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Jump-start your Curry College experience!

Our traditional Summer PAL program is held on the Curry College campus in Milton, MA and is a strongly recommended, optional program for PAL students who have enrolled for the upcoming Fall term. It provides a structured transition to college experiences in a supportive, educational environment that allows students to attend college classes 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 introduces students to the resources and experiences available at Curry and provides an opportunity to build the communication skills necessary to develop long-lasting relationships with faculty and students. You must be accepted to PAL and Curry College to be eligible for this program.


  • Individualized approaches to learning
  • Academic support and resources for students to earn three college credits
  • Opportunities to make new friends and develop lifelong connections
  • Experiences that build self-confidence with a strength-based focus


  • 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, and recorded texts
  • Participate in daily interactive and engaging classes in small groups (7 to 1 ratio of students to PAL professors)
  • Take a sample class to experience college-level course-work and practice academic strategies
  • 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

PAL 1180 - Summer PAL  (3 credits)

Summer PAL on-campus is an intensive learning experience for 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 on PAL's core learning outcomes: metacognition, self-regulation, active and engaged learning, critical thinking and reasoning skills, and expressive and receptive language skills.

Working with a PAL faculty instructor 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, reading and writing college-level assignments, experimenting with assistive technologies, and exploring the rich learning resources of the Curry College community. Student learning culminates with a learning portfolio.

2020 Summer PAL Session Dates:

July 5 - 24, 2020
Classes meet:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Supervised activities are arranged during other hours.

2019 Tuition:

  • Residential students: $3,870
  • *Commuter students: $3,280

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

Summer PAL Scholarship:

Some limited scholarships are available for students who have deposited to the College and registered for Summer PAL. Summer PAL scholarship applications must be received by May 15.

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


We encourage you to apply early for Summer PAL since seats fills up quickly.

To register for the Summer PAL  on-campus program, please follow the instructions below. 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.

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.

Required Forms

The following paperwork, which can be found in the myCurry portal, 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 above) 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

General Schedule:

Below is a list of important Summer PAL schedule milestones you may need as you make your plans:

  • Arrival - Sunday -  between Noon and 3:00 p.m. at Main House
  • Opening Meal - Sunday, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Classes begin - Monday,  at 9:00 a.m.
  • Last Day of Classes & Departure - Friday - Noon

Check-in Day Schedule:

Please plan to arrive on campus between Noon and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday for check in at Main House, at which time you will receive your room assignment for Summer PAL. At 4:00 p.m. 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 5:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room in the Student Center, after you have said your good-byes.

If Arriving by Plane:

  • Arrival time at Boston Logan International Airport should be between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please indicate your flight information on your Summer PAL Housing Policy Agreement. To coordinate arrivals with program participants, students may need to wait at Boston Logan International Airport for a short period of time.
  • When you arrive at the airport, please contact Curry College Public Safety at 617-333-2222 to confirm your arrival. 
  • In the event of a flight delay or other emergency, please contact Curry College Public Safety at 617-333-2222. Curry College Public Safety will be able to contact Summer PAL staff.
  • Curry College staff can also provide transportation back to Boston Logan International Airport at the end of the program. This must be planned in advance and shared on the flight information section of the Summer PAL Housing Policy Agreement.


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.

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.

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We're excited you're considering our internationally recognized Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.