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Student Life at Residential Sites

In addition to their coursework, CTY 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 afternoon and weekend activities. 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 to grow and have fun in a safe, supervised environment.

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.


Students live in single-gender halls with their RAs and are not permitted to visit opposite-gender halls. Bathrooms are shared. Most rooms are doubles, but on occasion, students are assigned to singles or triples. When possible, students sharing a room will be of similar age and in the same or a related class. Although we will consider roommate and other housing requests, we cannot promise to accommodate them.

Afternoon Activities

When students are not in class, they attend activities planned and supervised by the residential staff. The program's goal is to offer a variety of activities so that all students can find something they enjoy doing each day.


All students participate in a full schedule of on-campus recreational and social activities on weekends. Activities are planned and supervised by the RAs and administrative staff, and include sports, games, and special events. Students can look forward to their weekends being filled with events such as evening dances, talent shows, carnivals, and movie nights. Students also have downtime in the mornings to catch up on laundry or just relax and talk with friends. Some students choose to attend religious services.


Facilities vary by site, but they may include a gymnasium, tennis courts, outdoor fields, a pool, and music practice rooms. These facilities are shared with other programs and are supervised by our staff only during scheduled activity periods when available. For these reasons, individual training programs and practice schedules cannot be accommodated. Students are not permitted to use campus weight rooms or aerobic equipment.

Technology at the Sites

In order to maximize community engagement and to minimize distractions, CTY limits the use of computers, tablets, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Our sites have very limited computer access for students. CTY cannot guarantee access to the internet.


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.

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 academic 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 campus and local communities
  • Attend all class sessions, meals, activities, and meetings
  • Take responsibility for their own work and actions
  • Cooperate with adult supervision
  • Observe all rules for student conduct

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

At each site, students learn more about our standards for behavior on the first day. While specific rules vary somewhat from site to site, community standards throughout our summer programs are basic and consistent.

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 hall
  • Leaving their halls after lights-out
  • Stealing or vandalizing property
  • Keeping prescription or non-prescription medication in their possession (for limited exceptions, see Medical Information)
  • Possessing or using tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs, or 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 CTY Student Policy on Appropriate Use of Technology
  • 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 will be added to the student’s account balance.

Prohibited Items

The following items must not be brought to the sites:

  • Weapons of any kind (including pocketknives, martial arts devices, and toys resembling weapons)
  • Any flame-producing devices (including matches, lighters, and firecrackers)
  • 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 that pose undue risk to property or to the safety and well-being of people.

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