The 2019-2021 session cycle will be hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Centre College in Danville, and Morehead State University in Morehead. The core curriculum for these summer sessions is threefold:
- Focus Area: Courses that allow a student to pursue a topic in-depth as a member of a small group stressing the development of ideas in the chosen discipline, with the option of additional independent study.
- General Studies: Classes the emphasize inquiry, service-learning, community leadership, and resolution development.
- Seminar: Personal development seminars that stress concerns and problems faced by students, including such subjects as values clarification, career choice, and interpersonal relationships.
Faculty and staff also invite a variety of speakers and performers from a range of disciplines and pursuits to visit campus. Carefully organized field trips, special events, and a film series also contribute to the comprehensive educational atmosphere in which scholars are challenged not only to examine, but, more importantly, to nurture their sense of learning and leadership.
Selection for the program is highly competitive, with an application process similar to that of prestigious colleges and universities. In addition to an academic profile that includes difficulty of course load, GPA, and at least one standardized test score, the application requires references, an outline of all extracurricular activities, a history of volunteer service, and a list of job positions held. The final component of the application is an original writing entry.