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Gain an Early Advantage This Summer!

The Curry College Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) is excited to offer a variety of newly redesigned virtual opportunities this summer for accepted PAL students to get a kick start on their college education.

Our new summer early advantage options not only allow students to transition comfortably to their first year of college in advance of the fall 2021 semester, but they are also an incentive for students to consider taking 12 vs. 15 credits per semester in their first year at Curry or potentially graduating a full semester early.

Summer 2021 Dates (100% Remote Learning):

  • Each option below will run for 6 weeks:  June 21 - August 6, 2021
  • There will be NO class activity scheduled during the week of July 4th

Option 1 (3 credits)

  • Metacognition for Mobile Learning Course (2 credits/2 weeks)
    Mobile Learning Kit required - see 'Tuition, Registration, and Scholarship' section
  • Curry Launch Course (1 credit/6 weeks)
  • Mornings only
  • Includes PAL support for all 3 credits

Option 2 (6 credits)

  • Includes both courses listed above in Option 1 (3 credits)
  • Additional Summer PAL Traditional Course (3 credits/6 weeks)
  • Mornings only
  • Includes PAL support for all 6 credits

Option 3 (9 credits)

  • Includes all 3 courses listed above in Options 1 and 2 (6 credits)
  • Additional Course: Writing or Psychology  (3 credits toward Gen Ed requirements/6 weeks)
  • Mornings and afternoons
  • Includes PAL support for all 9 credits

Options for Students in Western Time Zones

  • Option 4 - (3 credits):  Identical to Option 1 above, with the convenience of course times adjusted for PST time zone
  • Option 5 - (6 credits):  Identical to Option 2 above, with the convenience of course times adjusted for PST time zone


View detailed schedules for each summer option (PDF)

Course Descriptions

Curry Launch (1 credit):

The first semester of college is an exciting time for you. With that excitement may also come uncertainty, new choices and decisions, and anxiety about new people, classes and environment. As you make the transition to Curry College, the Curry Launch course is a great way to help you learn about yourself and develop strategies that will ensure success throughout your college career.

Curry Launch is a 1-credit course required of all new students designed to assist you with your transition to the college experience. Throughout the course, you are introduced to methods and resources to promote success in college, and opportunities to discover how you learn, relate, and make choices. Topics in the course focus on the value and purpose of higher education, academic development, organizational skills, Curry’s course learning management system and e-portfolio systems, and wellness topics such as stress management, drug abuse, sexual assault, relationships, and personal well-being. Campus life and support systems for academics and wellness will be introduced. This course satisfies the General Education Wellness Requirement.

Metacognition for Mobile Learning (2 credits):

Metacognition for Mobile Learning uses an applied metacognitive model to develop self-awareness, understanding of individual learning profiles, and the foundations for critical thinking and self-determination for mobile learning. Students will gain understanding of how thinking develops across the lifespan with a focus on learning how to learn through technology. Students will use a shared technology platform developed specifically for this course. Course faculty are learning specialists from the Program for Advancement of Learning who use a metacognitive model as applied to the range of variability inherent in learning, inclusive of typical and atypical development. Building on Universal Design for Learning principles, this course philosophically embraces variability in learning and will guide students to advocate for Mobile Learning accessibility for all learners and their specific learning profile.

SPAL - Traditional Summer PAL (3 credits):

The traditional Summer PAL 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 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 professor and trained and experienced PAL Peer Mobile Learning Tutors and PAL Peer Mentors, students will construct strength based strategies for written communication, reading, listening, note-taking, critical thinking, problem-solving, personal goal setting, organization and team-work. Activities include: developing an individual learning profile, experimenting with assistive technologies, and experiencing the rich learning resources of the Curry College community. Student learning culminates with a learning portfolio. Student learning occurs through web-based platforms, including daily collaboration with faculty and students.

WRIT 1400 - Reading, Writing, Research I (3 credits):

This course introduces students to reading and writing at the college level, emphasizing the process of composing source-based essays to a specific audience and purpose. WRIT 1400 presents strategies for critical reading, purposeful revision, and reflection within a clear writing process. Time will be spent working on presenting ideas with clarity and correctness. This course meets the General Education First Year Core requirement.

PSY 1030  - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits):

An introductory course concerned with the methods and principles of psychology. Major emphasis is placed upon the theoretical aspects of psychology. Topics include research methods, perception, basic learning processes, memory and cognition, the biological basis of behavior, motivation, personality and individual differences, abnormal behavior and its treatment, and social influence processes. This course meets the General Education Social Science Breadth requirement.

Summer 2021 Tuition:

Please Note: Each option below requires a $200 deposit.

  • Option 1 (3 credits):  $1,325
  • Option 2 (6 credits):  $3,000
  • Option 3 (9 credits):  $4,325
  • Option 4 (3 credits - PST):  $1,325
  • Option 5 (6 credits - PST):  $3,000
  • Required Mobile Learning Kit Fee:  $750 (applies to all options above)*

*Mobile Learning Kit Includes: iPad, Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil, Ergofit Ear Buds, customized apps and educational technology software licenses - If a student owns their own compatible equipment, there will be no required fee of $750.


We encourage you to register early since seats fills up quickly:

  • Preferred Registration Deadline:  ASAP
    Due to Limited Enrollment it is best to reserve a seat ASAP
  • Preferred Deposit Deadline: May 1
    Due to Limited Enrollment it is best to deposit ASAP
  • Preferred Payment in Full Deadline: June 7

Pay Online

Once you have submitted the online registration, an option to pay by credit card, and other options, will appear. There is a deposit required for this course. Please contact Student Financial Services ( with payment questions.

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 19, 2021.

Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from the Summer PAL course may be eligible for a refund depending upon the date of withdrawal.  Full refunds will be made only if the student withdraws from the course prior to the beginning of the course session. The payment for the Mobile Learning Kit will only be refunded if it has not yet been shipped to the student. If the Mobile Learning Kit has already been shipped to the student, it will not be refunded and remains the personal property of the student. The Mobile Learning Kit includes the following:

  • iPad
  • Smart Cover/Keyboard
  • Charging Cube
  • USB Cord
  • Mobile Device Management System License
  • Apple Pencil
  • Noise-Blocking Ear Buds

Students who officially withdraw from a course within the first 7 days of a course may be eligible for a 50% refund (excluding the cost of the Mobile Learning Kit) only due to verifiable extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student such as medical emergency or family crisis.  After the 7th day of the course, 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 courses. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the refund schedule.

Please note:

  • All requests for Summer PAL withdrawals must be submitted to the Coordinator of Summer PAL (Dr. Maria Bacigalupo ( and Dr. Janis Peters (
  • The conditions for acceptance of the extenuating circumstances will be decided on by the Director of PAL.

-"This online class was such a wonderful experience I am very grateful I had the opportunity to take this course!"

-"I have learned a lot about myself and have met some people through the class who are similar to me!"

-"Great class. I loved the different study strategies I learned and learning about myself. It really helped me stay focused throughout the summer and made my brain work. I know have a better understanding on how to take notes."

-"I really liked the way things were set up and how flexible the teacher was and that I was able to relate to what we were learning.

-"I think it helped me not only become more aware of what kind of learner I am but also helped me start college with a head start. The Summer PAL class was very helpful for me to help with transitioning from High School to College."

-"I am so glad I took this class. I know really feel prepared for the fall. I learned more about myself. I liked that the class helped with different aspects that are all apart of college life."

The virtual 2021 Curry College Summer Orientation for all incoming students is required, but is a separate program from Summer PAL.

For more information and updates about Summer Orientation visit