STARS Summer Program

Prepares Recent High School Graduates for College

Get ready for college in six weeks! Free-of-charge for academically eligible students age 17 to 24!

STARS supports students from admission to graduation from MCC. STARS begins with a six-week, pre-college summer program that runs from mid-June to mid-August and is designed to prepare you for the academic year ahead. Prior to beginning your first semester at MCC, you attend classes and workshops on campus Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and take educational trips Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Practice and reinforce reading, writing and math skills
  • Retake the English and Math assessment tests to determine your placement in college-level courses
  • Earn up to 7 college credits including:
    • ENG* 093: Introduction to College Reading and Writing
    • Math Lab (3 credits)
  • Benefit from one-on-one guidance from tutors and peer mentors
  • Develop time management and study skills
  • Learn how to balance school work and family commitments
  • Take cultural enrichment trips
  • Enjoy campus activities
  • Get comfortable with your future
  • Feel good about yourself

Once you complete the summer program and continue studying at MCC, you will take a 1-credit study skills course in the fall and participate in ongoing trips, tutoring and enrichment workshops. As an added advantage, a program coordinator will continue to support and guide you as you progress toward earning your degree.

Note: STARS is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program.

Are You Eligible?

To participate in STARS, you must satisfy the following income and academic criteria:

  • Recent high school graduate age 17 to 24
  • Eligible for financial aid and/or first generation college student
  • Accuplacer test results place you in developmental English courses ENG* 093 or ENG* 096


Once you qualify to participate in STARS, there are no charges for:

  • Textbooks
  • Classroom supplies (notebooks, folders, pencils, etc.)
  • CT Transit bus pass during the summer program duration
  • Tuition coverage for up to 7 college credits
  • Cultural enrichment activities and trips

Easy Steps to Apply

Contact Information

Please email a coordinator below. We’ll be happy to help you out.

Hours:, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (online only)
Phone: 860-512-3330.

To call or email our staff, please use the information below.

Philip Burnham
STARS Writing Coordinator

Karen Collin

STARS Math Coordinator


Mailing Address:

STARS Summer Program
First Year and New Student Programs
Great Path, MS #8
P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045-1046

We will also be happy to send you additional information through the mail if you complete the form below.

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