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Summer PAL

Jump-start your college experience in Summer PAL! Summer PAL is a strongly recommended, optional program for accepted PAL students. It provides a structured transition to college in a supportive, enjoyable environment that allows students to begin their first year with increased confidence and self-awareness. Students earn 3 academic credits for completion of this three-week intensive session which lays the foundation for developing self-understanding and effective learning habits. Summer PAL orients students to life at Curry and provides an opportunity to develop long lasting relationships with faculty and students.  You must be accepted to PAL and Curry College to be eligible for the Summer PAL program.


3 credits

This course is an intensive learning experience for entering first year students or transfer students who have been accepted into the
Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL). Through this immersion style course, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of themselves as learners within the context of higher education. This understanding is based in PAL's core learning outcomes: metacognition, self-regulation, active and engaged learning, critical thinking and reasoning skills. Working with a PAL faculty mentor and a small group of peers, students will construct strength based strategies for written communication, reading, listening, note-taking, critical thinking, problem-solving, personal goal setting, organization and teamwork. Activities include: developing an individual learning profile, attending mini-courses taught by Curry professors, experimenting with assistive technologies, and experiencing the rich learning resources of the Curry College community. Student learning culminates with a learning portfolio.


  • Individualized approaches to learning
  • Academic environment for students to earn three college credits
  • Opportunities to meet new friends and make lifelong friendships and connections
  • Experiences that build self-confidence in strength-based environment


  • Challenging outdoor leadership and group-building day
  • Trips to see some of the sights in and around Boston
  • Campus social events every evening to get a head start connecting with peers


  • Learn and think about learning in new ways
  • Understand your strengths and how to take advantage of them
  • Sample assistive technologies - Kurzweil 3000 reader program, Dragon Naturally Speaking speech to text software, Livescribe smartpens, and recorded texts
  • Participate in daily interactive and engaging classes from 9 am - 4 pm in small groups (7 to 1 ratio of students to PAL professors)
  • Sample classes and meet professors from different majors
  • Explore ways to improve time management, organization, and executive functions
  • Learn the ins and outs of campus resources
  • Discover strategies in reading, writing, speaking and note-taking that work for you

TUITION FOR SUMMER 2014 (TUITION FOR SUMMER 2015 will be posted soon)

  • Residential students:   $3760
  • *Commuter students: $3190

* A "day student" commuter option is available for students unable to participate in the residential program.

SUMMER PAL Scholarship

Some limited scholarships are available for students who are registered in Summer PAL. Summer PAL scholarship applications must be received by May 1. Contact Dr. Lynn Abrahams for more information.

Apply for the Summer PAL scholarship online
(Curry/PAL Accepted Students Only)

DATES for SUMMER PAL 2015: JULY 12 - JULY 31


To register for Summer PAL online, click on the link below and follow the online instructions. You can also pay the non-refundable $100 deposit online. Once you have submitted the online registration, an option to pay by credit card will appear. Click on that option and you will be given instructions for payment. (Ignore the request for a student ID number.) If you register online but prefer to pay the $100 deposit by check, make the check out to Curry College, indicate on the check that it is for Summer PAL with the student's name, and mail it to: Curry College, Student Accounts, 1071 Blue Hill Ave., Milton, MA 02186. The deposit deadline is May 15.

Seats in Summer PAL are limited, so register and deposit early!

(Curry/PAL Accepted Students Only) Once you submit your application and payment, please allow at least one week to process the paperwork. You will hear back from us within 7 days to confirm receipt of the application and deposit. Check with with payment questions or call 617-333-2354.**Refund information.**

We encourage you to apply early for the SUMMER PAL program since it fills up quickly.

Helpful Information for Students Enrolled in Summer PAL 2015

Below is a list of important dates you may need as you make your plans:

Summer PAL: Sunday, July 12 through Friday July 31

  • Arrival - Sunday, July 12 between Noon and 3pm at Main House
  • Opening Meal - Sunday, July 12  at 5:30 pm
  • Classes begin - Monday, July 13 at 9:00 am
  • Last Day of Classes & Departure - Friday, July 31 - Noon


Students who withdraw from the Summer PAL Program may be eligible for a refund depending upon the date of withdrawal. Full refunds will be made only if the student withdraws from the program prior to the day of check-in. Students who withdraw from the program within the first 7 days after check-in may be eligible for a 50% refund only due to verifiable extenuating circumstance beyond control of the student, such as a medical emergency or family crisis. After the 7th day of the program, no refund will be awarded under any circumstances. Should a student be suspended from the College, he/she will not receive a refund and will remain responsible for the full cost of tuition and fees for the program. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the program refund schedule.

Check-in Day Schedule:

Please plan to arrive on campus between Noon and 3pm on Sunday for check in at Main House, at which time you will receive your room assignment for Summer PAL. At 4pm you will be meeting with Residence Life staff and then attend a brief reception, at which time you will have an opportunity to see your family once more before your PAL summer experience begins! Our opening meal (for all students and faculty) will begin at 5:30pm in the Large Meeting Room in the Student Center, after you have said your good-byes.

Transportation from Logan Airport:

If you are flying to Boston, you will need to take the Logan Express Bus to the Braintree Terminal. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes. The bus can be picked up right outside of the baggage claim area at Logan Airport or you can ask an airport guide for assistance. A member of the Residence Life staff will pick you up at the Logan Express terminal in Braintree. Residence Life staff can also provide transportation following the end of the Summer PAL program. *Please indicate on the arrival information if you need both pick-up and drop-off transportation.

Medical Emergencies:

All emergencies will be handled by calling 911. Fallon Ambulance will then transport to the Milton Hospital Emergency Room. Since only limited medical services will be available at Curry College Health Services, the decision to transport by cab, Public Safety if available, or ambulance for any needed medical attention will be evaluated on an individual basis. We encourage students to review their insurance information prior to arriving on-campus and bring their card with them for their stay at Summer PAL.


Kathy Wilmot - Summer PAL Coordinator - - 617-333-2017

You can also send questions to or contact the front desk at 617-333-2250

You will need to complete:

The following paperwork must be received by June 15, prior to your arrival at Curry College. Please take the time to read these forms carefully, print out, and return (address below) all the information requested to the Residence Life Office as soon as possible.

  1. Summer PAL Housing Policy Agreement & Arrival information
  2. Heath Services form ***(ONLY if student is under 18)
  3. ***Curry College Mandatory Medical Form to be filled out online via your myCurry Account

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Apply today to be a part of a structured support program providing assistance to bright, college-able students with specific learning disabilities and/or AD/HD.

Free Workshop for Guidance Counselors and Educational Consultants

The internationally renowned Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College is pleased to present this free workshop for guidance counselors and educational consultants, offered on Friday, January 30, 2015. Help students prepare for the college search process by attending a workshop that explores the issues facing students with learning disabilities. RSVP ONLINE TODAY!

Video: Summer PAL

Summer PAL is a strongly recommended, optional program for accepted PAL students. It provides a structured transition to college in a supportive, enjoyable environment that allows students to begin their first year with increased confidence and self-awareness.


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