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 experience 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 more about themselves and others, and how to make the college experience work for them. They will learn about resources that support their success and consider how their leadership style can positively contribute to their college experience.  

Participants will also: 

  • Attend personal development workshops 
  • Meet 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. This is a non-credit, four-day, three-night pre-college program taking place from July 18-21, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to experience life as a college student and attend college planning, leadership, and skill-building workshops. 


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


Free transportation will be provided to the Storrs Main Campus from designated drop off and pick up locations throughout Connecticut.  

Housing & Meals 

In order to fully experience life as a college student, participants are required to stay in UConn's on-campus residence halls and will be provided with three meals a day in our dining units for the duration of the 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 planning committee will determine the viability to conduct the program virtually. 

A: Accommodations and precautions will be made in accordance with Connecticut and UConn policies regarding group gatherings. 

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 is a four-day, three-night program that will introduce students to the college experience. Students will learn first-hand of the educational, cultural and social life, while engaging with student leaders.

A: Students will have an opportunity to attend classes, talk with professors, meet UConn students and participate in 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 get a taste of the college experience and gain essential information. 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: Living arrangements are provided in an UConn residence hall where they will share a room with another program participant. Each participant will learn of their room assignment and roommate at on-site registration.

A: All expenses for the program are covered.

A: The program will take place on the UConn Storrs campus. Participants unable to drive to the UConn campus may register for pick-up/drop-off at several locations across Connecticut. (Identify locations)

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.