Summer on Campus

The Choate campus is located in the heart of Wallingford, CT, a small town midway between Boston and New York. Nestled on 458 wooded acres, the campus provides a world-class academic environment in addition to a variety of recreational & athletic facilities that rival many small colleges and universities.

Summer Students walking by Lanphier Center
Students in St. John Hall
Choate Summer Programs boys smiling

Your ChoateCard

At registration all students receive a ChoateCard which serves as a school identification card, exterior dorm door access card and a debit card. Students are encouraged to use the ChoateCard as the primary means of campus financial transactions.

The ChoateCard works much like a debit card and eliminates the need to carry cash. It is valid for all campus purchases, including the School Store, snack shop, miscellaneous charges and cash withdrawals.

Please note that it takes 24 - 48 hours for funds to appear on your child's Choate Card.

What to Wear

Dress is generally casual; since it will be summer you want to bring shorts and a bathing suit. More formal clothes may be required for special occasions and trips off campus.

Things to Bring

Laundry Service is included for all 4- and 5-week programs. You will need to supply your bed and bath linens. You can either bring them with you, buy them locally or rent them through the Linen (sheets and towels) Rental Service.

You may also want to consider bringing a desk lamp, power strip, fan, alarm clock, and laptop computer.


St. John Hall Activities

Social Activities

St. John Hall, located next to Hill House, serves as the social hub of activities throughout the summer. St. John Hall is home to the Student Activities department, and hosts a snack shop, cyber café, the Choate Store, student mailboxes, and recreational activities such as pool, ping pong, and foosball. It is the site for weekend dances, movies and other student events.

In addition to on-campus social events, the Student Activities deparment arranges day trips and outings to the nearby cities of New Haven, Boston, and New York.

Students Playing Soccer

Dorm Sports

Athletics are an important component of the Choate program. From impromptu games of baseball or basketball to more formalized sports offers, we encourage students to try new activities and get involved in team sports. All boarding students must participate in an athletics offering. While optional for day students, their participation is strongly encouraged.

Some of our sports offerings are competitive, some more recreational, and some instructional. In addition, we host inter-dorm athletic competitions in the evenings. All students are encouraged to participate.

You may bring your own sports gear (i.e. tennis racquet, baseball glove, etc.), but we do have gear available for our Summer Programs students to use.

Summer Campus Life

Dorm Life

Choate encourages students to learn and relax together with inter-dorm volleyball and soccer tournaments, "Mug Nights" (snacks after study hours), and weekly dorm meetings. Each dorm has one resident faculty member for approximately every eight students. Dorms may house 8-12 students; larger facilities house 40-50.

Dorm life is an important part of the Summer Programs experience — truly your "home away from home."