“I came to the week with rather high expectations, as it was advertised as ‘the best week ever.’ The program not only met my expectations, but surpassed them by a landslide.” – G.B. San Jose, CA, ECSP 2016 participant
Students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2017 (current high school juniors) are welcome to register for the Summer 2017 programs. Summer 2017 will mark the 19th year of this wildly popular program, which boasts over 2,000 alumni since 1999. Each year, hundreds of high school students spend a week on campus and describe the week as one of the best weeks of their lives, ranking it on average 4.75 out of 5 on a survey. Registration for the 2017 Experience Christendom Summer Program is now open.
This is the most-popular, well-attended, and highly-ranked pre-college summer program of its kind. It’s just that good.
2017 ECSP Session Dates
Session 1: June 11-17
Session 2: June 18-24
Session 3: June 25-July 1
Session 4: July 9-15
Session 5: July 16-22
Session 6: July 23-29
This highly acclaimed program, designed for rising high school seniors, offers participants a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and amazingly fun experience, all for the incredibly low cost of $500.
Each year, over 275 rising high school seniors take part in the program, and leave campus with a new appreciation for the liberal arts, Catholic culture, true friendship, and the beauty of God’s creation evidenced in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
With a waiting list each year, the program helps students better understand the benefits of a liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview, encompassed by a vibrant Catholic culture.
A number of the participants each year are somewhat hesitant to “go to school” during the summer, even if just for one week, but the vast majority of them — 99% — end up being blown away by what they experienced during the program (We wish we could say 100%, but there’s always one or two people who like to be the Eeyore of the group).
Students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes (Philosophy, English, History, and Theology), then, after Mass and lunch, students spend their afternoons and evenings enjoying a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include: canoeing on the Shenandoah River, hike and cookout on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, singing/talking over a bonfire, bowling, participating in a talent show, and attending a debate and an Irish barn dance. These activities are absolutely amazing and show the participants that you can still have good old fashioned fun in a moral and Catholic environment!
One of the highlights of the program is the opportunity the students have to meet other young Catholics like themselves who are trying to live good, Catholic, well-balanced lives. Through this program, they make friends for life, and learn more about all that Christendom has to offer. In fact, students continually say that they feel closer to their new friends whom they only knew for a week, than with their life-long friends from back home. Why? Find out for yourself by attending one of these programs next summer. There is no real way to explain it – you just need to experience it (or read the testimonies of past participants)
All courses are 50 minutes long and are taught by full-time faculty of Christendom College.
- Scripture Study/Theology
The professor leads the students in a thorough study of one of the four Gospels, giving great insights into deep theological questions, or focuses on different important aspects of the faith, giving explanations into deep theological questions.
This class will try and answer some of life’s greatest questions. What is happiness? Friendship? Why study philosophy and what effect can it have on our lives?
- The Moral Imagination in Literature
This course will focus on the theme of men and women faced with the need to make moral choices, often in difficult and agonizing situations. The students will read and discuss a series of short poems and stories which dramatize this theme in various contexts and settings: ancient and modern; political and social; scientific and religious.
Depending on which session they attend, students will either be introduced to the glorious achievements of the West, and to the role of Christianity therein or learn some fascinating details about the ins and outs of World War I.
The all inclusive fee of $500 includes tuition, room and board, books and activity fees.
- Financial assistance is available to anyone who requests it on the online registration form – you will then be sent instructions about how to pay via credit card online.
- For those not requesting financial assistance, please note that registration is not considered complete until payment in full has been made.
- Refunds will be given if requested at least a month prior to the start of the session.
- Payment must be made at time of registration via Paypal.
This Year's Counselors
Our team of counselors is eager to show you the Christendom experience.
Richard Blank — Head Counselor
Hello, everyone! My name is Richard Blank and I am going to be your head counselor! I hail, along with my eight siblings, from Woodbridge, Virginia. Growing up, I played soccer and just about any other sport that my brothers and I could think of, before coming to Christendom and converting to rugby. During my time at college, I’ve also spent time playing goalie for the soccer team, serving with the Student Activities Council, and working as a Resident Assistant.
Having just returned from Christendom’s study abroad semester in Rome, I’m ready and excited for senior year and this year’s ECSP!
Hey everyone! I’m Danielle Corcoran, and I am from a small town in Northern Illinois (the “s” is not pronounced). I am an upcoming senior and Theology major at Christendom College. I come in second in a family of six, where there are two boys following four girls. I love them because they laugh at my jokes and join in wholeheartedly when I randomly burst into song. Along with spending time with my family, I enjoy sports, doodling, laughing, and the color green. Pretty much I enjoy life in general, and I think the trick is not to sweat the little things.
This past semester, I was blessed to be able to take advantage of Christendom’s study abroad program in Rome, and had lots of interesting European adventures, as well as learning so much! At Christendom, I have been able to participate in team sports, intramural sports, the Student Activities Council, and have had several different jobs on campus. It is never hard to find something to keep us busy at Christendom! Ironically, I did not get the opportunity to experience Christendom through the summer program when I was in high school, so I am super excited to have the opportunity to share the experience with you all in being a counselor this year!
