policy;
  • Not cooperating with adult supervision;
  • Undermining the safety or well-being of self or others (including threats).

No tuition refunds will be made to students dismissed from the program. If a student damages property, the cost of repair or replacement is added to the student's account balance.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and martial arts devices).
  • Any flame-producing device (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers).
  • High-energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, and Amp.
  • Pets of any kind.
  • Televisions, or video game equipment.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, skates, scooters, or shoes with wheels. 
  • Free weights.
  • Water guns.
  • Halogen lamps, refrigerators, or cooking devices.
  • Staff lanyards from current or previous summers.

In addition to the above list, we reserve the right to confiscate for the length of the program any items that, in our judgment, demonstrate the potential for distracting students from the goals of the program, or pose undue risk to property or to the safety and well-being of people.

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