“I wasn't sure that I would enjoy an academic-based summer camp, since I usually attend art or sports focused camps.  But I was encouraged by the diverse group of faculty members who were introduced to us during the ICC Program.  I also enjoyed being on the SJU campus.  It was fun experiencing a taste of college life – attending classes in different locations on campus, having lunch in campus facilities, and exploring the neighborhood surrounding SJU."

"The classes I took in ICC will help prepare me for college. I also take with me the friendships I learned not only with my peers but with the staff as well." 

“I was wary of joining a program where I was required to give up four weeks of my summer. However, the friendships I made and the connections I now have, made it all worthwhile! There are so many things I can take away from this experience. The most outstanding, I would have to say, would be the connections I made with students at SJU, professors and faculty. I can't stop raving about ICC and telling everyone I know how sad I am that I can't join next year.”

“I had such a great experience doing ICC again this past summer. I had the opportunity of taking an Introduction to Sociology, Ethnic and Minority Relations and Speculative Fiction Writing courses. I really love being a participant of ICC because it provides me with such great experience and opportunity. I am able to be on a college campus, meet new people, make connections and make new friends. I think the biggest thing I will take away from this experience is to be open to new things and to accept challenges; ICC has taught me how to do that.”

ICC Summer Enrichment Program

(for rising high school juniors and seniors)

June 25- July 20, 2018 (Mondays-Fridays)





In its 14th year, the ICC Summer Enrichment program allows students to gain an advantage by beginning to seriously prepare for college and have a competitive edge on their peers.

The program is designed for rising juniors, those who have completed their sophomore year by June 2018 and rising seniors, students who are embarking on that crucial last year of high school.

Students will spend four weeks on the Saint Joseph’s University campus for this non-residential program.   The program allows participants to experience college-level courses, choose academic interests to explore and develop strong research skills.  The days are filled with group activities and courses which include: a college preparation workshop, and self-selected, non-credit courses, many taught by University faculty. The program is not all work and no play. There are recreational and social activities, along with trips that build camaraderie between the participants.

The application for the program will be opened from April 2- May 4, 2018.

ICC Summer Connection Program

(for rising sophomores)

June 25- July 20, 2018 (Mondays-Thursdays)



In its 8th year, the ICC Summer Connection program (formerly Summer Experience) is an Ignatian College Connection precollege program. The program is specifically for students just completing their freshman year of high school. The program is held on the Saint Joseph’s campus and is a non-residential program.

The students spend the mornings in courses, which will include lecture style instruction, class discussions and daily assignments. There is time built into the schedule for group activities and guest speakers. Every aspect of the program is meant to prepare the students for continued academic achievement and preparation for the rigors of college.

Admission Requirements:

Admission into the ICC summer programs are selective. Talented, highly motivated students who are interested in attending a program because they have a passion for learning are encouraged to apply.

The minimum GPA requirement is a 2.7 and the application materials should establish that the student has the necessary academic background, level of ability, motivation, and maturity necessary to complete the program.

Personal Interviews:

In certain cases, applicants will be interviewed to determine admission into the program.

To apply for ICC Summer programming, please submit the following:

  • A completed online application*
  • Essay (electronically submit by inserting into application)
  • Recommendation Form – The electronic form should be completed and returned by a school guidance counselor, teacher and/or coach)
  • An official high school transcript, which includes your 2017-18 grades mailed or emailed as a pdf

(Report should reflect ALL grades for each quarter/semester to date.)

*Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. 

NOTE: The application for the summer programs is open until May 4 at 5pm. Admission decisions will be made once the application and report card are received.

Those accepted into the program will receive orientation information, additional forms and instructions for submitting the program fee.

Summer Enrichment Fee: $200.

Summer Connection  Fee: $140.

Ignatian College Connection-Summer 2018
C/o Jennifer Dessus
Saint Joseph’s University
Campion 213b
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

If you should have any questions feel free to contact, Jennifer Dessus at jdessus@sju.edu or call 610-660-3064

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