University of Notre Dame

The BHSP Summer Institute at Notre Dame

The BHSP Summer Institute at Notre Dame is designed to jump-start our Scholars’ transition to college life and their acculturation to the demanding academic environment of a top-20 university.

All incoming Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars attend an accelerated four-week residential academic program that requires the completion of a core curriculum:

  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • Calculus
  • Strategies for Academic Excellence
  • Leadership and Team-Building Training

In addition, students who intend to major in disciplines in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics complete a chemistry course that emphasizes laboratory work.

Students who intend to major in disciplines in the liberal arts, business, or architecture must complete a liberal arts course in a topical area that changes each year. For this summer, the selected topic is Shakespeare.

As they gain experience in the rigors of college-level instruction and learn to meet a higher standard of academic performance, Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars also discover the social side of Notre Dame and begin to see the benefits of shared inspiration, mutual encouragement, and academic collaboration.

The BHSP Summer Institute at Notre Dame also begins the intensive advising process for our Scholars that will guide them in what they need to do to accomplish their goals. From funding and research, to employment and internships — Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars are exposed to everything that Notre Dame has to support them in their efforts to achieve their goals. Our advisors and instructors will tell you — at Notre Dame, “if you can dream it, you can do it.”