For Parents

For Parents

If you are considering one of our residential summer intensives for your child, you’ll probably have a lot of questions about campus life. We have provided some helpful resources here, but if you still have questions after reviewing these topics, please email Sharon Fogarty at or call the Community & Summer Programs office at 336-734-2848. For more information be sure to check out our frequently asked questions

Required Documents

Important! The forms below are linked on the online registration for Summer Intensives. If you omitted them during the registration process, please access the links below and complete them. These are required of every student, to ensure their health and safety while on campus. The health form is especially important – don’t wait until the last minute to complete it. 

Summer Campus Life

Students under the age of 18 are housed in residence halls on campus, with trained Resident Counselors on each floor, full-time professional staff, key-card access and strict sign-out policies. Rooms are singles, doubles and in some cases, triples. Summer Intensive roommates are assigned based on gender, age and arts discipline. Requests for specific roommates or singles will be considered, but are not guaranteed. Students under age 18 are not allowed to leave campus unless they are on a supervised class outing or activity trip. College-age students are housed separately from high school students.

All residence halls are air-conditioned. See the FAQ page for useful information, including a suggested packing list. Linens are NOT provided; beds are regular twin size.

A full meal plan (three meals/day) is included in room & board for students living on campus for one week or more. Dining Services offers healthy options at every meal, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items.  Students with special dietary needs or concerns should call Dining Services at 336-770-3327.

In general, students can expect to spend 7-8 hours in class on weekdays, with some programs holding evening and/or Saturday classes. Social activities are planned by the activities staff for evenings and weekends.

UNCSA is a relatively small campus, so it is a short walk from residence halls to the dining room or classes. The campus map is helpful in familiarizing yourself with facilities. The Hanes Student Commons is the campus hub, housing the Dining Hall, Health Services, One Card office, a convenience store (POD Market) and a snack bar (Pickle Jar). The Fitness Center is available to students during the summer, with a gym, weights, cardio and other amenities. There is no swimming pool at UNCSA.


Campus Police are on duty 24/7, facilitating a safe, secure and service-oriented environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Police officers routinely engage in crime prevention, security checks, safety escorts, and other public safety functions.


The Summer Intensives Handbook includes valuable summer information such as Housing Policies and Information and information about campus activities and services available to summer students.

A word about homesickness…

Most students attending a summer intensive are excited and ready for the chance to spread their wings and concentrate on their art. But some students find it hard to be away from home for the first extended period, and struggle with homesickness and anxiety. Our RCs and professional staff are trained and experienced in helping students through a homesick period (usually the first 1-3 days of a program), and most students come through fine.

We urge parents to have a serious talk with their child about whether they are ready to be away from home before registering. If you have any doubts at all about whether your child is ready, then please take a deep breath and wait a year. We want all students to feel happy and successful when they attend a summer intensive. For every student who leaves after a few days due to homesickness, there is a student who was shut out when the program filled. And we can’t give refunds for homesickness!