Hi, everyone! Christendom is a special place. Anyone can tell you that. But, let me tell you why it’s the place for me. The education is a perfect blend. It’s appropriately challenging, hard enough to keep me on my toes, but not so difficult as to inhibit learning the material. Extracurricularly, I enjoy participating in the theater department here on campus, singing in the barbershop quartet, swimming with the swim club, and trying to play as many intramurals as I can. But my favorite thing to do on campus, hands down, is to play my guitar, Rose, in my favorite tree, watching the sunset cast its golden hue across the mighty Shenandoah.
Hello, everyone! I come from Ottawa, Canada and transferred to Christendom two years ago after attending a couple of different colleges up in Canada. I could not be happier with my decision to attend Christendom — never before have I been surrounded by people so invested in seeing others prosper, so dedicated in the pursuit of Truth, and so in love with the Faith. Christendom has allowed me countless opportunities for growth by working in the Admissions Office, hosting visitors through the Ambassador program, participating in the college’s Mission Trip Program to the Dominican Republic, studying abroad for a semester in Rome, and participating in the various plays, musicals, and performance opportunities Christendom has to offer. I fell in love with Christendom when I first visited two years ago, and I am so excited for you all to also experience all of the joy and goodness that Christendom has to offer!
Hello! My name is Andrew, and I will be a sophomore at Christendom this fall. I’m pretty active at the school, playing soccer in the fall and playing rugby this coming spring. I enjoy most sports and take part in intramurals during the year as well. I also enjoy going on hikes around campus and going down to the dock on the Shenandoah River. I love hanging out with people in the Christendom community, whether it’s in class, at meals and especially at the social events. I am looking forward to three more years of being a part of Christendom College and meeting all of you this summer!
Hello, everyone! I have been attending Christendom College for the last three years and cannot believe I am already going into my senior year this coming fall! It has been a wonderful journey with all kinds of experiences (work, play, and prayer). I have worked as a Christendom Summer Program Counselor for the past two years, which has been a joy and an incredible way to share what I love about life here as a student. Working on campus as a Resident Assistant, I have stayed busy helping, challenging, and giving resources to the women of our community to grow in virtue and to be the women God made them to be. Additionally, I have a job in the operations and events offices on campus. As to the other things I do on campus, I enjoy the various, dynamic sport opportunities. I play on the volleyball team, and I have also played in each of the different intramural sports offered at Christendom. Further, I enjoy hiking and kayaking activities of which there are endless opportunities in Christendom’s backyard. My spiritual life has only grown at Christendom as well. I try to attend mass on a daily basis and occasionally say the rosary or evening prayers with friends in our campus chapel. It is hard to say what my favorite thing about Christendom is. I cherish all of the experiences I have had here! So if I have to say one thing that reminds me to count my blessings at Christendom, I would say it is the community. There is nothing like it! It is the community life here that provides for these wonderful and unforgettable experiences I have had. Christendom may not be for everyone, but if you come to Christendom, you will experience an incredible community life that offers a variety of opportunities and fills your life with joy if you let it!
Hello! My name is Annemarie Speer, and I am 20 years old and have just completed my sophomore year at Christendom College. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the place I am proud to call home. I am the 2nd girl out of 4 girls and the 4th of 8 children whom my wonderful parents gave life to! That being said, I am also the 4th of which to attend Christendom. It was for that reason I originally didn’t want to go, but, after attending the ESCP, I saw what Christendom had to offer spiritually, academically and socially. So, here I am! Among the things I enjoy doing are learning (especially philosophy), playing and watching sports (Gooo Penguins! …..Pirates and Steelers), being outdoors, hanging out with family and friends and meeting new people. I am looking forward to getting to meet you and show you what this beautiful college in the Shenandoah Valley has to offer!
Hello, everyone! My name is Carlos Pardo — I´m 19 years old and I´m from Mexico City. I came to Christendom to find a college where I could practice my faith and have friends with my same Catholic values. Since arriving, I’ve discovered that Christendom is a great place for everyone! I’m involved in many different activities on campus, including sports. I really like soccer, and I was able to join the soccer varsity team in the fall and also play intramural soccer with my friends in the spring. I also really enjoy playing the guitar and participating in all the musical events Christendom has to offer.
One of my favorite things about Christendom is our campus! It’s beautiful, and the Shenandoah River is always a great place to go kayaking with friends. When I came to Christendom I didn´t like dancing at all, but now I love it thanks to the number of dances held every year. I love our professors, and they are a great example for all of us. My favorite class currently is History, so I plan on majoring in History.
Christendom College is located outside the town of Front Royal in the beautiful and historically rich Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Front Royal is the site of the north entrance to the famed Skyline Drive—a spectacular scenic trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains—and lies only 75 miles west of Washington, DC.
- Students can fly in to Dulles Airport (IAD) and the College will pick them up.
- Students may also fly in to Reagan National Airport in DC, but they would then have to take the metro to the Vienna Metro Station (Orange Line) where the College would pick them up.
- In any case, do not make any flight arrangements until you have spoken with ECSP coordinator Klarissa Blank to ensure that the flight times are in accord with the College’s pick-up policies.
Find out more about our campus here.
The program is geared toward students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2017. Current high school sophomores are also welcome to register, but they will be placed on a waiting list. As the sessions draw closer, if room is still available, these sophomore students will be notified in the order in which they registered. As spaces fill up, the registration site will indicate where a session is closed or not. Once you register, you will receive an email from Klarissa Blank, with more information and some paperwork to be filled in and returned to us. Any questions should be directed to Klarissa Blank ([email protected]). TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE