University of Connecticut
Undergraduate Admissions

Summer LEAD Program

The University of Connecticut's Summer LEAD (Leadership, Enrichment, Access, and Diversity) Program is a unique opportunity for high-achieving rising Connecticut high school seniors who are first-generation to college, from populations underrepresented in higher education, and from underserved communities to learn more about life as a college student. Students apply to the program in the spring of their junior year of high school. 

The Summer LEAD Program gives participants the opportunity to learn how to make the college experience work for them. They will discuss the various resources that can support their success and consider how their leadership style can positively contribute to their college experience.  

Participants will also: 

  • Attend virtual personal development sessions
  • Connect with faculty and staff
  • Interact with UConn students
  • Participate in sample classes
  • Learn about the college admissions and financial aid process

How to Apply

School counselors are asked to submit all nominations by Thursday, April 1, 2021 and students must apply by Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Students are encouraged to apply early. Demonstrated interest in attending the University of Connecticut is not a requirement for program consideration. Students will be notified of program acceptance in early May. For more information, email us at

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About the Program

The Summer Lead Program is hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Care and concern for others is a hallmark of the UConn community. Because your health and the health of UConn Nation is of the utmost importance, we have made the decision to host the Summer Lead Program virtually. This is a non-credit pre-college program taking place from July 20-21, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about life as a college student and attend virtual college planning, leadership, and skill-building sessions. 


There is no cost for students to participate in UConn's Summer LEAD Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: While a nomination form from a school counselor or community based organization is encouraged, it is not required for program consideration.

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A: After completing the online application, a student will receive a confirmation message. Students will be notified of our decision by early-May 2021.

A: Unfortunately, no. At this time, the program is reserved for Connecticut residents.

A: The 2021 Summer LEAD Program has been moved to a virtual platform. 

A: Yes. The program is for high-achieving students who are leaders in their communities and schools. Although we target students from historically underrepresented populations, if there are students with a strong interest in the Summer LEAD Program, we welcome their applications.

A: It will give students a stronger sense of the college experience. Students will learn first-hand of the educational, cultural and social aspects of college life, while engaging with student leaders.

A: Students will have an opportunity talk with professors, connect with UConn students and participate in virtual social, recreational and cultural events. They will also learn about admissions procedures and how to afford a college education.

A: It will allow students to gain essential information about the college experience. The program will challenge and encourage students to become a leader. Students will leave wanting to know more about themselves and others and how to maximize the college experience.

A: All expenses for the program are covered.

A: No. However, the program is one of many ways to learn the “ins & outs” of UConn, and to help students throughout the application process.

A: Attach a copy of the transcript and upload the file as an attachment to the application. If you are having trouble, email the transcript to and submit the application without the transcript.