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ecsp-register-open-1Registration will open for Christendom College’s highly ranked Experience Christendom Summer Program (ECSP) in just two more weeks on December 1. Dubbed “The Best Week Ever” by participants, the college’s admissions team is expecting another record-breaking summer, after expanding to six one-week sessions in 2015.

Entering its eighteenth year, the ECSP gives students in their junior year of high school the opportunity to experience what Christendom has to offer, both academically and culturally. Students from across the nation and worldwide are drawn to the program each year, as they discern whether an education at Christendom is in their future.

After the record enrollment experienced last summer, Christendom will again offer the program in six one-week sessions during the months of June and July. Director of admissions Sam Phillips, and the rest of the admissions team, is already expecting interest to be just as high this year, with plans in place to implement a waiting list if need be.

“Last summer, we allowed 50% more students to attend then in previous years, and we still had to implement a waiting list. Clearly, students can’t wait to experience what Christendom has to offer, and we can’t wait to share it with them,” says Phillips.

“We’re the most popular, well-attended, and highly-ranked pre-college program in the nation, according to students, and we don’t take that for granted. The students who came to Christendom last summer all came from different backgrounds, different places, but 75% of all the students who attended told us one, incredible thing: that this was the best week of their lives,” says Phillips.

The cost to attend a session is only $500, with opportunities to request financial assistance if necessary. All sessions are expected to fill quickly, attracting approximately 45 students to each session.

When students arrive on Christendom’s campus in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, they will be given the chance to grow in their understanding of the liberal arts and how it can benefit their future lives and careers better than any other education.

Students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes—philosophy, English, history, and theology—before attending Mass and eating lunch with Christendom’s faculty and staff. In the afternoon and evening, students enjoy a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include canoeing on the Shenandoah River, a hike and cookout on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, bowling, participating in a talent show, and attending an Irish barn dance.

“We know that students are busy during the summer, working hard to save money for college,” says Phillips. “This is why we have a one-week program, rather than a two-week one – to make sure that we take away as little time as possible, yet, at the same time, give the participants the best experience ever. And with the help of our generous donors, we are able to make sure that money never stands in the way of someone attending. If you are going to attend one summer program, it might as well be the best.”

For more information on the Experience Christendom Summer Program, please visit christendom.edu/experience.

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