“I just love Grant as a whole! The way that everybody makes you feel… When I go to Grant I always feel welcome, they encourage me and help me grow.” – U.S. Grant Student, Summer 2020

In 2020, for the first time in our 67-year history, U.S. Grant was held virtually. Creating an online summer program for over 50 middle schoolers took a lot of hard work and months of careful planning. Our main goal — and one of our biggest challenges — was to structure the program in a way that allowed students to create deep and meaningful connections over Zoom. It was so gratifying to see that once the program started, it truly felt like the U.S. Grant community: students were joking and laughing with each other, invested in their learning, and forming new bonds with one another across their screens. The magic of U.S. Grant continues even during a pandemic! 

The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is a 5-week academic summer program for highly motivated middle school students who are enrolled in public and parochial schools in New Haven, CT.  Each summer a team of Yale undergraduate teachers, through courses in the humanities and investigations and through electives and group activities, help students acquire the academic preparation and skills they will need to excel in their current school environment and to enter and succeed in college.  The program is designed to support all students, including those who might have limited opportunities and resources, and to allow them to build a community of learners and participate in academic enrichment activities over the summer.

The dates for this year’s summer program are July 6-August 6, 2021. The program will run for four days a week, Monday through Thursday. The program will occur virtually, all over Zoom. U.S. Grant upholds a strict attendance policy and only considers students who can commit to attending every day of the program.


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The cost of the program has been waived for all students for Summer 2021. For more information, check out our informational letter to prospective students and their families.

More Information

  • Are you an applicant looking for information about acceptance for summer 2022? Visit our Students page, which will be updated shortly!
  • Want to be a Grant teacher?  Yale students wishing to join the U.S. Grant teacher team can learn more on our Teachers page.

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